Man sentenced for murder of Lee Chapman in Southend and restrictions lifted on naming accomplice

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of Lee Chapman in Southend.

Mr Chapman, 26, was stabbed multiple times in what has been described as a ‘frenzied attack’ in Cromer Road on the night of Friday March 6.

One of the wounds punctured his heart and another punctured his lung. He died in hospital.

On Tuesday December 15, three people were convicted of his murder following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.

One of them – 24 year-old Tyrel Thompson – has today been jailed for life with a minimum of 27 years.

Detectives were able to identify that Thompson had been dropped off at a taxi rank in Gidea Park after the attack by a car which had also taken the other two attackers to hospital.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Julie Gowen, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Tyrel Thompson is dangerous and violent man who’s actions have left Lee Chapman’s family devastated.

“Lee had his whole life in front of him but it was cut short due to a brutal and sustained attack where his killers left him for dead.

“Thompson will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars.

It is now possible to reveal the identity of one of the teenagers who were also found guilty of Lee’s murder.

Lamar Davis, now 18, had been 17 at the start of the trial and considered a juvenile so could not be named.

Davis, of Southchurch Road, Southend, turned 18 midway through the trial but the reporting restriction on his identity remained in place.

However, during today’s hearing, Her Honour Judge Leigh removed that restriction meaning we can now release his identity.

Davis and the 16 year-old boy convicted of Lee’s murder are both due to be sentenced in February.

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Mick Ferris

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