Teen guilty of fatal stabbing at Tashawn Watt in South London


teenager has been found guilty of murder after stabbing a 19-year-old in south London in front of his family.

Romello Harley, also 19, from Sydenham, was convicted Monday in the Inner London Crown Court for the murder of Tashawn Watt.

The court heard that the police were called around 9:30 p.m. on June 25 after Tashawn was found collapsed in Miall Walk, SE26.

He was stabbed in the chest and died on the spot despite attempts by paramedics to save him.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command discovered that Harley had been involved in an argument with one of Watt’s relatives at the family home that night and was asked to leave, but returned armed with a knife.

After failing to lure Tashawn into an alleyway, he stabbed him in front of his family before dropping the knife and fleeing, but not before being seen by several witnesses to the attack, which was also captured on CCTV footage.

Romello Harley found guilty of murdering Tashawn Watt in Sydenham

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Harley initially went into hiding when officers launched a manhunt for him, but three days later he turned himself in to Lewisham Police Station and was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Chief Inspector Chris Wood, who led the investigation, said: “My thoughts remain with Tashawn’s family as they continue to cope with the loss of their loved one in such dire and unnecessary circumstances.

“I am pleased that as a result of our investigation, we have brought justice to them by ensuring that the person responsible for Tashawn’s murder will spend a significant amount of time behind bars.”

A post-mortem examination conducted after Tashawn’s death revealed that he had died from a stab wound to the chest.

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