My Murder tackles 'honey trap' case
Danny (Malachi Kirby), Samantha (Simona Zivkovska) and Shakilus (John Boyega)
3rd July 2008.
That was the day Shakilus Townsend was lured into an elaborate "honey trap" by the girl he was crazy about. It was a trap that would cost him his life. The meeting led to him being beaten with a baseball bat and repeatedly stabbed in south London. He died the following day.
His crime? Simply falling for the wrong girl. Samantha Joseph had also been seeing Danny McLean - a member of the local Shine My Nine (SMN) gang, who was furious when he discovered the deceit.
My Murder (Monday, 9pm) tells that tragic true story of love and betrayal, and I met up with the cast on set to see how they were tackling it.
In total, seven people were found guilty of his murder in 2009. Samantha is currently serving a minimum of 10 years in prison, while Danny was locked up for at least 15 years.
They were all convicted under a law that’s often used in gang-related crimes, called joint enterprise. It allows groups of people to be found guilty even if only one of them committed the crime. There’s been a lot of debate around the use of joint enterprise and whether it’s being applied properly in all cases.
Earlier this year, MPs called for a simpler law for gang-related murders and said new guidance should be given to prosecutors. They argued joint enterprise was vital in convicting people over gang violence, but had become too complex.
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Journalist Sam Naz presents the 60seconds news bulletins on BBC Three.