Crime & the Law

Three sentenced to life for murder of David Headlam

David Headlam. He was 18 years old and studying to run his own plumbing business. Image: Met Police

David Headlam. He was 18 years old and studying to run his own plumbing business. Image: Met Police

Three teenagers who fatally stabbed a church minister’s son in an unprovoked attack in Willesden Green have received life sentences at the Old Bailey.

18 year old David Headlam was chased down and murdered on 29th June last year.

One of killers bragged about stabbing someone in a rap video uploaded to YouTube afterwards.

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All three had also been convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent following an attack of a 19-year-old man who was with David when they were targeted.

David was attacked with his 19 year old friend from behind in the High Street at the junction with Park Parade just before 1 am.

When they fled, two of the attackers pursued David into Drayton Road.

After stabbing him, a people carrier pulled up and two of the suspects jumped in after the shout ‘get in.’

The court heard the victim could be heard to say ‘don’t stab me, don’t kill me.’

He died from stab wounds later at St Mary’s Hospital.

On the day of the murder, Daud uploaded a rap video on YouTube which featured him and Ennis.

Part of the video showed Ennis bragging about stabbing someone.

Detective Inspector Sarah McConnell said:

This was an unprovoked attack against two friends who were making their way home after meeting friends. The defendants launched a violent assault, chasing David for some distance before delivering the fatal injuries.

Residents came to David’s aid and remained with him until he was attended to by emergency services. I would like to thank those who assisted, and the witnesses who subsequently came forward to help the police investigation.

Our thoughts are with David’s family and I only hope that the convictions of those responsible will offer some small comfort to them at this extremely difficult time.

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