Two drug dealers jailed for killing addict - Hemel Hempstead

12/07/2017

Two drug dealers, who killed an addict after he ran off with just £10 worth of drugs, received long jail sentences today, Wednesday, 12 July 2017.

Joseph Zulu, aged 23, who fatally stabbed Adam Watt received a life sentence with a 25 year minimum term and Nicholas Grant, aged 18, who was at the scene with a knife, received a total of 11 years imprisonment.

The 38-year-old victim knew the drug dealers were coming for him to exact revenge and waited, with a knife sharpener, outside his flat at Evans Wharf, Apsley Lock, Hemel Hempstead. He was fatally stabbed by Zulu, at ten past one in the morning, with such severe force that it cut through bone in his upper chest and penetrated his aorta. His neighbours went to his aid. One of them told St Albans Crown Court: "Adam said: 'Please don't leave me here to die. Please don't leave me here. Please hold my hand. I don't want to die alone.'" He was losing a lot of blood and was taken to Watford hospital, where he died.

A jury at St Albans Crown Court found Zulu, of no fixed address, guilty of murdering the former chef at around ten past one in the morning on 8 January this year. Zulu was also convicted of conspiracy to supply class A Drugs. He was sentenced to life and is to serve a minimum of 25 years imprisonment.

Nicholas Grant, of Sunnyhill Road, Hemel was cleared of murder, but convicted of manslaughter. Grant admitted the charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment.

Jacqueline Brewin, aged 47, of Sacombe Road, Hemel, who drove the two men to and from the area of the killing, was cleared of murder.

Today, Judge Andrew Bright QC jailed the men saying: "Adam Watt's life was cruelly ended by a fatal stab wound to the chest." He said the jury concluded Zulu inflicted the stab wound and Grant had encouragd him to cause Adam Watt harm, which fell short of causing serious harm. The Judge went on: "Adam Watt was a customer of yours. The motive was to punish him for running off. You could not be seen to allow a customer to run off with drugs without paying for them."

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