Teen found guilty of Lewis Blackman murder
The 17-year-old will be sentenced alongside three others in due course
24 January, 2019
A TEENAGER has been found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering a former Acland Burghley pupil, writes Samantha Booth.
The 17-year-old stabbed Lewis Blackman, a popular face around Kentish Town known to friends as Dotz, in west London in February 2018.
Two boys, also aged 17, have previously been convicted of murder and a 16-year-old found guilty of manslaughter. None can be named due to their ages.
The prosecution told the court at the start of the trial that the “brutality” of the attack was “shocking”. Tom Little QC added: “So are the apparent celebration and the calm and carefree way in which those responsible walked or jogged away.”
CCTV was shown to the court of the defendant chasing 19-year-old Mr Blackman in Logan Place.
The defendant, who denied the charge, claimed he was stabbed by Mr Blackman earlier at a house party. He said he was reclaiming a necklace the victim had allegedly stolen from him.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Sarah Dale said: “Nothing can excuse the murderous attack on Lewis Blackman. Our prosecution was able to prove these defendants encouraged each other on to butcher Lewis as he lay helpless on the floor, before walking away and leaving him to die.”
The four teenagers are to be sentenced in due course.