Thug jailed for life after stabbing young man to death in ‘frenzied attack’

A 24-year-old has been jailed for life over a “frenzied attack” that left a young Essex man dead.

Tyrel Thompson was sentenced today (Thursday, December 17) at Basildon Crown court after three people were convicted of murdering Lee Chapman, from Southend-on-Sea.

Thompson will have to serve at least 27 years in prison before he is eligible for release.

Lee Chapman, 26, was stabbed to death after he was the victim of a “frenzied attack” on Cromer Road in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday, March 6.

Lee Chapman was stabbed to death in Southend sparking a police murder investigation
(Image: Theresa Holmes)

He was rushed to hospital with stab wounds, which had punctured his heart and lung.

Sadly, he died in hospital.

Essex Police have also been able to name a teenager who was found guilty earlier this week.

18-year-old Lamar Davis – of Southchurch Road, Southend-on-Sea – was granted anonymity, as he was 17-years-old when the attack took place.

Since he is now 18, Her Honour Judge Leigh removed the restriction on his anonymity.

Lamar Davis was just 17 when the attack happened
Lamar Davis was just 17 when the attack happened
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He and another teenager convicted of murder will be sentenced in January.

Regarding Thompson’s sentencing, Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Julie Gowen – from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate – said: “Tyrel Thompson is dangerous and violent man who’s actions have left Lee Chapman’s family devastated.

“Lee had his whole life in front of him but it was cut short due to a brutal and sustained attack where his killers left him for dead.

“Thompson will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars.

“I want to praise the courage of Lee’s family throughout this process.

“No sentence will ever bring Lee back but I hope today’s outcome represents justice for his family and will help them move forward.”

Essex Live