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Murderer who plunged knife into store manager’s neck has been sentenced to eight months’ life

The murderer known as ‘Aggro’ who plunged a knife into the Matalan store manager’s neck has been given an eight-month life sentence after the judge heard he was now ‘gentle and sensitive’

  • Kobina Essel stabbed Jamie Simpson three times with a 10-inch knife in 2008
  • Murderous teenager tried to steal £30,000 from a Matalan in Hackney
  • But Essel’s life sentence has now been cut by eight months










A teenage murderer who plunged a knife into the neck of a Matalan store manager has had his life sentence shortened by eight months after a judge heard he was now ‘gentle and sensitive’.

Kobina Essel, known as the Aggro gang, stabbed Jamie Simpson three times with a 10-inch knife as he and three others attempted to rob £30,000 from a Matalan in Hackney, London in 2008.

Trial Judge Martin Stephens told Essel during his sentencing hearing, “This was a brutal attack on an unarmed man going about his lawful business.”

Handout photo released by the Metropolitan Police of Jamie Simpson

Kobina Essel (left), known as the Aggro gang, stabbed Jamie Simpson (right) three times with a 10-inch knife as he and three others tried to steal £30,000 from a Matalan in Hackney, London in 2008

But Essel’s life sentence has now been cut short by eight months using a rule allowing teenage offenders to request a review of their stay indoors, The Sun reported.

The High Court accepted the reduction after hearing evidence from qualified supporters of Essel “a gentle and sensitive man with real maturity in his approach to communication and interaction with others”.

But Mr Simpson’s father, Lambert, 69, of Derby, said: ‘This good behavior is a joke. He can get out of jail sooner but my son is gone.

“His sister’s children have never met their uncle. That’s not true.’

Judge Stephens previously told Essel: “This case vividly demonstrates the horrors of knife crime and the terrible consequences for the victim, their family and friends and for society as a whole.”

“You went into this with your eyes open. You entered with a knife and you didn’t hesitate to use it.

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