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Teen given life for murder after stabbing another teenager

October 14, 2014, 7:24 am

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A teenager was yesterday , Monday, 13 October, jailed for life for murdering Lamarni Hylton-Reid, 20, in Homerton.

[A] Daniel Campbell, 18, (02.01/96) of Nye Bevan Estate, E5, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey. He was told he must serve 17 years before he is considered for release.

Lamarni, of Warwick Grove, E5, was stabbed by Campbell shortly after 17:00hrs on Wednesday, 21 August 2013.

The murder followed a chance encounter in Homerton High Street between Campbell and Lamarni, who was with a friend.

On seeing them approaching, Campbell wenmt into a local shop, pulled out a knife and went back into the street to confront Lamarni and his friend.

Campbell stabbed Lamarni once outside the shop, causing Lamarni to collapse on his back in the middle of the road. Campbell then fatally stabbed Lamarni in the chest, before running off into the Linzell Estate.

A number of members of the public stopped to offer assistance. Lamarni was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 18.30hrs that evening.

Lamarni and Campbell were known to have links to rival gangs in Hackney, but the fatal incident appeared to have been opportunist rather than planned.

An incident room opened under Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin of the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).

Campbell was arrested on 24 August and charged with the murder on 25 August.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin said: “This was a tragic case, with an 18-year-old stabbed to death as a result of nothing more than supposed gang rivalry.

“I hope that Lamarni’s family will derive some measure of comfort from knowing that the man who thoughtlessly and needlessly took such a young life has been brought to justice.”

In a statement released today, Lamarni’s family spoke of their grief. The family said: “Our lives have changed forever; life will never be the same. There is not a day goes by without us thinking of Lamarni and wondering why his life is over before he had a chance to start.

“We will be there for each other as a family to help each other try and make sense of this terrible situation.

“We would like to thank the jury for their decision. We now want to move forward as a family and keep the memory of Lamarni alive.”

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