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Teenagers detained over Northolt stabbing murder

(From left ) Idris Abdulle,, Shomari Mkini and Riche Hugh Campbell Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Idris Abdulle, Shomari Mkini and Riche Hugh Campbell were all sentenced to life

Three teenagers have been given life sentences at the Old Bailey for the murder of a vulnerable man who was stabbed in his north-west London home.

Shomarni Mkini, 16, Idris Abdulle, 17, and Riche Hugh Campbell, 18, were detained for killing Warren Ramdeen.

Mr Ramdeen, 31, was found dead at his flat in Northolt on 3 October 2014.

Police said Mr Ramdeen had mental health issues and his attackers took advantage of him and used his flat for drug dealing.

Campbell, of Pinner Green, Pinner, was ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years, Abdulle, of Northolt, at least 16 years, and Mkini, of no fixed address, a minimum of 17 years on 14 May.

The court heard that on 3 October 2014, the three teenagers were seen going in and out of Churchill Court, a block of flats in Newmarket Avenue, where Mr Ramdeen lived.

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Image caption Warren Ramdeen was stabbed in the heart

Mr Ramdeen was found dead in the flat and a post-mortem examination gave his cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

Officers said the motive for Mr Ramdeen's murder was unclear, however they believed a dispute may have taken place which led to him being attacked by the three teenagers.

At the time if the trio's conviction on 30 March, Det Insp Andy Manning said: "None of the three defendants gave a coherent account of what happened in the flat that evening and therefore Warren's family may never know exactly why he was killed.

"I believe the situation Warren was in is not unique and would appeal to anyone who is being threatened or intimidated by criminals to have the courage to ask the police for help."

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