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A 19-year-old man has admitted manslaughter following the fatal stabbing of a man in Thetford.

Amrik Singh, of Abbey Lane, Greater London, appeared before Norwich Crown Court today and pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of David Lawal in Brandon Road, Thetford.

It follows an incident shortly after 7pm on October 3, 2019, when officers, who were on patrol in Brandon Road, discovered members of the public giving first aid to a man with stab wounds on the side of the road.

Amrik Singh. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary. (53198782)
Amrik Singh. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary. (53198782)

Sadly, despite the best efforts of members of the public, police officers and the East of England Ambulance Service, he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 8pm.

He was later named as 25-year-old David Lawal from Greater London.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded Mr Lawal died from a single stab wound to the neck and upper chest.

David Lawal (20082916)
David Lawal (20082916)

Four men were immediately arrested in connection with the death and a murder enquiry was launched. It quickly emerged that Mr Lawal’s death had all the hallmarks of being connected to County Lines activity.

Detectives from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team worked on several lines of enquiry in order to build a comprehensive picture of what had happened in the hours leading up to the murder.

As a result of their enquiries:

  • On 19 December 2019, Amrik Singh, Iddi Zitto, 19, of Essex Street, Greater London; Ellie Saba, 35, of Goddards Way, Greater London, Cameron Grant, 19, of Gay Road, Greater London, were all charged with one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
  • On 24 January 2020, Lisa Desousa, 23, of Nightingale Road, Greater London, was charged with one count of murder and one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
  • On 24 January 2020, Viktorija Kuzule, 19, of Connaught Road, Haverhill, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, and Claudia Annius, 21, of Bunyan Road, Bedford, was charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, assisting an offender and possession of cannabis.
Norwich Crown Court
Norwich Crown Court

Following today’s guilty plea, Singh was remanded into custody pending a sentencing hearing at Norwich Crown Court on December 16 and 17.

Zitto, Saba and Desousa, who have admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs, are also due to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on the same days.

Following Singh’s admission of manslaughter, murder charges against Zitto, Saba, Grant and Desousa have subsequently been dropped.

Grant, Kuzule and Annius have all pleaded not guilty to the other charges against them and they are due to go before the courts next year. The trial is expected to take place in autumn 2022.

Det Chief Inspector Phill Gray, who led the investigation on behalf of the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a complex, challenging and fast-moving investigation and while I’m pleased with this result, today I want to remember that David Lawal tragically lost his life. Our thoughts, as they always have been, go to Mr Lawal’s family and friends.

“I’d also like to thank all those members of the public who came forward to tell us what they knew. Their honest accounts of what had happened provided us with valuable information, and I can’t stress how important they were in helping to piece together the exact circumstances leading up to and immediately following the death of Mr Lawal.”

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