Saturday 22nd March March 2008, Mr Simpson was
fatally stabbed during the raid on the Matalan store
over the Easter weekend as he cashed up the day's
takings, ironically he was not supposed to be working
that day, and was covering a shift for a fellow worker.
The gang entered the store with a plan to rob, they
believed there would be around £30,000 in the safe. They
were confronted by a large 19 stone Jamiev Simpson,
Essel then stabbed him with a large knife, the robbers
then fled empty handed.
Thursday 7th January
2010, seven men are standing trial at the Old
kobina Essel aged 18,
Anthony Maina aged 20, Duane Owusuaged 20, Simeon Jumah
aged 25, Roy Williams aged 31, and Jamal Chambers aged
18, and a 17 year old youth who cannot be named also
each deny murder. Maina, Essel, Jumah and the
17-year-old have all admitted conspiracy to rob - a
charge the others all deny.
Essel told the court he
remembered seeing Mr Simpson slumped on the floor and
then running away, adding: "I am sorry for what I did."
He added "I don't remember what was going through my
head. I don't remember me doing anything to him but by
the way he slumped I know I'd injured Mr Simpson."
Monday 22nd March September
2010, Kobina Essel, was ordered to serve a minimum
term of 20 years at the Old Bailey.
Simeon Jumah, Anthony Maina,
and the 17 year old youth, were all convicted of