Lewis Blackman: Hackney teenagers jailed for role in Lewis Blackman murder
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Two Hackney teenagers have been jailed for life for murdering a Camden teenager at a house party last year.
Lawrence Nkunku-Linongi, from Ward Lane, Homerton, and Paul Glasgow, of Warwick Grove, Upper Clapton, have been jailed for a minimum term of 18-years.
They 17-year-olds were found guilty of stabbing Lewis Blackman to death outside a 16-year-old’s birthday party in Kensington on February 18.
They were sentenced alongside Camden pair Demario Williams, of Bath Road, who was also convicted of murder and 16-year-old Thierry Edusei, of Cannon Road, who was found guilty of manslaughter. They have been jailed for 20 years and 11 years respectively.
According to police, during the interview all of the teenagers, who are thought to be part of a Hackney gang, offered to no comment answers in response to questioning,
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Judge Anthony Leonard lifted automatic reporting restrictions on their identities as he sentenced them.
Jurors were told the group’s “crazed expressions” had been replaced by a “triumphant swagger” as they returned to the flat where the party was being held, “visibly excited”.
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The judge said the murder was aggravated by the fact it was a “sustained and ferocious attack” while the victim was running away.
Sentencing them, Mr Leonard said: “Whilst it has to be accepted Lewis Blackman was himself acting aggressively that night, he did not deserve to die.
“His mother described him as a fun, popular and compassionate person, good at sports and loved his music.
“It’s hard to comprehend the savagery, so plain to see in the CCTV footage, that was meted out by 16-year-olds.”
During the trial, the court had heard how Mr Blackman arrived uninvited at the party, which was being held at a flat rented for the occasion from Airbnb, after invitations were circulated on social media.
A jury was told she was cautious to only invite guests from Hackney and avoid boys from Camden because of “history” between the groups.
However Mr Blackman was among 10 people from Camden who turned up.
The victim was armed with a knife and his friend had a gun when they tried to force their way into the party, the court heard.
Mr Blackman died at the scene, suffering multiple stab wounds, including two to the chest.