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Drugs row killer jailed for Anton Levin's manslaughter

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Image caption Anton Levin, from Dagenham, was stabbed at a house in Southend in November 2014

A man who fled the country after stabbing a university graduate to death in a row between rival drugs gangs, has been jailed for his manslaughter.

Anton Levin, from Dagenham, was stabbed at a house in Southend in November 2014.

Abdulfatah Suleiman, 28, was arrested in Norway and extradited back to the UK where he was convicted by a jury last month.

He was jailed for 16 years with a five-year extended licence.

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Chelmsford Crown Court heard the 24-year-old's death involved rival drug gangs. Three others were convicted last June for their role in his killing.

Danielle Russell, 27, from Southend, and two teenage boys were found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit GBH and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Russell was jailed for 11 years, and the teenagers, who cannot be named, were given detention orders for ten years and four months with a five-year extended licence.

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Image caption Abdulfatah Suleiman was arrested in Norway and extradited back to the UK to face the charges

Suleiman, who was also found guilty of robbery and unlawful wounding, was arrested in Norway at the conclusion of their trial.

Following the sentencing, Anton's mother said she was "very disappointed" that Suleiman had not been convicted of murder.

"He had the knife and he killed my son Anton Levin. He has been jailed for 16 years but I would have preferred that he had been jailed for life.

"I hope he thinks about the harm and distress he has caused me and my family. But this will never bring my son back," she said.

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