Two teenage rappers who tried to murder a pregnant 15-year-old girl for getting in the way of their careers were jailed for a total of 32 years today.
Brandon Jolie, 19, who made an album with chart-topping grime star Tinchy Stryder, wanted the victim killed to stop her having his baby. He recruited fellow musician Kingsley Ogundele, 19, during a six-hour online chat after complaining she was 'trying to f*** up my life.' The pair arranged to lure the victim to her death at the Regents Canal in Islington, north London.
Ogundele then battered the girl over the head with a metal pole, punched and kicked her and pushed her into the water.
She only survived because a brave passer-by interrupted the attack as Ogundele held her head under the water.
Tour guide Andrew Hall was commended for his bravery at the Old Bailey today as the pair were sentenced by Judge Paul Worsley QC.
Jolie, who was known on the music scene as 'Maniac', was jailed for 14 years today after admitting conspiracy to murder.
His friend Ogundele, known as 'Snoopy Montana', was convicted of the same charge after a trial and jailed for 18 years.
Jailing the two friends, Judge Worsley said: 'The jury and your plea Brandon Jolie indictaes you intended
'It was not an idle form of words, it was a planned and determined effort to see that she would die.'
He added: 'The best years of your lives are now to be spent behind bars, and be very clear that is as a result of your determination to kill that girl.'
In a statement to the court, the victim said her whole family had been forced to move out of London in fear for their lives.
'I cannot walk out the house without my mum. When I go out in the daytime I am always looking behind me. This often makes me panic and my heart races.
'When I am alone, if I have to go to the shops I have had flashbacks. I do not trust boys any more.
'Because we had to move from London I I have lost contact with all my friends and I don't see any of my family very often.
'My mother has been through hell with this. She has also had to leave all her friends and family in London. The whole family is frightened.
'This incident took place because I became pregnant to Brandon Jolie. I didn't want to marry him but I did want him to be part of my baby's life.
'Now I don't ever want him to see my baby. This makes me feel guilty that my baby will never know his father. How can I explain that his father tried to kill us both just because I was pregnant?'
Detective Inspector Helen Williams said outside court: 'It is difficult to comprehend the casual way in which Ogundele and Jolie callously plotted to kill the victim - all because they didn't want Jolie's aspirations of fame to be affected.
'If it was not for Mr Hall this would have been a murder inquiry. But he heard the screams of her being pushed in, confronted Ogundele, chased him off then pulled her out of the water and got her to safety.
'He was her guardian angel but he is a very humble man and doesn't want this treated as out of the ordinary.'
Both Ogundele and Jolie were well known in the 'grime' rap scene, a combination of hip-hop, garage and dancehall styles.
Jolie's music was used for a Nike advert and in the British film Adulthood and had earned him success at an early age.
He is also earned an FA coaching badge at the age of 15 and had previously played with the West Ham schoolboy team at the age of 12.
Jolie had been in a relationship with the victim, from Lewisham, south east London, until August last year but they split up after she discovered she was pregnant.
He had tried to persuade her to have an abortionand told her that if his mother found out she would stop paying for his tuition fees but she decided to keep the baby.
On October 19 last year Jolie began complaining to Ogundele about the girl's behaviour during a chat on the MSN chat service.
The conversation had to be 'translated' by police because of its use of internet and youth slang.
Prosecutor Vivek D'Cruz said: 'What those translations reveal is the appallingly casual and callous ways these two feral youths quickly plot ways to murder the teenager.
'The detail of the emails also reveals the casual and callous extent to which these two were prepared to go to get rid of and murder the girl and her baby.
'The motive for this murder was because she was pregnant with what Jolie thought was his baby.
'Ogundele and Jolie perceived this to be nothing more than an irritating, inconvenient problem. A problem that simply had to be eliminated.'
In the chat, Ogundele wrote: 'F*** her she's a little slag. She will keep it. Don't let her get you. She's a p****. Listen I will f****** kill her.'
Jolie later replied: 'I don't care if she lives or dies because the consequences of her having a child are too big for me to handle.'
Ogundele then outlined his plan: 'She will come and see you, I will be waiting.... I'm not f****** around bruv.'
Jolie then asked: 'Have you done this before?'
Ogundele: 'Mmm. Something like it.'
Jolie: 'If you haven't it's difficult, it's a big risk, 25 years.'
Ogundele then suggested a different method using a drug addict.
He added: 'I could do it an easier way and find an addict to do it for some crack cocaine.'
The pair interrupted their chat to discuss the next episode of the BBC drama Heroes and so Ogundele could be interviewed by a grime website about his first album 'It's A Dog Eat Dog World.'
'One of the chilling parts of this clear plan of murder is the seamless way these two youths move from the talk of conspiracy to murder to talk of things such as Heroes, light entertainment and popular culture,' said the prosecutor.
The pair drew up a 10-point plan for the murder which was later found by detectives on Ogundele's computer.
They later arranged the attack for December 12 after the girl called Jolie to says he had just had her 24-week scan.
Jolie asked her to go to Angel tube and follow directions provided by Ogundele, a former pupil at St Aloysius College in Islington.
She told the court it was 'weird' that Jolie wanted to meet her as he had previously rejected her and the baby but added: 'I wanted my child to know his father.'
The girl left school and spent almost two hours wandering the streets of Islington on her way to Packington Street where she passed a canal bridge.
'I thought to myself "What am I doing, he should really be meeting me, I'm six months pregnant and it's freezing",' she said.
'It did seem a bit wrong that I was going all this way.' Ogundele launched his attack after walking past and glaring at her.
She told the court: 'The boy started running after me. He was wearing all black and had a hood on.
'I don't know if he kicked me or pushed me in to the water. I was in there, lots of water went down my throat. I couldn't seem to get up. I think he was pushing my head down' 'When he got to me he just smacked me over the head with a metal pole and didn't say anything.
'He was continuously smacking me to the right side of my head. He just carried on hitting me.
'I was screaming and I looked at him once and I have got an image in my head that he was smiling.
'I don't know if he kicked me or pushed me in to the water. I was in there, lots of water went down my throat. I couldn't seem to get up. I think he was pushing my head down.'
The girl, who later gave birth to a healthy baby boy, told police: 'I thought I was going to die. I could feel myself giving up.'
Jolie, of Tower Hamlets, east London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder.
In a letter to the victim, read out in court, he said: 'I am writing this letter to tell you personally how sorry I am for causing you pain.
'I am sorry for abusing your trust and placing you in a situation which endangered your life. I lost my composure for a moment and as a result I found myself in an awkward position.
'I have no bad feelings towards you... My only explanation is I was backed into a corner and acted irresponsibly and immaturely. I am thankful you were not seriously hurt. I wish you good luck in the future.'
His mother works as a senior administrator for Royal London Hospital and his brother is an investment bank manager.
At the time of the attack he was studying a four-year degree in TV production at Bedfordshire University in Luton.
Jolie's barrister Garry Green told the court that the victim was Jolie's first girlfriend and he felt 'swamped' by the situation.
Mr Green said: 'By the age of 17 he had become a respected producer. He was effectively about to be catapulted from an almost complete ignorance of girls into fatherhood.
'He panicked and thought that all he had worked for he would lose. He felt swamped and overcome. What was otherwise a rational, sensible, intelligent man lost the plot.'
Ogundele, of Romford, Essex, denied conspiracy to murder
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