Family jailed for killing of teenager Jay Sewell in Lewisham

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a teenager who was dating his ex-girlfriend.

Daniel Grogan, 21, of Sibthorpe Road, Lee, was on Tuesday sentenced to life to serve a minimum of 21 years for the murder of Jay Sewell in Lewisham in 2018.

Grogan, pictured above left, was also sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for grievous bodily harm and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, to run concurrently.

Seven other individuals – including members of Grogan’s family – were also sentenced for their involvement in the attack on Jay, pictured above right.

  • Charlie Dudley, 26, of Sibthorpe Road, Lee, was sentenced to 16 years for manslaughter, six-and-a-half years for GBH and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently.
  • Robert Grogan, 58, of Sibthorpe Road, Lee, was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years for manslaughter, six years for GBH and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently.
  • Ann Grogan, 55, of Sibthorpe Road, Lee, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for manslaughter and three-and-a-half years for violent disorder, to run concurrently
  • Liam Hickey, 20 (19.01.00) of Crown Woods Way, Avery Hill, was sentenced to three years for GBH and two years for violent disorder, to be served concurrently.
  • Francesca Grogan, 30, of Sibthorpe Road, Lee, was previously sentenced to 12 months for violent disorder.
    Jamie Bennett, 32, of Sibthorpe Road, Lee, was previously sentenced to 20 months in prison.

A 17-year-old was previously handed a nine-month rehabilitation order and a supervision order.

Daniel, Ann, Robert and Francesca Grogan lived at the same address in Sibthorpe Road, Lee. Charlie Dudley also lived in Sibthorpe Road, but at a different address.

Robert and Ann Grogan are parents of Daniel and Francesca Grogan. Liam Hickey is a cousin of Daniel and Francesca.

The court heard how, in the week before the attack, Daniel Grogan had become increasingly jealous of Jay – who was dating his ex-girlfriend – and had made repeated threats to kill him. He had also attacked Jay’s girlfriend two days before his death.

At around 9.50pm on December 11, 2018, Jay had travelled with some friends and his girlfriend to meet Daniel Grogan at Alwold Crescent, Lee. Their intention was to stop Daniel from threatening and harassing Jay’s girlfriend.

When they arrived, Jay and his friends were ambushed by the defendants, who came out of an address in Sibthorpe Road armed with knives, hammers, wood and an axe.

Jay was stabbed, along with another 18-year-old man. The two victims were taken to a South London hospital suffering from stab injuries.

Despite the work of the emergency services, Jay died in hospital shortly after 10.30pm that evening. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest. He was stabbed a further two times in the legs.

The second victim was subsequently discharged from hospital.

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime command launched a murder investigation led by Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding.

Officers seized CCTV footage and conducted an extensive forensic search of the area. As a result of the search, two hammers, a block of wood and a knife were found.

DCI Harding said: “Jay was subject to a brutal, pre-meditated attack in which the defendants came armed with deadly weapons and the intent to cause the most serious harm.

“Daniel Grogan is clearly a dangerous individual and we are pleased he has been brought to justice and will spend a considerable length of time in prison.

“This was a long and complex investigation and I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Jay’s family who have had to re-live the pain of that night by sitting through the four-month trial.”

Jay’s mother, Sharon Louch, said in the family’s impact statement: “It breaks my heart to know that Jay will never be able to fulfil his dreams.

“He is my first thought when I wake up and last before I go to bed. I try my hardest to shield my children from the pain, but I can’t do it. They all know they will never see their brother again.

“We as a family have taken whatever steps are necessary to ensure we have been there to support Jay and show him we care. I have not worked and had so much time away from my children at a place in their lives when they need me the most.

“There is no sentence this court or any other can pass which can come close to healing the pain or make up for not being able to look at my Jay’s face or hear him laugh. I haven’t come here expecting or wanting it to. However it does provide a glimmer of hope that those responsible have been held to account for their actions.

“Jay you were a blessing and made us proud from the day you came to us until the moment you were taken.”

  • On Thursday, July 18, Peter Grogan, 22, of Sibthorpe Road, Lee, was found not guilty of murder, GBH with intent and violent disorder at the same court.

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