Four sentenced for murder of teenager in Havering

Mick Ferris

Four people have been jailed for the murder of teenager Daniel Laskos, who was fatally stabbed in Havering.

The four appeared at the Old Bailey today, Thursday April 7 where they were sentenced as follows:

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 14 years.

Joshua Kerr, 19, of Birchanger Road, South Norwood, was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 24 years.

Callum Hands, 20, of Vincent Road, Dagenham, was sentenced to life imprisonment – to serve a minimum of 22 years.

Rakeem Green-Matthews, 19, of Gulderose Road, Romford, was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 21 years.

They had previously appeared for trial at the Old Bailey where on Friday April 1 all four were convicted of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This entire incident was captured on CCTV.

“The footage clearly showed Daniel Laskos standing on the pavement with a friend on Church Road when the suspects approached them.

“Pulling knives and a baton from their clothing they charged them. Daniel and his friend instinctively tried to back away, but were caught and stabbed in a targeted, frenzied attack.

“We still don’t know what the circumstances were that motivated this murder. What we do know is that a family is changed forever and continues to struggle to come to terms with their loss. Our thoughts are with them today.

“We also know that four young men will forfeit their futures as a result.”

During the trial the court heard how police were called to reports of a fight between armed groups of males at 6.41pm May 7, 2021 outside a shop on Church Road in Harold Wood.

When officers and the London Ambulance Service arrived, members of the public were administering first aid to the victim, Daniel Laskos, aged 16, who had a serious knife wound to his neck.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

DCI Whellams, added: “As homicide detectives we see the effects of extreme violence as part of our daily professional lives, and the speed with which often minor disputes can escalate into extreme violence goes far beyond our comprehension.

“It is vital that the community, educators and police work together to stop this mindless and wholly needless loss of our young men’s lives.

“If you know someone who carries weapons or is involved in violent crime please do the right thing and tell police what you know – your actions could save a life.”

There are a number of ways that concerned citizens can provide information. You can report to police by dialling 101 or online

If you have information that could help keep your community safe, but don’t want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call or I.P address.

Any young people who have information about violence or knife crime, can visit Fearless where they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

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Mick Ferris

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