Case: Party stabbing in Bow: Lamar Stewart
Victim
Name:
Lamar Stewart
Gender:
Male
Date:
2017-09-30
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
Salman Ahmed
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Lamar Stewart, 21, was stabbed to death in a mistaken revenge attack on 30 September 2017.

He was confronted by at least three men as he sat on a wall outside a house party in Ropery Street, Bow.
Police were called to reports of a disturbance at around 2.30am and Lamar was found injured in nearby Eric Street.

Mr Stewart, who worked for Guys and St Thomas' NHS Trust, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 4.52am.

A post-mortem found he had suffered four stab wounds and gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the chest and haemorrhage.

On 2 December 2017 Salman Ahmed, 22 (16.12.94) of no fixed address, was charged with murder.

Ahmed went on trial at the Old Bailey on 21 May 2018. He was convicted of murder on 18 June 2018 and two days later was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 22 years before parole.

Killer Salman Ahmed (left) and victim Lamar Stewart

The court heard Ahmed wanted revenge after being slashed in the buttocks and thigh by an unknown man during a fight at the party.

He returned with several men armed with knives and began asking people outside if they were responsible for his wounds.

James Mulholland QC, prosecuting, said Ahmed 'appears to have had no idea as to who attacked him' and added: 'It is clear he wanted revenge.'

Ahmed eventually turned to Mr Stewart, who was sitting with a friend. When Mr Stewart tried to leave, he was chased, brought to the floor, punched, kicked and stabbed in the chest.

Witnesses saw Ahmed standing over the victim with a black bladed knife in his hand.

CCTV footage captured a bare-chested Ahmed heading for a cab rank in Mile End minutes after the attack.

When the cab was traced by police his blood was found on the rear seat.

Ahmed evaded police until he was arrested at a flat in North Road, Southend, on 1 December 2017. He refused to answer questions in police interview.

He evaded police and was located and arrested on 1 December 2017 at a flat in North Road, Southend. He declined to answer any questions when interviewed by police.

Judge Michael Grieve said: 'This brutal attack took place in the middle of a residential street. Police arrived within minutes and as they did you and your group ran away.

'Your actions have brought unbearable emotional and mental pain to Lamar's family and friends. Your family too have suffered grievously because of what you have done.'

Lamar's family in a statement said: “Lamar was a fine young man with a zest for life and an openness and love for his fellow human beings. We struggle to understand why someone would want to hurt a soul like Lamar’s. A soul so pure, entirely genuine, kind and loving.

"Salman Ahmed has not given any explanation for his actions and has offered no apology or sympathies from the time he was arrested to when he finished giving his account on the witness stand. His violent and aggressive actions took a beautiful, kind, loving person from this world, one that is remembered with great affection and love by many and who is, and always will be, dearly missed by his parents, brothers, sisters and extended family."

Detective Inspector Rita Tierney, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "This was an absolutely tragic death of an innocent young man who was liked and loved by so many. Lamar was employed by Guy’s and St Thomas' NHS Trust and at the time of his death he had just received a promotion at work.

"I want to pay tribute to Lamar’s family whose courage and dignity has been incredible. I would also like to thank all those who have assisted the investigation, especially those witnesses who came forward providing vital evidence to police which led to Ahmed's conviction.

“Ahmed is an extremely violent man. After causing a disturbance he was intent on attacking someone to seek revenge.

“Sadly the person he attacked was Lamar Stewart, an innocent young man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. I know that Ahmed's conviction will not bring Lamar back but I hope it goes some way to healing the pain of his loss felt by his friends and family."

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