Joshua Williams sentenced to life for the murder of Alan Cartwright

18/09/2015

Joshua Williams, 18, was sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years for the murder of 15-year-old Alan Cartwright in February this year. He was also sentenced to eight years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob, to run concurrently.

Alan was stabbed by Williams while riding his bicycle along Caledonian Road, North London, on 27 February 2015. Williams and two other defendants, Shaquille Roberts and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, targeted Alan and his friends in order to rob them of their bicycles. Roberts, 19, pleaded guilty to robbery on 12 August and the 17-year-old also pleaded guilty to robbery on 13 July. There was no evidence that they knew that Joshua Williams had a knife or would use it.

There was strong CCTV and cell site evidence in this case which allowed the prosecution to build a clear picture of the events before, during and after the attack and link the defendants through location and telephone contact.

Malcolm McHaffie, CPS London Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack on a young teenager who was spending time having fun with his friends.

"he three defendants had clearly made a plan to rob the group of friends of their bicycles, however, Williams decided to take this further and use a knife in a deliberate attack on one of the cyclists, with catastrophic consequences.

"This case shows the horrifying results of knife crime and how a life can be lost and a family devastated in a matter of seconds.

"I would like to thank all the witnesses who gave evidence in this case, you have helped bring Williams to justice.

"CPS London is committed to tackling knife and gang crime in the capital and we will continue to work with our criminal justice partners to robustly prosecute offenders.

"I would like to express our sincere condolences to Alan's family, our thoughts are with them at this time."