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Lawyer's life cut cruelly short
Tom ap Rhys Pryce
Tom ap Rhys Pryce worked for a leading London law firm
Tom ap Rhys Pryce was clutching his wedding plans when he died in the street just minutes away from his home.

The 31-year-old lawyer handed over his property to his attackers during the struggle but it was not enough.

Donnel Carty and Delano Brown ran off, leaving him dying from multiple stab wounds, as his fiancee Adele Eastman waited for him at their flat nearby.

Det Insp Teresa Defanis said: "Carty and Brown ended the life of a man with so much to live for.

"He was a man embarking on a promising career, a man planning his future with the woman he loved, a man supported by a loving family."

'Hard to understand'

His parents, John and Estella ap Rhys Pryce, of Surrey, welcomed the guilty verdict but said they felt sorry for their son's killers.

Mrs ap Rhys Pryce said: "These children are not intrinsically evil. If they had been educated properly - given the right moral training - they would not have done this.

"I don't know their circumstances but no doubt there is some reason for what they did. I feel very sorry for them."

Her husband added: "You find it hard to understand why they did it and therefore hard to hate something you cannot understand in the first place."

After gaining a first at Cambridge, where he studied the classics, Mr ap Rhys Pryce joined a leading London law firm, Linklaters.

He became engaged to fellow solicitor Adele Eastman and the couple were planning to get married this autumn.

Memorial fund

The Old Bailey heard Mr ap Rhys Pryce was walking home from Kensal Green Tube station at about 2300 GMT, 12 January, when he was attacked.

Jurors were told officers found a trail of blood and belongings leading towards the home he shared with his fiancée in Bathurst Gardens.

A fund that will help educate society's poorest children has been set up in Mr ap Rhys Pryce's memory.

Carty, of Kensal Green, and Brown, of Sudbury Hill, both north-west London, who had both denied murder, reacted calmly to the verdicts, turning to each other, shaking hands and embracing.

They will be sentenced on Tuesday.


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