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Bottle killer caged for life

PUBLISHED: 11:24 14 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:43 25 August 2010

A MAN who stabbed a father in the neck with a bottle has been jailed for life. Kerdon Wright, 22, of Spearman Street, Woolwich, was given a minimum sentence of 12 years for the murder 28-year-old Barry Hammond at the Old Bailey, last Wednesday.

A MAN who stabbed a father in the neck with a bottle has been jailed for life.

Kerdon Wright, 22, of Spearman Street, Woolwich, was given a minimum sentence of 12 years for the murder 28-year-old Barry Hammond at the Old Bailey, last Wednesday.

Mr Hammond, a demolition worker of Walmer Terrace, Woolwich, was stabbed in the neck with a bottle when he walked into a large fight outside TJ's in Woolwich New Road at 4am, on April 27, 2007.

Police had to persuade revellers at the scene to give statements and the Times featured an appeal for witnesses in July last year.

Wright only admitted to the murder last November but claimed he was being attacked by his victim.

Detective Inspector Andre Regan of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: "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.

"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."

Mr Hammond left behind a four-year-old daughter.

Pepe Beaumont, 22, of Calestock Way, Greenwich, and Joseph Danny Wright, 24, of Fennel St, Woolwich, both pleaded guilty to violent disorder and were found not guilty of murder.

Each was sentenced at the Old Bailey on May 8. Beaumont was jailed for two years and Wright was given a two-and-a half-year sentence.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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