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Mother and son guilty of killing teenager with machete

A mother and her teenage son have been found guilty of killing a 17-year-old boy after a machete attack in south London.

Tyreese Ulysses, 19, gathered a group armed with knives after learning that Levi Ernest-Morrison and his friends had been knocking on his mother Nichola Leighton’s door looking for him, the Old Bailey was told.

The group jumped out of Leighton’s ‘distinctive’ red Suzuki 4×4 jeep and chased Levi and one of his friends during the incident earlier this year.

Jurors heard that Levi was caught and fatally stabbed in Sydenham on the evening of April 10.

Two youths, aged 16 and 17, who had admitted having weapons, were unanimously convicted of murder.

But the jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on murder charge for another youth, aged 15.

Prosecutor Bill Emlyn Jones QC said the attack lasted just 30 seconds before the group sprinted back to the waiting car, driven by Leighton, which then sped away.

Angry mum 'drove son and his friends to kill boy who knocked on her door'Levi Ernest-MorrisonPicture: Met Police
Levi had been knocking on Leighton’s door (Picture: Met Police)

Leighton, 36, admitted driving the boys to the scene but denied being aware they were armed, while her son claimed they only wanted to scare off the gang.

The Sydenham mother was found guilty of murder and having an offensive weapon.

Ulysses, from Catford, south London, admitted having a weapon, and was cleared of murder.

However, he was convicted of manslaughter by a majority of 10 to two, after a jury deliberated for more than 40 hours.

**TV OUT** Artist impression of Nicola Leighton, 36, her son Tyreese Ulysses, 19, appearing at the Old Bailey, London. The jury is out in the trial of the mother who stands accused of murder after she allegedly drove her son and his three teenage friends to kill a disabled youth in Sydenham. Nicola Leighton, 36, her son Tyreese Ulysses, 19, together with two 15-year-old boys and a third aged 17, are charged with the murder of 17-year-old Levi Ernest-Morrison, in Sydenham, southeast London.
An artist’s impression of Nicola Leighton, 36, her son Tyreese Ulysses, 19, in court (Picture: SWNS)

Mr Jones said: ‘That evening, when Levi and the others came knocking on her door, Nichola Leighton was furious.

‘She rang the police about it and told the police that if the boys came back, she was going to batter them.

‘But before she had phoned the police, she contacted with her son Tyreese Ulysses.

‘The prosecution say that having heard from his mum that Levi and his friends had come round to his mum’s house and were bothering her, he then rallied the troops.’

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