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Kinsella family in knife sentences plea.

Summary: The family of murdered teenager Ben Kinsella have said the sentences handed out to his killers are "not enough".

The family of murdered teenager Ben Kinsella have said the sentences handed out to his killers are "not enough".

Ben's mother Deborah said that the life tariff to be served for knife crime should match that of gun crime.

She said: "To us, both are lethal weapons so I don't see the difference."

It comes after her son's killers - Juress Kika, 19, Michael Alleyne, 18, and Jade Braithwaite, 20 - were ordered to serve a minimum of 19 years in jail after Ben was knifed 11 times in five seconds on June 29, last year.

Ben's sister, the former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, called for a shake-up of the legal system.

She said: "We've spoken about it as a family and we all feel it simply wasn't enough."

She added: "The past year has flown by so quickly that those 19 years they have to do is just going to fly by, as much as the judge tried to give as many years as he could, it's just not enough for us as a family."

Mr Kinsella said: "Ben will never be forgotten, we hope his legacy will live on for a long time and make the governments and the politicians sit up and take notice that enough is enough. We can't carry on like this."

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