Murderer known as ‘Aggro’ who plunged knife into neck of Matalan store manager has life sentence shortened by eight months after judge is told he is now ‘gentle and sensitive’
- Kobina Essel stabbed Jamie Simpson three times with a 10in knife in 2008
- Teenage murderer was trying to steal £30,000 from a Matalan in Hackney
- But Essel’s life sentence has now been cut short by eight months
A teenage murderer who plunged a knife into the neck of a Matalan store manager has had his life sentence shortened by eight months after a judge was told he is now ‘gentle and sensitive’.
Kobina Essel, known by the gang name Aggro, stabbed Jamie Simpson three times with a 10in knife while he and three others tried to steal £30,000 from a Matalan in Hackney, London in 2008.
The trial judge, Martin Stephens, told Essel at his sentencing hearing: ‘This was a brutal attack on an unarmed man going about his lawful business.’
Kobina Essel (left), known by the gang name Aggro, stabbed Jamie Simpson (right) three times with a 10in knife while he and three others tried to steal £30,000 from a Matalan in Hackney, London in 2008
But Essel’s life sentence has now been cut short by eight months by using a rule allowing teenage offenders to ask for a review of their time inside, The Sun reported.
The High Court agreed to the reduction after hearing evidence from supporters called Essel ‘a gentle and sensitive man with a real maturity to his approach in communicating and interacting with others’.
But Mr Simpson’s father Lambert, 69, from Derby, said: ‘This good behaviour thing is a joke. He can leave prison early but my son isn’t here anymore.
‘His sister’s children have never met their uncle. It’s not right.’
Judge Stephens previously told Essel: ‘This case demonstrates in a vivid way the horrors of knife crime and the terrible consequences to the victim, his family and friends and to society as a whole.
‘You went into this with your eyes open. You went in with a knife and you did not hesitate to use it.’