Drug dealer who killed "beloved" Hackney father convicted

Beloved Hackney father Jay John was murdered in Dalston in an unprovoked attack. 

Beloved Hackney father Jay John was murdered in Dalston in an unprovoked attack. - Credit: Metropolitan Police

A drug dealer who caused fatal injuries to a Hackney man, after he punched and stamped on him, has been convicted of murder.

Romayne Husbands, 28, of no fixed address, was found guilty today (July 21) after a four-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Husbands pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine at the start of the trial. He will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.

The court heard how on April 25 last year, at around 12:30pm, the victim, 27-year-old Jay John, was in Trinity Close in Dalston outside the communal door of a block of flats when Husbands attacked him.

Witnesses described how, unprovoked, Husbands punched Jay in the face and then stamped four to six times on his upper body area.

Husbands was arrested a short time later by officers in a nearby flat and was found to have discarded 59 grams of cocaine.

Drug dealer Romayne Husbands, 28, of no fixed address, was found guilty of murder.

Drug dealer Romayne Husbands, 28, of no fixed address, was found guilty of murder after a four-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court. - Credit: Metropolitan Police

Jay was found unconscious, but breathing, on the floor in Trinity Close.

He was treated by police officers and paramedics at the scene for a wound to the back of his head, he also had facial injuries including a fractured eye socket and cuts and bruising to his face, lips and jaw.

The London Air Ambulance attended the scene and Jay was transported to hospital.

However, he sadly died the next day, on April 26 2020, in hospital. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as head injuries.


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A murder investigation was launched and detectives linked Husbands to the scene via blood found on his trainers.

Jay's wife, Matilda John, wants people to remember Jay as a beloved father to his 10 year old daughter Bailey.

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Detective Sergeant Ben Dalloway added: "I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the public who witnessed the harrowing event and had the courage to attend court and give evidence. Without your assistance this conviction would not have been possible.

"Finally, I would like to express my condolences to Mr John’s family and friends, our thoughts are with you and I hope you can find some closure now the legal proceedings have come to an end.”

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