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Boys found guilty over stoning death..UK

Five boys, one aged 12, sobbed at the Old Bailey today after they were found guilty of killing a pensioner who they spat at and pelted with stones.

Ernest Norton suffered a heart attack and died after collapsing at outdoor tennis courts in Erith, Kent, in February last year.

The 67-year-old had been playing cricket with his 17-year-old son, James, at the Erith leisure centre when a jeering mob of 15 youths gathered at the fence and began shouting insults.

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The boys - part of a gang called the New Estate, which had its own website - began hurling stones and pieces of wood at Mr Norton. He was hit on the temple and one rock fractured his cheekbone before he collapsed with a heart attack.

James ran to the leisure centre to fetch his mother, Linda, and Mr Norton lay unconscious as she held his hand and called his name. He was pronounced dead in an ambulance on t


Added: Aug-31-2007 
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