Two jailed for 15-second fatal stabbing

Friday, June 26, 2020

Two men have been jailed after 40-year-old Gavin Garraway was stabbed to death in an attack that lasted just 15 seconds in Wandsworth.

The Old Bailey heard how at around 2.30pm on March 29 2019, the victim was driving with his brother near Clapham Common when Zion Chiata, 20, and 22-year-old Tishaun Panton, who were on foot, pursued the car.

Chiata pulled out a large knife and attacked Mr Garraway through the open window, stabbing three times in quick succession.

Zion Chiata and Tishaun Panton have been jailed

Meanwhile, Panton used a crutch to hit the victim and his car. Mr Garraway’s brother also had a crutch, which he tried to use as a defence.

Chiata fled the scene after 10 seconds of violence, while Panton remained at the vehicle for a further five seconds continuing to attack with the crutch.

A police officer arrived within minutes and paramedics a short time after but despite their efforts Mr Garraway was pronounced dead at 3.28pm.

Victim Gavin Garraway was stabbed three times

The court heard that the attack was rooted in a “bitter rivalry” between two neighbouring Lambeth gangs. Mr Garraway had no gang links but his brother was associated with a rival gang.

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, who led the investigation said: “This 15-second attack not only ended Gavin’s life, but also sentenced his family to a lifetime of sadness and loss. 

“This punishment shows the consequences of carrying a knife. I am relieved the jury discounted Chiata’s defence that he simply “lost control” and rightly convicted him of a terrible murder.”

Chiata was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years for murder, while Panton was handed 10.5 years for manslaughter.

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