Four teenager have been jailed for the murder of Lewis Blackman in February 2017 after a confrontation at a 16th birthday party in Kensington spiralled into a fatal street brawl.
Reporting restrictions were lifted today at court. Those jailed are:
Lawrence Nkunku, 17of Ward Lane, E9 was sentenced to life for murder with a minimum term of 18 years.
Thierry Edusei, 16 of Cannon Road, N17 was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 11 years.
Paul Glasgow, 17 of Warwick Grove, E5 was sentenced to life for murder with a minimum term of 18 years.
Demario Williams, 17, of Bath Road, Enfield N9 was sentenced to life for murder with a minimum term of 20 years.
Nkunku, Edusei, and Glasgow were convicted in October 2018. Their sentencings were timed to coincide with the sentencing of Williams.
Two other 18-year-old males [B] and [H] were found not guilty of murder.
The court heard that 19-year-old Lewis, of York Way in Camden, was fatally injured after he and a number of his associates attempted to gain access to a party that they had not been invited to in Kensington.
In the ensuing chaos Lewis, who was known to his friends as ‘Dotty’, was fatally stabbed when he was chased down in the street by a mob armed with weapons.
At around 03:20hrs on Sunday, 18 February two Met officers on patrol were responding to reports of a large number of vehicles in Logan Place, W8, following a nearby party, when they discovered a male suffering from stab injuries laying in the street.
The officers immediately administered first aid to Lewis prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service (LAS).
Despite the extensive efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 03:46hrs.
A post-mortem examination held on Monday, 19 February discovered that Lewis had suffered 13 stab wounds from various knives. Cause of death was recorded as stab wounds to the chest.
Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command immediately began an investigation.
It was established that on the evening prior to Lewis’ death, a girl had rented out a property in Earls Court Road as the venue for her 16th birthday party.
She had drawn up a guest list of around 50 people, careful to invite people she knew from the Hackney area as she was aware of tensions between some of those invited and other males from Camden. The invite however was posted on social media.
The teenager and the majority of her guests were at the party from around 00:40hrs, at which point there were no issues.
Between 02:00hrs and 03:00hrs however, a group of uninvited men, including Lewis, arrived at the property and began trying to get in.
They were refused entry and the front door was closed; one of the guests was heard to say ‘there’s boys outside causing trouble’, at which point the door was forced open and Lewis’ group gained access.
A panic ensued in which many attendees fled the apartment via front door and bedroom in a bid to escape an altercation between Lewis’ group and a number of attendees which then spilled outside onto the street.
Witnesses described seeing a group of around 10 men being chased by a larger group of around 20; members of both parties were reported to have been wearing hooded clothing and to have been armed with weapons, including poles and knives.
Lewis was one of the 111 young people fatally shot or stabbed to death in London in 2018
A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a drill rapper in Camberwell.
Sidique Kamara, 23, known as Incognito and part of the Moscow17 crew who posted rap videos on YouTube, was stabbed to death last week
The 23-year-old was repeatedly stabbed just after 7pm last Wednesday.
Kenneth Umezie, from Southwark, South London, was charged with murder and appeared in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
The bearded and heavy-set defendant, wearing a grey custody tracksuit and thick-rimmed black glasses, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.
Three other teenage boys, aged 16, 18 and 19, who were arrested as part of this inquiry have been released under investigation.
The attack happened in the same street where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton – also a member of the collective – was found with a fatal gunshot wound in May. The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Drill music link
The group’s tracks have received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
Some featured references to other groups in the capital, including long-running rivals Zone 2 from Peckham.
In one track, Moscow17 told Zone 2 to “check the scoreboard”, while another asked “How you gonna make it even?”.
A Zone 2 lyric in response told their rivals they would “roll up and burst them”
Earlier this year, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick called on social media platforms such as YouTube to take down videos that glamorised violence, and, in an interview with Link Up TV earlier this year, Incognito spoke about the effect of drill music on crime in the capital.
“You see with the crime that’s happening right now, music does influence it. You’ve got to put your hands up and say drill music does influence it,” he said.
In response, the publisher removed hundreds of drill music videos fall their platform including Moscow17’s videos.
Umezie was the boyfriend of a Nigerian woman, a London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa who was jailed for falsely accusing another Nigerian of rape in 2013.
