A round-up of east London murderers jailed in 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, we look back at those jailed for murder in east London during the last 12 months.

Carlton Tanueh

Barking and Dagenham Post: Carlton Tanueh (left) was jailed for the murder of Tyler HurleyCarlton Tanueh (left) was jailed for the murder of Tyler Hurley (Image: Met Police)

Tanueh stabbed 16-year-old Tyler Hurley on a bus in High Road, Chadwell Heath, on March 14. 

Tanueh, then 19, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a minimum of 26 years in prison at Southwark Crown Court on December 15 after a jury found him guilty of murder.

A pupil at The Warren School in Chadwell Heath and past member of Romford Boxing Club, Tyler was remembered in tributes following his death as a “bright and charismatic boy” and a talented sportsperson.

The incident occurred just weeks after Tyler and his friends had uploaded a music video online mocking a number of Tanueh’s friends.

Jordan McSweeney

McSweeney, then 29, of Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, was given a minimum of 38 years in prison at the Old Bailey on December 14 for the murder of Zara Aleena as she walked home in Ilford.

Zara was attacked by McSweeney as she walked along Cranbrook Road towards Gants Hill station in the early hours of Sunday, June 26.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb called McSweeney a “pugnacious and deeply violent man with a propensity for violence”.

Aturas Kurpis

Barking and Dagenham Post: Aturas KurpisAturas Kurpis (Image: Met Police)

Aturas Kurpis, then 39, of St Anne’s Row, Limehouse, was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 21 years, at the Old Bailey on December 9 for the murder of Paulius Karalius.

Kurpis stabbed Paulius to death over a row in a Leytonstone restaurant on November 5.

Det Ch Insp Neil John, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Kurpis was drunk, but his intent that night was clear. He threatened to stab Paulius in a phone call, went to his flat, armed himself with a knife and then went downstairs to do bloody murder.”

Danville Neil

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Neil, then 65, was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 32 years, after killing an elderly brother and sister in a bungled burglary in Bethnal Green.

Neil attacked Second World War veteran William Bryan, 71, and widow Anne Castle, 74, during a break-in at their east London home in August 1993.

He was found guilty of the murder of William and manslaughter of Anne and was sentenced in November.

Jahtel Williamson

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Williamson, then 26, was sentenced to life in prison and recommended to serve at least 23 years on October 25 for the murder of Barking music producer Dean Pascal-Modeste.

In February 2017, Dean and two friends had gone to the Chinbrook Estate in Grove Park to take part in the recording of a music video.

Dean was fatally stabbed after being chased down by a group of youths.

Williamson, who had fled to America, was the fifth person convicted of Dean’s murder.

Christopher Owens-Wright

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Owens-Wright, then 23, of Chatsworth Road, Maryland, was given a life sentence at Inner London Crown Court on October 13 and will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison.

He was one of two people to pursue Michael Fadeyibi, 23, through the streets on August 6 last year.

Michael was stabbed multiple times in Henniker Road, Maryland, in the early hours of that day.

Kwabena Boateng

Barking and Dagenham Post: Kwabena BoatengKwabena Boateng (Image: Met Police)

Boateng, then 21, of Dod Street, Poplar, was sentenced in August to at least 22 years in prison after murdering Mohamed Ensser on the Isle of Dogs.

Mohamed was found in East Ferry Road with multiple stab injuries by police, who were called to reports of a fight on the evening of September 21 last year.

Police enquiries found Boateng and Mohamed had an argument in which the former accused Mohamed of owing him money for drugs.

Det Ch Insp Larry Smith said: “Mohamed was not armed. He urged Boateng to settle things fairly if they must, but Boateng was ruthless and attacked without mercy.”

James Sinclair

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Sinclair stabbed to death mother-of-two Shadika Patel in East Ham and attempted to murder another woman in Holloway the next day.

Sinclair, then 31, of Three Colt Street, Limehouse, was jailed on July 8 for the two unprovoked attacks on lone strangers in 2020.

He was found guilty of the murder of Shadika, 40, and the attempted murder of a 48-year-old woman following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Sinclair was given two life sentences – with a minimum term of 41 years for the murder and with at least 18 years for the attempted murder – to be served at the same time.

Majed Ahmed and Muzahid Ali

Barking and Dagenham Post: Majed Ahmed and Muzahid AliMajed Ahmed and Muzahid Ali (Image: Met Police)

These killers stabbed to death a Camden man they pretended to be friends with, whose body was found by a dog walker near Bow Lock.

Mohammed Aqil Mahdi, 22, was stabbed eight times in the shoulder, abdomen and buttocks on November 6 last year.

His body was discovered around six hours later in a secluded enclosure behind Springer Court in Navigation Road, Bromley-by-Bow.

Ahmed, then 19, of Navigation Road, and Ali, then 22, of Bishops Way, Cambridge Heath, – who blamed each other for the attack – were jailed for murder on July 14.

They were both given life sentences, with a minimum term of 23 years for Ahmed and a minimum term of 25 years for Ali, after being found guilty following a month-long trial.

Vepkhvia Laliashvili

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The former Georgian police officer murdered two friends in an attack during a drunken celebration of the Russian New Year.

