|Life Sentence for Fulham Murderer|
" Bryant had no hesitation in using a knife."
Raymond Bryant, of Stephendale Road in Fulham has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 13 years at Blackfriars Crown Court for the 2007 murder of Martin Stevenson in Seagrove Road, SW6.
"This was a sad set of circumstances where a minor disagreement has resulted in the death of an innocent man. Bryant had no hesitation in using a knife to inflict fatal injuries, this is the real danger of routinely carrying knives".
In or around the shop at this time were at least four other people, three men and a woman. One of the men had a white American bulldog.
Following extensive police enquiries Bryant was traced to an address in New Malden, Surrey. On September 21, 2007 uniformed police attended the address. Bryant attempted to escape but was caught and arrested. He was charged with murder the same day.
On September 11, 2007 a 24 year-old man was arrested and a 16 year old youth was arrested the following day. Both were later bailed to return to a West London police station pending further enquiries, and charged with violent disorder on December 14, 2007.
The youth, now 17, was subsequently found guilty of violent disorder and sentenced to 180 hours community service at Blackfriars Crown Court on February 6, 2009.The other man is still awaiting trial.
March 11, 2009