Search

Alan Cartwright murder: Joshua Williams sentenced to life with minimum of 21 years

PUBLISHED: 15:51 18 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:51 30 September 2015

Alan Cartwright

Alan Cartwright

Archant

A teenager handed a life sentenced after the “gratuitous and senseless” murder of 15 year-old Alan Cartwright was already on bail on suspicion of possessing a knife.

Joshua Williams, 18, who was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years behind bars, had yet to be charged on suspicion of carrying a four-inch long lock blade, before he carried out the fatal attack in February.

A jury took just three hours on Thursday (17) to find Williams guilty of Alan’s murder and conspiracy to rob.

Jailing him, Judge Rebecca Poulet QC told Williams: “This was a gratuitous and senseless piece of violence. It was motivated by acquisitive greed and the incident has rightly horrified and dismayed the public.”

Alan was an innocent boy who was unconnected with gangs, she told the defendant.

“You have taken his life in a pathetic and unsuccessful attempt to steal a bike.”

She described Williams and his accomplices in the robbery, Shaquille Roberts, 18, and a 16 year-old, as “lying in wait” for a group like of young people just like Alan and his friends with the intention of stealing their bicycles.

While the other young men used force to take the bicycles, Williams swung with his left arm to deliver a “swift, but firm and fatal” stabbing to Alan’s upper chest, which penetrated three layers of clothing to pierce his lung.

Alan’s mother, who was eight months pregnant with her daughter at the time of the murder had told the court of her devastation and heartbreak at the death of her only son, in her victim’s statement.

Judge Poulet stated that she was satisfied that Williams had confessed to his parents, and had gone with them to the station to hand himself in, before changing his story – claiming to have an alibi that would place him elsewhere at the time of the attack.

“Much of the good that would have flowed from your courage (…) has now been dissipated,” she said.

Williams did not address the court and spoke only to confirm his name.

Latest Islington News Stories

07:32

Police are hunting two suspects after another young man was stabbed to death in Upper Street last night.

Yesterday, 21:26

Missing schoolgirl Isabella Newell has been found in Hertfordshire today after going missing on Saturday morning.

Yesterday, 17:37

Police have taped off the Golden Lane Estate after a Second World War bomb was discovered during excavation work this afternoon.

Yesterday, 17:06

A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being hit by a car near Finsbury Park station.

Yesterday, 14:15

Thousands of patients at a Cally doctors are in limbo with the surgery set to close.

Yesterday, 13:14

Four police officers were attacked by a man in the Stroud Green Road Tesco on Saturday evening.

Yesterday, 12:03

Hortensia Celis moved to London from Mexico 30 years ago and has lived in Holloway for 26 years. She’s now decided to turn her passion for food into a business by opening an authentic Mexican store.

Yesterday, 11:45

Islington’s transport chief Claudia Webbe is going nowhere after losing out in her bid to be Labour’s candidate in the Lewisham East by-election.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“I try and do my best to enhance the young person’s capabilities. I’m very focused on their education, their wellbeing and their cultural needs.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now