Two teenagers have been jailed today, 15 September, following their convictions in relation to the fatal stabbing of a stall holder in Queens Market, E7.
[C] Karlton Burton, 15 (31/05/99), of William Morley Close, E6 was found guilty of the murder of 29-year-old Rashid Naeem at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 24 July. Today he was imprisoned for life, with a minimum term of 15 years.
[A] Javauntee Campbell, 16, (13/9/97) of William Morley Close, E6 was found guilty of manslaughter and today jailed for 10 years.
Mr Naeem, of Clements Road, E6 and his brother were running their market stall in Queens Market, Green Street on Sunday, 16 February 2013 when Burton, Campbell and a third male approached the stall and started handling the mobile phones. The victim and his brother became suspicious of their motives and moved the phones to elsewhere on the stall.
One of the group said to the brothers, “are you scared?” before two of the group stole watches from the stall and walked off.
The brothers pursued the group and recovered one of the watches.
Around 15 minutes later, the brothers saw the group again at another stall on the market and confronted them about the remaining stolen watch. There was a struggle and Campbell and Burton attacked Mr Naeem – during this struggle he received his fatal stab wound.
London Ambulance Service attended the scene and Mr Naeem was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he died.
The group fled the scene but were spotted on CCTV a short while later and arrested. On arrival in custody Campbell was found to be in possession of the watch that had been stolen from the stall.
The knife which was used in the attack was subsequently recovered outside an address in Green Street.
Detective Inspector Ken Hughes of the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigated. He said: “Rashid Naeem was killed as he tried to protect the business he ran with his brother.
“This was a cold-blooded killing in broad daylight, carried out in a merciless fashion.
“Burton and Campbell attended the market armed with a knife. Whatever their intentions, to come armed meant they were prepared for violence.
“Throughout this trial, the defendants showed no remorse, despite having ample opportunity to do so. I can only hope that today’s sentencing give Mr Naeem’s family some form of closure.”
= Rashid Naeem was a British national.