Ernest Kalawa murder: Family 'will never feel safe' after entrepreneur stabbed to death

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The family of an aspiring tech entrepreneur stabbed to death less than half a mile from his home said today that they “will never feel completely safe”.

Ernest Kalawa, 24, was knifed and kicked “like an animal” after tripping over as he fled attacker Derron Campbell through a Peckham housing estate. 

Medics tried to save the former Westminster City School student but he died at the scene.

Campbell, 24, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 26 years last week.

He did not reveal a motive. Mr Kalawa’s sister Mariam, 20, said her family would “never have answers” about the death of the aspiring app developer.


Jailed for life: Derron Campbell, 24, of no fixed abode.

“The sentence has given us some closure but it will never bring back Ernest. And we will never feel completely safe,” she said. Mr Kalawa’s mother Mary Payne said: “I can’t be alone in the house any more.”

The court heard how on December 30 last year Mr Kalawa was walking with a friend in Frensham Road when Campbell pulled up in a Vauxhall Astra.

It collided with a parked car before Campbell, of no fixed abode, leapt out and chased the pair. The Astra was found burnt out. Owner Klark Mangal, 22, of Peckham, was sentenced to four years after admitting perverting the course of justice. He was cleared of murder.

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