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Knifeman who killed Arsenal fan at Tube station faces life in jail

A knife murderer is facing a life sentence today for killing an Arsenal fan at a Tube station when he was out on licence for stabbing another man seven times.

Alex Lanning, 23, stabbed photographer Tashan Daniel, 20, to death with a £200 German-made military blade taken from the set of the latest Fast and Furious film.

Mr Daniel, a talented 200 metre sprinter, was on his way to see the Gunners play Nottingham Forest with tickets he received as a 20th birthday present from his parents.

When he arrived at Hillingdon tube station in west London Lanning glared at him from across the platform.

Lanning and friend Jonathan Camille, 19, ran over the gangway and down onto the platform.

Mr Daniel, a talented 200 metre sprinter, was on his way to see his football club Arsenal play Nottingham Forest at the Emirates when he was stabbed in the chest by Alex Lanning

After pulling out the Aviator 1 knife Lanning stabbed Mr Daniel once in the chest before running off.

Paramedics battled to save Mr Daniel but he died from his wounds.

The blade was designed as an emergency rescue knife for crews of NATO military aircraft with the capacity to saw through laminated glass and cut through seat-belts.

Lanning claimed he took the weapon, which was a film prop, from Warner Bros studios where he worked.

Today a jury convicted Lanning of murder after six hours and 19 minutes of deliberation. Camille was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

When Mr Daniel arrived at Hillingdon tube station in west London, Lanning glared at him from across the platform before he and friend Jonathan Camille, 19, ran over the gangway and down onto the platform

Lanning was jailed for four years at Lewes Crown Court after admitting stabbing a client seven times in the chest in Brighton on 15 July 2016 when he was selling him drugs.

William Goodfield, then 26, was attacked after a fight broke out over class ‘A’ drugs at Regency Square on 5 March 2016.

In the fight Lanning got hold of the weapon and stabbed Mr Goodfield in the torso, groin, back of the head and hand.

He was released from HMP Rochester prison in March 2018 after serving half of his four year sentence meaning he was on licence at the time he murdered Mr Daniel.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees said the murder was ‘completely senseless.’

Mr Daniel's mother Cecia (right) and sister Oceanna (right) were at the Old Bailey to hear the jury find the pair guilty of killing him

One witness saw Lanning laughing as he made off on a scooter.

‘That is the sort of person you are dealing with who carries a lethal weapon on him and is able to laugh in the wake of a horrific incident,’ Mr Rees said.

‘It seems that the catalyst for the violence that led to the stabbing was that Mr Lanning thought Tashan Daniel was looking at him across the rail tracks.

The victim was a talented athlete who trained three or four times a week at Hillingdon Athletics Club and was working as a photographer.

Tashan was described as ‘a popular young man who made friends easily and was devoted to his family.’

Lanning said he had taken the Aviator 1 knife home because he wanted it as ‘memorabilia’ of his time at the Warner Bros studio. 

Mr Rees told jurors that Mr Daniel did not know his attackers, who had been on the opposite platform going the other way.

Lanning had been “looking for trouble from almost the moment he walked onto the westbound platform”, the prosecutor said.

The catalyst appeared to be that Lanning thought Mr Daniels was “looking at him across the rail tracks”, the court heard.

But Mr Rees suggested it was Lanning who was “gesturing in a fashion that suggests a challenge” as Mr Daniel and his friend were merely looking in his direction.

He admitted stabbing Mr Daniel with the weapon after he took the ‘rash decision’ to take it from his bag - but claimed he did not intend to kill him.

Lanning, of Cowdray Road, Uxbridge, denied but was convicted of murder. He had admitted manlaughter.

Camille, of Fulham Road, Kensington, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter. He denied the charges.

Judge Mark Dennis ordered reports and will sentence the pair on a date to be fixed. 

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