Chiswick youth found guilty of murder

Indrit Krasniqi last of gang to be convicted

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Indrit Krasniqi - convicted of murder, attempted murder and kidnap

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The jury in the trial of a gang charged with the rape and murder of a 16 year old girl have reached a verdict on the final member of the gang, Chiswick teenager Indrit Krasniqi. After finding his co-accused guilty last week, the jury which was made up of seven women and four men, reached their decision this morning.

Krasniqi, 19, of Oxford Road North who originally comes from Kosovo, had been found guilty of kidnap and assault last week. He was cleared on two counts of rape. At the time of the offence he was on probation for driving and drugs offences. He had lived in England since he was 13 and had been a resident of various children's homes. He was due to be deported back to Kosovo when he turned 18 a month before the murder took place.

Adrian Thomas, 20; Jamaile Morally, 22; his brother Joshua Morally, 23; and Llewellyn Adams, 24, all from South West London were found guilty of the murder. A fifth man, 19-year-old Michael Johnson, of Southfields, had admitted to the charges during the trial.

The attack on Mary-Ann Leneghan and her 18 year old friend was carried out in revenge for a drugs related robbery which the gang believed the girls had set up. The girls were sexually assaulted and tortured during a prolonged ordeal. Mary-Ann was killed by a stab wound to the neck but, despite being shot in the head, her friend survived, regained consciousness and managed to flag down a passing motorist after being left for dead in a park.

Krasniqi was reportedly the only one of the accused to show any emotion when the verdicts were handed down.

March 23, 2006