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Pair jailed for Clapton stab murder of James Sweeney

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Image caption James Sweeney was stabbed after an argument outside his home

Two men have been jailed for life the murder of a man found stabbed in his own home in east London.

James Sweeney, 30, a shop worker originally from Montserrat, lived at Lea View House in Jessam Avenue, Clapton, and died in May last year.

Jeremy Lewis, 30, of Generals Walk, Enfield, and Roul Hesse, 23, of no fixed abode, were found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

They were both ordered to serve for a minimum of 30 years in prison.

The duo had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle.

'Brutal' attack

Met Police said the victim was attacked following an argument outside his home in Lea View House. He had been stabbed eight times.

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Image caption Lewis and Hesse have both been jailed for 30 years

Det Ch Insp Neale Baldock said: "It has never been established what sparked the argument which led to the brutal murder of James Sweeney.

"However, what is clear is that Mr Sweeney was attacked in a brutal manner and with lethal force."

In an impact statement, Mr Sweeney's family said they have lost a father of two, brother, uncle and best friend who was "so loving, so strong, so personable and humble".

"Words cannot describe the pain we bear from his passing and the brutal manner of his killing."

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