Teen Sentenced For Market Trader Murder

15 September 2014, 13:58

A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison, after a murdering a market trader in East London.

Rashid Naeem, a 29-year-old father of two, was stabbed during a row over a stolen watch, near his stall in Queen's Market, in February.

15 year-old Karlton Burton has been sentenced to life in a young offender's institute, with a minimum of 15 years.

The judge at the Old Bailey, Judge Richard Hone QC, said:

"By your actions that Sunday you have, in effect, passed a life sentence on all the members of your victim's close family.

"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."

17 year-old Javauntee Campbell, who punched Rashid Naeem during the struggle, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years.

A third teenager was found not guilty of murder.

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