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WOOLWICH: Mother of murdered man angry at length of killer's jail sentence
THE mother of a man murdered outside a nightclub is “really angry” at the length of his killer’s jail sentence.
Kerdon Wright, of Spearman Street, Woolwich, was sentenced to life in jail with a recommendation he serve a minimum of 12 years, at the Old Bailey on Friday (May 8).
Wright, aged 22, was found guilty the previous day of the murder of 28-year-old Barry Hammond in Woolwich two years ago.
On April 28, 2007, Mr Hammond was attacked with a bottle when a fight broke out among a group of men in Woolwich New Road outside TJ's nightclub at around 4am.
The father-of-one died from a stab wound to a major artery in the neck.
His mother, Carol, of Walmer Terrace, Plumstead, says she would have liked to see Wright receive a minimum of 15 years in jail.
The 51-year-old said: “I’m gutted. It’s not long enough and I think what he got is a joke.
“He was gloating over the murders in the months before he was arrested. I know nothing could have brought Barry back but I wanted some proper justice.
“I’m really angry with it all. My granddaughter has no father and I have no son.”
Detective Inspector Andre Regan of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, says it was an extremely challenging investigation.
He said: “We were faced with unravelling the circumstances involving a large number of young people fighting after leaving a nightclub.
“I pay tribute to a family who suffered the unnecessary and tragic loss of a son and brother, the impact of a protracted investigation and the further heartache of a stalled trial.
"I further pay tribute to his partner who must now raise their child without Barry's support and love. I would like to thank them for their support.
"We were determined to identify those responsible for Barry Hammond's death and to ensure they were brought to justice, no matter how long it might take."
Two other men were also sentenced in connection with Mr Hammond’s murder.
Pepe Beaumont, aged 22, of Calestock Way, Greenwich, and Joseph Danny Wright, aged 24, of Fennel Street, Plumstead, were both found not guilty of murder but pleaded guilty to violent disorder on April 29.
Beaumont was sentenced to two years in jail and Wright was jailed for 30 months.