Case: Teen stabbed in Peckham: Daniel Namanga
Victim
Name:
Daniel Namanga
Gender:
Male
Date:
2017-08-08
Nationality:
British
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
Dickson Tangu
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
British
Status: Solved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Daniel Namanga, 19, was stabbed to death outside a nightclub in Peckham on 8 August 2017.

Police were called to a disturbance near the Afrikiko bar on Old Kent Road at around 2am.

Daniel, a rugby player and former college student who aspired to be an animator, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest which penetrated the left side of his heart.

Eight people were arrested during the investigation before Dickson Tangu, 21 (4.10.95) of Wilkinson Gardens, Croydon, was charged with murder on 11 August 2017.

Tangu went on trial at Inner London Crown Court on 23 January 2017. He was convicted of murder on 6 February and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 23 years before parole on 9 February.

Killer Dickson Tangu (left) and victim Daniel Namanga

The court heard Mr Kamanga had been in the club for around 90 minutes before Tangu and his group arrived.

'Whether they bumped into him by coincidence or if the meeting was pre-arranged we can't say,' prosecutor James Mulholland said.

 

'They clearly had things to say.'

 

Tangu left the club at 1.51am and Mr Namanga left several minutes afterwards. Their discussion continued outside and became heated before CCTV cameras captured Mr Namanga suddenly sprinting back towards the nightclub, chased by the group.

 

During a further confrontation Mr Namanga was hit with a bottle and armed himself with a wooden stick. He was then chased to Ilderton Road before he tripped over a car tyre and fell over.

Tangu thrust the knife into his chest before he and his group ran back to a Vauxhall Astra and left the scene.

He was arrested at his home on 11 August.

Judge Usha Karu said: ‘There are no winners or losers in a tragic case like this. This was a wicked, evil and unnecessary attack.

‘Daniel Namanga posed no threat whatsoever. The knife had cut through the fourth rib, pierced the left lung and entered the left ventricle, cutting the main artery as it did so.

‘You made off with wo others in the car you had travelled in to get to the nightclub.

‘At the trial attempts were made to cast the blame on others. It was not until two days before the trial that it was accepted that you were the man in the grey hoody carrying a man-bag who was seen to aim a blow to Mr. Namanga’s chest when he was on the ground.

‘On the day of the offence you were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court for battery which had been committed for sentence. You were on bail for that offence when you committed the murder.

‘Daniel Namanga was a bright, caring, popular, charismatic, and hard working 19-year-old young man with good future prospects. He had just taken his exams and was looking forward to going to university where he hoped to study graphic art and design to become an animator.

‘His younger brother looked up to him as a role model. The family have described this as a never-ending nightmare. His mother has been unable to return to her job in the NHS which she has done for 35 years.

‘The family have been utterly dignified throughout the trial despite the pain they are suffering.’

In a statement following Tangu's sentencing, Daniel's family said: "Thank God our prayers have been answered and justice has been served."

Detective Sergeant Rob Tickle, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Dickson Tangu chose to carry a knife that night and did so with the full intention of using it. He struck a singular, forcible and violent blow to Daniel's chest. He never recovered from the injuries he suffered and sadly, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he died at the scene.

"Tangu is a dangerous individual, embroiled in a culture of violence in which he has shown a complete disregard for human life, including whilst at court. The jury took just two hours to reach its verdict.

"I would like to pay tribute to the strength of Daniel's family, in particular his mother, Sally, who has shown immense courage, dignity and strength throughout. The family particularly want to thank the emergency services personnel who fought hard to save Daniel's life, the criminal justice system and the investigation team whose commitment, hard work and determination ensured that Tangu was convicted."

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