'The family will never recover from this' - Tributes pour in for Dom Ansah as teenager's killers are jailed

'We will never see our boy again' - Parents pay tribute to son after five people are jailed for murder

Three men and two teenagers have been sentenced to life imprisonment after they were convicted of murdering two teenage boys, and seriously injuring two others in Milton Keynes.

This is in relation to the deaths of Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, who died on Saturday, October 19, 2019, as a result of knife injuries. 

The two were attending a birthday party in Archford Croft, Emerson Valley within the town, when they were fatally wounded in a premeditated and calculated attack.

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Dom Ansah (left) and Ben Gillham-Rice (right)

Following a trial that lasted for seven-and-a-half weeks at Luton Crown Court, Charlie Chandler, 23, of Fitzwilliam Street, Bletchley, and Clayton Barker, 20, of Surrey Road, Bletchley, were both found guilty by a unanimous jury verdict of two counts of murder and two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

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A third man, Earl Bevans, 23, of no fixed abode, had previously admitted all of the offences on the first day of the trial on Monday, November 2, 2020.

Jamie Chandler, of Woodrush Close, Beanhill, Milton Keynes, and Ben Potter, aged of Chiswick Close, Westcroft, Milton Keynes, both 17, were also found guilty of all counts.

Chandler and Potter can now be named after judge Lord Justice Spencer lifted reporting restrictions on identifying them.

The five convicted killers received their jail terms on Wednesday, January 6.

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Clayton Barker, 20, was sentenced to a minimum term of 28 years

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Charlie Chandler, 23, was sentenced to a minimum term of 27 years

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Earl Bevans, 23, was sentenced to a minimum term of 27 years

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Jamie Chandler, 17, was sentenced to a minimum term of 22 years

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Ben Potter, 17, was sentenced to a minimum term of 22 years

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bosley, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “This has been a very large murder investigation in the history of Thames Valley Police, and I am pleased that we have brought these five dangerous offenders to justice.

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“I would like to thank all of our investigation team, officers, and staff, who worked diligently and professionally throughout the last 15 months to ensure justice was done.

“I would also thank all of the family liaison officers in this case, who have been with the families of the victims every step of the way, helping them to deal with the enormity of what has been a journey that no family ever deserves to go through.

“Two teenage boys with their lives ahead of them had them callously ended on the evening of October 19, 2019, and Charlie Chandler, Clayton Barker, Earl Bevans, Jamie Chandler, and Ben Potter, will now be looking at extremely long prison sentences, as is only right for the violence they meted out that night.

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“The injuries that Dom and Ben sustained that night were horrific, and both their families and their friends have had to endure so many months of anguish while this was investigated.

“All of the families involved have conducted themselves in an exemplary and dignified manner throughout the last 15 months and I would like to pay my respects to them all and thank them for their support and patience while we brought the offenders to justice.

“Over the last 15 months, I have got to know the families of Dom and Ben very well, and have been shocked and saddened by the devastating impact this crime has had on them.

“My thoughts and my sympathies, both personally and those of the wider investigation team, remain with both families today [January 6] as what is the closure of this investigation.

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“I’d also like to express my thanks to the witnesses in this case.

“Without witnesses, there can be no justice.

"Those witnesses all came to court, and many of them were young and understandably very anxious.

“They gave evidence calmly and have all played their part in securing justice for Dom and Ben, and also for the two other injured victims.

"They should justifiably be incredibly proud of themselves.

“This was not a random attack, but was premeditated and calculated in that the offenders drove several miles across Milton Keynes armed with an array of weapons and face coverings, and sought to use the element of surprise and numbers in order to gain an advantage over the young, unsuspecting partygoers.

“This act was callous in the extreme.

“All of the offenders were equally as culpable and will now have a very long time behind bars to reflect on their violent actions.

“I know that no amount of time behind bars will serve as a comfort to Dom and Ben’s family and friends, but I would hope that in time, they will slowly be able to come to terms with the events of the last 15 months and take some solace that their son’s killers are now in prison.

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“I would also like to add that I hope that the two other victims who survived this attack can move on in their lives and put this behind them.

“I have a very clear message to anybody who feels it is acceptable to carry a knife.

“If you carry a knife, you put both yourself, and others at risk, it’s that simple.

“Secondly, if you carry a knife and use it as a weapon, as in this case, I hope that this outcome serves to warn you that the police will robustly pursue you and put you before the courts.

“Thames Valley Police has a dedicated Violence Reduction Unit, and we are dedicated in our mission to tackle violent crime through prevention, intervention and enforcement.

“I would like close by wishing Dom and Ben’s family well for the future, and I know that neither of them will ever be forgotten.”