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Clubber jailed for life after fatal knife attack on rugby player, 19

Daniel Namanga (pictured), died after Dickson Tangu plunged a combat knife into his chest during a late-night argument outside a club in Peckham, London, on August 8 last year.


Daniel Namanga, 19, died after Dickson Tangu (pictured), 22, plunged a combat knife into his chest during a late-night argument on August 8 last year

A clubber has been jailed for life after chasing a talented rugby player outside a nightclub and stabbing him to death in a 'barbaric and unnecessary' attack.   

Daniel Namanga, 19, died after Dickson Tangu, 22, plunged a combat knife into his chest during a late-night argument on August 8 last year. 

The promising sportsman was enjoying a night out at Afrikiko club on Peckham's Old Kent Road, south London, before his attacker arrived.

CCTV footage showed the pair talking in the smoking area and again outside before the fatal assault.

Mr Namanga, of Morden, south London, was hit with a bottle in an exchange of blows before tripping over a car tyre in a bid to get away.

Tangu stabbed him and ran away, while Mr Namangu managed to get up and tell a friend 'I have been stabbed' before collapsing to his death. 

The killer was on bail for battery when he launched the attack and was due to appear in court just hours after.

His group fled the scene but Tangu was arrested on 11 August at his home address in south Norwood, south London. 

His victim played for Kingstonian FC player and wanted to go to university to become an animator. 

The promising sportsman (pictured) was enjoying a night out at Afrikiko club on Peckham's Old Kent Road, south London, before his attacker arrived and stabbed him in the chest 

During Tangu's trial at Inner London Crown Court, jurors heard the 19-year-old had won an award for a poem about knife crime at the age of 11.

It read: 'The boy came out of the shop. He saw some boys on the street corner. He got scared and tired to turn away. 

'They saw him and shouted, 'oi'. He went over with his heart beating like a racing car. He knew he was in big trouble - they stabbed him.' 

Sentencing Tangu to life imprisonment of at least 23 years for murder, Judge Usha Karu said: 'There are no winners or losers in a tragic case like this. 

'This was a wicked, evil and unnecessary attack.

'Daniel Namanga posed no threat whatsoever. 

'The knife had cut through the fourth rib, pierced the left lung and entered the left ventricle, cutting the main artery as it did so.

'You made off with two others in the car you had travelled in to get to the nightclub.

'At the trial attempts were made to cast the blame on others. 

'It was not until two days before the trial that it was accepted that you were the man in the grey hoody carrying a man-bag who was seen to aim a blow to Mr Namanga's chest when he was on the ground.

'On the day of the offence you were sentenced at Croydon Crown Court for battery which had been committed for sentence. 

'You were on bail for that offence when you committed the murder.

'Daniel Namanga was a bright, caring, popular, charismatic, and hard working 19-year-old young man with good future prospects. 

Tangu was jailed for life after the attack outside Afrikiko club (pictured) in Peckham, south east London in the early hours of August 8 last year

'He had just taken his exams and was looking forward to going to university where he hoped to study graphic art and design to become an animator.

'His younger brother looked up to him as a role model. The family have described this as a never-ending nightmare. 

'His mother has been unable to return to her job in the NHS which she has done for 35 years.

'The family have been utterly dignified throughout the trial despite the pain they are suffering.'

Tangu's friends and family in the public gallery yelled curses in French at the victim's mother as he was led down to the cells. 

James Mulholland, prosecuting, said: 'Whether they bumped into him by coincidence or if the meeting was pre-arranged we can't say.

'They clearly had things to say.

'And then something happens and the incident becomes heated, and members of the group suddenly lash out at Mr Namanga.

'On CCTV you can suddenly see Mr Namanga sprinting away from this, away into the road back in the direction of the nightclub.

'He's chased by two or three members of the group.' 

Mr Namanga, lived with his family in Morden, south London, and went to Rutlish School in Wimbledon and later studied Richmond College.

His mother Sally Namanga said outside court: 'Thank God, prayers have been answered, justice served.

'He loved life and everyday he lived it as if it were his last day.'

Sally had worked for the NHS for 35 years but after her son's brutal killing she has been unable to return to work due to her grief.

Tangu, of Wilkinson Gardens, Croydon, south London, denied but was convicted of murder and possessing an offensive weapon.

The Afrikiko bar lost its licence for three months after the stabbing. 

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