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[Victim: Donnell Rhule]
[Victim: Donnell Rhule]

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Two cousins jailed for murder of Donnell Rhule

Two cousins who stabbed an 18-year-old man to death in south-east London have been jailed for a total of at least 46 years.

Kieran Robinson, 22 (19.04.99), of Baldry Gardens, Streatham, and Sean Robinson, 27 (03.10.94), of Newlands Park, Penge, were sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 2 December.

They were previously found guilty of murdering Donnell Rhule in Dulwich.

Both were sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 23 years each.

Detective Sergeant Iain Law, who worked on the investigation, said: "Today is not a day to celebrate but I do hope this verdict provides some comfort to Donnell's family as they continue to come to terms with their loss.

"Both defendants colluded together to carry out the attack in broad daylight and in front of horrified members of the public. I would like to praise those witnesses for the bravery they have shown and the support they have given our investigation."

At around 18:30hrs on Wednesday, 8 July 2020 police were called after a man was found injured near to a row of shops in Seeley Drive on the Kingswood Estate in Dulwich.

Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service and found 18-year-old Donnell Rhule with stab injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short while later.

Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command launched a murder investigation and carried out urgent enquiries to track down those responsible. This included speaking to a number of witnesses who were in the area at the time of the attack.

Officers established that Donnell had been with a group of friends when he was confronted by Kieran Robinson, who was riding a moped erratically around the estate. Kieran was joined by his cousin, Sean Robinson, who was travelling a passenger in a car being driven by another man.

Witnesses reported hearing Sean encourage Kieran to attack Donnell. Kieran Robinson stabbed Donnell three times with a Rambo-style knife. One of the strikes went through Donnell's heart.

Donnell and a friend ran from the area down an alleyway behind a row of shops. Both defendants gave chase on the moped. A witness reported seeing Sean Robinson carrying a large knife. Both men then rode out of the estate on the moped.

Donnell had been seriously injured and collapsed on a nearby patch of grass. Members of the public provided first aid until the arrival of emergency services.

CCTV evidence showed the defendants meeting with the driver of the car and Sean Robinson got back into this vehicle. They drove off in different directions.

They were later arrested and interviewed about their involvement in the attack. Kieran Robinson gave no comment during his interview, although later claimed he acted in self-defence after Donnell threatened him with a knife. There was no evidence to suggest that had happened.

Sean Robinson claimed he had gone to the estate to buy cannabis and that he had no involvement in the attack.

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