Murderer yelled ‘F*** the Queen’ as he was sentenced for life

Friday, March 13, 2020

A teenager, who has been convicted of murdering a 17-year-old boy, yelled “f*** the Queen” as he was handed a lifetime jail sentence.

Shemar Dawes, 19, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Lord Promise Nkenda in an attack that saw the victim mown down by a stolen BMW and then stabbed 15 times on Valentine’s Day 2018.

Dawes was convicted at the Old Bailey today following a retrial after his original conviction was quashed over a “legal technicality”, the court heard.

Judge John Hillen sentenced Dawes to life detention with a minimum term of 18 years, minus time spent in custody, meaning he will serve at least 16 years and 106 days.

The judge said: “Young men like you have become inured to violence and treat lives, including your own, cheaply.

“This was a planned, armed attack ... You took away that young, loving, joyous young man’s life. Nothing will bring him back but you must pay the penalty for taking his life.”

Victim Lord Promise Nkenda was stabbed 15 times

The victim was walking along a pavement when the car driven by Dawes containing five youths accelerated towards him in Newham, east London, in February 2018.

He was struck by the vehicle and then pursued by four of the boys on foot into an alleyway where he was repeatedly and fatally stabbed in the head, back and chest in a matter of seconds.

The judge said the motive for the murder may never be known but said “nothing I have seen indicates Lord Promise Nkenda was involved with crime or gangs”.

Wearing a light blue suit, Dawes yelled at the jury after he was sentenced: "Why did you do this to me? I wasn't even there. F*** the Queen."

Four others who were also in the vehicle had denied murder but were found guilty of murder at the previous trial.

Ishaq Abdille was given a minimum of 18 years, Ephraim Idris a 16 year minimum term and Anton Muir, Muir was sentenced to at least 17 years.

A 15-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons was handed a minimum term of 16 years.

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