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Man given life for murder of 26-year-old in Wembley
A man has been jailed for the murder of a “true gentleman” who was stabbed in the street.
Dean Gabay, 23, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Arron Payne of Wembley in September last year.
Police were called to Chalkhill Road, in Wembley, just before 7pm on Wednesday September 5 to reports of a man suffering from stab wounds.
Mr Payne had been walking along the road when he was approached by a group of men and attacked. He was stabbed in the stomach and thigh before collapsing in the street.
The young man was taken to St Mary's Hospital where he died on September 13.
In a statement Mr Payne’s mother, Monica Campbell said: “Our son Arron Henry Payne was wise beyond his years. He had grown into a true gentleman.
“He was hard working, spoke his mind and with the loss of his twin brother Antone at the age of 13, he overcame considerable odds.
"Our family had to deal with the death of Arron's brother Antone which was beyond our control.
"Arron however has been taken from us. We had no time to prepare and his death has shaken every single one of us to the very core and turned our lives upside down.
"An act of senseless violence by a man hell-bent on revenge has put us here and although this finding of guilt will not bring Arron back, it at least brings closure for us after a long and arduous 12 months of hurt. We hope now we can grieve in peace.
“We will endeavour to try and rebuild our lives, but Arron has been taken from us too early and we will simply never fully recover. Our lives will never be the same again.
"Arron was bright, articulate and a joy to be around, we are all lost without him. This tragedy has not torn us apart but has made our family unit stronger."
Detective chief inspector Andy Partridge said: "Arron Payne was a decent hardworking young man, raised within a close-knit family and with an exciting future ahead of him.
"From any view, the attack on Arron was a senseless and cowardly act. Whilst no sentence imposed can make amends for their tragic loss, I hope that this conviction will provide some small degree of solace to Arron's family and friends.”
Gabay was sentenced on August 16 and was told he will have to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison.