‘Justice for Shay’ as Southgate stabbing victim’s murderer is jailed for 32 years

Seun ‘Shay’ McMillan was killed by Jarrad Spence-Robinson following a row over money in May 2017

Jarrad Spence-Robinson (inset left) murdered Seun 'Shay' McMillan in Cowper Gardens in 2017
Jarrad Spence-Robinson (inset left) murdered Seun ‘Shay’ McMillan in Cowper Gardens in 2017

A man has been jailed for 32 years after being convicted of murdering a 23-year-old in Southgate six years ago.

Jarrad Spence-Robinson, aged 26 of no fixed abode, was convicted of murdering Seun ‘Shay’ McMillan following a trial at the Old Bailey in February. On Friday (7th) he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 32 years.

Seun and Spence-Robinson were known to each other and had fallen out in a row over money that Spence-Robinson believed was owed to him.

On 2nd May 2017, Spence-Robinson was informed by a telephone call that Seun was in the Cowper Gardens area of Southgate and he travelled to the scene to find him. On arrival, he launched a swift attack, stabbing him in the chest before quickly fleeing in his car.

Seun died in hospital later that evening. A post-mortem examination found the cause of his death to be a single stab wound to the heart.

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie said: “Seun’s family and friends have faced a long and difficult wait for justice – we will never give up fighting for families like theirs who have lost their loved ones, no matter how much time has passed.”

Seun’s mother Chantelle Bucknor said: “The impact on Seun’s death has been horrific on me emotionally and physically. I have not allowed myself to be consumed by grief, to be beaten with bitterness and sorrow.

“Since Seun’s death I feel that I have not grieved. I have not allowed myself to do so, especially in front of my children as that would make them feel even more loss, than they are having to deal with.

“The pain and loss of Shay’s death will never leave me and has left me heart broken. My heart currently works with one less valve. When I look at myself I see a different reflection, a person that I don’t recognise. When I see the pain on my children it hurts more.

“Jarrad has never shown any remorse, or respect to me and the family for the murder of our eldest son.

“For our family there will be no more family events, no joint birthdays that I arrange, Shay will not meet new additions to our family, I will never have any grandchildren and yet it’s hard to say life goes on. I thank my friends and family for supporting me over these years and thank the justice system for bringing justice for Shay.”

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