Teenager sentenced to 11 years in prison for fatal stabbing in Dartford

A young man has been sentenced to more than a decade in prison for the fatal stabbing of another teenager in Dartford last year.

Chris Enaruba, 19, was found guilty of manslaughter after fatally stabbing 18-year-old Denzel Njemo during a disturbance in Dartford High Street. The incident occurred on the evening of April 14, when Enaruba and an associate had travelled to the town to meet Njemo.

Enaruba lunged at Njemo with a knife during an altercation, causing an injury to his leg. A fight then broke out between the two in a passage connecting Suffolk Road and the high street, during which Njemo was stabbed again, this time in the chest.

Despite the efforts of police and paramedics, Njemo, a resident of Greenhithe, died at the scene. Enaruba had discarded his jacket and the knife near an electricity sub-station before heading to a hospital for treatment of his injuries. However, an investigation by the police led to the discovery of both the jacket and the knife, and Enaruba was arrested the following day.

During his trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Enaruba denied the charge of murder but was convicted of manslaughter. His associate was found not guilty of assisting an offender. Enaruba, who admitted to regularly carrying a knife for protection, was deemed by the judge to be “dangerous” and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

In his sentencing, Judge Julian Smith noted that the attack was planned and that Enaruba had produced the knife quickly, indicating that violence was anticipated. He also acknowledged that the incident took place in public, causing fear and distress to witnesses. Enaruba will have to serve two thirds of his sentence before being considered for parole and will be subject to an additional four-year licence period upon his release.

Detective Inspector Ross Gurden, the senior investigating officer on the case, expressed his condolences to Njemo’s family and hoped that the sentencing would bring some sense of justice for their loss. He also emphasized the gravity of carrying a knife and how the senseless act of Enaruba has devastated an entire family.

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