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Youngest member of gang of youths who brutally murdered 17-year-old with machetes jailed

Levi (right) suffered from autism and nerve damage which caused his foot to fall off, meaning he had to walk with a crutch

The youngest member of a youth gang who fatally stabbed a teenager after being led to the scene by one of their mothers has been locked up for more than six years.

The boy was just 14 when he was recruited to join the revenge attack on 17-year-old Levi Ernest Morrison on April 10 last year.

Levi, who suffered from autism and nerve damage, was chased by the gang before being grabbed and stabbed.

The group of youngsters were armed with three machetes and a knife when they chased Levi and his friend through Sydenham, south London, before fatally stabbing him.

Mother Nichola Leighton and son Tyreese Ulysses were jailed last year after being found guilty of murdering the teenager.

The Old Bailey heard Leighton became ‘furious’ after the victim and his friends kept knocking on his door looking for his son, following a provocative video of his son and Alex Sprules.

Levi (right) suffered from autism and nerve damage which caused his foot to fall off, meaning he had to walk with a crutch

Levi (right) suffered from autism and nerve damage which caused his foot to fall off, meaning he had to walk with a crutch

She “saw red” and told police that if the boys came back she would “beat them”, jurors were told.

When Odysseus discovered the teenagers had ‘bothered’ his mother, he rallied his friends, including the 14-year-old, all armed with knives, The Old Bailey has heard.

The youths jumped out of Leighton’s Suzuki jeep and chased Levi and one of his friends, jurors heard.

Levi was grabbed and fatally stabbed by Sprules as Ulysses and the 14-year-old chased the friend before running back when they heard a ‘terrifying scream’.

After the attack, which lasted only 30 seconds, the youths ran to the waiting car and Leighton fled.

Levi Ernest-Morrison (pictured) was killed on April 10 in Sydenham, south-east London

Levi Ernest-Morrison (pictured) was killed on April 10 in Sydenham, south-east London

Following a trial last year, Leighton, 37, a mother of three, was jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 23 years for murder.

Ulysses, 20, from Catford, was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter and a further five years on an extended licence.

Sprules, 18, from Lewisham, was locked up for at least 20 years for murder and a 16-year-old boy, from Bromley, who had swung a machete at Levi causing him to trip, was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 for murder.

The jury convicted the younger defendant of having a knife, but did not return a verdict for murder.

Ahead of his retrial at the Old Bailey, the boy, now 16, from Lewisham, south London, pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of manslaughter.

An artist's impression of Nicola Leighton, 36, and her son Tyreese Ulysses, 19, appearing at the Old Bailey last year

An artist’s impression of Nicola Leighton, 36, and her son Tyreese Ulysses, 19, appearing at the Old Bailey last year

On Friday, he was sentenced to six years and three months in prison with an additional five years of extended license.

Judge Peter Rook told him: “These offences, including your manslaughter offence, are really serious offences.

“They are another example of knife crime that has become the scourge of some of our cities.

“From videos uploaded from mobile phones and YouTube, it is clear that this serious offense was committed in the context of gang rivalry.

“As small as the rivalry between the teenage groups was, it was characterized by the use of lethal weapons.”

The judge noted the devastating effect on Levi’s family, who described him as loyal and kind.

He also acknowledged that the defendant, who aspired to be an actor and musician, had been identified as a victim of modern slavery and suffered from childhood neglect.

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