Laliashvili fatally stabbed Dainius Kulboka and Jonas Semenas in Tavistock Gardens, Goodmayes last year.

The Lithuanian victims were found dead shortly after midnight on January 10 in Dainius’ home, where the three men had spent the night drinking.

Laliashvili, formerly known as Vytautas Garmus, was found guilty on July 18 at the Old Bailey after previously denying two counts of murder.

Laliashvili, then 53, of Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow returned to the court for sentencing on July 21, when he was jailed for life with a minimum term of 35 years.

Syd Goss, Jermaine Forrester and Ryan Graham

Barking and Dagenham Post: Syd Goss, Jermaine Forrester and Ryan GrahamSyd Goss, Jermaine Forrester and Ryan Graham (Image: Met Police)

These three drug dealers murdered father-of-four Lee Baxter in a sham deal arranged on Snapchat.

Lee had expected to buy £5,000 of cannabis on October 9, 2020, when he drove to Pavillion Terrace in Newbury Park with the cash.

When it became clear that Goss, Forrester and Graham were not bringing the drugs, Lee began to walk away – but was attacked, stabbed multiple times and robbed by them.

Goss, then 22, of Huntsman Road, Ilford and Forrester, then 25, of Tolbut Court, in Lennox Close, Romford were given a minimum 29-year life sentence, while Graham, then 27, of Farnham Road in Goodmayes will serve at least 27 years.

They were sentenced at the Old Bailey on June 10, having been convicted of murder in May following a six-week trial.

Muhsin Mohamed

Mohamed was jailed for his involvement in two shootings on the same night, including the murder of father-of-two Jason Diallo.

Identified as the masked driver who transported the two gunmen, Mohamed, then 26, was found guilty on June 13 of murder and attempted murder following a jury trial at the Old Bailey.

On November 1, 2020, Jason was knocked off a bicycle in Balfour Road, Ilford and fatally shot in the head, before another man was shot in the chest in Garvary Road, Custom House 15 minutes later.

Mohamed, of Leytonstone Road, Maryland, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 35 years.

Joshua Kerr, Callum Hands, Rakeem Green-Matthews and a 16-year-old boy

This quartet were each given life sentences after being found guilty of murdering Harold Wood teenager Daniel Laskos.

Joshua Kerr, then 19, of Birchanger Road in South Norwood and then 20-year-old Callum Hands, of Vincent Road in Dagenham, were handed minimum terms of 24 and 22 years respectively for the killing.

Rakeem Green-Matthews, then 19, of Gulderose Road in Harold Wood, and a then 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, will serve a minimum of 21 and 14 years respectively.

All four were sentenced at the Old Bailey on April 7, having been convicted at the same court six days prior.

Two other men from Harold Wood were acquitted following those trial proceedings, during which it was determined that Kerr inflicted the fatal stab wound on Daniel.

He and a friend were attacked by the group outside Church Road News and Wine convenience store on May 7 last year.

Gary and Bobby Ternent

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This Barking father and son were jailed for life for murdering family friend John Avers, who they repeatedly drove over at an Iceland car park in Dagenham on September 13, 2020.

Gary and Bobby Ternent, then 59 and 32 and of Movers Lane, will serve minimum terms of 23 and 25 years respectively after being sentenced at the Old Bailey on April 19.

Bobby claimed that, on the night where John was murdered, an argument broke out over £40,000 of stolen drug money which he asked the Ternents to look after.

However, jurors were played footage of the victim being left for dead after being held down by Gary Ternent before Bobby deliberately ran over him four times.

Syed Mohammed​ Kamran Haider

Barking and Dagenham Post: Syed Mohammed​ Kamran HaiderSyed Mohammed​ Kamran Haider (Image: Met Police)

This unlicensed dog breeder from Goodmayes murdered a “defenceless” 16-month-old girl.

Nusayba Bint-Umar died with catastrophic brain injuries four days after being attacked by Haider at his Colinton Road home on September 13, 2019.

Haider denied being responsible for Nusayba’s injuries but was found guilty of murder and child cruelty.

Haider, then 39, was jailed for life on March 30 with a minimum term of 20 years.

Valentin Lazar

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This murderer from East Ham battered and strangled a vulnerable mother of two after meeting her on a bus.

Lazar killed 45-year-old Maria Rawlings on May 3 last year after they both got off the EL3 bus when it terminated in Little Heath late at night.

He led the victim towards shrubbery and then attacked her with a wooden stick embedded with nails and a knife.

Having admitted the murder, Lazar, then 21, of Hockley Avenue, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years and six months on February 3.

Alimal Islam and Mofizur Rahman

Barking and Dagenham Post: Alimal Islam and Mofizur RahmanAlimal Islam and Mofizur Rahman (Image: Met Police)

These drug dealers from Limehouse murdered their former boss in a gangland turf war.

Islam, of Burgess Street, and Rahman, of Wallwood Street, stabbed Alimuz Zaman to death on the afternoon of May 26, 2019.

He was repeatedly stabbed and beaten with a wrench in view of members of the public outside Ozzy’s newsagents in St Pauls Way, Bow Common.

The pair were found guilty of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey and sentenced on February 21, with Islam, then 22, jailed for 22 years and Rahman, then 21, for 24 years.


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