Teenager who knifed biker to death in Brixton is jailed for 24 years
Teenager who knifed biker to death in front of his girlfriend during Brixton Lamborghini music shoot is jailed for at least 24 years
- Scaffolder Shane Jerome, 23, was knifed to death in Brixton on July 21, 2021
- Mr Jerome was filming a music video in front of his girlfriend outside the station
- Brandon McNeil, 19, jumped from a Santander bike and stabbed Mr Jerome
- McNeil was today jailed for at least 24 years for Mr Jerome’s murder
A teenager who leapt off a Santander bike to kill a performer in a music video in front of the victim’s girlfriend has been jailed for at least 24 years.
Scaffolder Shane Jerome, 23, was knifed to death outside Brixton station in south London as he sat on a motorcycle as part of the shoot on July 21, last year.
Lamborghini sports cars and a quad bike also featured in the film.
Mr Jerome was on his Yamaha NT7 motorbike waiting at traffic lights in between a bus and a lime green Lamborghini.
Scaffolder Shane Jerome, 23, was knifed to death outside Brixton station in south London as he sat on a motorcycle as part of the shoot on July 21, last year while is girlfriend Seleka Gathercole looked on in horror
Brandon McNeil, 19, rode a Santander bike in the opposite direction of the traffic before leaping off, holding a Rambo-style knife in the air, and using it to stab Mr Jerome in the chest
Mr Jerome was filming his video using a convoy of flash vehicles including a Lamborghini
Brandon McNeil, 19, rode a Santander bike in the opposite direction of the traffic before leaping off, holding a Rambo-style knife in the air, and using it to stab Mr Jerome in the chest.
Paramedics rushed to the scene but Mr Jerome had been stabbed in the heart and could not be saved.
McNeil admitted murder, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.
He made rap videos bragging about his life of crime and boasted of his skill with knives in a film made a week after the murder.
Wearing a grey jumper and round glasses, McNeil appeared at the Old Bailey today to be given a life sentence with a minimum of 24 years in jail.
Judge Sarah Munro, QC, told him: ‘Shane Jerome was adored by his family, by his long-standing girlfriend and by his friends, many of whom are here today to pay their respects to him and to see you punished for snuffing out his life.
‘He had no convictions and unlike you there is not a shred of evidence that he was involved in any criminal or gang activity.
‘Loved ones are here today and their grief is tangible in this court.’
The judge referred to the courage of Mr Jerome’s girlfriend, Seleka Gathercole, who spoke in court about what she had gone through.
‘She had to undergo the indescribable horror of seeing you kill the love of her life right before her eyes.
‘She was right there.
‘They planned to marry and were planning very shortly to start a family.
‘That is but a snapshot of the young man you killed and of the impact of what you did upon those who knew and loved him.’
Turning to McNeil’s actions, Judge Munro continued: ‘You on the other hand are embroiled in the gang culture which is endemic in parts of this city.
‘You stabbed him in the heart.
‘You were on the attack and acting in full and free will.’
The court heard McNeil was was closely associated with the 7 or the L gang and was ‘obsessed’ with lethal weapons and violence
The judge added: ‘You are closely associated with the “7” or “L” gang. The police investigation has uncovered your interest in, if not obsession with, lethal weaponry and violence.
‘You have made recordings in which you have recorded rap lyrics glorifying the carrying of knives and the use of them to kill your rivals.
‘One such video was uploaded less than a week before the murder. Your Instagram account is in your gang name and contains photographs of you proudly brandishing knives in known gang territory just like the weapon you used to kill Shane.
‘Even more chillingly, a week after the murder, three videos were recorded on your phone of you playing with knives and bragging about your skill with them. A fourth video was of the murder scene after the killing which had been sent to you.
‘In addition. you had a deadly collection of lethal knives at your home.’
Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow, QC, told the court that the music video involved a convoy of vehicles driving in a loop around Brixton Market.
On that route, the group encroached on the territory of a local street gang to which McNeil belonged.
‘At 17 minutes past eight that evening whilst the vehicles were stopped at traffic lights by Brixton Station the convoy was set upon by a group of five males.
‘It was clearly planned since the attackers targeted the vehicles and their occupants.
