Two jailed for the murder of Leroy Junior Edwards

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A man and a woman have been sentenced for their role in the fatal stabbing of 66-year-old Leroy Junior Edwards.

Kerry Donovan, 29 (19.04.89), of Pantile Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, was sentenced to life in prison for Mr Edward’s murder to serve a minimum of 27 years.

 

 

 

Aaron Woolcock, 30 (17.12.88), of Lewisham, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for Mr Edward’s manslaughter.

Both had been found guilty on Tuesday, 19 March, following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Donovan was found guilty of murder, while Woolcock was found not guilty of Mr Edward’s murder, but guilty of his manslaughter.

The killing happened at Mr Edward’s home address in Lewisham in the early hours of Saturday, 18 August 2018.

The court heard how on that date, Donovan and Woolcock had both gone to Mr Edward’s address on Ringstead Road, SE6.

Donovan and Woolcock are both distant relatives of Mr Edwards.

An argument took place and Mr Edwards was stabbed several times; Donovan and Woolcock fled the scene.

A neighbour reported hearing banging coming from upstairs and on leaving his flat found a trail of blood leading to Mr Edward’s door.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and forced entry to the property.

Inside the flat, Leroy Junior Edwards was found stabbed with a large knife on the floor next to him.

He was taken to a south London hospital where he sadly died a short time later.

A murder investigation was immediately launched by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

A post-mortem examination took place on 19 August 2018 at Greenwich Mortuary and gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the neck and chest.

During a search of the scene a purse was recovered and police found it contained a driver’s licence and bank cards in the name of Kerry Donovan.

Donovan is a distant relative of Mr Edwards and was known to visit the address.

Police enquiries revealed that Donovan was in financial difficulties and was a habitual user of Class A and B drugs.

On 19 August 2018, officers arrested Donovan in Basildon on suspicion of murder, she was charged two days later.

Witnesses had reported seeing two people leave the flat following the altercation and following extensive CCTV enquiries the second suspect was traced.

Woolcock was arrested on 20 September 2018 and charged with murder the same day.

Both suspects were kept in custody to appear at magistrates’ court where they were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey.

Detective Sergeant Brian Jones, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “We may never know exactly why Mr Edwards was killed. Whatever the motive, it resulted in the senseless death of a family man of good character in the home where he had lived for over 25 years. His family described him as a ‘quiet, non-confrontational man who liked to be at home.

“Woolcock and Donovan now face the consequences of their actions and I hope their conviction and prison sentence will provided some solace to Mr Edward’s family and friends.”

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