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Man who killed intruder cleared of murder

A man who killed an armed intruder and left another seriously injured when they broke into his London home has been cleared of murder.

Samuel Quamina stabbed two raiders and slashed at a third with knives in the Southampton Way flat in Peckham, Croydon Crown Court heard.

One intruder, Perry Nelson Jr, 24, of Norbury, London suffered a fatal stab wound in the raid, in September 2009.

Mr Quamina, 49, told police the raiders had been trying to steal jewellery.

The jury accepted that he was acting in self-defence and found that he had used a reasonable level of force. We respect their decision
Spokesman, Crown Prosecution Service

The jury also cleared him of causing grievous bodily harm, during the 30-second break-in on 10 September, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed.

The case comes after businessman Munir Hussain was freed from prison on appeal, in January, after he was jailed for using a cricket bat to batter an intruder at his home.

In this latest case, the court was told Mr Nelson Jr died at King's College Hospital.

His 41-year-old accomplice suffered a stab wound to the back, but survived, and a third man, 38, escaped unharmed.

Mr Quamina had told police he suspected the attack had been set up by an acquaintance of his who had been to the flat earlier in the day.

He said he had been "terrified", thinking the three men wanted to kill him.

In a statement, the CPS said it was "proper" for a jury to consider the evidence and whether Mr Quamina had "exceeded reasonable self-defence".

"We based this decision on the fact that one intruder had been killed and another had been stabbed in the back.

"The jury accepted that he was acting in self-defence and found that he had used a reasonable level of force. We respect their decision."



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