Members of a gang who murdered two teenagers at a party at the house of jailed Milton Keynes
Three men and two teenagers have been jailed for the murder of two 17-year-olds after a “fierce” ambush at a house party resulted in a “bloodbath”.
Dom Ansah was hunted down and stabbed to death and Ben Gillham-Rice was stabbed multiple times in the Emerson Valley area of Milton Keynes on October 19, after a group of five arrived and the start of an attack in seconds.
Two other people were stabbed and sustained serious but not life threatening injuries.
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Charlie Chandler, 23, Clayton Barker, 20, both of Bletchley, and teenagers Ben Potter and Jamie Chandler, Charlie’s brother, were convicted of murder and two counts of intentional injury in December. Earl Bevans, 20, admitted two counts of murder and personal injury before trial.
Homeless Chandler, Barker and Bevans were sentenced to life in prison, with minimum sentences of 27, 28 and 27 years respectively at Luton Crown Court on Wednesday.
Ben Potter, 17, of Westcroft, and Jamie Chandler, 17, of Beanhill, were given minimum sentences of 22 years in prison.
During their trial, the court heard that the five defendants were either from or associated with a gang called B3 in West Bletchley.
They planned an ambush after being informed that members of the rival M4 gang were at a party, and they arrived at the back of a house shortly after midnight.
Armed and with their faces covered, the group entered inside and targeted men at the party in an “immediate and fierce attack,” prosecutor Charlotte Newell told jurors.
The targets “had little or no time to react and little or no chance to protect themselves,” she said.
“Within seconds of the arrival of the group of defendants, a young man had died, two had been sliced with a knife or knives, causing serious injuries, but luckily not fatal, and a fourth was running for his life. “
Gillham-Rice was stabbed six times in the living room and jurors saw photos of the “scene of carnage” – described as a “bloodbath”.
Among the injuries he sustained was an 8-inch-deep wound that damaged his heart.
Ansah, who Newell said “seemed to have been particularly the center of the accused’s attention,” fled the house, chased by two people.
Dashcam footage showed a man believed to be Barker holding a machete at the time.
Ansah slipped and was “sliced and stabbed multiple times while lying on the ground,” Newell said.
Jurors have learned that in addition to the gang rivalry, an incident that had occurred a few years earlier involving one of the accused teens may have sparked the episode.
Ansah was later named by the teenager as being involved in the incident, the court said.
Previously, the court had heard that Potter had been stripped and assaulted in the woods when he was 14, and Jamie Chandler had been stabbed a few months before the murders.
Both attacks were carried out by members of M4, of which Ansah is believed to be a member.
Judge Spencer told Potter that “had not begun to justify your participation” in the murders, and said that Ansah had been subjected to a “sustained attack of appalling brutality”, repeatedly hacked with a machete. and forced to run “literally for his life”. .
Describing Barker, Potter and Jamie Chandler as “enthusiastic” members of the B3 gang, with Charlie Chandler and Bevans associated, the judge said: “The all too familiar context of these senseless and tragic murders was the rivalry between gangs of young men. and culture of violence and knives promoted on social networks.
Speaking after the conviction, Gillham-Rice’s parents Jason Rice and Suzanne Gillham, and Ansah’s mother, Tracey, paid tribute to their sons, who became friends after meeting at school in the age of four.
Gillham said: “This friendship was strong from day one until the fateful night they both lost their lives.”
Gillham-Rice has been described as “very charismatic”, a football fan who “was extremely funny” and served as second brother to Ansah’s twin sister, Holly.
Ansah, who loved basketball, was described as full of joy, energy and love for life, with her mother saying around 500 people attended her funeral.
She spent her last moment in the hospital with him and said, “We were lucky, we had three hours with him. It was not enough. But he knew we were there and we got to tell him how much we love him.
“We didn’t say goodbye because we didn’t think he was going to go, he was talking, we thought he would be fine.
“It wasn’t enough. It was not enough. There was so much more I wanted to say.
Rice said: “I drove to the party and couldn’t get in, it was all wrapped up and I was just told that there had been a death there, then one of his buddies told me that it was Ben.
“You see in the movies, your whole world comes around you and you think, ‘this is not happening, I’m going to wake up, this is not happening’ … You are living in a nightmare because you think this is not true. “
Speaking of prison terms, he added, “That might give you a bit of the end of this chapter knowing that the people who made it are behind bars, but no sentence will be enough.”
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