‘McNeil stabbed him to death with a large Rambo style knife.’
The killer tried to stab another victim, Romain Gayle, seated on the quad bike, but missed.
‘The surprise attack was over as quickly as it started,’ Mr Glasgow continued.
‘The terrified participants in the shoot ran for their lives.’
CCTV of the attack was played in court.
‘Shane tried to back away but was unable to go very far,’ the prosecutor said.
‘The defendant charged at Shane with a knife in the air ready to strike.
‘There was simply nothing he could do to ward off the attack.’
Mr Jerome collapsed by an ambulance and was attended to by a doctor and nurse who happened to be there.
‘By the point that the ambulance and the emergency helicopter had arrived, Shane had lost a significant amount of blood,’ Mr Glasgow said.
‘He was lying in a pool of blood and a trail of it was behind him on the road.
‘It was so severe that it was possible to see inside his chest cavity.
‘There was nothing that could be done to save Shane Jerome and he was pronounced dead at 8:45 that evening.’
There was ‘no evidence’ to suggest that Mr Jerome had anything to do with gangs or gang violence.
He worked as a scaffolder and had a passion for motorbikes.
His father, Sean Jerome, said he ‘adored’ his only son from the day he was born.
‘I was always beside him doing all the things loving dads do.
‘As a father I have never been out of my children’s lives – the hard times and the good times. I miss the little things.
‘I know everyone says they have a bond with their kids but for me, Shane was like the other half of me.’
Dawn Jerome, the victim’s mother, unleashed a diatribe against McNeil.
‘I feel you are not fit for society.
‘You have taken the most precious gift any mother could have had.
‘You took his life away from him and all the hopes and dreams he had in life have gone.
‘You have deprived us as a family of a future with our son and grandchildren.
‘You took his life and destroyed ours.
‘The sentence you get today will never be the one you served on us.’
The 23-year-old’s girlfriend, Ms Gathercole, said McNeil’s actions had torn her heart out.
‘I hope you never forget the fact that you looked me in the eyes.
‘I met him when I was 14. When I met him I instantly knew I was going to marry this man.’
The family stood when McNeil was being sentenced, holding each other’s hands and crying.
Videos were played in court which police found on McNeil’s phone, featuring him showing off his skill with a series of knives.
The court heard McNeil wasn ‘obsessed’ with the knives and and thought his friends would be pleased with what he had done.
The prosecutor the court several knives owned by McNeil encased in boxes, to the court, some of which he described as ‘samurai like’ with ‘jagged serrated edges’.
Mr Glasgow had to use both hands to hold up some of the items.
‘There can be no reason for possession of that item other than to use it offensively…either to maim or to kill,’ he said.
Rajiv Menon, defending, spoke of McNeil’s young age-having been 18 at the time-his lack of intent to murder Mr Jerome and his guilty plea in mitigation.
The court also heard that McNeil was expelled from school and groomed into drug and knife crime at a young age.
McNeil admitted murder, attempting to cause GBH with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.
He has been locked up for life with a minimum of 24 years for the murder, concurrent to six years for the attempted GBH and one year for the possession of an offensive weapon.
His knives will also be seized and destroyed.
Judge Sarah Munro said: ‘Nothing I can do today can bring Shane back nor heal the pain and lifelong grief you have inflicted upon his family and loved ones.’
She told the court McNeil had made several recordings and photos, uncovered by police, in which he rapped about killing and played with knives.
She said: ‘You have made recordings in which you have recorded rap lyrics glorifying the carrying of knives and the use of them to kill your rivals. One such video was uploaded less than a week before the murder.
‘Your Instagram account is in your gang name and contains photographs of you proudly brandishing knives in known gang territory, just like the weapon you used to kill Shane.
‘Even more chillingly, a week after the murder three videos were recorded on your phone of you playing with knives and bragging about your skill with them. A fourth video was of the murder scene after the killing which had been sent to you.’
Mr Jerome’s family sat in court and wept throughout proceedings. Several stood as McNeil, of Lollard Street, Vauxhall, south London, was sentenced.
Several family members gave statements to the court, including his mother, Dawn, who explained how the murder had left her with “unbearable pain”.
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