A teenager has been found guilty at the Old Bailey today, Wednesday 10 December of murdering 18-year-old Jamil Palmer in Feltham.
Jamil was stabbed to death in Crane Park, Feltham on the afternoon of 6 May 2014 following an earlier altercation.
The trial of Mohammed Barre, 17 (29.12.96) of Byron Avenue, Hounslow, commenced on 3 November at the Old Bailey.
Today, a Judge sentenced him to life imprisonment and ordered that he serve a minimum of 17 years.
The murder was the tragic conclusion of a feud between Jamil and Barre which had resulted in a number of previous fist fights.
The pair had fought in Hounslow on 25 February. Punches were thrown and Jamil had struck Barre with his belt. As a result of this incident, both were arrested and charged.
The two appeared at Feltham Magistrates’ Court on the morning of 6 May. Barre pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was given a conditional discharge. Jamil pleaded not guilty and was bailed to appear at Kingston Crown Court later that month.
Jamil and Barre left court at 13:08hrs on 6 May. Less than ten minutes later, there was a further dispute between the pair in Browells Lane, Feltham. A witness saw Jamil standing over Barre, who was on the ground, while a third male looked on. Jamil subsequently called a friend to say that he had punched Barre.
Barre met up with a group of other males, one of whom made a phone call to a friend of Jamil. Following the phone call, at around 15:00hrs, Jamil and two friends began to make their way to Crane Park.
Emergency services were called at 15:26hrs to the park, near Evans Grove, Feltham, following Jamil’s stabbing.
Police officers and ambulance staff attended the scene. Jamil was taken by Air Ambulance to the Royal London Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 16:56hrs. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a stab wound to the chest which penetrated the heart. Jamil had suffered two further stab wounds to the arm and the chest.
A murder investigation was launched under Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh of the Homicide & Major Crime Command.
Detectives found a knife in a stream between the murder scene and the bus stop where Barre and four other defendants caught a Route 110 bus after the stabbing. The knife was a folding blade, about 9cm in length, and Jamil’s DNA was found on the cutting edge of the blade.
Detectives arrested two teenagers (‘A’, ‘B’) on 6 May and the five defendants (‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, ‘F’ and Barre) between 14 and 17 May. The five were charged with Jamil’s murder, while ‘A’ and ‘B’ were released with no further action.
‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ were found not guilty of murder.
Barre was convicted as above.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “What started as a petty squabble between two teenagers ended with Jamil paying the ultimate price of losing his life.
“Jamil never stood a chance against his attacker who was armed with a knife.
“Anyone who carries a knife should be the aware of the potentially fatal consequences of their actions.”