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Man jailed for life after killing father of one-year-old baby

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man has been jailed for life after chasing down his former friend and stabbing him to death.

Momodu Samura, 23, of Haringey, was sentenced to life imprisonment at Wood Green Crown Court on May 13 for the murder of 21-year-old Tyreke Watson.

Mr Watson, who leaves behind his girlfriend and one-year-old baby was killed on February 22, 2021.

On the day in question, Mr Watson had been talking to Samura at a shop near the victim’s home in West Green Road, north east London.

The pair, who had previously been friends, spoke for a few minutes, the jury was told. Samura then showed Mr Watson an object in his pocket which led to a struggle in the doorway of the shop.

Mr Watson managed to break free and run away but was later stabbed in the chest by Samura – he died at the scene.

Mr Watson’s has since spoken of the tragedy at losing her son, saying: “The 22 February 2021 is a date that changed mine and my family’s life forever. This was the date my son Tyreke died, this was the date our son Tyreke was murdered. The pain and suffering I felt that day as a mother is still with me, and I know it will never go away.

“Tyreke was the only child my husband and I had together. He was our everything, bringing us happiness and joy.

“Even though there is an empty place in my heart I, along with my family, will always have cherished memories of Tyreke that no one can ever take away.

“Before Tyreke was killed he found out that he was going to be a father. We were all so excited and happy, Tyreke more than any of us. On 2 June 2021, Tyreke’s daughter was born.

“She will never know her father and Tyreke never had the opportunity to meet his daughter. His daughter will never receive the love that Tyreke had to offer and will only know her father through photos, stories and our beloved memories.

“Unless you have buried your child, no one will ever understand the emotion my husband and I feel. I simply don’t have the vocabulary to explain how devastated we are.

“Young men like Tyreke are being murdered on the streets of London far too often. The Met Police has demonstrated in this court what a fantastic job they are doing but, they need the support of the community, they need the support of London.”

Officers later searched Samura’s home and found a large machete, flick-knife, cocaine and heroin. The killer was arrested just after midnight on February 24, 2021.

He was found guilty of murder and possession of a bladed article on March 31 following a trial . He will have to serve a minimum of 23 years for the murder.

He was given a concurrent term of imprisonment of 12 months for the possession of the blade.

He will also serve a concurrent 13 month sentence for possession with intent to supply cocaine and heroin, which he had separately pleaded guilty to.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Tyreke was only 21 years old and had his whole life ahead of him when he was senselessly murdered by Samura, who at one point claims to have been his friend.

“At the time of his death, Tyreke and his girlfriend were expecting a baby. The baby is now a year old and she will grow up never having known her father.

“Our thoughts very much remain with Tyreke’s family and friends; they have been stoic and dignified throughout the legal proceedings and we hope the conclusion of the trial allows them to move forward.

“Samura equally is a young man who had his whole life ahead of him. He will now rightly face the consequences of carrying and using a knife. This dreadful incident clearly highlights that carrying a knife can only ever lead to tragedy.”

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