Tottenham NPK gang ‘conker killer’ jailed for Stephen Grisales’ murder

14:08 19 June 2012

Victim Steven Grisales

Victim Steven Grisales


A 15-year-old boy who stabbed a promising architecture student to death for complaining about having conkers thrown at him has been jailed for a minimum 10-and-a-half years.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, later boasted of being a member of the Tottenham-based Northumberland Park Killers gang, or NPK, while on remand in prison.

The Enfield youth was jailed last Wednesday at the Old Bailey but is expected to appeal his conviction, having denied murder throughout, blaming a friend.

He was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Steven Grisales as he made his way to Silver Street station in Edmonton on August 31 last year.

He was pelted with conkers, still in their spiky shells, along with other pedestrians, thrown by a group of teenagers who he got into a row with.

As the argument continued the teenager pulled out a knife and stabbed Steven in the heart. He died in hospital a day later.

Steven’s mother, Jasmid Grisales, said the verdict “does not change our lives in any way because we lost Steven forever and he is not coming back to us”.

She added: “We have to carry this cross for the rest of our lives.

“Steven was always loved by absolutely every person who had the privilege of knowing him and calling him a friend, cousin, nephew, grandson, son or brother. He always gave without expecting anything in return and he always tried for everyone around him to be happy.

“This result can show that in a way it is justice and people should start learning that for every wrong you do, sooner or later you have to pay the price.”

Detective Inspector Richard Beadle, senior investigating officer at the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “Steven did no more than stand up to an unruly youth and for that he has lost his life.

“But for the courageous intervention of a local resident I am convinced the knife attack would have continued.

“The man placed himself in front of Steven while the youth was repeatedly attempting to stab him again.

“The defendant has shown no remorse and has continually lied about his involvement. He was even prepared to blame the stabbing on his friend if it meant he could escape conviction. His arrogance and contempt for others belies his age.

“I am extremely grateful to those witnesses who came forward - without them we would not have achieved a successful prosecution.

“Sadly there were others, known to the defendant, who held vital information and refused to help the inquiry. In fact they did all they could to deter the investigation and, ultimately, justice.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest Crime news

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Do you recognise this man? (Picture: British Transport Police)

A large gang of young men surrounded a 17-year-old girl in West Ham Tube station and threw her to the floor in a frightening incident, British Transport Police (BTP) said today.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Police have released images of two men they would like to speak to after a woman was raped in Brixton last year (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A young woman said she was raped after accepting a lift on leaving a Brixton club last year and today police have released images of men they would like to speak to about the attack.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Victim Donna Stringer in hospital following the fire

This picture shows Donna Stringer, a 43-year-old with learning disabilities who needs a wheelchair, fighting for her life in hospital after cowardly thugs targeted her Barking care home with fireworks, causing devastating damage and leaving her in intensive care.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Police cordoned off the pavement outside the Vodafone store in Finchley Road

The pavement outside a parade of shops on Finchley Road has been cordoned off after knife raiders threatened staff at a branch of Vodafone and made off with thousands of pounds worth of mobile phones.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Vasilaki Kakko, a teenage boy who was stabbed to death in Holloway

A boy stabbed near Caledonian Road Tube station in Holloway, north London, has been named by police as Vasilaki Kakko.

Thursday, November 26, 2015
A child can be seen being manhandled by a person who appears to be a Subway worker in the video posted online (Picture: YouTube/Kyss McQueen)

Alarming footage of boys trying to smash their way into a north London Subway branch to release their friend - who appears to be locked inside and forcibly held by a Subway worker - has gone viral on social media.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News