A 22-year prison sentence was handed down to a young man who was convicted of killing his best friend in front of his family. On Monday, Romello Harley, 19, was sentenced to a minimum of 22 years behind bars for the murder of 19-year-old Tashawn Watt.
Last month, Harley was convicted of murder and possession of a bladed weapon.
At the Watts’ home in Sydenham, London, a heated argument broke out between Harley and Watt’s brother, Kashawn, on June 25, 2021.
Police said, after Watt was punched in the face, the two brothers called for their mom to request that Harley leave.
Harley was captured by surveillance video returning to the property with “apparent determination” just 15 minutes later. He was armed with a knife.
According to police, Watt was lured outside and stabbed to death by Harley as the victim’s family watched in horror.
Watt’s sorrowful mother, Denise Campbell, called her late son, known in the family as “Tata” a “calm, kind character” who “would walk away from any confrontation,” during the trial.
“My last memory of Tata was him dying on the floor in front of me,” the anguished mom added.
Referring to Harley, Watt’s mother said, “We showed Romello nothing but kindness and allowed him into our home as though he was one of our family members. I sometimes have questions which I know will never be answered.”