Two brothers acquitted of Russell Brown murder in Bethnal Green

PUBLISHED: 13:50 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:03 29 March 2017

Russell Brown who was 26 when he was stabbed to death

Russell Brown who was 26 when he was stabbed to death


Two brothers charged with the east London murder of 26-year-old Russell Brown—who had volunteered to donate a kidney for a sick relative—have been acquitted at the Old Bailey.

The spot where Russell Brown was stabbedThe spot where Russell Brown was stabbed

Grant Carpenter, 34, from Bethnal Green’s Nelson Gardens estate off Hackney Road where Russell was stabbed in September, was found not guilty along with his brother Lee, 27, after a three-week trial that ended yesterday.

Friends of Russell plan to hold a vigil outside the Old Bailey from 10am on Friday in sympathy with his family.

“Russell was the most loving, caring person who was always full of life,” family friend and former neighbour Patricia Stafford, 34, tell’s tomorrow’s East London Advertiser. “He was always smiling, always had time to stop and talk.

Bethnal Green's Nelson Gardens housing estateBethnal Green's Nelson Gardens housing estate

“We were devastated by what happened. It still hasn’t sunk in.”

Russell, a labourer from Bow, died at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on September 12, a day after the stabbing at Nelson Gardens.

It was the same hospital where he was due to undergo surgery to remove a kidney that he was donating to his desperately ill aunt who was waiting for a transplant. Russell had registered as her kidney donor.

Memorial to Russell Brown at Nelson Gardens estateMemorial to Russell Brown at Nelson Gardens estate

The stabbing followed a fight that broke out at a party at a friend’s second-floor maisonette in Zander Court which spilled out onto the courtyard.

The London air-ambulance helicopter based at Whitechapel landed in Warner Green open space next to the estate to air-lift Russell to the hospital, but he died 24 hours later.

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