A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s new partner to death in a vicious attack in the street has been jailed for life.
Chi-Wah Cheung, 39 (23.05.78), of no fixed address, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 31 August following a nine-day trial.
On Friday 1 September, he was sentenced at the same court to life imprisonment, to serve a mininum of 28 years.
Police were called at about 20:45hrs on Tuesday, 14 February, to reports of a stabbing in Hillside Road, SW2.
Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service and found a man suffering from stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 21:31hrs.
He was later identified as Gary Heaven, 51 and from Tulse Hill.
The court heard that Mr Heaven and his partner were walking their dog in Hillside Road. Also in Hillside Road heading towards them was Cheung who was armed with a knife, taken from his mother’s kitchen.
Cheung approached and confronted the couple, and immediately started taunting Mr Heaven with racist language and spoiling for a fight and using the knife in a jabbing motion towards him.
A scuffle took place which resulted in both men falling onto the pavement. Cheung then started raining blows down onto Mr Heaven who was stabbed twice; one to the back of the left arm and the fatal injury to the right side of his neck.
Cheung fled and ran into another couple who he knew. He told them he had stabbed Mr Heaven and added that ‘he deserved it.’
He was arrested on suspicion of murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place on 15 February. He gave a no comment interview and was charged on 16 February.
Cheung and his ex-girlfriend were previously in a relationship for about nine years until 2015, and Cheung did not take their break-up well. The jury heard that he had gone to the home Mr Heaven shared with the woman on several occasions in February and behaved in an aggressive and threatening manner towards them both.
On 14 February, Cheung made a number of calls to Miss Gavin saying that he wanted to come and collect some letters. Miss Gavin made it clear she wanted nothing more to do with him but he kept calling. The last call he made was at 19:50hrs.
Detective Chief Inspector Tom Dahri, the senior investigating officer from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “On Valentine’s Day, Cheung deliberately and brutally attacked a defenceless Mr Heaven just because he was dating his ex-partner.
“Mr Heaven repeatedly tried to avoid confrontation and attempted to get out of Cheung’s way, but Cheung was determined to attack him.
“Cheung has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions. I hope today's sentence will give Mr Heaven’s friends and family a measure of comfort and closure.”
= Cheung was also found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon. He was sentenced to four years' imprisonment, to run concurrently.