Man jailed for life over London park murder

David darko Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption David Darko was stabbed on 23 January at Norwood Recreational Ground

A man who killed a 21-year-old in an argument at a south London park has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years.

Darnell Martin, 19 was found guilty of the murder of David Darko at the Old Bailey.

Mr Darko was found stabbed in South Norwood Recreational Ground in January this year.

Martin, of the Fitze Millennium Centre, Sylvan Hill, had denied murdering the 21-year-old.

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Image caption Darnell Martin has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 19 years
Image caption David Darko was found stabbed and despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene

Det Insp Pete Timms from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "This was not a chance encounter between David and Martin.

"The meeting was pre-arranged and somewhere along the lines there was a turn of events, I believe an intended robbery, which has led to David's death.

"I am pleased with the result...and I hope that this provides a small measure of comfort to David's loved ones."

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