Two convicted for killing schoolboy in London

Two British men who stabbed to death an innocent schoolboy by mistake in what the prosecution described as an act of "staggering incompetence" were found guilty of murder today.

Ben Hope, 39, and Jason Richards, 38, are both heroin addicts and were paid USD 1,600 each to murder a man who owed money to a shady businessman in the Welsh capital Cardiff.

But the pair -- high on drugs and wearing balaclavas -went to the wrong house and murdered Aamir Siddiqi by mistake.

The 17-year-old was brutally hacked down on the doorstep of his home, and when his parents tried to save him, they were also attacked.

Both Hope and Richards, who had met in prison and denied murdering Aamir on April 11, 2010 and attacking his parents.

However, the jury at Swansea Crown Court today convicted them unanimously of all charges.

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