Murder of Jermaine Goupall

The murder of Jermaine Goupall occurred in South London on the evening of 8 August 2017. Jermaine, a 15-year-old student at St. Joseph's College, was stabbed by a group of teenagers as part of a premeditated attack. This was one of the most prominent cases linking knife crime to drill music, as it is believed that his death was foreshadowed in a drill music video.[1]

Jermaine Goupall
Jermaine in 2017
Born(2001-12-31)31 December 2001
Islington, London, England
Died8 August 2017(2017-08-08) (aged 15)
Croydon, Surrey, England
Cause of deathStabbing
Known forMurder victim by a notorious gang
Parent(s)Stanley Goupall
RelativesTilisha Goupall


Aspiring architect Jermaine Goupall, 15, was a student at St. Joseph's College and attended Saturday school at Croydon Supplementary Education Project.

After an evening with friends at a cinema in the summer holidays, the group was ambushed by masked thugs armed with knives in the Thornton Heath area.

Jermaine was stabbed seven times and the fatal wound was to the femoral artery to his right thigh. Despite best efforts from bystanders and emergency services, Jermaine bled to death and was pronounced dead at the scene, Jermaine was less than 100 yards from his home.



On 8 January 2018 the trial for Jermaine's murder took place at the Old Bailey. Four out of the five youths were convicted on 14 February 2018, resulting in three of the offenders being sentenced to a total of 72 years for premeditated murder.[1]r.[2]

Adam Benzahi, 21, Samuel Oliver-Rowland, 18, Junior Simpson, 17 were found guilty of murder. Saskia Haye-Elliot,18 was found guilty of manslaughter.[2]

On the first day of the trial, the court was told by Mukul Chawla QC (Jermaine's Barrister) that Haye-Elliot says she thought they were going to "annoy or irate" members of the CR7 gang by videoing them for Snapchat and or YouTube. Though Jermaine was not a member of the CR7 gang he sadly was caught by the offenders based on an assumption because he lived in the area. Haye-Elliot and Simpson both accept they were in the Ford Focus car that was driven to the scene on the night of Jermaine's death.[4]

During the trial Simpson said he was not aware that anyone was hurt until the three other passengers in the car returned. He also denied knowledge stating he was unaware of any knives, masks or balaclavas being in the car, as the prosecution alleges.

The court heard how Simpson has a previous conviction of possessing a knife, in 2015, to which he pleaded guilty.

Croydon Advertiser and BBC News reported heavily on Jermaine's case throughout. Croydon Advertiser, spoke to the Goupall family after perpetrators were convicted.[5]

Jermaine was unknown to the offenders and during the court trial, all of the offenders stated that they never knew who he was and never had an issue with him. Extensive detail on what happened to Jermaine that fatal night was highlighted in court, bringing to light that they were out to catch anyone they thought and believed to be in the opposing gang.


Jermaine Goupall's case has been influential because it was one of the first cases to highlight YouTube and Drill music as evidence for murder. After, Jermaine's trial the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill stated that "Violent social media posts must be used by prosecutors to crack down on gangs."[6] His death has been a point of reference highlighting bans and sanctions from making music that may initiate a threat of violence. Notably the music group, 1011 were banned from making music.

Jermaine's death featured on episode 5 of the Channel 5 show Gangland,[7] a show that exposes the violent world of London's violent gangs and how children are being recruited into gangs that plague the capital's streets. Another documentary which highlighted Jermaine's murder was the Channel 5 Star series 'When Teens Kill'. As well as this, Jermaine's death had made two BBC documentaries on 1 May 2018 - "How a drill music video foreshadowed a murder"[8] & 26 September 2018 - "London knife crime: Who was Jermaine Goupall?".[9] In 2019, Who was Jermaine Goupall, BBC video was nominated for an award at the BBC Awards Ceremony.[citation needed]

In April 2018, there was backlash from the Goupall family because the YouTube videos were still available on-line.[10]

On 29 May 2018, it was announced on the BBC's news outlet that YouTube had removed more than 30 Drill music video's, following the conversations with the Metropolitan Police, The police have also referenced short clips about Jermaine from BBC videos.[11]

In October 2019, Stanley Goupall was invited on the Victoria Derbyshire Show along with other men who had lost loved ones to knife crime, which included a short documentary "Men who lost loved ones to knife crime" which was up for a BAFA award in July 2020. Which left such a powerful impact on others.[12]

Jermaine's death gained worldwide attention and opened the conversation on the impact of drill music as well as the increase of knife crime across the London.[13][14][15]


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  2. ^ a b c "Life sentences for three men responsible for 'senseless' murder of Jermaine Goupall". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  3. ^ agencies, Staff and (9 August 2017). "Teenager stabbed to death in London named as Jermaine Goupall". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  4. ^ Tobin, oliva. "Youngest teen accused of murdering Jermaine Goupall admits in court that he is 'scared'". croydonadvertiser. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  5. ^ Tobin, Olivia (14 March 2018). "What sitting through a murder trial is like for a victim's family". croydonadvertiser.
  6. ^ Hymans, Charles (21 February 2020). "Violent social media posts must be used by prosecutors to crackdown on gangs, says DPP".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Channel 5, Gangland (2016). "Gangland".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "How a drill music video foreshadowed a murder" – via
  9. ^ "'I fell to pieces when my son was murdered'" – via
  10. ^ "Dad Calls YouTube 'Appalling' After Video From Gang Who Murdered His Son Stayed Online". HuffPost UK. 7 April 2018.
  11. ^ "YouTube removed more than 30 Drill music video because of Jermaine". bbcnews. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  12. ^ "BBC Two - Victoria Derbyshire, Men who lost loved ones to knife crime". BBC.
  13. ^ Yanginsu, Ceylan (1 June 2018). "Amid London's Crime Surge, Authorities Take Aim at 'Drill,' a Bleak Style of Rap Music". New York Times.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Mamood, Zahid (15 December 2018). "Knives and gangs: What's driving Britain's broken boys to crime?". CNN.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  15. ^ "Knives and gangs: What's driving Britain's broken boys to crime?". CNN.