Two teens 'slashed to death by masked rival gang in ferocious ambush at birthday party'

TWO teens were slashed to death by a masked rival gang in a “ferocious” ambush at a birthday party, a court heard.

Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, were killed at the party in the Emerson Valley area of Milton Keynes on October 19 last year.


Luton Crown Court heard the pair suffered multiple injuries as armed raiders “stormed” the property in Archford Croft, where a "fairly small house party" was taking place.

Two others were stabbed and left with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Charlie Chandler, 22, and Clayton Barker, 20, both of Bletchley, Milton Keynes, along with a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old deny both murders and two counts of wounding with intent.

Jurors heard the defendants were connected to the B3 gang based in West Bletchley, Milton Keynes.

They had planned the attack after receiving a “tip-off” that members of the rival M4 gang were at the party, prosecutor Charlotte Newell QC said.

The masked intruders “stormed into the rear of the property” carrying weapons – while one intruder armed with a “rambo” knife blocked the escape route at the front door, the court heard.

'IMMEDIATE AND FEROCIOUS'

The prosecutor said Ben was stabbed six times in the living room of the three-bedroom house, including once through the heart – causing him to die almost immediately. 

Dom was then subjected to a "frenzied" attack after he ran from the property but slipped and was “repeatedly sliced and stabbed as he lay on the ground”, Miss Newell said.

She added: “The attack upon them was immediate and ferocious.

“They had little or no time to react and little or no chance of protecting themselves.”

Dom, who had been "hacked", was later helped into the house where he asked for someone to call his mother for him.

Miss Newell told the court that Dom said: "'Mum, I've been stabbed, I love you'.

"His mum, Tracy Ansah, was to attend the scene and travel to the hospital to see her son as he was sadly to lose his life in hospital."

The living room where Ben had been stabbed and declared dead by emergency services was a "blood bath", and a "scene of carnage," the prosecutor added.

Miss Newell said there were two particular incidents that may have served as a "catalyst" for the attack.

This included a recorded incident where one of the defendants was assaulted, stripped and taunted in woodland in the Westcroft area of Milton Keynes in 2017.

The teenager later named Dom as one of the perpetrators, the court heard.

Five defendants were expected to attend the seven-week trial however, Earl Bevans, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of wounding with intent on Monday.

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