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Five jailed for a total of 126 years

Five males who murdered a pair of 17-year-olds in a “ferocious” ambush at a birthday party have been jailed for a total of 126 years.

Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice were stabbed to death at a house in the Emerson Valley area of Milton Keynes on October 19, 2019.

Two others were stabbed and left with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Charlie Chandler, 23, Clayton Barker, 20, and two 17-year-olds denied both murders and two counts of wounding with intent.

However, jurors at Luton Crown Court convicted the four defendants of murder last month.

The four males are joined at sentencing by a fifth defendant, 23-year-old Earl Bevans, who admitted two counts of murder and both counts of wounding at the start of the trial.

Clayton Barker, 20, in a photo released by police (Image: PA)

During the six-week trial, jurors heard the defendants were either members or associated with members of the B3 gang in West Bletchley, named after the MK3 postcode, and had planned the attack after receiving a tip-off that members of the rival M4 gang were at the party.

Prosecutor Charlotte Newell QC said the group stormed into the rear of the house in Archford Croft shortly after midnight, armed and with their faces covered.

She said: “The male party-goers were targeted and the attack upon them was immediate and ferocious.

23-year-old Earl Bevans who admitted two counts of murder (Image: PA)

“They had little or no time to react and little or no chance of protecting themselves.

“Within seconds of the arrival of the defendants’ group, one young man was dead, two had been sliced with a knife or knives, causing serious, but mercifully not fatal injuries and a fourth was running for his life.”

Ben was stabbed six times in the living room of the three-bedroom house, and Dom was subjected to a “frenzied” attack after he ran from the property, the prosecutor said.

Jurors were shown pictures of the living room where Ben had been stabbed and declared dead, described as a “blood bath” and a “scene of carnage”.

Victim Ben Gillham-Rice (Image: Thames Valley Police)
Dom Ansah, 17, was the other victim (Image: PA)

A post-mortem examination showed Ben had suffered injuries including a 20cm deep wound damaging his heart.

Dom was chased down and “hacked”, jurors were told, suffering 47 injuries and dying in hospital three hours

Miss Newell said: “He appeared to have been a particular focus of the defendants’ attention and he did not get away.

“Having run from the house he circled back into the street pursued by two of the defendants, where he slipped, thereby allowing the attackers to gain ground upon him.

“He was repeatedly sliced and stabbed as he lay on the ground.”

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