Case: Teenager stabbed in Enfield: Shaquan Sammy-Plummer
Shaquan Sammy-Plummer
Jemal Williams
Status: Solved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Shaquan Sammy-Plummer, 17, was stabbed to death in Enfield on 30 January 2015.

Police were called to Berkeley Gardens after he collapsed on the pavement at Berkeley Gardens at around 9.35pm.

Shaquan, from Tottenham, died after being taken to hospital. A postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

Eight people were arrested before Jemal Williams, 20 (15.05.95) of Berkeley Gardens, Winchmore Hill, was charged with murder on 14 October 2015.

Williams went on trial at the Old Bailey on 12 April 2016. The court heard Williams was holding a party at his house when Shaquan and two friends arrived.

The prosecution claimed Williams refused them entry and demanded they hand over a bag of food and drink.

When Shaquan replied: 'What's this guy's problem?' and walked off, Williams went upstairs to grab and knife before returning to chase the teenager and stab him in the chest.

Williams handed himself in to police on 9 February 2015 but the police struggled to break through a 'wall of silence' during their investigation.

The key eyewitness evidence was given by one of Shaquan's friends. The second friend, Christopher Nzeh, refused to help police and was later jailed for 21 years for stabbing Michael Adegbite to death.

Williams claimed Shaquan pulled out the knife and was stabbed accidentally and in self defence during the struggle.

On 25 April 2016 Williams was convicted of murder by the jury. The following day he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 24 years before parole.

Killer Jemal Williams and victim Shaquan Sammy-Plummer

Judge Richard Hone QC said: 'This is yet another profoundly sad case of the needless loss of a young life through knife crime on the streets of London.

'You are an habitual carrier of knives and you have shown not a shred of remorse for what you did.

'What you did was to lose your temper because two uninvited people appeared at your front door.'

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "The death of Shaquan was a meaningless tragedy. Even when he was turned away from the party, he made no fuss and was in the process of leaving when Williams decided he needed to teach him a lesson.

"This has been a complex and lengthy investigation with an overwhelming wall of silence preventing us from bringing Williams to justice sooner. We understand people might be scared to come forward but we will do everything we can to offer reassurance and support and ensure dangerous men like Williams are dealt with as they should be and families like Shaquan's can be given some closure."

Shaquan's family and friends said in a statement on 6 February 2015: "We are deeply shocked and saddened at the tragic loss of a very much loved son and brother.

"Shaquan was a good young man who was doing well at school and was liked and respected by his peers and those who worked with him.

"He was popular, caring, good humoured and well mannered. He was devoted to his family and we are proud of what he achieved in his 17 short years."

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