Shaquan Sammy-Plummer murder: Party host killer jailed for life
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The 20-year-old man who murdered Finsbury Park teenager Shaquan Sammy-Plummer was today jailed for a minimum of 24 years.
Jemal Williams had yesterday been found guilty of Shaquan’s murder at the Old Bailey.
The court heard how Williams stabbed Shaquan, of Parkside Crescent, after he refused to hand over a bag of drinks and sweets. He had turned up at Williams’ house party in Berkley Gardens, Enfield, on January 20 last year but was turned away.
Speaking after the sentencing today, Navnit Dosanjh, London reviewing lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This case demonstrates how a trivial misunderstanding can have tragic consequences when knives are involved.
“Shaquan Plummer had spent the evening having fun with two of his friends and was planning to go to a small house party with them. They laughed and joked as they made their way to the party, with no idea that by the end of the night Shaquan would lose his life.
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“The victim had been invited to the party but when he arrived with his friends Williams told him he could not come in and then demanded that he hand over his bag, which contained drinks and sweets. Shaquan refused and walked away but Williams ran after him and stabbed him without warning or provocation.”
She added: “This was a challenging case because although there were many people around at the time of the stabbing, they were very reluctant to give evidence. This may be understandable given the level of unprovoked violence they had witnessed.
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”However, one witness did agree to give evidence and this was critical in convicting Jemal Williams. I would like to thank this witness, and the other witnesses in this case, for their bravery in giving evidence in court.
“I hope the verdict gives some small comfort to Shaquan’s family. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”