A man who fatally stabbed a teenager, 20 years his junior, has been convicted of murder.
Keane Flynn-Harling, 16, from Lambeth, was discovered in a south London street on 5 July with a stab wound to his neck.
Sadikee Williams, 37 (03.08.84) of Robsart Street, SW9 was today (Friday, 27 May) found guilty of his murder after a trial at Isleworth Crown Court. A motive for the killing remains unclear.
Sentencing will take place at the same court on 8 June.
Police were called to Kibworth Street, SW8 just before midnight on Monday 5 July 2021 by several members of the public who heard Keane’s cries for help.
Officers and LAS attended the scene, but sadly Keane was pronounced dead by paramedics less than 45 minutes after the incident. A special post mortem confirmed that he had died as a result of a single deep stab wound to his neck. He had also received a significant stab wound to his face.
That night Williams and at least two other males had been on the balcony of a first floor flat in Sturminster House, Kibworth Street, SW8. As Keane walked past the flat in the company of two friends, one of the males shouted out to him and a short exchange took place. At the same moment, Williams left the address and ran towards Keane, stabbing him in the neck. Following the murder he and two other males chased Keane’s friends but they were able to escape. Keane ran for a short distance before collapsing.
An investigation was launched by the Specialist Crime South Command, and a week later Williams was arrested after officers were able to identify him because of a distinctive jacket he had been seen wearing at the time of the murder. The same jacket was found at the Sturminster House flat during searches by officers. Mobile phone cell site data also placed Williams in the vicinity of the address at the time of the murder.
In interview Williams replied no comment to all questions, until he was presented with CCTV from the day of the murder in which he could be seen wearing the jacket and had to admit it was him in the footage. He then asked to consult with his solicitor.
Ultimately, at trial he admitted being at the flat, but denied leaving the property to carry out the attack.
On 14 July he was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
Detective Inspector Adam Guttridge, Specialist Crime South, said: “Williams is a dangerous individual who did not hesitate in killing a teenage boy in cold blood. Whilst his reasons for carrying out the murder remain unknown, what we do know is that the moment he saw Keane and his friends that evening he was intent on causing serious harm and had no regard for the consequences or devastation he would cause. Keane’s family have had to suffer this unbearable loss because of his actions.
“While Williams made efforts to hide his tracks, it was thanks to the efforts of the officers in their meticulous work around CCTV and mobile phone analysis, as well as the testimonies of a number of key witnesses that we were able to present such a strong case and secure this prosecution.”
Keane’s family said: “Keane was a beautiful, kind, caring and loving son. A wonderful young man who would always light up a room. He had a huge smile and an even bigger heart. His family meant everything to him. He was a doting older brother and cousin who enjoyed riding bikes and playing football with his friends.
“Keane’s presence will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, especially his mother, father, brothers and sister.”