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Peter Hagan murder: Men jailed for Wandsworth party killing

(Clockwise) Romell Martin, Jamaal Ferguson, Dean Harmes and Malki Ferguson
Image caption The men were all given life imprisonment

Four men have been jailed for life for the murder of a 16-year-old boy at a birthday party in south-west London.

Peter Hagan, a college student from Brixton, was found with multiple injuries at Albion House, in Neville Gill Close, Wandsworth, on 17 February.

Peter, who had been stabbed, bled to death in the stairwell of the block.

Romell Martin, 22, Malki Ferguson, 22, and Dean Harmes, 27, were each jailed for a minimum of 17 years while Jamaal Fergusson, 23, was jailed for 21 years.

Martin, of Thornton Heath, the Fergusons, both from Albion House and Dean Harmes, of Garrett Lane, were found guilty at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

'Senseless tragedy'

Peter was stabbed during a row between the killers and a group of boys.

Image caption Peter Hagan bled to death from a stab wound in a stairwell of a tower block

The student was kicked, stabbed and struck with a bottle.

A stab wound to his left leg had severed an artery, leading to his death.

Jenny Hopkins, Crown Prosecution Service London's deputy chief crown prosecutor, said: "On 17 February what should have been a happy celebration of a teenager's birthday turned into a senseless tragedy.

"A canister of CS gas was discharged and Peter's group were forced on to the balcony of the flat where Peter was fatally stabbed.

"He and his friends managed to escape the flat but he collapsed on the stairs, bleeding profusely."

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