Attackers ‘celebrated’ after killing Kentish Town teen Lewis Blackman, court told
Prosecution says that "boys from Camden have history with boys from Hackney"
13 September, 2018 — By William McLennan
Mr Blackman, known as Dotty, was ‘brutally attacked’
A GROUP of at least six attackers armed with knives chased and “butchered” a Kentish Town teenager after he tried to gatecrash a house party, a jury has heard.
Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed 14 times in the early hours of February 18. Six teenage boys, all aged 16 and 17, are on trial accused of murder. None can be named due to their ages. They all deny the charges.
The court heard that the attack was captured on CCTV and the defendants were alleged to have celebrated his death before walking away in a “calm and carefree manner”.
Opening the case at the Old Bailey yesterday (Wednesday), prosecuting barrister Oliver Glasgow QC said that Mr Blackman, who grew up in Kentish Town, and at least nine friends from Camden had turned up at a girl’s 16th birthday party in Earls Court, before trying to force entry.
He said: “The uninvited group was chased from the area of the party by a number of the guests.
“Both the fleeing group and the chasing group were caught on local CCTV. Both groups had come prepared for the possibility of confrontation.
“Lewis Blackman was armed with a knife and one of his friends was armed with a firearm of some sort. Several of the group who chased Lewis Blackman and his friends were also armed with knives.”
At one point Mr Blackman, who was known as “Dotty” or “Dotz”, turned to confront his pursuers, but “doubtless realising the perilous situation in which he now found himself… he turned and tried to escape”.
“He did not get away,” Mr Glasgow said. “He was stabbed, he fell to the floor and he was then set upon. The brutality of the attack, which saw him stabbed in total 14 times as he lay defenceless on the ground is, we say, truly shocking. But what is perhaps even more disturbing is the apparent celebration that his killers enjoyed after he had been fatally wounded and the calm and carefree manner in which they walked away.”
The court heard that young men from Camden were known to have “history” with young men from Hackney. Four of the defendants are from Tottenham and two are from Hackney.
Mr Glasgow said the birthday girl had invited girls from school and teenage boys she knew from Hackney and had avoided inviting people from other parts of London “because she was anxious to avoid any trouble that might ruin the night and so did not want rival groups turning up”.
Mr Glasgow added: “She had been particularly careful to avoid inviting any boys from Camden since she was aware that there was history between boys from Hackney and boys from Camden.”
However, the court heard that the invitations had been forwarded to Mr Blackman’s friends who turned up at around 3am.
Mr Glasgow said that “no matter what may have been said or done by Lewis Blackman or any of his friends to offend or frighten the guests… there is nothing these six defendants can say to excuse the murderous attack”.
He said four of the defendants had stabbed Mr Blackman, while the other two had joined the chase, encouraged the attackers and celebrated his death. “They chased down their target, produced their knives and butchered him.”
He was stabbed in Logan Place, Earl’s Court. He was treated by medics at the scene, but died from his injuries.
The case continues.