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Lee Jay Hatley: Fundraiser nets £3k to pay for Canonbury stab victim’s funeral on Wednesday

PUBLISHED: 11:45 04 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:09 04 August 2017

Shane Yerrell presents a £3280.70 cheque to the family of Lee Jay Hatley at his memorial wall in Barnsbury Street. From left: JJ's mum Michelle McPhillips, Shane Yerrell, mum Lesley Hatley, partner Holly Clark and sister Lauren Hatley. Picture: Polly Hancock

Shane Yerrell presents a £3280.70 cheque to the family of Lee Jay Hatley at his memorial wall in Barnsbury Street. From left: JJ's mum Michelle McPhillips, Shane Yerrell, mum Lesley Hatley, partner Holly Clark and sister Lauren Hatley. Picture: Polly Hancock

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A pal of Jonathon “JJ” McPhillips has stepped up again to help the grieving family of Lee Jay Hatley.

Lee Jay Hatley with his son. Picture: Met PoliceLee Jay Hatley with his son. Picture: Met Police

Shane Yerrell raised £3280.70 for Lee Jay’s relatives after he was stabbed to death in Canonbury on June 26. The money will be used for his funeral, which takes place on Wednesday.

After JJ – a friend of 29-year-old Lee Jay – was killed in Upper Street in February, Shane held a similar fundraising campaign.

Shane, 33, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, runs a charity, Through the Fight, for people who have been victims of attacks or who become seriously ill.

He told the Gazette: “Michelle, JJ’s mum, rang me and said one of JJ’s friends had been killed, and that she’d like me to help again.

Shane Yerrell with the family of Lee Jay Hatley at his memorial wall in Barnsbury Street. From left: mum Lesley Hatley, sister Lauren Hatley and partner Holly Clark with two-year-old son Nicholas. Picture: Polly HancockShane Yerrell with the family of Lee Jay Hatley at his memorial wall in Barnsbury Street. From left: mum Lesley Hatley, sister Lauren Hatley and partner Holly Clark with two-year-old son Nicholas. Picture: Polly Hancock

“I didn’t know Lee Jay – I recognised his face from JJ’s funeral – but he was obviously very well liked, the same as JJ. There was a day when the donations really took off.

“It’s always the good people, those who aren’t looking for trouble, who are victims. And do you know what, Lee Jay’s family are such lovely people. They were so grateful for the money, and it’s great to help them.”

Lee Jay, a father-of-one, lived in Morland Mews, Barnsbury. He was stabbed to death in a flat in Westcliff House, in Baxter Road’s Dover Court Estate.

Bradley Wood, 24, of no fixed abode, has been charged with Lee Jay’s murder, and the attempted murder of a 22-year-old woman. He is set to appear before the Old Bailey on September 20.

But so far, no one has been charged with dad-of-two JJ’s murder, which happened outside the town hall in the early hours of February 25. Seven people have been arrested and released in connection with the killing.


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