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Teenager sentenced life following murder of London builder

A teenager has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a builder who was stabbed following an argument.

Today, Wednesday, 4 February, at the Old Bailey, Kai Steele [B], 18 yrs (09.10.96) of Lee High Road, SE12, was ordered to serve a minimum of 18-years’ imprisonment for the murder of 26-year-old Alex Scott in Lee, SE12 on Sunday, 10 August 2014.

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A 17-year old boy [A] who was also charged with murder was found not guilty during the trial, after a direction from the judge.

Steele was found guilty on Tuesday, 3 February following a trial at the Old Bailey.

The court heard that at 21:30hrs on 10 August, Mr Scott was outside an off-licence in Eltham Road, with a group of friends when words were exchanged with Steele and another youth.

This led to a fight in a nearby alleyway where Mr Scott threw a punch. Steele then took a knife from his jacket pocket and stabbed him twice in the left side of his chest.

Mr Scott collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.

A post mortem examination carried out on Monday, 11 August, gave the cause of death as haemorrhage and stab wounds to heart and aorta.

A murder investigation was launched by the Homicide and Major Crime Command who traced Steele to an address in Woolwich where he was arrested on 12 August 2014 and subsequently charged.

Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway, Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Alex Scott’s death had its origins in a fairly minor verbal confrontation. Kai Steele stabbed him in an instant with a knife that he decided to take onto the street that day for no reason or justification.

“Alex’s death was wholly avoidable and came about through Kai Steele choosing to carry a knife. I hope that the sentence today will act as a deterrent if someone is considering taking a knife or weapon out with them. My thoughts are with Alex’s family and friends.”

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