Man jailed for life after Canvey murder conviction

Justice has been secured for the family of Matt Portwood after the man convicted of his murder was jailed for life.

Matt, 42, was fatally assaulted as he tried to step in and break up a fight in the Iceland car park on Canvey Island shortly after 1.30am on Saturday February 4 2023.

Jamie-Lee Lewis who was 24-years old at the time of the offence, stabbed Matt after he and a friend sought to intervene in a fight between two people outside The Haystack pub.

Matt had been in the pub and had seen the fight taking place.

VICTIM: Matt Portwood

At his trial, a jury heard Lewis returned to The Haystack with his clothes covered in blood after the attack.

Phone work was also able to place him at the scene of the incident at the time it took place, and in The Haystack pub earlier in the evening.

Lewis, of Bensham Lane, Thornton Heath, was arrested in South London on February 7 2023.

He was later charged with murder and possession of a bladed article.

He was unanimously found guilty of the charges against him on Tuesday October 10 2023 following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.

At the same court today, (Thursday January 11), Lewis was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve minimum term of 24 years (less time served on remand). He was also sentenced to 18 months, which will be served concurrently in relation to the bladed article.

Detective Inspector Kev Hughes, who led the investigation, said: “My thoughts today are with Matt’s family and friends, the compassionate manner in which they have supported each other and conducted themselves throughout the case has been testament to their strength of character.”

“Matt was acting as peacemaker; he was simply trying to protect and assist with a situation and tragically this intervention cost him his life.”