Mum Pleads To End Knife Crime After Machete Gang Murdered Her Teenage Son
The mum of a 17-year-old boy who was murdered in a machete attack has made an emotional plea to end knife crime.
Nikki Yule's son, Kyle, was killed on October 6 last year in hospital after he was stabbed five times in Kent, on the border of London.
Five teenagers were found guilty of his murder after a trial where it was revealed that the stabbing happened outside Kyle's best friend's home while the youths were arguing over a stolen pushbike.
In a statement released through police, Nikki said: "Words cannot express the devastating loss of my precious son Kyle. His death has broken my heart and my children are broken without their big brother.
"Kyle was a beautiful, kind hearted, funny boy. He was my best friend. He was extremely popular, brightening up people's day, often the centre of attention and making everyone laugh.
"He was a fantastic big brother, grandson and son. He was very much loved and is so dearly missed."
She added: "I hope the outcome today will help send out a very strong message to all young people, that knife crime cannot and will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form.
"No one should feel the need to carry knives. People's lives can be lost so quickly and needlessly, just look at what happened to my Kyle."
Victor Maibvisira, 19, Ephrain Akinwunmi-Streets, 17, Shezakia Dale, 17, Tyler Ralph, 17, and 16-year-old Jordan Dania were found guilty of murder and violent disorder.
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Detective Chief Inspector Ivan Beasley said: "These were two separate groups of former friends who fell out over something as small as a push bike and the defendants' response was to attack a young man with knives.
"Kyle was sitting alone in a silver Renault Clio when it was surrounded. The windows were smashed and one of the tyres was slashed.
"Kyle managed to get out of the car and ran to a friend's address nearby, however as he was banging on the front door and before he could get to safety, he was stabbed five times.
"One stab wound in his right armpit caused an arterial bleed and he died later in a local hospital."
According to the MailOnline the bike theft was said to be the 'final insult' for pharmaceutical science college student, Victor Maibvisira.
Maidstone Crown Court heard the 19-year-old 'gathered his troops' and, having 'tooled up', attacked Kyle as 'payback' for a split lip he had suffered in an earlier confrontation with one of the teen's friends.
Just 24 hours before the murder, police had spoken to Kyle and his best friend, 18-year-old, Lewis Dilallo, about their problems with Maibvisira.
There had been a series of conflicts in just eight weeks in which Maibvisira brandished a 'Ninja-type' sword at Kyle and warned Lewis, to 'get his coffin ready'.
The court heard that officers suggested they left the area to let the situation calm down and even warned the boys: "This isn't f****** funny, one of you will be dead soon."
But the boys smirked and Kyle replied: 'Don't worry, I can run fast'.
The judge lifted reporting restrictions allowing the four juveniles to be named because of the seriousness of the offences, the Metro reports.
The teens will be sentenced on 14 June.
According to the Sun, at least 37 people have been fatally stabbed in London since the beginning of the year.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Kyle Yule