An Ilford man has been jailed for life for his role in the killing of a teenager, stabbed 17 times, following an argument at a fast food restaurant.

Amara Traoure, 18, was stabbed to death in Southwark following a dispute between his friends and three men in the early hours of the morning of June 30, 2019.

The court heard how earlier that night, Dullah Adbullah of Ilford, Paulinho Paulo,and Sultan Chaudhry, were all at a fast food restaurant on Walworth Road at the same time as Amara and his friends – at about 4.45am.

A fight broke out between the two groups – Amara escaped the scene of the fight but was chased by Adbullah and Paulo onto Sutherland Walk where he was stabbed 17 times.

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Amare Toure was stabbed 17 times. Photo: Met Police/PA

Amara flagged down a passing car and was driven to hospital where he died at 7.23am; a post-mortem gave the cause of death as stab wounds and loss of blood.

Detective chief inspector John Massey said: “Paulo, Adbullah and Chaudhry have violent and criminal backgrounds and they will now pay the price for their actions.

“A family is now left without a son and they will have to live the rest of their lives with this loss.

“I would like to pay particular tribute to the courage and dignity Amara’s mother has shown throughout this incredibly traumatic time and hope that today’s verdict provides a sense of justice and some degree of closure.

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Paulino Paul was jailed for life. Photo: Met Police/PA

“I and the investigating team are enormously grateful for the cooperation and assistance of the local community as well as the officers who responded to the incident and their management of the immediate aftermath.”

Abdullah, of Eton Road, Ilford, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 21 years at the Old Bailey on Thursday, January 16.

Paulo, of Walton Road, Manor Park, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 23 years.

Chaudhry, 20, of High Street South, East Ham, was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter part-way through the trial.

He was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment.

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Sultan Chowdhry. Photo Met Police/PA