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Teen faces 20 years in jail for Renell Charles murder

Renell was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack as he waited for a bus outside his Walthamstow school in May last year

(Left) Myglor Yambuya will serve at least 20 years in jail for the murder of Renell Charles (right)

A teenager will serve at least 20 years in jail for the murder of 16-year-old Renell Charles, who was killed as he waited for a bus.

Myglor Yambuya, 17, stabbed Renell outside Kelmscott School on Markhouse Road on 5th May last year.

Yambuya had jumped out of a taxi upon seeing Renell sat at a bus stop on Markhouse Road with friends.

According to the Metropolitan Police, there was a brief verbal altercation between the two before Renell attempted to run away. He was chased down the street and then stabbed twice. The attacker stabbed Renell a second time as he lay on the floor defenceless.

Metropolitan Police officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and provided medical assistance, but Renell sadly died a short time later.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday (14th March) Yambuya was sentenced to life imprisonment and will serve a minimum term of 20 years. He had been convicted of the murder at the same court on 2nd February.

Following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers said his thoughts were with Renell’s family and loved ones.

He added: “They have been dignified and supportive throughout and I hope it is of some comfort to them his killer has been brought to justice.

“For reasons known only to him, Yambuya – just a child himself – subjected Renell to a brutal and unprovoked attack on a busy road in view of countless witnesses. To date, he has shown no remorse for his appalling actions.”

He said that the stabbing was “yet another example of a willingness by some to carry and use knives with seemingly no care or thought for the consequences”, adding, “such senseless acts of violence will never cease to shock us all, and in this case, made all the more tragic given Renell was so young.”

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