Drug dealer sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Jay John in Hackney
A drug dealer who caused fatal injuries to a man in Hackney after he punched and kicked him has been sentenced.
Romayne Husbands, 28 (20.05.93) of Winchester Road, E4, was found guilty by a jury after a four-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Husbands had pleaded guilty to a charge of possession with intent to supply crack cocaine at the start of the trial.
On Friday, 15 October he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years. He was sentenced to three years and four months in jail, to be served concurrently, for the drug supply charge.
The court heard how on the 25 April 2020 at around 12:30pm the victim, 27-year-old Jay John, was in Trinity Close, E9 outside the communal door of a block of flats when Husbands attacked him.
Witnesses described how Husbands punched Jay once in the face and then stamped four to six times on his upper body area in an unprovoked attack.
Husbands was arrested a short time later by officers called to the scene. He was arrested in a nearby flat and was found to have discarded 59 grams of cocaine.
Jay was found unconscious but breathing on the floor in Trinity Close. He was treated by police officers and paramedics at the scene for a wound to the back of his head, he also had facial injuries including a fractured eye socket and cuts and bruising to his face, lips and jaw.
The London Air Ambulance attended the scene and Jay was transported to hospital.
Sadly, Jay died in hospital the next day, 26 April 2020.
A post mortem examination gave the cause of death as head injuries.
A murder investigation was launched and detectives linked Husbands to the scene via blood found on his trainers.
Detective Sergeant Ben Dalloway, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This was an extremely violent assault by Romayne Husbands in which he stamped on Mr John repeatedly and left him for dead.
“I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the public who witnessed this harrowing incident and had the courage to give evidence at court. Without your assistance this conviction would not have been possible.
“Romayne Husbands is a drug dealer which I believe accounts for his presence at the scene on that day and, to some extent, his erratic and violent behaviour.
"The judge in this case described Husbands as 'a callous and ruthless individual prepared to used extreme violence as the facts demonstrate’.
“I am glad he will now be off the streets for a significant time where he will no longer be a danger to the public."