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Three teens sentenced to life for 'vulnerable' man's death

STABBED IN THE HEART: Warren Ramdeen, 31, was murdered by three teenaged boys last October

THREE TEENAGERS have been sentenced to 50 years in jail for fatally stabbing a 31-year-old "vulnerable" man who had mental health issues.

The young men were found guilty in March 2015 at the Old Bailey of murdering 31-year-old Warren Ramdeen at his home in Northolt, west London last year.

They appeared at the same court yesterday (May 14) to be sentenced.

Riche Hugh Campbell, 18, and Shomarni Mkini, 16, were both sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of 17 years imprisonment.

Idris Abdulle, 17, was also sentenced to life but will serve a minimum of 16 years in jail.

Yesterday, the court heard that shortly before 7pm on Friday October 3 2014, the three defendants entered Churchill Court, a block of flats in Newmarket Avenue, Northolt, where Ramdeen lived on the tenth floor.

The three teenagers went in and out of the block several times that evening.

At around 11:30pm, a disturbance was heard in the flat and CCTV footage showed the three defendants leaving Churchill Court.

At around 4am the following morning, a man who stayed with Ramdeen returned to the flat and found blood in the hallway and on the door before discovering his body lying face-down on a mattress.

Police and the London Ambulance Service were called but Ramdeen was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

The motive for the murder is still unclear.

Ramdeen was a vulnerable adult suffering with mental health issues. It is believed that his attackers took advantage of his frailties and used his flat for the purposes of drug dealing. It is thought a dispute then took place which led to Ramdeen being attacked.

JAILED FOR LIFE: (From left) Idris Abdulle, Riche Hugh Campbell and Shomarni Mkini

Detective inspector Andy Manning said at conviction: "I am glad that we have been able to bring to justice the three teenagers responsible for Warren's murder and I hope that this verdict provides some small degree of solace to the family as they try to move forward.

"None of the three defendants gave a coherent account of what happened in the flat that evening and therefore Warren's family may never know exactly why he was killed."

The police issued a statement on behalf of the victim's family:

“Warren’s death, and the manner of it, made Friday 3rd October 2014 the worst day of our lives.

“In the months that had passed since Warrens death, during the trial and up the sentencing, there has been and will continue to be some very dark moments, which we have all had to and will have to find our own different ways to deal with and endure."

The statement continued: “Now, we have to adapt to the future without Warren, our son, brother, nephew and friend. But Warren’s memory shines brightly in our thoughts, and we will forever remember the wonderful times we shared, and a piece of him will shine eternally in all of us just like his smile.

“Thankfully, out of tragedy some good often emerges, and we feel blessed to have such true friends and family who have supported us day in day out which has helped tremendously in dealing with our bereavement, we will be forever grateful for this."

Ramdeen's family added: “This verdict and sentencing gives us some comfort knowing the perpetrators will have to suffer and realise that life is for living and not for taking and will have plenty of time to ponder their mistakes, and let them be assured that everyone connected with Warren and our families will not shed a single tear over their demise.”

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