Man who murdered teen outside Sainsbury’s in an unprovoked attack is jailed for life
man who murdered a 15-year-old boy in a shocking and unprovoked knife attack outside a busy Sainsbury’s supermarket has been jailed for life.
Imran Boudjellel, 20, stabbed victim Joseph Marafini twice during a confrontation at the Southside shopping centre in Wandsworth last October, inflicting fatal shoulder and neck wounds.
The killer, who also stabbed another 15-year-old boy in the same incident, was caught thanks to CCTV and the bodyworn camera of a passing police officer, identifying him as the person who had attacked Joseph.
A harrowing image of the aftermath of the stabbing showed a young girl, aged around two, watching paramedics trying to save the teenager’s life. The toddler had her face pressed against the glass, seeing the horror unfold, before being scooped up and taken away by her mother.
Boudjellel, from Walworth, southeast London, was convicted earlier this month of Joseph’s murder, as well as possession of the knife and causing grievous bodily harm to the other boy.
At Kingston crown court on Thursday, he was ordered to serve at least 22 years of a life sentence behind bars.
“I know this incident caused a great deal of public concern as it happened outside a supermarket at a busy time of the day with people going about their lives in an ordinary way. Nobody should expect to witness such an incident”, said Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall, who led the Met Police murder investigation.
“This was a completely unprovoked attack by a man who was a habitual knife carrier and it is sadly another example of the senseless violence that has resulted in the death of a 15-year-old boy, who was a beloved son and brother. His family have been left devastated by their loss and we continue to support them through this ordeal.”
The trial heard Boudjellel was part of a group of five young men who confronted Joseph and his friends outside the Sainsbury’s in Garratt Lane in Wandsworth just before 5pm on October 29 last year.
Police officers, who happened to be passing in a van at the time of the stabbing, rushed to Joseph’s aid as he lay wounded on the ground, while others chased and caught Boudjellel in a nearby cemetery.
The killer was seen throwing the bloodied knife over a wall, with tests later revealing both his and Joseph’s DNA were on the murder weapon.
After the stabbing, Joseph’s mother Natalie paid tribute to her teenage son, saying: “We shared an unbreakable bond and he would light up my heart with his smile. Joseph was gentle, loyal and would always help those he felt were vulnerable.
“He was a best friend to his brother and his father described him as ‘his brightest star’.
“Joseph wanted to be successful, study economics, and contribute something positive to the world. He was only just beginning to plan for life’s adventures. We were so proud of Joseph. As a family we are broken hearted and our grief is unimaginable.”
DCI Tunstall also paid tribute to the junior officers for their quick-thinking actions in the aftermath of the stabbing.
“I would like to praise the police officers who, despite being very young in service, were first on scene, chased and detained the suspect and provided CPR to try and save Joseph’s life,” she said.
“It is important for public safety that Imran Boudjellel has now been brought to justice and will no longer be able to inflict violence to anyone else on the streets of London for a considerable time.”
Four other men, aged 18 and 19, were charged with Joseph’s murder, but their cases were dismissed during the trial after a ruling by the judge.