Two Jailed Following Murder Of 75 Year Old Man

Peter Lee was struck by a car during a violent burglary

Two half-brothers convicted for their roles in a violent burglary that led to the death of 75-year-old Peter Lee in Tooting last year, have been sentenced.

Jason Lewin

Jason Lewin (above), 34, from Morden was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated burglary at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 9 June. The Judge also declared him a ‘dangerous offender’ and sentenced him to a further five years on licence on his release.

His half-brother Stewart Palmer (below), 29, from Brentford was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated burglary.

Both were found guilty at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 8 June.

The court heard how a third brother, Jonathan Palmer, had driven the car that struck and killed Mr Lee. Jonathan Palmer, 30, died in HMP Wandsworth whilst on remand, having been charged with Mr Lee's murder.

The victim, 75-year-old Peter Lee, had returned to his home in Welham Road at around 5pm on 1 June 2015 to find two of his sons fighting with two burglars, Jason Lewin and Jonathan Palmer. Stewart Palmer had left the scene before Mr Lee had entered the house.

Mr Lee called the police, but Jonathan Palmer managed to return to his car. He then drove the vehicle at Peter Lee, causing critical injuries. Mr Lee was taken to hospital where he died the following day.

Jason Lewin and Jonathan Palmer were arrested in the car - a VW Sharan - shortly after the incident. Stewart Palmer was arrested several days later. All three were charged with murder and aggravated burglary.

Lewin admitted at court to being involved in the cultivation of cannabis. He claimed that the aggravated burglary at Mr Lee's address was motivated by an incident in 2013 in which he was robbed at a cannabis factory in Sutton.

During the trial, the jury were directed to find Stewart Palmer not guilty of murder. On 8 June, Lewin was found not guilty of murder.


June 14, 2016