Four men who fatally stabbed a NHS worker nine times have been put behind bars.
David Gomoh, 24, stagged back to his home address after he was fatally stabbed at least nine times by a group as he walked down Freemasons Road on the phone to his girlfriend on 26 April last year.
The NHS staffer, who was not in a gang but targeted for living in the wrong part of Newham, died soon after arriving in hospital.
Mohammad Jalloh, 19, of Watt Street, Wapping, and Vagnei Colubali, 23, of Suffolk Road, Enfield, must spend at least 27 years in jail for murder.
David Ture, 19, of Bloomsbury Street, Camden, will stay behind bars for at least 26 years.
Alex Melaku, 18, of Bishopsdale, Telford, will remain in prison for 21 years.
They were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday September 17 after they were convicted of murder at the same court in August.
Mr Gomoh’s mum Marian said the murder was the hardest thing she and her family had ever faced.
She said: “David’s murder is without doubt the hardest thing my family and I have been through. It is something that no parent should ever go through. While this has been painful beyond words, I am beyond grateful to God that we have seen justice and the four men who took my son’s life have been found guilty.
“The family would like to thank all the first responders on the scene that fateful night; the media, the police, especially the investigating officers, who have worked so hard to secure justice for David Jason Junior Gomoh, who was such a charismatic, intelligent and focused young gentleman.
“Nothing will bring back a life that was so full of promise and hope, a life that was brutally taken away from us; but we are grateful that now we can begin to mourn and build a fitting legacy for David.”
Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, who led the investigation, said: “These four defendants carried out a senseless attack on a completely innocent man and there is absolutely no doubt that London is a safer place with them behind bars.
“Despite the significant evidence linking them to this crime, all four refused to admit to their actions meaning David’s family and friends had to sit through a trial and re-live the worst night of their lives.
“Our thoughts, as always, remain with them and we hope they can now begin to grieve for the loss of their son and brother.”
Detectives found a stolen car abandoned in Lincoln Road less than a mile away from the scene of the fatal stabbing.
Sunglasses in the back of the car had DNA evidence linking the accessory to Mohammad Jalloh.