The brother and sister of murdered Lee Chapman have shared how his death “is harder to cope with every day”. Craig Holmes and Abigale Chapman welcomed the life sentence of Tyrel Thompson who stabbed their brother to death in Southend.
And the motive..?
“He had the biggest heart anyone could have ever asked for.”
Yes, yes, I'm sure, but why was he stabbed to death?
“He took the wrong turn over the past few years, but he never deserved for it to end like this.”
Ah! A clue, perchance?
In her sentencing remarks today, Judge Samantha Leigh told the court Thompson was the second in command of a County Lines drug line called "Max" and would be responsible for keeping drug runners in check.
Mr Chapman had been working for the drugs line as a runner before his death.