A man has been jailed for 16 years for the manslaughter of a man in Southend in 2014 which he fled the country afterwards to avoid justice.
Abdulfatah Suleiman, 28, of no fixed address, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Tuesday, March 8, for sentencing having been convicted last month. He has also been given a five-year extended licence.
Suleiman was found by a jury to be one of those responsible for the death of Anton Levin, 24, from Dagenham at a house in St Anns Road, Southend on November 19, 2014. Another man was also injured at the same location.
He was convicted of manslaughter as well as robbery and unlawful wounding.
In June 2015 three people were convicted for their parts in Mr Levin’s death.
Danielle Russell, now 27, from Southend, and two teenage boys were found guilty of manslaughter, conspiracy to commit GBH on the other man as well as conspiracy to commit robbery. Russell was jailed for 11 years and the teens to ten years four months with a five-year extended licence.
Suleiman was arrested in Norway in June 2015 after the conclusion of the other trial and extradited back to the UK, returning on August 11.
Following the sentencing today Anton’s mother released the following statement: “We are very disappointed that this man Suleiman was found guilty of manslaughter and not murder. He had the knife and he killed my son Anton Levin. He has been jailed for 16 years but I would have preferred that he had been jailed for life. I hope he thinks about the harm and distress he has caused me and my family. But this will never bring my son back.”