Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette

Teen jailed for 13 years after killing boy on way to school



A TEENAGER who stabbed a boy, 15, to death in the street as he made his way to school in west London has been jailed for 13 years.

Jalan Woods-Bell tried to fend off the attacker with a traffic cone, but the 16-year-old slashed him in the face with a Rambo-style knife before fatally stabbing him in the chest.

The attacker from Hillingdon, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for 13 years on Monday September 12 after he was found guilty of manslaught­er at Harrow Crown Court on July 22.

The court heard there had been a “grievance” between the two teenagers and the defendant claimed he was acting in self-defence – despite carrying a large knife in a gloved hand.

The defendant pulled the Rambostyle knife from his waistband and chased after Jalan, who was unarmed, as he walked with friends to Global Academy, a college for students aged 14 to 19, on Record Walk, in Hayes, on June 11 2021.

Jalan used a traffic cone to try and defend himself but he was slashed in the face and stabbed in the chest.

He died of his injuries at the scene in Blyth Road.

Detective Inspector Mike Nolan said: “Jalan was walking to school with his friends when he was set upon by the defendant.

“Whilst it is apparent that there was some form of grievance between these two teenagers, nothing can justify the taking of another life.

“The defendant attempted to justify his actions by claiming selfdefenc­e, but the evidence and eye witness accounts confirm that he was carrying a large knife in a gloved hand. Whereas Jalan was unarmed, and tried to use a traffic cone to fend off his attacker.

“Once again another teenager has lost his life to knife crime, and another family is grieving the loss of a child. Our thoughts are with them today.

“We are determined to do whatever is necessary to crack down on violence, but we need the help of our communitie­s and partners to tackle this problem.

“Together we can help educate young people and steer them away from a life of violence.”

Police and paramedics were called to the stabbing on Blyth Road at 8.30am on June 11, 2021.

Jalan was found with stab injuries and died at the scene. CCTV cameras captured the moment the attacker – aged 15 at the time – followed Jalan before attacking him.

The defendant then fled the scene towards school, where he was arrested.

Witnesses told officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command that the attacker appeared to have been filming the attack on his phone – but he refused to answer questions about this during police interviews.

The defendant was sentenced to 13 years imprisonme­nt, with three years to be served on licence.

His sentence includes two years for possession of a knife in a public place.

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