A Mitcham man has been jailed after a 19-year-old was stabbed to death last year.

Police were called just after 10pm February 3, 2018 by a member of the public to reports of a male who they believed had been stabbed by boys on bicycles. The attack took place by a fenced sports court on Linsdell Road, Barking.

Police attended and found Hasan Ozcan suffering from multiple stab wounds. Officers realised Hasan was still alive and attempted first aid before the arrival of the London Ambulance Service. However, paramedics were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene less than an hour later.

A post-mortem examination carried out at Queen’s Hospital mortuary on February 6, established that cause of death was a stab wound to his thigh; this had severed several arteries causing substantial blood loss.

Hasan was stabbed a total of seven times and had wounds to his chest, abdomen, left arm and both thighs.

Detectives established that the motive for the crime was a revenge attack after one of the defendants’ friends was stabbed at 7.30pm, February 3. His injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing.

Kamaal Modest, 22, of Fairfield Close, Mitcham, who had been found guilty at the Old Bailey of violent disorder, was sentenced to 25 months in prison.

Kareem Lashley-Weekes, 21, of no fixed address was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 24 years.

A 16-year-old boy from Dagenham, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 19 years.

Lashley-Weekes and the teenager were found guilty of Hasan’s murder and violent disorder following an earlier trial at the Old Bailey.

Detective Sergeant Jake Ellis, of the Specialist Crime Command, said: “This was an unnecessary loss of life and Hasan’s family have been left devastated. He was set upon and brutally attacked in the street in the most violent way.

“Justice has been served but nothing can bring Hasan back so he can live the life he deserved.

“The dignity of Hasan’s family throughout this traumatic process has been remarkable.

“They were very nearby when Hasan was murdered and could only stand by while he was given first aid, which was ultimately in vain.

“That night will never leave them, nor will the loss of Hasan. I do hope that these sentences bring a small measure of comfort to them as they continue to grieve.”