Desmond Brooks sentenced to life for the murder of Keisha McKenzie

24/03/2015

Desmond Brooks was sentenced to life with a minimum of 29 years today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of his ex-wife Keisha McKenzie. He was also sentenced for the attempted murder of his former partner Joan Wade and the wounding with intent of another woman. He pleaded guilty to all three charges on 23rd March 2015.

Tim Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for London and head of the Complex Casework Unit, said: "On 29 July 2013 Desmond Brooks went on a violent rampage which resulted in the death of Keisha McKenzie and the serious injury  his former partner Joan Wade and another woman. He armed himself with a number of knives and a meat cleaver and stabbed each victim repeatedly.

"These attacks took place at two different addresses in the Brixton area within just 30 minutes of each other. Both attacks were carried out in the presence of young children.

"Brooks attacked Keisha as soon as she opened the door to him. She was utterly defenceless and had no chance to escape. His other two victims both made brave efforts to escape the attack which may have ultimately saved their lives.

"Due to the overwhelming evidence in this case Brooks was left with no choice but to plead guilty. I hope that his sentence today brings some small comfort to the victims and their families."

Background

Brooks was also sentenced to 19 years for attempted murder and 12 years for wounding with intent. These sentences will run concurrently.