Case: Teenager stabbed in Thornton Heath: Jermaine Goupall
Jermaine Goupall
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Fifteen year-old Jermaine Goupall was stabbed to death in Thornton Heath on 8 August 2017.

He was out with a group of friends when he was confronted by three men wearing balaclavas and armed with knives and a machete.

Jermaine tried to run away but was stabbed near a Costcutter shop on Green Lane and collapsed in Georgia Road at around 11pm.

He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before midnight. A post-mortem confirmed he died of a stab wound to the leg.

On 11 August a 16 year-old boy and an 18 year-old woman were arrested. They were both charged with murder the following day. A 17 year-old man was charged with murder on 14 August.

They are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on 8 January 2018.

Police continue to appeal for information and witnesses.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, leading the investigation from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "I'm really keen to hear from anyone who was out with Jermaine that night. I can understand that you may be worried about coming forward, but I would like to reassure you that experienced detectives will deal with you sensitively. We will help you through the process of talking to us, as it is vital we get information to help us catch the men responsible.

"Also, if anyone saw the attack on Jermaine please get in contact with us and tell us what you saw."

DCI Lynes continued: "Our investigation has also established that there was an incident in the same area where Jermaine was attacked at around 15:00hrs to 16:00hrs on that Tuesday afternoon. This was an altercation involving a number of teenagers armed with sticks and wearing balaclavas, including some on mopeds.

"One line of enquiry we are exploring is if there is a link between this incident and the later altercation that led to Jermaine's death.

"If you were in the area around that time and saw anything, or know who was involved in this fight please call our incident room.

"Jermaine's family are devastated by his loss, my thoughts are with them at this difficult time. Please help us find the people responsible for taking their son from them."

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call the Homicide and Major Crime Command incident room on 020 8721 4868 on via 101.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

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