DOWNHAM: Man released from prison stabbed to death

News Shopper: The stabbings took place opposite the Downham Tavern The stabbings took place opposite the Downham Tavern

A MAN recently released from prison was stabbed to death while apparently trying to protect his wife from an attack.

The double stabbing in Downham has left the man, named locally as Lenny Kempley, dead and another man seriously ill in hospital.

Police were called at around 11.50pm on July 17 to reports of two men stabbed in Downham Way.

Mr Kempley, aged 62, was taken to a south London hospital but was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

He has not been formally identified.

The second man, in his late 20s, was taken to a separate south London hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

Family members say Mr Kempley had been trying to defend his wife from an attack by three men at the Downham Tavern pub before he was killed.

Mr Kempley was sentenced to 18 years in prison in 1995 for attempted robbery and making use of a firearm with intent to resist arrest. He was part of a gang, one of whom was disguised as a policeman, who had tried to rob a Kwik Save in Essex, threatening staff with guns.

After the alarm was raised, they tried to escape, with Kempley firing shots at police. He also had previous convictions for robbery, wounding with intent and unlawful wounding.

Flowers and tributes have been left at the scene of the attack, opposite the pub.

News Shopper: Flowers have been left at the scene The latest killing is the seventh murder in Lewisham borough this year.

Ward councillor Duwayne Brooks has repeated his recent calls for a borough-wide knife amnesty.

He said: “Knife crime is going up in this borough.

“The council has to do something about it and show zero tolerance on this issue.”

A murder investigation has been launched and is being headed by Detective Chief Inspector Damian Allain.

He said: “I believe the murder is linked to an altercation at the Downham Tavern pub in Downham earlier on Saturday night.

“I need to hear from anyone who witnessed the altercation at the pub or the subsequent stabbings in Downham Way.”

Detectives from the Met’s homicide and serious crime command are working with the police to reassure people in the area.

They believe the victims knew their attacker and say there is no suggestion this is gang related.

Safer neighbourhood team officers will be on patrol in the area and people can speak to them if they have any concerns.

Call the police on 020 8721 4805 or Crimestoppers if you have any information about what happened.

Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with the investigation and have been bailed until next month.

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3:01pm Mon 19 Jul 10

The Original Ranter says...

"............Cllr Duwayne Brooks has repeated his recent calls for a borough-wide knife amnesty. He said: “Knife crime is going up in this borough......."

'Cos that's worked before hasn't it? How many amnesty's have there been? Anyone caught carrying a knife without lawful authority or reasonable excuse or who uses a knife in the commission of an offence should get put away for 5 years MINIMUM on first conviction. But that ain't gonna happen is it Duwayne?
"............Cllr Duwayne Brooks has repeated his recent calls for a borough-wide knife amnesty. He said: “Knife crime is going up in this borough......." 'Cos that's worked before hasn't it? How many amnesty's have there been? Anyone caught carrying a knife without lawful authority or reasonable excuse or who uses a knife in the commission of an offence should get put away for 5 years MINIMUM on first conviction. But that ain't gonna happen is it Duwayne? The Original Ranter
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4:25pm Mon 19 Jul 10

archiequeenbee says...

Sadly there are laws in place that are not being properly suported / upheld when cases go to court. Too many people, young and old, think its acceptable to carry knives because they know the law is not upheld and they know that the sentances available to judges are not being used. More people need to be punished accordingly relating to the laws to reinforce the age old notion that for your behaviour their are consquences. The sooner this issue is dealth with the better. An amensty, whilst has some benefits, is only a short term, quick fix, knee jerk reaction to this tragic event.

My thoughts are with the families involved.
Sadly there are laws in place that are not being properly suported / upheld when cases go to court. Too many people, young and old, think its acceptable to carry knives because they know the law is not upheld and they know that the sentances available to judges are not being used. More people need to be punished accordingly relating to the laws to reinforce the age old notion that for your behaviour their are consquences. The sooner this issue is dealth with the better. An amensty, whilst has some benefits, is only a short term, quick fix, knee jerk reaction to this tragic event. My thoughts are with the families involved. archiequeenbee
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7:55pm Mon 19 Jul 10

Excalibur says...

I think I'll save my thoughts for the victims of Kempley's criminality.........
"18 years in prison in 1995 for attempted robbery and making use of a firearm with intent to resist arrest..........thre
atening staff with guns.........with Kempley firing shots at police. He also had previous convictions for robbery, wounding with intent and unlawful wounding".

As for Duwayne Brooks, when he was elected to the council 17 months ago I posted the following comment "...........If this clown is a sign of things to come, Lewisham will sink even further into the abyss". Looks like I was spot on.
I think I'll save my thoughts for the victims of Kempley's criminality......... "18 years in prison in 1995 for attempted robbery and making use of a firearm with intent to resist arrest..........thre atening staff with guns.........with Kempley firing shots at police. He also had previous convictions for robbery, wounding with intent and unlawful wounding". As for Duwayne Brooks, when he was elected to the council 17 months ago I posted the following comment "...........If this clown is a sign of things to come, Lewisham will sink even further into the abyss". Looks like I was spot on. Excalibur
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8:01pm Mon 19 Jul 10

Locked and Loaded says...

Excalibur from what I hear, "what goes around comes around". End of story.
Excalibur from what I hear, "what goes around comes around". End of story. Locked and Loaded
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1:24pm Tue 20 Jul 10

It's Me again ! says...

This seems to be a case of "live by the sword die by the sword" !
Very sad for family members left behind though
This seems to be a case of "live by the sword die by the sword" ! Very sad for family members left behind though It's Me again !
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9:57pm Tue 20 Jul 10

typecastboy says...

I know of youths who have been caught with knives, and never been charged even though they are known for robbery. The courts are a joke when it comes to knife-crime.
I know of youths who have been caught with knives, and never been charged even though they are known for robbery. The courts are a joke when it comes to knife-crime. typecastboy
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