Jemal Williams sentenced to life for the murder of Shaquan Sammy-Plummer

26/04/2016

Jemal Williams, 20, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 24 years today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of 17-year-old Shaquan Sammy-Plummer. Shaquan was killed on 30th January 2015 in north London. Williams was convicted by jury on 25th April 2016.

Navnit Dosanjh, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "This case demonstrates how a trivial misunderstanding can have tragic consequences when knives are involved.

"Shaquan Sammy-Plummer had spent the evening of 30th January having fun with two of his friends and was planning to go to a small house party with them. They laughed and joked as they made their way to the party, with no idea that by the end of the night Shaquan would lose his life.

"The victim had been invited to the party but when he arrived with his friends Williams told him he could not come in and then demanded that he handover his bag which contained drinks and sweets. Shaquan refused and walked away but Williams ran after him and stabbed him without warning or provocation.

"This was a challenging case because although there were many people around at the time of the stabbing, they were very reluctant to give evidence. This may be understandable given the level of unprovoked violence they had witnessed.

"However, one witness did agree to give evidence and this was critical in convicting Jemal Williams. I would like to thank this witness, and the other witnesses in this case, for their bravery in giving evidence in court.

"I hope the verdict gives some small comfort to Shaquan's family. Our thoughts are with them at this time."