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Battersea murder: Three jailed over killing of UberEats delivery driver in London

Three teenagers have been jailed over the killing of an Uber Eats delivery driver, who was knocked unconscious as he tried to stop his scooter being stolen.

Iderval Da Silva, 46, died of a bleed on the brain several days after being punched and kicked by a group of youths outside a café in Battersea in May last year.

His attackers left Da Silva unconscious on the floor as they attempted to steal his moped. Three days later he succumbed to his injuries.

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Now Jadan Richard, 19, has been sentenced to life in prison for his murder with a minimum term of 12 years, while Tay Clovey, 16, received an 11-and-a-half-year sentence for the same charge.

A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter. He has been jailed for four years.

Passing sentence at the Old Bailey, judge Mark Dennis QC said: "There is no reason to think that any of you were immature for your age at that time, nor that you would not have known that such an unnecessary and cowardly assault was both wrong and wholly unjustified."

Following the trial Jasire Franzen, 18, and a 17-year-old were cleared of both murder and manslaughter charges. Another 17-year-old was dismissed on the judge’s direction midway through.

Caique Keven Silva, the victim’s son, said in a statement that he was left “crushed” after seeing his father “lifeless and in the state he was in”.

“I find it very difficult to explain how not having my dad here is affecting me” he said. “Part of me still thinks that this hasn't really happened, that it is only a nightmare from which I will wake up at any time.

"The news left me shocked to my core and I immediately made arrangements to fly to London."

He added his father would be "sorely missed" by both his family in Brazil, as well as by friends in England.

"My dad was there for people, never thinking of himself," he said. "No one deserves to lose their father in the way I lost mine".

Detective Inspector Tariq Farooqi, who led the investigation, said the group were “ferocious and heartless” in the way they attacked Da Silva.

He added: “He taught Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, and he ultimately wanted to teach this to help get young people off the streets and give them something to focus on. His murder has denied him that opportunity.

“I only hope that the findings of guilt and the sentences today give the family and the community some solace.”

Additional reporting by PA.