Teen brothers who hid murder weapon in grandmother’s bedroom to serve life in prison – South London News

Two teenage brothers have been convicted of murdering a 29-year-old man Kalabe Legessewho was stabbed to death in Peckham Rye Park in 2022.

Nah’shun Thomas, 20, and Nyran Thomas, 17, both of Bournemouth Road, Peckham, appeared at Croydon Crown Court today.

Nah’shun was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years and three months. Nyran was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 19 years and ten months in prison.

Both were previously convicted following trial at the same court on January 5 and were remanded in custody to await sentencing.

The judge, His Honor Mr Justice Gower, lifted the reporting restrictions on Nyran, who is under 18.

A spokesman for of Mr. Legesse the family said: “Nothing can bring our son Kalabe back.

“He did nothing wrong the night he was killed and we will never understand why he was killed with a mobile phone.

“The defendants showed no remorse for what they did to him. We recently passed the anniversary of his death, Christmas and New Years for us will never be the same.

“Kalabe was loved by everyone he met and had an exciting future ahead of him. He will never be able to have a family of his own and our family will never have him back.

“We are grateful to the investigative team for over a year of hard work to bring these men to justice.”

Kalabe Legesse (Image: The Met)

On December 30, 2022, at around 8pm, Mr Legesse, who was from Southwark, was sitting on a bench in Peckham Rye Park when the defendants approached him on bicycles and threatened him in an attempt to steal his mobile phone.

During the robbery, Mr. Legesse was stabbed once in the chest. The defendants left him collapsed on the park bench where, despite the best efforts of officers and medics, he died.

A post-mortem examination determined that the cause of death was haemorrhage, resulting from a single stab wound to the heart.

When Mr. Legesse was approached by the defendants, he was on the phone with a friend. But when emergency services arrived, the phone was gone.

The friend he had spoken to later told police he heard the suspects say “Where are you from? and “What are you wearing?”

As part of their investigation, officers scoured hundreds of hours of CCTV to trace the suspects’ movements to their home addresses.

Both were arrested on suspicion of murder on 19 January 2023.

Inquiries found that the defendants committed two other mobile phone robberies shortly before Mr Legesse was killed.

In the early stages of the trial, both defendants pleaded guilty to both robberies.

When officers searched Nyran Thomas’ home address, they found a black-handled hunting knife wrapped in a black coat in his grandmother’s bedroom.

Forensic examination found traces of Kalabe’s blood inside the sheath.

Detective Inspector Adam Guttridge, investigating officer, said: “My thoughts today are with the family of Kalabe Legesse as they continue to come to terms with their loss.

“It is my sincere wish that they find some comfort in knowing that justice has been served.”

Pictured above: Nah’shun Thomas and Nyran Thomas (Image: The Met)

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