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Walworth man jailed for life for murdering child who was ‘full of love’ in ‘senseless’ attack

A Walworth man has been sent to prison for life, with a minimum term of 22 years, for murdering a teenage boy.

Imran Boudjellel, 20, stabbed 15-year-old Joseph Marafini to death in Wandsworth last October on a busy shopping street.

Boudjellel was convicted of murder, possession of a knife in a public place and causing grievous bodily harm with intent against another 15-year-old, who was also stabbed during the same incident. Boudjellel got an extra six years in prison for these charges, to be served at the same time.

He was found guilty after an eight-week trial on November 5 and sentenced on November 18.

Joseph Marafini

The court heard that Boudjellel was part of a group of five young males who confronted Joseph and two of his friends outside Sainsbury’s in Garratt Lane, on October 29 last year.

Boudjellel killed Joseph by stabbing him in the shoulder and in the neck. He also seriously injured another 15-year-old by stabbing him in the chest and arm.

The attack was captured on CCTV and also on the body-worn camera of an officer in a police van, who happened to be passing at the time.

The officers in the van immediately ran to the scene when they saw what was happening and tried to save Joseph. He was then taken to hospital, but died soon afterwards.

Boudjellel was chased and arrested by officers in a nearby graveyard. A witness told police they had seen Boudjellel throw something over a wall.

Officers found a large knife and sheath in a car park nearby. They had blood on them that matched Joseph’s DNA. Boudjellel’s DNA was also found on the sheath of the knife.

Boudjellel was charged on October 31 and remanded in custody until his trial. Four other men, aged 18 and 19, were charged with Joseph’s murder, but their cases were dismissed during the trial after a ruling by the judge.

The grieving mother of victim Joseph said she was proud of her son. “He was full of love, a good friend, and protective towards those in society who were vulnerable.”

Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, the lead investigator, said: “I know this incident caused a great deal of public concern as it happened outside a supermarket at a busy time of the day with people going about their lives in an ordinary way. Nobody should expect to witness such an incident.

“This was a completely unprovoked attack by a man who was a habitual knife carrier and it is sadly another example of the senseless violence that has resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy, who was a beloved son and brother. His family have been left devastated by their loss and we continue to support them through this ordeal.

“I would like to praise the police officers who, despite being very young in service, were first on scene, chased and detained the suspect and provided CPR to try and save Joseph’s life. It is important for public safety that Imran Boudjellel has now been brought to justice and will no longer be able to inflict violence to anyone else on the streets of London for a considerable time.”



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