Life Sentence For Man Who Killed Nicholas Stewart

25 year old was stabbed to death on a basketball court

Simeon Scott Wasey has been jailed for 28 years after being found guilty of killing Nicholas Stewart in Wandsworth last year.

Mr Stewart was discovered with serious stab wounds on a sports pitch on the Prince Henry Estate in St. John's Drive on the evening of August 13th 2014. He had been found suffering from serious stab injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

The court at the Old Bailey heard how Scott-Wasey and Nicholas Stewart had been friends for a number of years, but had fallen out in the previous months. Witnesses recounted how Scott-Wasey approached Mr Stewart on the pitch, stabbed him and then fled the scene.

A post mortem carried out at St George's hospital revealed the cause of death to be stab wounds to the leg and chest.

Neighbours reported hearing shouting and roaring car engines as a group of youngsters "scattered in panic" as Wasey attacked Mr Stewart.

Simeon Scott Wasey was arrested and charged with Mr Stewart's murder on August 16th. He now faces a life sentence in prison.

Mr Stewart's mother paid tribute to her "kindhearted" son who "was always smiling. I will always remember his laugh." She also described her son as a "devoted father" to his five year old daughter who lives in Clapham with her mother.

Detective Inspector Dave Blair of the Homicide and Major Crime Squad said, "Nicholas Stewart was subjected to a savage, sustained attack at the hands of Scott-Wasey, which took place in front of a crowd of horrified local residents. This sentence reflects the severity with which the courts take knife-enabled crime...I would also like to express my admiration of the family who have shown tremendous resilience, fortitude and support for the investigation both during the course of the enquiry and this diffcult trial."

October 7, 2015