Tashan Daniel, 20, was murdered at Hillingdon station in west London in September last year.
Daniel, who was hailed as a talented athlete, was stabbed by Alex Lanning as he was travelling to an Arsenal league cup game on Tuesday September 24th 2019 with a friend.
Sprinter Daniel, who had only just celebrated his 20th birthday, died at the station.
The Old Bailey heard that Lanning, 22, accused Daniel of ‘looking at him’ which led him to pull out a ‘fearsome military knife.’
Lanning then proceeded to stab Daniel to death, piercing him in the heart.
Lanning claimed in court he had stolen the blade from the set of the Fast & Furious films.
He denied murder saying it was ‘an accident.’
The court heard Lanning had a previous conviction for wounding a man with a knife in Brighton dating back to July 2016 as well as having 250 wraps of heroin.
Lanning had been released half way through a four-year sentence in 2018 and was on licence for those offences at the time he killed Mr Daniel.
Jailing Alex Lanning for life with a minimum term of 25 years for the murder of Tashan Daniel and his co-defendant Jonathan Camille for six-and-a-half years for manslaughter, Judge Mark Dennis QC said: “This was a disgraceful display of violence for which there was no possible justification or excuse.
“You are both comparatively young men however you are both old enough and mature enough to know what you were doing and to make your own choices.”
Judge Mark Dennis, QC, said: “The assault took place on a station platform and in the presence of members of the public who were shocked and frightened by the violence that occurred close by them.
“The defendants ran from the scene and made attempts to evade arrest. They covered their heads in clothes stolen from a nearby clothes lone and hid the knife.
“It is plain these events had a profound and lasting effect on Tashan’s family and those who knew him as a friend.
“This was a dreadful display of violence for which there was no possible justification or excuse.
“Alex Lanning, your reaction after the event reveals no sense of regret for the person you had just stabbed to the chest.
“Twice you were seen laughing as if what you had just done meant nothing to you.”
Describing the last moments of his son’s life, Tashan’s father Chandy Daniel, 59, said: “As parents, we had to watch in disbelief as the paramedics worked on our son’s lifeless body on that platform at Hillingdon – a platform which we will never feel able to use again.
“I held him, stroked his face, and kissed him, as he lay on that platform, only to be told by the paramedics that there was nothing more that they could do for him.
“My wife – his mother – collapsed at the news, unable to comprehend what was happening to our darling boy.”
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