Friday 6 December 2019

Teen (15) locked up for stabbing market trader to death in 'primeval split-second of anger'

Karlton Burton, 15, who has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to life with a minimum of 15 years for the murder of market trader Rashid Naeem who was knifed in the chest during a struggle near his stall in Queen's Market in Green Street, east London, in February: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Karlton Burton, 15, who has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to life with a minimum of 15 years for the murder of market trader Rashid Naeem who was knifed in the chest during a struggle near his stall in Queen's Market in Green Street, east London, in February: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Javauntee Campbell, 17, who has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to 10 years after being found guilty of manslaughter of market trader Rashid Naeem who was knifed in the chest during a struggle near his stall in Queen's Market in Green Street, east London, in February. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Emily Pennink

A 15-year-old boy who stabbed a market trader to death in a "primeval split-second of anger" was ordered today to spend at least 15 years behind bars.

Rashid Naeem, 29, was attacked near his stall in Queen's Market in Green Street, east London, in a row over a stolen watch in front of terrified families and children.

Following an Old Bailey trial, Karlton Burton, 15, was found guilty of the murder in February and detained for life in a young offenders institute.

Judge Richard Hone QC told him: "By your actions that Sunday you have, in effect, passed a life sentence on all the members of your victim's close family.

Javauntee Campbell, 17, who has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to 10 years after being found guilty of manslaughter of market trader Rashid Naeem who was knifed in the chest during a struggle near his stall in Queen's Market in Green Street, east London, in February. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Javauntee Campbell, 17, who has been sentenced at the Old Bailey to 10 years after being found guilty of manslaughter of market trader Rashid Naeem who was knifed in the chest during a struggle near his stall in Queen's Market in Green Street, east London, in February. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

"Rashid Naeem has two young children who will never again see their father. The pain and devastation you have caused to these innocent people is beyond description.

"You killed a totally innocent family man with a knife. In that primeval split-second of anger and stabbing there is probably no distinction between an intention to really seriously injure with a knife and an intention to kill."

Javauntee Campbell, 17, who landed a punch on the victim, was convicted of manslaughter and detained for 10 years. A third defendant, aged 15, was cleared.

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