Man jailed for O'Neill Irwin killing in Walthamstow

A 20-year-old has been jailed for at least 25 years for stabbing a man to death.

Reardon Emanuel, of Walthamstow, east London, was found guilty of murdering O'Neill Gary Irwin, 36, on 21 May.

Mr Irwin was stabbed five times with a wound to his heart providing the fatal blow.

Old Bailey Judge Paul Worsley told Emanuel: "He did not deserve to die at your hands in the street."

The killing happened during the daytime in Forest Road, Walthamstow.

'Previous history'

Mr Irwin was attacked by Emanuel as soon as he arrived for what he thought was a drugs deal.

Zoe Johnson QC, prosecuting, told the court the victim was stabbed in his chest and back, with a blow penetrating the right ventricle of his heart.

Det Ch Insp Mark Dunne, who led the investigation from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "Emanuel's 25-year sentence demonstrates that the courts are taking into account any previous history of carrying knives.

"Anyone who thinks they need to carry a knife on the streets should think again. The consequences can be simply devastating for all concerned."

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