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Man jailed for life for the murder of Shevaun Sorrell

News   •   Mar 15, 2019 11:18 GMT

A man convicted of murdering Shevaun Sorrell in Deptford last September has been jailed.

[B] Dana Powell, 29 [24.1.90] of Deptford Church Street was convicted of the murder of Shevaun Sorrell at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 14 March.

He appeared in custody at the same court on Friday, 15 March where he was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 25 years.

Police were called on Saturday, 25 August 2018 at around 23:45hrs to reports of a man found unresponsive in Creek Road, by the junction with Deptford Church Street, SE8.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended. Shevaun Sorrell, 22, was found at the scene suffering from stab injuries.

Officers immediately began CPR, but despite this, and the efforts of paramedics, Mr Sorrell sadly died in hospital at 00:40hrs.

A post-mortem examination took place on Wednesday, 29 August at Greenwich Mortuary and gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

On 30 August, Powell was arrested at a residential address in SE8 on suspicion of the murder of Shevaun Sorrell. 

He was released on bail but rearrested following police enquiries and was charged with murder on 5 September.

He appeared at Bromley Magistrates Court on Thursday, 6 September 2018 where he was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey where he entered a plea of not guilty.

Powell appeared for trial at the Old Bailey on Monday, 4 March and was convicted after eight days by a jury majority of 10-2.

Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “Despite his plea of not guilty, Powell faced overwhelming evidence that he was responsible for the death of Shevaun Sorrell.

“I hope that Shevaun’s loved ones gain a measure of comfort from today’s sentence.”

A 36-year-old man [A] arrested on suspicion of murder was released with no further action.