Clubber stabbed to death in Mile End club named as rapper Kelvin ‘Smegz’ Easton

The 23-year-old clubber stabbed to death at an East End nightclub over the weekend has been named.

Rapper Kelvin Easton was pronounced dead at 4.30am on Sunday after collapsing in a stairwell in Boheme nightclub in Mile End Road.

A postmortem gave cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.

The rapper, who performed under the name Smegz and had several videos on You Tube, was said to have got into a fight with another man before being attacked.

Boheme bosses said in a statement he was lunged at with a champagne bottle.

The club has an uneasy history with residents in the area.

Many have complained about noise, parking problems and fights outside the premises and monthly meetings between the club’s bosses and residents were set up to resolve the problems.

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Tower Hamlets police are now applying for the club’s licence to be suspended as a review into the running of the venue is held.

It will be closed for 28 days while the review is carried out.

Just a week before the stabbing the club was fined �6,000 for covering Tower Hamlets in illegal posters.

The owners failed to turn up to hearing on Friday March 18 at Thames magistrates’ court but in their absence were found guilty for ten offences of fly posting and one offence of fly tipping.

Last summer the company plastered the borough with hundreds of illegal posters.

Mile End Residents’ Association said it has had a dialogue with the club’s bosses but added that many residents were extremely concerned about the latest incident.

It said serious questions about the management of the club must be asked if it is found that a knife was smuggled in.

Four men have been arrested in connection with the death.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on Sunday and three men, aged 25, 23 and 17 were arrested on Monday.

All have been bailed to return to east and north London police stations on May 17.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and asking anyone with information to come forward.

Call 020 8345 4142 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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