Duo to be sentenced for murdering Newham teenager Nico Ramsay

Nico Ramsay

Nico Ramsay - Credit: Essex Police

Two men convicted of murdering a teenager will be sentenced later today.

Nathan Sylvester

Nathan Sylvester - Credit: Essex Police

Nico Ramsay, 19, of Eastern Road in Plaistow, was stabbed to death in Southend in February.

Nathan Sylvester, a labourer from Perth Road, Plaistow and unemployed Troy Lewis, 21, of Odessa Road in Forest Gate, were found guilty of murdering Mr Ramsay on Friday following a month-long trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Sylvester was also convicted of two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Mr Ramsay was stabbed in the chest in Napier Avenue, in Southend, on February 13 and died in hospital on February 17.

Troy Lewis

Troy Lewis - Credit: Essex Police

According to witness accounts and CCTV footage, three men chased Mr Ramsay before bringing him to the ground.

One man, still outstanding, then stabbed him once in the chest before Mr Ramsay was dragged along the ground by Sylvester and kicked by Lewis.

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Mr Ramsay was left dying in the street while the trio got into a taxi and fled.

Lewis and Sylvester were soon caught and arrested, with Sylvester carrying a bag containing a top covered in Mr Ramsay’s blood.

The duo were initially charged with grievous bodily harm, but this was changed to murder when Mr Ramsay died from his wounds.

Both Lewis and Sylvester denied murder.

They will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.