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Revenge 'posse' killer convicted

Fuad Buraleh
Fuad Buraleh's injuries were described as 'barbaric' by his father

A son who led a revenge attack on a teenager who spat at his father has been convicted of murder.

Fuad Buraleh, 19, died last January after being set upon by an impromptu gang out to punish him for an argument with Carl Cadogan, 67.

Cadogan's son, Miles, 24, of Kilburn, north-west London, was convicted of murder by a jury at the Old Bailey.

His father, 67, of Hanwell, west London, was convicted of violent disorder.

The father was cleared of murder along with four other members of what the court heard was a "makeshift posse".

The men, Anthony Sheehan, 22, of Northolt; Lee Beavis, 26, of Eastcote; Scott Baker, 21, of Ruislip and Richard O'Donoghue, 24 of Hanwell, west London, were all found guilty of violent disorder.

'Disgusting and obnoxious'

The trial heard that Mr Buraleh was beaten, kicked, and attacked with a bottle, and left with horrific skull injuries.

The attack, in Ealing, west London, happened after a drunken Mr Buraleh and a 21-year-old friend, had a confrontation with Mr Cadogan's father on a bus.

Aftab Jafferjee QC, prosecuting, said their behaviour towards Mr Cadogan had been "disgusting and obnoxious".

"The price, however, that the 19-year-old had to pay for his behaviour was with his life," he said.

Mr Cadogan used his mobile phone to call his son and arrange a "makeshift posse" to avenge the spitting incident.

Judge Timothy Pontius said that although Carl Cadogan had been cleared of murder, he warned that the older man may still face jail because the attack was "for the specific purpose of retribution".

The victim's father, Ahmed Buraleh, said in a statement that while he was not proud of his son's behaviour on the night he died, he did not deserve to be the victim of a "barbaric" attack.

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