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Life for teen who fatally stabbed 15-year-old in attempted bike theft (21 September 2015)

Date: 21/09/2015
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Life for teen who fatally stabbed 15-year-old in attempted bike theft

An 18-year-old found guilty of murder and robbery after a 15-year-old was stabbed while riding his bicycle in North London has been sentenced to life imprisonment at the Old Bailey.

Joshua Williams, 18, was convicted on Thursday (17/09/15) at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of 15-year-old Alan Cartwright in February this year.

Alan had been cycling with friends in the Caledonian Road in Islington on the evening of 27 February, when Williams stabbed him as he rode past.

Alan continued to cycle to get away from the man, but collapsed and died shortly after the attack. He had been stabbed in the chest.

The court heard that Williams and two other defendants – Shaquille Roberts, 19, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons – had targeted Alan and his friends in order to rob them of their bicycles.

Roberts pleaded guilty to robbery on 12 August and the 17-year-old also pleaded guilty to robbery on 13 July.

There was no evidence that they knew that Joshua Williams had a knife or would use it, the court was told.

The CPS said there was strong CCTV and cell site evidence in the case, enabled the prosecution “to build a clear picture of the events before, during and after the attack” and link the defendants through location and telephone contact.

CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Malcolm McHaffie, said:

“This was a completely unprovoked attack on a young teenager who was spending time having fun with his friends.

“The three defendants had clearly made a plan to rob the group of friends of their bicycles – however, Williams decided to take this further and use a knife in a deliberate attack on one of the cyclists, with catastrophic consequences.

“This case shows the horrifying results of knife crime – and how a life can be lost and a family devastated in a matter of seconds.

“I would like to thank all the witnesses who gave evidence in this case – you have helped bring Williams to justice.

“CPS London is committed to tackling knife and gang crime in the capital –
and we will continue to work with our criminal justice partners to robustly prosecute offenders.

I would like to express our sincere condolences to Alan's family, our thoughts are with them at this time,” Mr McHaffie added.

Williams was found guilty of murder and one count of robbery. He was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years in jail by Judge Rebecca Poulet QC on Friday (18/09/15).

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