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Two jailed after father fatally stabbed outside Hackney Wick nightclub

Victim: Trei Daley, 26, died after being stabbed near to the Colour Factory nightclub (PA Media)
Victim: Trei Daley, 26, died after being stabbed near to the Colour Factory nightclub (PA Media)

Two men have been jailed after a father was stabbed to death in Hackney after an argument during a night out.

Trei Daley, 26, died after being attacked outside a takeaway shop near a club in Hackney Wick, east London, while his friend was seriously hurt. 

Christopher Appiah-Blay, who was found guilty of manslaughter was jailed for 14 years at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, while co-defendant, Mawien Mawien, who was found guilty of grievous bodily harm, was handed a five-year sentence.

The court heard how Appiah-Blay and a woman had become involved in an argument resulting in him becoming aggressive and throwing food over her.

Trei and his friend then attempted to intervene to calm things down, when Appiah-Blay and Mawien, who were armed with knives, stabbed the pair.

Jailed for manslaughter: Christopher Appiah-Blay (Met Police)
Jailed for manslaughter: Christopher Appiah-Blay (Met Police)

Mr Daley, from Bromley, died in hospital after emergency services were called to the scene at around 4.30am on February 11.

His unnamed friend, 24, left hospital later that same day having sustained two stab injuries to his back.

Mr Daley was stabbed next to Colour Factory nightclub in Hackney Wick after the four, who had all been around each other over the course of the evening, had left for a takeaway.

Appiah-Blay was seen pushing a woman. He complained that she had spat at him and threw a drink at her - some of the contents striking Mr Daley and his friend - and then a burger.

Mr Daley told Appiah-Blay to calm down but minutes later a fight broke out.

Jailed for GBH: Mawien Mawien (Met Police)
Jailed for GBH: Mawien Mawien (Met Police)

The fight moved to an alleyway area, where CCTV captured the two parties retreating and advancing as the dynamic shifted.

One of Trei's friends had struck Appiah-Blay over the head with a bottle. The fight then burst out back into the road and Mawien stabbed Trei's friend in the back.

Seconds later Appiah-Blay stabbed Mr Daley twice in the chest. Mr Daley was helped into a car by a man who drove him to hospital, but his life could not be saved.

Trei had been very seriously injured. He was helped into a car by a man who had seen what happened and they made the short drive, with the other victim, to hospital.

Vital evidence was found when Appiah-Blay’s home was searched and a receipt for the takeaway restaurant where the fight had broken out was discovered.

Met Detective Inspector Jim Barry, who led the investigation, said: "We recovered a wealth of CCTV that showed the terrible incident in full.

“Trei was a loving father, son, brother, cousin and friend to many. His death is, and will continue to be devastating for them all.”

“Knife crime continues to shatter lives. It is not lawful to carry a knife, and if you feel unsafe, contact the police.”