Case: The Gentle Giant: Warren Ramdeen
Victim
Name:
Warren Ramdeen
Gender:
Male
Date:
2014-10-04
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
Riche Campbell
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Shomarni Mkini
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Killer
Name:
Idris Abdulle
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Drug Related
Case synopsis:

Warren Ramdeen, 31, was stabbed to death at his home in Northolt on 4 October 2014.

He was found unconscious at the flat in Churchill Court in Newmarket Avenue at around 4am and was was pronounced dead at the scene.

A postmortem found he suffered at least seven stab wounds including a fatal injury to the heart.

Four men were arrested on 5 October. The following day police charged three suspects with murder: Riche Hugh Campbell, 18 [20/4/96] of Pinner, Middlesex, Shomarni Mkini, 16 (24/2/98) of Harrow, and Idris Abdulle, 17 (3/6/97) of Northolt.

They went on trial at the Old Bailey on 3 March 2015. All three were convicted of murder on 30 March 2015.

The prosecution claimed all three suspects were involved in the attack on Mr Ramdeen at around 11.30pm on 3 October 2014. CCTV footage captured them leaving the flat after the attack.

Following their arrests the suspects all gave different accounts to police and blamed each other for stabbing Mr Ramdeen after he became upset and told them to leave.

Although the motive remains unclear, detectives believed the youths exploited Mr Ramdeen, who was vulnerable and had suffered from depression, to sell and smoke cannabis at his flat.

Killer Rishe Campbell (left) and victim Warren Ramdeen

On 14 May 2015 Campbell and Mkini were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years before parole while Abdulle was sentenced to life with a minimum of 16 years.

Judge Anthony Morris, QC, said: 'The three defendants murdered Mr Ramdeen by carrying out a savage attack on him in his flat in which stabbed him repeatedly when he was unarmed and unable to defend himself.

'This was a group attack by three young men armed with knives on an unarmed victim in his own home with a background of Class A drug dealing.'

Mr Ramdeen's family said in a statement: “Warren’s death, and the manner of it, made Friday 3rd October 2014 the worst day of our lives.

“In the months that had passed since Warrens death, during the trial and up the sentencing, there has been and will continue to be some very dark moments, which we have all had to and will have to find our own different ways to deal with and endure.

“Now, we have to adapt to the future without Warren, our son, brother, nephew and friend. But Warren’s memory shines brightly in our thoughts, and we will forever remember the wonderful times we shared, and a piece of him will shine eternally in all of us just like his smile.

“Thankfully, out of tragedy some good often emerges, and we feel blessed to have such true friends and family who have supported us day in day out which has helped tremendously in dealing with our bereavement, we will be forever grateful for this.

“We would also like to thank the detectives, and the liaison officers assigned to us and the entire work force for their diligence perseverance and sincerity towards our family in securing this conviction. At this time we wish to reiterate our deep appreciation for the very generous and clearly sincere accolades paid to Warren and his memory by his friends and the contribution they made towards his funeral.

“This verdict and sentencing today gives us some comfort knowing the perpetrators will have to suffer and realise that life is for living and not for taking and will have plenty of time to ponder their mistakes, and let them be assured that everyone connected with Warren and our families will not shed a single tear over their demise.”

Killers Shomarni Mkini (left)  and Idris Abdulle

Detective Inspector Andy Manning, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "I am glad that we have been able to bring to justice the three teenagers responsible for Warren's murder and I hope that this verdict provides some small degree of solace to the family as they try to move forward.

"None of the three defendants gave a coherent account of what happened in the flat that evening and therefore Warren's family may never know exactly why he was killed.

"I believe the situation Warren was in is not unique and I would appeal to anyone who is being threatened or intimidated by criminals to have the courage to ask the police for help.

"Similarly, if you know anybody who is suffering as a result of their association with criminals, please call police on 101 and share any information you have with us."

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