Schoolgirl, 16, who dreamed of going to Oxford gunned down by gang as she queued in takeaway
She was a 16-year-old schoolgirl who dreamed of going to Oxford with a talent for public speaking.
But her life was ended by gangsters who fired a submachine gun through the window of a takeway in the mistaken thought their rivals were inside.
Today two members of the gang were sentenced to life in prison both with a minimum term of 32 years after they were found guilty of the murder of Agnes Suina-Inakoju.
The 16-year-old was happily talking to friends in the fried chicken shop in Hoxton when bullets from the Croatian-made Agram 9mm submachine pistol smashed through the window.
Agnes, who the court heard had a realistic chance of achieving her ambition of a university education, was seen clutching her face in agony — an unwitting victim of gang rivalry which has reached a new and terrifying level of sophisticated weaponry and callousness.
Gunman Leon Dunkley and his lookout Mohammed Smoured, both 22 and from Hackney, are members of the London Fields Boys gang.
Police later discovered the gang's stash of weapons including a Mac 10 submachine gun, stored under a nine-year-old boy's bed.
The killers, dressed in hoodies, rode to the shop on bikes and, without checking who was inside, opened fire through the window. CCTV film of the shooting played to the jury was described as 'shocking, graphic and hideously violent'.
Seconds before the attack Agnes is seen playing with the hair of a friend Ronan Casey.
Another friend ducked when she saw the killers coming but Agnes only had time to look up.
'The scene inside this shop is one of shock, horror and chaos,' said Simon Denison, QC, prosecuting.
The shooting in April last year was a bungled revenge attack in a feud between the London Field Boys and rival gang the Hoxton Boys
The murder weapon was found when a police officer saw a youth running away with a rucksack which was thrown over a wall into a garden.
It had been held by a 16-year-old who was found cowering in a cupboard when police raided his home.
On his mobile there were pictures of diamond-encrusted weapons and the letters L and F made out of money.
At the Hackney home of a 15-year-old boy police found a stockpile of weapons and ammunition under the bed he shared with his young brother.
A teenager, often used by the London Field Boys as a gun runner, told the court he heard Smoured talking a few days after the killing. The gang were laughing and 'Smoured said something about someone being shot in the neck and said the way they dropped was funny'.
Agnes, a popular and successful student who had just finished her GCSEs, died in hospital two days later with her mother Safurat at her side.
Her sisters had had a plan to make her a model by sending her photos to agencies on her 18th birthday.
They wanted to wait until then so their mother did not accuse them of spoiling Agnes’s education.She had a talent for public speaking and had come second in a Hackney 'Speak Out Challenge' in 2009 with a speech on racism.
She never got into gangs or fights. She was, her friends say, just “nice and bubbly.” The murder scene, a few minutes walk from the de Beauvoir estate where she lived, was covered with flowers.
Barry Herson, head teacher at Haggerston school, said: 'Agnes was a lively, vibrant and young woman with a bright future.
'We are very proud of her achievements and the wonderful way she represented the school.'
Sister Atinuke, 24, said: 'She was the bestest sister in the world. I could never ask for a friend like her.'
Her Nigerian-born mother said: 'The sun has gone out — what can I do?'