Teens jailed for murder of man in Southend

Two teenagers convicted of the murder of Lee Chapman in Southend have been jailed for life.

Lamar Davis and a 17 year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of murder on December 15, 2020.

Twenty-six year-old Mr Chapman was stabbed multiple times in what was described as a “frenzied attack” in Cromer Road on the night of Friday March 6 last year.

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

Following the attack, Davis, 18, of Southchurch Road, Southend, and the 17 year-old went to Southend Hospital so the 17 year-old could get treatment for injuries he had sustained.

Through their investigation, detectives were able to identify and trace the journey they had made from the scene to hospital.

At Basildon Crown Court today (Monday April 26) Davis was jailed for life with a minimum of 14 years and an additional two years for drug offences, while the 17 year-old was given life with a minimum of 14 years.

Following the hearing senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Julie Gowen, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Lamar Davis and the 17 year-old carried out a violent attack and left Lee Chapman for dead.

“Lee had his whole life in front of him and his death has left his family devastated.

“They were both juveniles at the time of the attack making the level of violence involved even more shocking.

“No sentence can ever bring Lee back, but I hope this result will help his family to move forward.”

A third person convicted of Mr Chapman’s murder, 24 year-old Tyrel Thompson, of Kingston Road, Wimbledon, was jailed for a minimum of 27 years in December.

DCI Gowen added: “This case highlights the ruthlessness of drugs gangs, who are prepared to use violence and intimidation to keep drug users, rivals and even their own members in check.

“Every day we’re taking out drugs lines, putting people before the courts, and protecting the vulnerable people they exploit and threaten.

“But enforcement is not enough to eradicate drugs gangs and the harm they cause.

“The reasons why people become involved in gangs or a lifestyle that brings them into contact with them are complex.

“It’s only by working together as a community that we can prevent people from steering down that path.”

Essex Police is part a multi-agency Violence and Vulnerability Unit, which is mainly focused on gangs, county lines and child criminal and sexual exploitation.

It carries out intervention, awareness and education programmes to support young people and vulnerable adults who are being, or at risk of being, exploited and involved in crime.

If you have been affected by the issues in this case and need help, you can contact police online at https://www.essex.police.uk where you can also use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Alternatively, you can call 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

You can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org

Victim Support provides free and confidential support if you have been a victim of crime. Find out more at victimsupport.org.uk

Anyone who is worried about someone or is looking for support themselves can visit: knifefree.co.uk for advice.

Open Road provides independent, confidential and non-judgmental support to people affected by drug addiction. Visit: https://www.openroad.org.uk/

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Mick Ferris

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