Guilty: East Ham man, 51, who stabbed to death rival in ‘disrespect’ feud

Keith Nelson has been convicted of murder. Pic: Met Police.

Keith Nelson has been convicted of murder. Pic: Met Police. - Credit: Archant

An East Ham man has today been found guilty of murdering a 34-year-old and stabbing a second person in a ‘disrespect’ feud.

Keith Nelson, 51, of Mountsfield Road, stabbed to death Alfred Purcell in White Horse Road, and knifed his friend after they clashed on June 26 last year.

The Old Bailey heard Alfred had previously accused Nelson of disrespecting his friend so the pair had bad feelings between them.

Both had been drinking in the area of Central Park when a row broke out and Nelson went home and returned with two knives.

The victims were in White Horse Road at the junction of Gresham Road, when Nelson ran at Alfred and stabbed him in the chest.

The second man was also injured in the knife attack.

Nelson was arrested two days later and charged on June 30.

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He had previously pleaded guilty to maliciously wounding the second man but had denied murdering Alfred.

Today he was found guilty and will be sentenced tomorrow.

Det Insp Domenica Catino, investigating officer, said: “Nelson, incensed after the dispute with Alfred, picked up two knives knowing full well the fatal consequences that could result.

“He did not hesitate to use extreme violence. Sadly, Alfred lost his life and a second victim suffered injury as a result of his action. Nelson is a dangerous man who now faces a long spell behind bars.”