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Boy's killers must serve 30 years

Abdi Omar Noor (left) and Mohammed Sannoh
Noor and Sannoh used a MAC-10 machine pistol to shoot Michael dead

Two men have been sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey for murdering a 15-year-old boy as he slept at his south-east London home.

Mohammed Sannoh, 19, from Peckham, and Abdi Omar Noor, 22, from Camberwell, burst into Michael Dosunmu's room in Peckham and shot him in February 2007.

Michael, who was mistaken for his older brother Hakeem, was shot four times with a MAC-10 machine pistol.

Sannoh and Noor were each sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.

'Shock and sympathy'

Judge Stephen Kramer told them: "This was a planned and premeditated killing. It was an execution.

Michael Dosunmu's mother on the verdict

"You both, quite probably acting with another person or others, carried out this killing in an act of revenge.

"It was a death that could only invoke in all right-minded people feelings of outrage, shock and sympathy for Michael's family."

The trial had heard the men had wanted to kill Hakeem in revenge for a murder.

It was his links to a robbery gang and the murder of one of their members that led the gunmen to the family home.

'Reform their lives'

Former soldier Hakeem, who fell into a life of crime after serving in Iraq, was at a club dealing drugs when his church-going brother was killed.

Michael's devout Christian family said they were standing by Hakeem, while his mother, Shakira, said she bore no grudges against the gunmen.

She said: "I have forgiven them from the bottom of my heart. They must reform their lives and then good luck to them."

The family said Michael's murder had been like "stabbing us in the heart".

Sannoh and Noor had denied murder.

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