The unnamed man had faced numerous police questioning and was on bail for 5 weeks before Yinusa recanted her statement and admitted her story was false.
Please keep close checks on your teenage and young kids and regularly enquire after their states of mind – especially those far away in college or Uni.
Depression & suicidal tendencies are quite rampant among our youth….and could be closer to home than you think.
A case that has just been brought to my attention has shaken me to my very core and is giving me great cause for concern.
Brit-Nigerian model Harry Uzoka was stabbed to death by a less successful rival in a row over a girl which intensified on Instagram, a court has heard.
Therenowned male model, 25, died on the pavement outside his home in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, after he was knifed in the heart.
The Old Bailey was told that he called George Koh, 24, “a fake” on Instagram and arranged a fight after finding out he claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka’s model girlfriend, Ruby Campbell.
Their relationship deteriorated after a French model, who had previously been in contact with both men on Instagram, arrived in London in late December last year, the jury was told.
The court was told that to her surprise she learnt that Mr Koh “had something of an obsession” with Mr Uzoka, with whom he apparently no longer spoke to because he had sex with his girlfriend.
“Koh then added that Uzoka was a bad man and a liar. And so it seemed that admiration for another model and his success had turned to contempt,” the prosecutor said.
The jury was told a “confrontation” was arranged in Ollgar Road in Shepherd’s Bush following a series of phone calls and messages on WhatsApp and Instagram after Annecetta Lafon told Mr Uzoka of Mr Koh’s claims.
Prosecutor Richard Horwell QC said Mr Koh, along with Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Okigbo, both 24, were in possession of at least three knives, including a machete on January 11.
Mr Uzoka and his flatmate, Adrian Harper, were armed with dumbbell bars, but they fled when they were confronted with knives.
Mr Harper got away, but Mr Uzoka collapsed on the pavement outside his home after being stabbed in the heart.
“It is not difficult to work out which side won. Uzoka and Harper were outnumbered and bars stand little chance against knives,” he said.
A man, believed to be aged in his late 40s, was found at a Peckham, South London bus stop at about 6.30 Saturday morning with multiple stab injuries and was rushed to a south London hospital.
He remains in critical condition, according to the Met.
A witness, a 37-year-old man from Peckham Rye, said: “I saw it on my way to work. I can’t believe this sort of thing is happening in broad daylight on a Saturday morning on a high street. It’s so shocking.
“It was at a bus stop and there were lots of people gathered around. It was quite early but there were still people going off to work. They looked really worried.
“The man was on the ground being treated, I think by police. There was already a police car there and another pulled up with its light on, parking on the pavement.
“He looked in a bad way. A few moments later I saw a ambulance car rushing up Peckham High Street.”
Cops confirmed the man was in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a number of stab wounds.
Another witness to the shocking morning attack said they say police and paramedics gathered around the person lying on the floor on their way to work.
As a surgeon warns of a summer of carnage from knife stabbings due to the fact that the British knife crime is now spreading from cities to the Home Counties, The Sun Online takes a look at the harrowing statistics…
How many stabbings took place in London and other regions in the UK over the last year?
At least 37 people have been fatally stabbed – and 62 overall killed – in London since the beginning of the year.
Met Police records show 37, 443 recorded knife offences and 6,694 recorded gun offences across the UK in the year up to September 2017.
In London, the problem was even more pronounced than the rest of the country, with 12,980 knife crimes taking place in the capital – 2,452 more than the equivalent year.
Four teenagers were stabbed to death in London on New Year’s Eve alone, and 22 were killed in March – meaning the capital now has a higher murder rate than New York
The popular US city had a mere 21 killings in comparison.
Commander Neil Jerome of the Met’s territorial policing command condemned the crimes, saying the four families had lost a loved one to “senseless violence and the callous use of knives as lethal weapons”.
Over that weekend two more people were fatally stabbed in incidents in Colindale and Brixton.
On April 16, cops were called to Head Street in Limehouse, Tower Hamlets, and found a 17-year-old male suffering from multiple wounds.
On April 21, a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in Finsbury park, marking the 62nd fatal crime fatality in London this year.
On April 23, two teen girls were attacked in West Kensington and a man was knifed at Woolwich DLR station.
On May 7, a man believed to be aged in his late-teens or early 20s, was stabbed at 4.38pm on Leytonstone Road in London.
