Criminal law – Appeal. The defendants, who had been aged 15 and 17 at the time of the offence, were convicted of the murder of a 16-year-old boy. The killing had occurred in the context of gang rivalry in East London and the defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, dismissed the defendants' appeals against conviction and sentence. The court held, amongst other things, that the minimum term could not be regarded as excessive.