Day: May 28, 2019

20 Years Jail Sentence For Teenager Convicted Of North London Murder

A 19-year-old man found guilty of murdering a teenager in Northolt has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Joel Amade (27.04.00), of Eastwood Road, Ilford, was found guilty of the murder of Jason Isaacs at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 17 April.

He was sentenced at the same court today, Tuesday, 28 May.

An investigation was launched by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command after Jason – a talented footballer – was stabbed in a residential cul-de-sac in Northholt in 2017.

Today, in the week that Jason would have turned 20, his mother, Sharon Kendall, said:

“As a family, we have mixed emotions today. Yes, of course we have seen some justice as one of Jason’s four killers has been sentenced and he will not be able to hurt anyone else.

“The fact that three remain at large is deeply troubling, it is heart wrenching that members of the community see fit to support and shelter them.

“No one has been able to answer the why it had to be Jason. He was our amazing son and brother, working for a living and with his whole life in front of him. Why did it have to be him? Every parent’s question. He never stood a chance against the machetes in the street of London.

“Our family have joined a unique club, and it is one you never want to be in, because it means your child has been murdered. When Jason was murdered, I spoke out and said knife crime was out of control, whilst some people challenged my comments, the reality is, it still is. Parents were paying for teenage sons to travel in cabs to avoid the gangs and police officers were rarely seen in outer areas. Some young people are self-medicating i.e. doing their own stiches and for sure, they are not reporting the ‘near misses’ where they are threatened and chased and they manage to get away, they accept these as ‘life’. I really worry that society is almost accepting the violence.

“To this day, our murder detectives have been exceptional; the work that went into Jason’s case has been staggering. We are so proud of you all.

“The police are only one piece of the jigsaw, and they need our information on who the knife carriers are and too many people sit in silence.

“You do not need to do studies to know that stop and search does work, and it saves lives. The lack of stop and search in 2017 possibly cost Jason his life as the police had their hands tied behind their backs. However, when the police find the weapons the sentencing needs to be tougher, it is madness that some youths are being caught for a second offence and not going to prison. The moment you have decide to carry a knife, you should be going to prison, end of.

“As if things couldn’t get any crueller, the sentencing is in the week that you should have turned 20. Far too, short a life, Jason we were blessed to call you our son, brother and grandson. Thank you and I will toast your birthday with a smile, a tear and a broken heart.”

Police were called just before 22:30hrs on Saturday, 18 November 2017 to Newnham Close and found the 18-year-old suffering from multiple injuries.

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, and immediately had surgery. He remained critical for some time before dying at 11.55hrs on Tuesday, 21 November.

During the trial, which began on Monday, 18 March, the court heard how 18-year-old Jason and four of his friends had made their way to the area after deciding to spend their Saturday night at a friend’s house.

They walked to Oldfields Circus in Northolt and bought some drinks, before heading along Orchard Close.

As they got past the junction heading towards Girton Road, two mopeds appeared and drove at speed towards the group.

On each moped was a rider and a pillion passenger, who were all masked or wearing helmets and carrying weapons. They stopped the mopeds at Newnham Gardens, jumped off, and began to chase Jason and his friends.
They resumed the chase on their mopeds and Jason became separated.

He was pursued into Newnham Close and set upon in what was described as a shocking and sustained knife attack.
The attackers fled the scene on the mopeds.

Prior to the arrival of London Ambulance Service, one of Jason’s friends and a resident, whose door Jason had knocked on in distress, attempted first aid. He had collapsed in their front garden but unknown to those who were trying to help him, he had been fatally wounded.

A post mortem examination at Uxbridge Mortuary on 24 November 2017, established that Jason had eight knife wounds, possibly caused by two different weapons.

He had been stabbed four times in the back, and it was one of these which proved to be the fatal injury. Jason also had a wounds to his upper right arm, right elbow, right knee and left thigh.

These were consistent with injuries caused by a sword or machete.

An investigation was launched by the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Amade was first arrested on Monday, 20 November, 2017 on suspicion of attempted murder and bailed while further enquiries were made. In the wake of Jason’s death and post mortem results, he was arrested again on Thursday, 30 November and charged with murder.

He appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 1 December, where he denied murder and was remanded in custody.

Upon his arrest at his Ilford address, clothes – a puffed jacket and hoody were found – alongside the helmet which also featured a distinctive V shaped logo. This matched that of a moped pillion rider captured on nearby CCTV shortly before the attack.

During the course of the investigation, one of the mopeds used was recovered and forensically examined. Blood was found on one of the body panels. DNA profiled identified Amade as being the likely contributor on a one in a billion basis.

Detective Inspector Simon Deefholts, investigating, said: “This has been a complex and harrowing investigation and we can only imagine the emotion felt by Jason’s family today.

“Amade is a dangerous young man who took another teenager’s life in cold blood, and today, he will have no choice but to face the consequences of his brutal actions.

“As a team we would like to praise the bravery of Jason’s family, who have endured this process with remarkable dignity.

“Our enquiries into Jason’s death will continue and we echo Mrs Kendall’s call for more people to come forward about knife crime.

“We know the prospect of sharing this information can be intimidating but we are here to protect you and to ensure those who are committing acts of violence are brought to justice.

“Please do not forget that you also do not have to talk to police directly, and there aree ways you can share information anonymously without ever being traced.

“Do the right thing if you have information about people carrying knives on the streets of our city.”

Young people who either have information about violence or knife crime, can visit fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.

+ An 18-year-old man who also stood trial for murder alongside Amade was found not guilty.

Latest On London Knife Crime And Fatal Stabbings

A man has died after being stabbed in Forest Gate in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 28 May.

Officers were called to Warwick Road, E15 to reports that a fight was taking place.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was found suffering from stab injuries.

He was taken to hospital by LAS where he sadly died.

Officers are working to inform his next of kin. Formal identification awaits.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed.

Enquiries into the circumstances continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CAD427/28May. Information can also be passed 100% anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 500 111.

Double Stabbing In Newham

On Sunday, Police were called at around 1630hrs on Sunday, 26 May, to a stabbing in St Paul’s Way, E3.

Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service and found two men suffering stab injuries.

Victim 1, a 23-year-old man, has been taken to hospital where his condition is life-threatening.

Victim 2, believed to be aged in his 20s or 30s, sustained less serious injuries. He has also been taken to hospital for treatment.

An investigation has been launched. Officers were seen working at the scene and cordons were kept in place. There has been no arrest in relation to the stabbings at this stage.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call police via 101 quoting CAD 5291/may26.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Broad Daylight Stabbing In Dartford

Also on Sunday evening a man suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in broad daylight on a street Dartford.

Kent Police was called at 4.45pm to a report of an assault in Spital Street, Dartford.

“One man suffered serious injuries consistent with stab wounds and was treated by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken to a London hospital,” a spokesman for Kent Police has said.

“Officers attended and are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident and to identify the offender.”

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Nigerian Lady Becomes First Black Woman To Be Elected Into Irish Council

Nigerian born Yemi Adenuga has been elected as the first black woman county councillor in the Republic of Ireland following the recently concluded local elections.Mrs Adenuga who appeared in hit TV series Gogglebox, campaigned for a seat on the Navan local council of Ireland.By her victory at the polls, she becomes one of just 3 councillors of immigrant background in Ireland.

There currently 939 sitting councillors in Ireland.

Career and background

After a long career in broadcasting in her native Nigeria, Yemi moved to Ireland ‘for pastures new’ almost 20 years ago.

She runs Sheroes Global, a programme to take young people off the streets, during school holidays. She is also on the board of Cultúr – a service which addresses migrant issues.

Yemi is also a High Impact Speaker and a listed Irish Woman of Influence.

On her decision to enter into local politics, Yemi said ‘I would never have thought of politics in times past but I’m doing a lot of work for the community already and when Fine Gael approached me, I thought, “why not, it would give me a bigger platform for the community”. ‘If elected I’m told I would be the first migrant ever on the council – and the feedback I’m receiving is, by and large, positive.

‘You’re always going to get the trolls on social media anyway. Even when I started Gogglebox, someone commented why did it have to be a black family representing Navan,’ she said.

Yemi is married to A-list Nigerian actor Deji Adenuga who has starred in more than 200 films in the last 25 years.