The Times reports: ‘Two teenage rappers have been jailed for a total of 32 years for plotting to kill a pregnant 15-year-old because they thought she stood in the way of their music careers.’
The two 19-year-olds, Kingsley Ogundele and Brandon Jolie, who had big ambitions on the “grime” music scene decided that a baby was just too inconvenient, and concluded that the easiest way to solve the problem was to murder the 15-year-old girl, who had refused to have an abortion.
Jolie, the baby’s father, wrote to his accomplice in a webchat: “I don’t care if she lives or dies because the consequences of her having a child are too big to handle,” though clearly he had not considered the consequences of being convicted of murder, and it doesn’t look like either man’s career is going to be going anywhere soon.
When Jolie’s friend offered to kill the girl and her unborn baby (what are friends for, if not to help you murder your pregnant girlfriend?) and the pair lured her to a canal, where, the Times goes on, ‘Ogundele hit her repeatedly on the head with a metal pole and, despite her cries of “Please don’t, I’m pregnant”, pushed her into the canal and held her underwater.’
Thanks to the intervention of a passer-by, the girl survived and went on to deliver a healthy baby, who now has to grow up in the knowledge that his father tried to kill him and his mother. Heartwarming stuff.
According to the judge, the baby’s father feared his mother would “cut off [his] student allowance” if the baby was born.
Life is getting cheaper by the day.