Dad’s throat slit with Rambo knife after calling man who asked for cigarette ‘ponce’

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Dad’s throat slit with Rambo knife after calling man who asked for cigarette ‘ponce’

Hero dad murdered while protecting shoppers from 'ponce' with Rambo knife

Hero dad murdered while protecting shoppers from ‘ponce’ with Rambo knife

A man who murdered a father in a row over cigarettes has been told he faces a lengthy prison sentence.

Jahmel Riley, 25, hassled people for cigarettes outside a shop in Dulwich, south east London, in February.

Dennis Anderson, 39, who was on his way home from two birthday parties, said: ‘Why are you asking for cigarettes? Why don’t you get a job like the rest of us? What are you poncing or begging for?’

However, he did not realise that Riley had a knife that was almost a foot long hidden in his trousers.

He stood in the dorway, blocking the door to the Payless Food and Wine shop in the early hours of the morning.

The father-of-one tried to leave and a fight broke out.

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Dennis Anderson, 39, was murdered while protecting other customers from a ‘ponce’ (Picture: Twitter)

(Picture: Met Police) A man who killed a stranger in Dulwich with a hunting knife after a row erupted over a cigarette has been convicted of murder. Jahmel Michael Riley, 24 (25.08.94) of Lordship Lane, Southwark, was found guilty of murder on Friday, 16 August after killing 39-year-old Dennis Anderson (16.04.79) of Lewisham, following a fight in an off-license in East Dulwich.

Jahmel Riley pulled out a knife and blocked the doorway to stop Dennis Sanderson leaving (Picture: Met Police)

(Picture: Met Police) A man who killed a stranger in Dulwich with a hunting knife after a row erupted over a cigarette has been convicted of murder. Jahmel Michael Riley, 24 (25.08.94) of Lordship Lane, Southwark, was found guilty of murder on Friday, 16 August after killing 39-year-old Dennis Anderson (16.04.79) of Lewisham, following a fight in an off-license in East Dulwich.

Riley has been told he faces a lengthy jail term when he is sentenced on Tuesday (Picture: Met Police)

Riley swung the knife in an ‘over the shoulder cricket bowling action’ as the two men fell to the ground and the fight spilled out into the street.

Mr Anderson suffered a deep neck wound which severed both his carotid artery and jugular vein as well as other knife injuries to his face, upper back and left hand.

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Riley smirked as he was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey yesterday and was led to the cells ahead of sentencing next week.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC told jurors: ‘We see and hear a lot about knife crime these days, and if ever a case demonstrated what can happen when people carry knives it is this case.

‘What might otherwise have been a verbal disagreement becomes a murder case because the defendant was carrying that terrible weapon.’

A cordon is in place as a tent covers the body of a man in his 30s who was stabbed outside an off licence in the early hours of Sunday February 10th on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich in London. London, February 10 2019.

Mr Anderson was just trying to stop other people being harassed by Riley (Picture: SWNS)

Jurors and people in the public gallery cried as Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson read a victim impact statement from Mr Anderson’s long-term partner Leeanne Manzi in which she said he was her ‘best friend and soul mate’.

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She said: ‘Dennis was a gentleman with old school manners. ‘He could be commanding just with his voice and he did have an air of authority about him.

‘In some ways I think that is what Dennis was doing the night of his death, trying to be protective over everyone in the shop.

‘I used to hear about someone being stabbed or killed but I never thought it would happen to us.’

Ms Manzi described how their teenage daughter has been ‘left with one parent taken and one parent broken’.

A riot shield is used to cover possible evidence as a cordon is in place with a tent covering the body of a man in his 30s who was stabbed outside an off licence in the early hours of Sunday February 10th on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich in London. London, February 10 2019.

What appears to be a police shield lies on the floor after a quick response at around 3am (Picture: SWNS)

A cordon is in place as a tent covers the spot where a man in his 30s was stabbed outside an off licence in the early hours of Sunday February 10th on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich in London. London, February 10 2019.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Anderson who was named as the victim of the stabbing (Picture: SWNS)

‘She could not have had a better father, he was a guide, support system and friend,’ she added.

‘We all feel the hurt and pain every day that we have been so cruelly robbed of a beautiful human being.’

Riley insisted he had confiscated the fearsome weapon from a group of youngsters earlier that evening and had not yet got around to getting rid of it.

But Judge Hilliard dismissed the claim and said he was ‘absolutely sure’ he was carrying it ready to be used as a weapon.

Riley, of Lordship Lane, Dulwich, South London, was remanded in custody ahead of sentence on Tuesday.

Forensics investigators collect evidence after his 30s who was stabbed outside an off licence in the early hours of Sunday February 10th on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich in London. London, February 10 2019.

Assistant manager Muhammad Khan said his cousin was working when an argument erupted inside the store (Picture: SWNS)

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