Man who stabbed flatmate to death in Leytonstone jailed

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A man who stabbed his flatmate to death after he falsely accused him of kissing his girlfriend has been jailed.

Carlos Velez, 20, was convicted of murdering 26-year-old David Martinez after a trial at the Old Bailey.

He was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment on Friday, June 26.

The court heard that 26-year old David had been living with Velez, his girlfriend and his mother in a flat in North Birkbeck Road, E11.

On March 6, 2019, Velez had an argument with his girlfriend after he demanded to know what she had been doing in the kitchen with David.

On this day, David messaged his cousins to say Velez was “all crazy and was asking if had kissed his girlfriend” and “I am going to try to go on Friday else I’ll end up dead”.

Velez’s girlfriend, who had been in her room, then went into the kitchen and saw Velez attacking David with a knife. She saw Velez stab him a number of times in the head and stomach.

Despite his injuries, David managed to run out of the flat and alert nearby pedestrians who called 999.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and treated him, but he died a short time later due to the severity of his injuries.

In a statement that was read to the court, David’s sister, Katerine Martinez-Valencia, said: ..“We were all aware of David’s messages suggesting he was in danger, and then his lack of response; our hearts dropped, lack of response was so out of character for David, we knew he must have been hurt.

“..We have been unable to attend his trial due the pandemic, we understand this is beyond anyone’s control but we should not be in this situation at all, I have been able to follow by video and there are no words to describe what it is like to hear how David was attacked in the most brutal way.

“It’s clear to me and my family that the defendant knew what he was doing, and maybe the attack stems from knowing what a kind man David was.”

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Mick Ferris

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