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Highams Park dealer who stamped man to death in broad daylight jailed

A Highams Park cocaine dealer who randomly stamped a man to death in the middle of the day was sentenced to life in prison yesterday. Romayne Husbands, a […]By Waltham Forest Echo

Police suggested Romayne Husbands’ erratic and violent behaviour was caused by cocaine (Met Police)
Police suggested Romayne Husbands’ erratic and violent behaviour was caused by cocaine (Met Police)

A Highams Park cocaine dealer who randomly stamped a man to death in the middle of the day was sentenced to life in prison yesterday.

Romayne Husbands, a 28-year-old from Winchester Road, was found guilty after a four-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 15th October. 

The court heard that, on 25th April last year at around half past noon, Husbands attacked 27-year-old Jay John, seemingly unprovoked, outside a block of flats in Dalston.

Witnesses said Husbands punched Jay once in the face and then stamped repeatedly on his chest and upper body, causing head injuries that killed him the very next day.


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Husbands was arrested in a flat nearby shortly after the attack, having discarded 59 grams of cocaine, and pleaded guilty at the start of his murder trial to possession with intent to supply.

After the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Ben Dalloway said: “Romayne Husbands is a drug dealer which I believe accounts for… to some extent, his erratic and violent behaviour.

“The judge in this case described Husbands as ‘a callous and ruthless individual prepared to use extreme violence’. I am glad he will now be off the streets for a significant time, where he will no longer be a danger to the public.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the public who witnessed this harrowing incident and had the courage to give evidence at court. Without your assistance this conviction would not have been possible.”

Police were also able to link Husbands to the crime because Jay’s blood was found on his trainers.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 18 years before he can be considered for parole.


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