Killer of Rapper ‘Nasty’ gets 12 years for manslaughter in Lefevre Walk

PUBLISHED: 20:06 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 20:06 05 June 2015

Eventually justice at Old Bailey for family of Issachan Nichols (inset), stabbed to death in 2010

Eventually justice at Old Bailey for family of Issachan Nichols (inset), stabbed to death in 2010


The ‘post code’ killer of aspiring teenage rapper Isschan Nicholls—known by his street name ‘Nasty’—has been jailed for 12 years.

January 2010... scene of fatal stabbing in Lefevre Walk, BowJanuary 2010... scene of fatal stabbing in Lefevre Walk, Bow

The family of 18-year-old Isschan finally got justice at the Old Bailey yesterday after five-and-a-half years.

Isschan was surrounded by a gang in Lefevre Walk, in Bow, one night in January 2010—two miles from his home in Poplar—and was stabbed several times.

Simeon Hunter, 25, who was 19 at the time, was sentenced for manslaughter after being found guilty three days earlier, at the end of a five-week trial.

A large number of people were involved in the fight when Isschan was fatally stabbed.

Isschan and his 17-year-old pal were taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. The pal was discharged after treatment, while Isschan remained in a critical condition for two days before he died.

Police arrested 15 men and two women in the following months, but it wasn’t until this year they had sufficient evidence to convict Hunter, who comes from Ambrose Walk—just minutes from Lefevre Walk.

Forensic analysis found traces of Isschan’s blood on his trousers, linking him to the scene.

The police investigation spanning five years included a £20,000 reward and several appeals for witnesses by Isschan’s bereaving family.

Neighbours in Lefevre Walk told the East London Advertiser at the time that youths had been racing around in cars on the night of the attack and then surrounded Isschan and his friends who were “in the wrong postcode” that night.

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