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Leyton man among four convicted of Walthamstow murder

Kammar Henry-Richards was one of four who killed Kacey Boothe as he was leaving a child’s birthday party in Forest Rise last August

Kacey Boothe (above) was murdered by Kammar Henry-Richards (inset right). Credit: Met Police

Four men have been convicted of murdering Kacey Boothe in Walthamstow last summer.

The 25-year-old from Stratford was shot in Forest Rise at around 9.30pm on 13th August 2022, and later died in hospital. 

Following a ten-week trial at the Old Bailey Kammar Henry-Richards, from Leyton, was this week found guilty of murder alongside Ka’mani Brightly-Donaldson, Joao Pateco-te and Jeffrey Gyimah.

The four were also convicted of conspiracy to murder another man and conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life. 

Kacey was shot as he left a children’s birthday party at the Peterhouse Community Centre. Police said the murder took place “against a background of violent incidents” between two gangs of which the defendants and Kacey were associated with.

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Detective chief Inspector Larry Smith said: “I would like to commend my team for their tenacious and dedicated investigation, trawling through hours of CCTV, analysing mobile phones and speaking with a number of witnesses to piece together the exact movements of these individuals prior to this deadly attack.

“I am pleased to see these men held responsible for their actions and hope this serves as a warning to other people who involve themselves in gang related violence, that we will take robust action.

“Ultimately, a family have lost their loved one and for this my thoughts remain with Kacey’s family and friends at this time. I hope today’s verdict will help them to move forward.”

A fifth man, Roody Thomas, previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm. 

All five will be sentenced at the Old Bailey at a later date to be confirmed in January, police said. 

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