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Teenager jailed for murdering 16-year-old in Newham

Ignas Stauryla killed Shanur Ahmed last March (Credit: Metropolitan Police)

A teenager who murdered a 16-year-old boy in Newham has been jailed for more than 17 years.

Ignas Stauryla, 18, of Shackleton Way, hit Shanur Ahmed over the head with a weapon near Gallions Reach DLR station in March last year. 

The victim was reported missing by his father but he was not found until a train driver spotted his body in a nearby wasteland the next day. 

A post-mortem examination found he died from a head injury caused by blunt force trauma. 

Shanur Ahmed was murdered (Credit: MPS)

Officers quickly linked the murder to another attack on a 17-year-old at a bus stop in Prince Regents Lane the previous day.

The victim required stitches for a head injury sustained by a weapon wielded by one of the group.

Later that evening, two groups of teenagers were seen by a bus driver travelling near the DLR station. 

Footage from the bus’s external cameras showed six people chasing another group of six teenagers, one of whom was Shanur Ahmed. 

Although the attack was not filmed, the footage showed Stauryla chasing Shanur and the two of them heading towards the location where his body was found the next morning. 

Other footage also showed the murderer appearing to demonstrate how he had carried out the murder to his friends. 

Stauryla later confirmed the weapon was a saddle taken from a nearby bike. It was found by officers in the wasteland. 

Stauryla was previously found guilty of murder and has also been convicted of possession of an offensive weapon, two counts of affray and one count of ABH. 

He was sentenced to 17-and-a-half years’ imprisonment. 

Five other men have also been sentenced for their roles in the incidents leading up to and linked to the killing. 

Yusuf Jennah, 19, of Shackleton Way, was sentenced to 15 months after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
Nick Janarauskas, 18, of Magellan Boulevard, was sentenced to 12 months after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
Ibrahim Khamis, 19, of Plymouth Road, was sentenced to 14 months after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
Sadiq Abubakar, 18, of Shackleton Way, was sentenced to 15 months after pleading guilty to two counts of affray and one count of ABH.
Michael Mendes, 19, of Pacific Road, E16 was sentenced to 11 months after pleading guilty to one count of affray and one count of ABH.

Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, who led the murder investigation, said: “Shanur was just 16 and had his whole life ahead of him when it was cruelly taken away by another teenager in an act of needless violence.

“The ongoing dispute between the two groups culminated in this tragic outcome which has left another family grieving and with a hole in their lives that they will never fill.”

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