Four teenage boys convicted in connection with the robbery and murder of 25-year-old Wilham Mendes in Tottenham in December 2018, have been jailed for a total of 29 years.
The four boys, two aged 16 and two aged 17, appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 29 October where they were sentenced as follows:
[A] A 17-year-boy, was sentenced to 16-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for the murder and robbery of Wilham Mendes; and possession of an offensive weapon, he was found not guilty of the robbery and attempted robbery of two other men on 22 December 2018. He had pleaded guilty to murder mid trial at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 2 July 19.
[B] A 16-year-boy, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for the robbery of Wilham Mendes and the robbery and of another man on 22 December 2018. He had previously pleaded guilty to robbing Mr Mendes of his bag and also pleaded guilty to robbing another man moments before. Following trial at the Old Bailey he was found not guilty of the murder / manslaughter of Mr Mendes and attempted robbery on another man on Wednesday, 31 July 19.
[C] A 17-year-old boy, was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for manslaughter and robbery of Wilham Mendes, he was found not guilty and the robbery and attempted robbery of two other men on 22 December 2018. During trial at the Old Bailey, the defendant pleaded guilty to possessing an offensive weapon. The jury could not reach a decision in relation to the murder charge and the defendant subsequently pleaded guilty to Manslaughter.
[D] A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to a youth referral order including a three-month curfew for the robbery of 25-year-old Wilham Mendes. Following trial at the Old Bailey he was previously found not guilty of the murder/manslaughter of Mr Mendes and the robbery and attempted robbery of the other men on 31st July 19.
The jury heard how police were called on Saturday, 22 December at around 01:20 hours by London Ambulance Service (LAS) to a report of a stabbing at Albert Place, N17.
Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and found Wilham Mendes, who was 25-years-old at the time of his death, suffering with stab injuries to the chest and stomach.
An ambulance crew transported Wilham to the Royal London Hospital, but despite the efforts of medical professionals, Wilham was pronounced dead in hospital at 02:13hrs.
Wilham was a Portuguese national who had been living in the UK since 2015, most recently in Tottenham. His next of kin were located and notified in Portugal.
A murder investigation was launched led by the Homicide and serious crime command.
DS Devan Taylor said: “This was a tragic case. Wilham Mendes was returning from work when he was attacked. He was an outstanding young man who came to the UK in furtherance of a promising career. He was in the prime of his life with a bright future ahead of him, only for that future to be snatched away by a group of boys who had set out that night to rob and steal from anyone who had the misfortune of crossing their paths.
“Their behaviour was truly shocking and they showed no regard for another person’s life that night.
“But it doesn’t end there. The Mendes family now have to live with his loss and the four defendants will live the remainder of their lives with the stigma of criminal record, and the death of a man on their conscience.“