Two teenagers convicted for the death of Rashid Naeem

25/07/2014

Karlton Burton, 15, was convicted of murder and Javauntee Campbell, 16, was convicted of manslaughter relating to the death of Rashid Naeem on 16 February 2014. The teenagers were found guilty at the Central Criminal Court and will be sentenced on 15 September 2014.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "It took just one stab wound to take the life of Rashid Naeem. He was attacked by a group of youths who laughed and joked together before the fatal blow was struck by Karlton Burton. 
 
"Rashid Naeem and his brother had been working on their stall in Queens Market, East London, when they were approached by the group of youths. One of the defendants then took a watch and with others fled the scene.
"However within minutes the group returned and Rashid and his brother approached them to get the stolen watch back.
 
"A struggle ensued between the victim and Burton, where Rashid received a fatal stab wound to the chest. He was then pushed to the ground by Javauntee Campbell before again the group fled the scene.
 
"At CPS London we are committed to tackling knife crime, and will continue to work closely with our police partners to make the capital a safer place.
 
"Our thoughts are with Mr Naeem's family at this difficult time and we hope these convictions provide some small measure of comfort."
 
Background

The judge lifted the section 39 order against the two convicted defendants. A further 15-year-old was acquitted of murder and possession of a bladed article.