Man jailed for murder of rapper in North-West London barbershop

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a man in a Harlesden barbershop. Crispin Siddon, who was also known by his rap name Skeng was stabbed to death during an altercation with Anthony Allen. Mr Siddon, who was the co-owner of a record company with another rapper named Corleone was stabbed in front of customers at Cutz Barber Shop in Craven Park Road, NW10 on May 5th, 2017.

During the trial, the court heard how a violent altercation between the two men broke out. In the course of the altercation, Mr Siddon sustained several stab wounds to his body, and one to the heart which proved to be fatal. Following the fight, Mr Siddon was taken to the nearby Central Middlesex Hospital where he sadly passed away from his injuries.

Speaking following the tria,l DI Simon Stancombe who led the investigation said: “On 5 May last year Anthony Allen decided to secrete a knife in his jeans before going out for the day. He was not to know that a few hours later he would be involved in a fight with another man, Crispin Siddon. Allen used that knife to stab Mr Siddon through his heart, ending his life.”

Mr Siddon’s half-sister Keisha Siddon said following the trial “words cannot describe how much we miss him.” The motive behind the attack still remains unclear. Mr Siddon was just one of 87 people who were stabbed to death in knife attacks in the capital last year. That was the highest number of fatal stabbings in the capital since 2008 and the number of homicides in the capital last year, 127 was the highest for 7 years. Anthony Allen, 34 of Tillet Close, NW10 was sentenced at the Old Bailey today (19th January) to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 22 years.

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