Four teenagers jailed for murder of Lewis Blackman at birthday party

Four teenagers have been jailed for the murder a young man knifed to death outside a 16th birthday party.

Lewis Blackman was stabbed 14 times after being chased from a rented flat in Kensington, west London, having arrived uninvited after details of the event were circulated on social media.

Jurors at the Old Bailey heard how the killers celebrated after carrying out murderous knife attack on the 19-year-old victim.

Lawrence Nkunku, 17 of Ward Lane, and Paul Glasgow, Warwick Grove, were both sentenced to a life for murder with a minimum term of 18 years.

Thierry Edusei, 16 of Cannon Road,  was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 11 years.

Demario Williams, 17 of Bath Road, was sentenced to a life for murder with a minimum term of 20 years.

Two other 18-year-old males were found not guilty of murder.

The court heard on Wednesday that the birthday girl hoped about 50 boys and girls her own age would be at her party – at a flat rented through website Airbnb.

She was careful to only invite guests from the Hackney area of east London and particularly keen to avoid inviting any boys from Camden as she knew there was a "history" between young men from the two areas, jurors were told.

Despite her best efforts, Mr Blackman turned up as part of a group of ten young men from Camden, in north-west London, after the invitations were circulated on social media – mainly Snapchat.

He was armed with a knife while his friend had a firearm when they tried to force their way into the party, causing damage and forcing some guests to flee "in terror", the court heard.

CCTV cameras caught a larger group of party-goers, some also armed with knives, chasing Mr Blackman along the residential streets of Earls Court.

As Lewis lay dying, witnesses described hearing a number of people shouting ‘the boys from north got Dotty’.

Witnesses would later describe the group making off from the scene and appearing to be visibly excited by what had just happened.

Throughout interview, all of the males, who are believed to be affiliated to a gang in Hackney, offered no comment answers in response to questioning.

The court heard that while Lewis was not believed to be a gang member himself, he was linked with gang members from the Camden area who were with him as they attempted to enter the party.

Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “There is no excuse for the violence that Lewis Blackman was subjected to.

“The group who attacked him, all of them teenage boys, acted with almost unimaginable ferocity by inflicting 14 stab wounds.

To then be captured laughing and joking to themselves in apparent triumph as another young man lay bleeding to death is beyond comprehension.

“Now four young men will spend some of the best and most promising years of their lives in prison when they could have been doing something positive and productive.

"Lewis’ family have been left grieving for the loss of a young life taken far too soon.”

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