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The family of a salesman stabbed to death after being lured to a bogus meeting said his killers should spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
Omar Raza, 23, was ambushed in the street after Akol Garang and George Rodriguez, both 18, arranged to meet him under the pretence of a car insurance sale.
They will be sentenced tomorrow after being convicted of murder and conspiracy.
Following the verdict at the Old Bailey, Mr Raza’s brother Ali, 26, said: “I want them to spend all their lives in prison. But me saying that is not going to change anything.
“Even by them staying in prison all their lives, I’m not going to get my brother back. Them going to jail isn’t going to take the pain away.”
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors that Mr Raza worked in the wine department of Selfridges.
As a sideline he earned commission by arranging car insurance for individuals through a broker he knew.
The court heard how Garang had first met Mr Raza, who lived in Walthamstow, after advertising a red laptop for sale on Gumtree for £180.
Mr Raza bought the computer for his fiancée before offering to arrange the teenager’s car insurance.
Garang handed over an initial £300 but then failed to pay the remaining £1,600, prompting Mr Raza and two friends to seize another laptop the teenager was selling.
In retaliation Garang set up the meeting with Mr Raza pretending to be an insurance customer named “Stacey” and enlisted Rodriguez as his accomplice for the ambush.
Mr Rees told jurors: “This sham meeting was arranged so he could take his revenge by attacking Omar Raza with a knife and robbing him.
“George Rodriguez agreed to go along and play his part in the ambush. They entered into an agreement to rob Omar Raza of any available property he brought to this meeting.
“In addition Akol Garang intended either to kill or cause serious bodily harm with a knife if the opportunity arose.”
Mr Raza was attacked as he waited in his silver BMW convertible in Ivatt Way, Wood Green, at about 2.15pm on February 15 this year.
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