Hemel thug jailed for life after 'senseless' murder in London

A thug from Hemel Hempstead has been jailed for life after stabbing a trainee engineer to death in a "senseless" attack.

Monday, 30th September 2019, 4:24 pm
Denilson Davis. Credit Met Police

Denilson Davis, 21, from Hemel Hempstead, and a 16-year-old boy who can't be named were sentenced after Joshua Boadu, 23, was repeatedly knifed in Bermondsey, London in June last year.

Vicious Davis and the teenager hired a car before carrying out the attack in Linsey Street shortly after 6pm on June 11, the court heard.

Mr Boadu was pushed against a parked car and surrounded by three males, one of whom stabbed him.

The victim ducked under one of his attackers and sought refuge at a nearby home but had suffered serious injuries.

Mr Boadu died of his injuries in King’s College Hospital 11 days later

Police later recovered mobile phone footage of the 16-year-old and the third man involved — who remains at large — in a “celebratory mood” in a recording studio just hours after the attack.

After the trial, detective inspector Ian Titterrell said: “We have never been able to establish a motive for this senseless killing.

"While of course Joshua's family remain devastated, I hope this result brings them some comfort.”

> Davis must serve a minimum of 21 years while the youth must serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Mr Boadu's family said: “Words cannot describe the heartache and emotional anguish this senseless killing has caused and the impact on the family has been astronomical.

“Josh had his whole life ahead of him and he was full of so much untapped potential but his life was cut short due to a vicious murder. Things will never be the same for us and we have to live with this for the rest of our lives."