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Nico Ramsay murder: Nathan Sylvester and Troy Lewis jailed for life

Nathan Sylvester / Troy Lewis Image copyright Essex Police
Image caption Nathan Sylvester (left) and Troy Lewis took part in the attack

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of a man who died after being stabbed.

Nico Ramsay, 19, from London, was found with a wound to the chest in Napier Avenue, Southend, on 13 February and died four days later in hospital.

Nathan Sylvester, 25, of Perth Road, Plaistow, and Troy Lewis, 21, of Odessa Road in east London took part in the attack.

A third man who delivered the fatal blow remains at large.

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At Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Patricia Lynch QC said Sylvester must serve a minimum of 25 years in prison, while Lewis will serve a minimum of 23 years.

Both men were initially charged with grievous bodily harm, which was later changed to murder. Both had denied killing Mr Ramsey.

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Image caption Nico Ramsay, 19, from London, was found with a stab wound to the chest

Witness accounts and CCTV footage showed three men chasing Mr Ramsay and pushing him to the ground.

He was stabbed by one man, before being dragged along the ground by Sylvester and kicked by Lewis.

They left the teenager in the street and a witness saw them getting into a taxi in Westcliff Parade.

Police carried out a search of the area and arrested Sylvester and Lewis.

'Devastating loss'

Sylvester was found with a top stained with the victim's blood, which he had removed and placed into a carrier bag.

The court heard the murder was set against a backdrop of drugs.

Lewis had in his possession a knife and wraps of cocaine and heroin and was also charged with possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, which he admitted to.

Sylvester was also convicted of two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply which he had denied.

Following the sentencing, Judge Lynch said the the killing was a "devastating loss for a close, loving family".

"Knives and drugs are a lethal combination," she said.

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