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'He was everything to me': Three men jailed in London for fatal stabbing of new father

The cause of death given was stab wounds and severe loss of blood.

Dillon Zambon (left) and Jhon Berhane (right)
Dillon Zambon (left) and Jhon Berhane (right)
Image: Met Police

THREE MEN WHO stabbed a new father to death in London have been jailed for his murder.

Jhon Berhane (18), of no fixed abode, Dillon Zambon (20), of Leirum Street, and a 16-year-old boy were jailed at the Old Bailey in London today.

Berhane and Zambon were found guilty of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey on 26 March. The 16-year-old pleaded guilty to murder on 7 March during the trial.

The court heard how on the afternoon of 24 August 2017, Nashon Esbrand (27), of Upper Holloway, had been visiting his parents address in Islington with his girlfriend and two-week-old baby girl.

After dropping his girlfriend and baby girl back at their home, he then set off to return to his parent’s address to pick up his car.

However, en route back to the address Esbrand came across two males, one later identified as Zambon.

It is believed that one of these two males was part of a group that had been previously threatening Esbrand.

Esbrand was then witnessed being chased along Essex Road onto Mitchison Road by a larger group of males on bicycles. Esbrand called his father and told him he was being chased, and his father left the address to find him and flagged down a police car to assist.

Esbrand was subsequently cornered on the steps of an address in Mitchison Road by the group before being stabbed. The incident happened just a few yards from his parent’s address, London’s Metropolitan Police said.

Police were called to the scene at around 6.50pm. The London Ambulance Service also attended the scene and the victim was taken to an east London hospital. However, he died at 2.30am on 25 August from his injuries.

A postmortem examination discovered three knife wounds, one to the edge of his right thigh, one on the rear side of the upper left leg and one superficial stab wound to the right of his torso.

The cause of death given was stab wounds and severe loss of blood.

Sentencing

Detectives from the Met Police’s Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) launched a murder investigation. A number of key eyewitnesses were spoken to and a vast amount of CCTV from the area was reviewed, ultimately resulting in the positive identification of Berhane, Zambon and the 16-year-old youth all involved in the attack.

All three were arrested in early September 2017 and subsequently charged with Esbrand’s murder.

Today, Berhane was sentenced to life with a minimum of 21 years for the murder of Nashon Esbrand.

Zambone was also sentenced to life with a minimum of 21 years. The 16-year-old was handed a 12-year sentence for the murder.

‘He was just everything to me’

Esbrand cared for his mother Princess, who has a chronic heart condition, when he was still alive.

In a statement, she said: “Nashon was my youngest child. I was extremely close to Nashon due to the fact that he was my carer.

My son was like my friend. He was just everything to me. We were very, very close.
Nashon was murdered on the street where I live, only a matter of yards from my front door. When I leave the house, I become anxious and have panic attacks.

“I have lived in Mitchison Road for the last 13 years and now I no longer want to live in my house. It has too many memories. I think about his last words which were ‘don’t let my Mum see me.’ It is so awful, I just can’t get over it.”

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