The condition of the victim is unknown while investigators have sealed off the street where the knifing happened.
On May 8, three stabbings occurred. The first was a 16-year-old who was stabbed in the arm at the Embankment in Twickenham. The second, a male said to be in his late teens, was found injured in Beresford Square, Greenwich after reports of a fight. A third teen was knifed in Hackney after a fight that allegedly saw young lads attack each other with machetes.
On May 9, a 40-year-old man was stabbed in Shepherds Bush in broad daylight and was rushed to hospital. Police have said his injuries are not life threatening.
On May 10, two 17-year-old boys were stabbed in Greenwich, just 90 minutes after a man was knifed “multiple times” in Wanstead.
On May 16, police attended the scene at Ruislip, after a young man was stabbed repeatedly and was left fighting for his life.
On May 20, cops found a man, believed to be in his 20s, to Mitcham in South London. He had been stabbed several times but he died at the scene
Fatal stabbings in London, 2018
January 1 – Steve Frank Navarez-Jara, 20, Islington
January 3 – Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44, Redbridge
January 8 – Daniel Frederick, 34, died in Hackney
January 9 – Dami Odeyingbo, 18, stabbed in Bromley
January 11 – Harry Uzoka, 25, killed in Shepherd’s Bush
January 28 – Yaya Mbye, 26, stabbed in Stoke Newington
January 29 –Juan Olmos Saca, 39, stabbed in Peckham
January 31 – Khader Saleh, 25, stabbed at Wormwood Scrubs prison
February 3 – Hassan Ozcan, 19, knifed in Barking
February 3 –Kwabena Nelson, a youth worker, died after being stabbed near his home in Tottenham
February 8 – Hannah Leonard, 55, stabbed in a flat in Camden
February 11 – Sabri Chibani, 19, stabbed in Streatham
February 13 – Saeeda Hussain, 54, was stabbed in Ilford
February 14 – Lord Promise Nkenda, 17, stabbed in Canning Town
February 18 – Lewis Blackman, 19, knifed in Kensington
February 19 – Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26, stabbed in Southall
February 20 – Sadiq Mohammed, 20, stabbed in Camden
February 20 – Abdikarim Hassan, 17, stabbed in Camden
February 25 – Michael Boyle, 44, stabbed in the chest
March 1 – Christopher Beaumont, 42, stabbed in Hammersmith
March 5 – Laura Figueira, 47, stabbed in Twickenham
March 5 – Kelva Smith, 20, knifed to death in Croydon
March 14 – Lyndon Davis, 18, stabbed to death in Chadwell Heath
March 16 – Naomi Hersi, 36, found with stab wounds at hotel near Heathrow Airport
March 17 – Russell Jones, 23, stabbed in Enfield
March 18 – Tyrone Silcot, 41, stabbed in Hackney
March 19 –Balbir Johal, 48, knifed in Southall
March 19 – A 41-year-old was stabbed to death in Waltham Forest
March 20 – Beniamin Pieknyi, 21, stabbed at Stratford shopping centre
March 26 – David Potter, 50, stabbed in Tooting
March 29 – Reece Tshoma, 23, stabbed to death in Plumstead
March 30 – Leyla Mtumwa, 36, found with stab wounds at a home in Haringey
April 1 – Abdullah Hammia, 20, was stabbed in Wandsworth
April 4 – A 38-year-old man was stabbed at a house in Lewisham
April 4 – Israel Ogunsola, 18, was stabbed to death in Hackney on 4 April.
April 5 – Five teenagers and one man were stabbed in London within a space of 24 hours. One of the victims was aged 13 and left fighting for his life
April 9 – A man in his 70s was stabbed four times and robbed as he returned to his Harold Hill home after collecting his pension.
April 15 – A man named locally as Raul Nicolaie was knifed to death in Colindale, North London.
April 15 – Samantha Clarke, 38, was stabbed to death in Brixton, South West London.
April 20 – Aaron Springett, 32, died after he was found collapsed in Morden, South West London.
April 21 – Kwasi Anim-Boadu, 20, was stabbed to death in Finsbury Park, north London.
May 17 – Abrabhman Juma, 24, was stabbed to death in Crows Road, Barking
May 20 – A man in his 20s stabbed in Mitcham, South London
May 21 – A man was stabbed to death just yards from Islington town hall in London
(*highlighted names as knife victims of Black and African descent)