Former Stevenage resident jailed for life in murder trial

Allan Kalema

Allan Kalema - Credit: Archant

A teenager has been jailed for life for committing murder.

Allan Kalema, 19, previously of Round Mead, Stevenage, was found guilty of stabbing Andrew Jaipul, 21, and leaving him to die next to a children’s play area in London. Kalema had been living in London at the time of the incident. He will now serve a minimum sentence of fourteen years.

At the same hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, Tony Walker, 20, of Hazelville Road, London N19, was jailed for five-and-a-half years for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Mr Jaipaul had been walking to his Finsbury Park home on June 26 2011 at 10.23pm when he was set upon by a group of around 20 men.

Members of the gang stabbed him 25 times with knives and pieces of broken glass. He collapsed and died next to a playground on the Andover Estate, close to Seven Sisters Road in Holloway.

Although there was no forensic evidence linking anyone to the attack, detectives identified members of the gang by analysing CCTV footage and eyewitness evidence.

Three other men will be sentenced at the Old Bailey for violent disorder on November 8. Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570, or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.