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Knifeman, 22, who murdered Arsenal fan on way to match is jailed for life

Written by on 20/08/2020

A knifeman who stabbed an Arsenal fan to death on the way to a match over claims he gave him a “funny look” has been jailed for life.

Tashan Daniel, 20, was on his way to see Arsenal take on Nottingham Forest in the third round of the Carabao Cup on 24 September last year when he was murdered.

Alex Lanning, 22, was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison at the Old Bailey today, while his friend and co-defendant Jonathan Camille, 19, was handed six-and-a-half.

Jonathan Camille. Pic: British Transport Police
Image: Jonathan Camille was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison. Pic: British Transport Police

The pair were on the other side of the platform at Hillingdon station in west London when they decided to pick a fight with Mr Daniel, the Old Bailey heard.

Lanning accused Mr Daniel and his friend Treyone Campbell of “looking at him” across the tracks, sparking an altercation, jurors were told.

The 22-year-old, who was on licence for another knife attack in Brighton, asked: “What are you looking at?” to which Mr Daniel responded: “Be quiet and get on your train”.

A fight ensued which saw Lanning pull out a 5.5in blade and stab Mr Daniel in the chest on board the Tube train.

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At the time, Arsenal released a statement saying the team was “shocked and deeply saddened”.

Police outside Hillingdon underground station in London, where a murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death
Image: Police are pictured inside a cordon at the crime scene

Lanning admitted manslaughter but was found guilty of murder, while Camille was convicted of manslaughter despite claims he didn’t know his friend had a knife.

Jailing them, Judge Mark Dennis QC said: “This was a disgraceful display of violence for which there was no possible justification or excuse.

“You are both comparatively young men, however you are both old enough and mature enough to know what you were doing and to make your own choices.”

He said Camille had willingly participated in the attack and done nothing to restrain Lanning.

Jurors heard Mr Daniel was a talented athlete who trained up to four times a week at Hillingdon Athletic Club.

He worked as a photographer and was described as a popular young man who was on his way to watch his team at the Emirates Stadium on the day of his death.

This was the knife used in the attack. Pic: British Transport Police
Image: This was the knife used in the attack. Pic: British Transport Police

Mr Dennis added: “The deceased had just turned 20 two days before, he was a dedicated and talented athlete and he had a promising future before him.

“His and Treyone Campbell’s lives could not have been further from the violence and aggression which they were unexpectedly subjected to on that day.”

The victim’s parents and sister were present in court.

During the trial, the court heard Mr Daniel’s family had made it to the station as paramedics battled to save his life.

His father Chandy Daniel, 59, said previously: “It is in no doubt, nor has it ever been, that this was a senseless, needless, horrific and ultimately unnecessary act of violence.

“One that our family shall be paying for for the rest of our lives.”

 Sky News

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