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Victor Maibvisira and boy, 16, in court to deny murdering Kyle Yule in Gillingham

Two teenagers denied murdering 17-year-old Kyle Yule in Gillingham when they appeared at Maidstone Crown Court today.

Victor Maibvisira, 19, of St John’s Road, Gillingham, and a 16-year-old boy, from Sittingbourne, will now stand trial on April 16 next year, the date having been moved from April 3.

Maibvisira, who appeared by TV link with Elmley Prison, Sheppey, and the other teenager, who was in the dock, entered not guilty pleas to murdering Kyle on October 6 and affray.

Kyle Yule, 17, from Gillingham.
Kyle Yule, 17, from Gillingham.

Asked by Judge Adele Williams if there was likely to be any more youths charged, prosecutor William Saunders said: “There is a possibility of that, yes.” He added he would know within 28 days.

A previous hearing was told Kyle was chased from a car as rival gangs from Chatham and Gillingham clashed. He ran to his home but was fatally stabbed on his doorstep.

A tyre on the car was slashed in East Street in Gillingham when the violence broke out in the early evening.

Kyle died from a wound just under his right armpit which hit an artery.

Flowers and tributes outside Kyle Yule's Gillingham home
Flowers and tributes outside Kyle Yule's Gillingham home

Seven other youths, who all live in the area, had been arrested and were on police bail.

Maibvisira gave his nationality as Zimbabwean and the other teenager as Irish.

A further directions hearing will be held on December 14. The trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

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