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CCTV shows 'smiling' killer flee after murdering Arsenal fan

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CCTV shows 'smiling' killer flee after murdering Arsenal fan

A man has been found guilty of murder after brutally stabbing 20-year-old Tashan Daniel on the London Underground.

Tashan Daniel died at the scene following a single stab wound to the heart on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

CCTV from Hillingdon Underground station shows the moment the cold-blooded killer Alex Lanning, 22, runs away ‘smiling’.

Mr Daniel was waiting at the station with a friend to watch Arsenal play Nottingham Forrest, days after receiving the tickets as a present on his 20th birthday.

Without reason, Lanning began shouting at and threatening Mr Daniel and his friend, before him and Jonathan Camille, 19, attacked the pair with a knife designed for fighter pilots.

The 22-year-old had been released halfway through a four-year sentence in 2018 for wounding a man and was on licence at the time he killed Mr Daniel.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Mr Daniel sadly died at the scene.

To hide their involvement, the court heard Lanning and Camille removed and hid their blood-stained clothes in a nearby housing estate.

They stole and wore women’s pyjamas from a washing line, hoping to hide their identities, even going to the extent of wearing towels on their heads when approaching CCTV cameras.

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The serrated knife used to murder the 20-year-old was found hidden under a paving slab in the same housing estate where Lanning and Camille hid their clothes.

Lanning was forensically linked to the weapon.

The knife, which had a serrated edge and a hook, was designed to be used by fighter pilots to cut the tough Perspex glass out of jets.

Following an extensive 10-day police investigation, Lanning and Camille were identified, arrested and charged with murder.

Lanning, of Cowdray Road in Uxbridge, was found guilty of the offence at the Old Baily in London today, Thursday 6 August.

Camille, of Fulham Road, London, was found guilty of manslaughter.

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Both will be sentenced on Thursday 20 August.

Detective Chief Inspector, Sam Blackburn, of the British Transport Police, said: “Tashan had just celebrated his 20th birthday. He was an upstanding young man, and a keen and talented athlete, specialising in the 200m sprint.

“He had set out that day to watch Arsenal play football with tickets he’d received as a birthday present, but instead died in a senseless and unprovoked attack at the hands of Lanning.

“Throughout the trial we heard of Lanning efforts to evade justice and how he was assisted by Camille – fleeing the scene, hiding the murder weapon, and removing and replacing their blood-stained clothes. Witnesses even saw Lanning smiling as he ran away.

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“At no point did he show remorse, and neither man handed themselves into the police, requiring an extensive investigation to ensure they were arrested and brought before the courts.

“Although both men have now been convicted, and will face substantial jail time, no level of justice will ever be enough for the loss of such a young and promising life, and it won’t fill the hole that Tashan’s death has left in the lives of his loved ones.

“Throughout the investigation and court proceedings we’ve learned about Tashan’s life, the love he shared with his mum and dad, his childhood, his interests and his aspirations. He was a good and loving lad who’ll be dearly missed.”

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