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Solomon Sarfo murder: Jamie Rickerby jailed for life

Solomon Sarfo
Image caption Solomon Sarfo was stabbed in the heart

A hotel worker from south London has been jailed for a minimum of 25 years after he was found guilty of killing a man during a robbery.

Jamie Rickerby, 26, of Balham High Road, Balham, stabbed Solomon Sarfo, 34, in the heart in February last year.

The victim was heard shouting: "Help, I am being robbed" and then: "You robbed me, you stabbed me so come on..."

The Old Bailey heard that Mr Sarfo took a few steps but collapsed in Tilson Gardens, Brixton Hill.

Rickerby was found guilty of murder at a trial last month.

Jailing him for life, Judge Wendy Joseph told Rickerby: "It was your intention to take something he was carrying. He was fighting you off."

Image caption Rickerby was jailed for a minimum of 25 years

The court heard that Mr Sarfo left his home in Gipsy Hill after receiving a phone call from a man he knew.

He took £200 with him but had only £60 and two wraps of cocaine with a street value of £8,000 in his pocket after he was assaulted.

Rickerby had a long record of offences related to drugs.

Following the sentence, Det Insp John McQuade said: "No-one deserves to die in the violent way that Solomon Sarfo did.

"Rickerby had come to the meeting armed with a knife and was prepared to use it for financial gain.

"Today's sentence has ensured that a violent man faces the consequences of his actions and has been removed from our streets."

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