Following a five week trial, 23-year old Kyle Sullivan and a 16-year old male, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, have been convicted of manslaughter. Both were sentenced to extended jail terms after the judge deemed them to be high-risk offenders.
The victim Lee Evans was repeatedly stabbed to death on the 22 June 2018 in a ‘County Lines’ drug dealing feud where Mr Evans intervened when both Defendants set upon a female user thought to be operating a rival drugs line.
HHJ Lafferty, sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court, found both Defendants to be dangerous and sentenced Sullivan to an extended 22 year 4 month term and the youth to an extended 14-year term. They were concurrently sentenced for dealing heroin and cocaine on the same day, for Sullivan on an earlier occasion. The 16-year old was also sentenced for public affray for brandishing a machete when he was 15-years old.
Maryam Syed prosecuted the case with Crispin Aylett QC and was instructed by the East of England Complex Crime Unit.
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