On the day they killed him, Sofyen Belamouadden got up at seven and went into his mother’s bedroom to get his socks from a drawer the family shared. “Mum, I’m going now,” he said, before catching the bus. Sofyen, who was 15, lived with his brother and two sisters in Acton, west London, and went to Henry Compton School in Fulham, a trip that involved two bus rides.


As a criminal, Dean Stalham was no stranger to court; but on a wet day in February, former prisoner Nx3669 stepped out in front of an audience, not a jury, at the Royal Court Theatre in London to introduce his play, The Barred, to be performed for the first time by his new theatre company of fellow former criminals.