Four gang members have been jailed for the murder of an NHS worker whom they randomly chose “simply for the sake of doing it.”
Muhammad Jalloh and David Ture, both 19 and homeless, as well as Vagnei Colubali, 23, of Cambridge, were found guilty of the murder of David Gomoh in August. Alex Melaku, who could not be previously identified because he was under 18 years old, was also convicted.
Each was jailed for life on Friday, with Jalloh and Colubali sentenced to a minimum of 27 years, Ture to a minimum of 26 and Melaku to a minimum of 21.
Gomoh, 24, was stabbed to death while talking to his girlfriend on the phone on April 26 last year. He was a short distance from his home in the Newham area of East London when the attack took place and he managed to stagger back there, collapsing at his front door and bleeding to death in front of his anguished family.
Sitting at the trial on Friday, London Registrar Mark Lucraft QC said the killers had carried out a “brutal murder” that involved a “significant degree” of planning.
He said they seemed to “kill simply for the sake of doing it and showing little or no regard for human life,” adding: “David was a lonely, innocent and completely unsuspecting victim” who was in “the wrong place at the wrong time. “. . Gomoh, he said, was stabbed 10 times, and some of the lunges penetrated almost 20 cm.
In a statement on the victim’s impact, Gomoh’s mother, Marian, said she is “haunted” by recurring nightmares about what happened, adding: “I felt numb, paralyzed with grief and pain.” Why David? “
He said the “psychological and emotional torture intensified” during the trial, as he listened to the details of what happened to his “beautiful son”.
He added that he had “a lot to live for; so much broken promise and so much need for the trust of the NHS that he worked to help distribute PPE and other supplies, so much humanity and compassion to share.
He said his son’s murderers “entered our lives uninvited and destroyed David’s life.” The defendants have “shattered our family … Their contempt for a human life is beyond comprehension.”
Gomoh’s sister, Lizzie, paid tribute to her “amazing, fun-loving brother” and said his death has had a “devastating impact on all of us.” She said, “It still feels so raw and so fresh.” Referring to his brother’s killers, he said: “I hope they eventually show remorse.”