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Upper Street stabbing: 22-year-old found guilty of manslaughter

Reece Williams will be sentenced on December 14

28 November, 2018 — By Emily Finch

Reece Williams from King’s Cross found guilty of manslaughter

A JURY has cleared a 22-year-old man of murder following a stabbing on a busy Upper Street in May but found the defendant guilty of manslaughter.

Reece Williams, 22, from Northdown Street, in King’s Cross, was accused of stabbing Marcel Campbell, 30, from Tottenham, to death on the busy high street in May.

The jury at the Old Bailey heard how the two men were passengers in a white van being driven Mr Campbell’s childhood friend Gabriel Prempeh before the attack.

A fight started in the van between Williams and Mr Campbell and spilled on to the street, the court heard.

Mr Campbell and Mr Prempeh had picked up Williams in the van from near his home in Killick Street on May 21 shortly before the attack.

Mr Prempeh failed to give evidence in court despite Judge Anthony Bate issuing a warrant for his arrest. But a statement made by him at a police station shortly after the stabbing was read out in court.

He had told police that both men had started arguing “within five minutes” after Williams was picked up in the van.

Marcel Campbell

The court heard how Mr Campbell suffered 17 wounds, including a knife wound so deep it cut through a major artery in his heart.

Doctors from the London Air Ambulance operated on Mr Campbell on the street but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams told the court he had gone to buy marijuana from Mr Campbell and had acted in self-defence when Mr Campbell pulled out a knife on him.

During cross examination from Jonathan Rees QC, for the prosecution, Williams said: “I didn’t intend to harm him. I was just trying to get him off me. I wasn’t trying to stab him. I was just trying to get away.”

The 12-strong jury found him guilty of manslaughter on Tuesday following a day of deliberations.

Floral tributes to Marcel Campbell on Upper Street in May

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “This was a savage assault that resulted in the death of Marcel Campbell.

“The real motive behind this attack has never been established but by stabbing Marcel multiple times, Williams’ has deprived a loving family of their son.

“No length of imprisonment can change what has happened but the family can draw comfort from the fact that justice has been done today.”

Williams will be sentenced at the same court on December 14.

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