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Man convicted of murder, Brent

News   •   Jan 15, 2018 16:02 GMT

[Anthony Allen]

A man has been convicted of the murder of Crispin Siddon at a Brent barber shop.

Anthony Allen - 34 (06.08.83) of Tillet Close, NW10 was found guilty of murder on Friday, 12 January, at the Old Bailey.

A murder investigation was launched following a stabbing on Friday, 5 May 2017, at a barber shop in Craven Park Road, NW10.

Detectives from Homicide and Major Crime Command established that the victim, Crispin Siddon, 34, entered the barber shop and a violent altercation started between him and Allen, who was already inside the shop.

During the fight, Crispin sustained several stab wounds to his body and critically one stab wound to the heart.

Crispin was taken to Central Middlesex Hospital, but was sadly pronounced dead at 15:20hrs.

Detectives launched a murder investigation and arrested Allen on Monday, 8 May 2017. He was charged with murder the following day.

DI Simon Stancombe who led the investigation said: "On 5 May last year Anthony Allen decided to secrete a knife in his jeans before going out for the day. He was not to know that a few hours later he would be involved in a fight with another man, Crispin Siddon. Allen used that knife to stab Mr Siddon through his heart, ending his life.

"Mr Siddon was a loving son, brother, father and husband. His family are left mourning his death and wondering how someone could carry a knife so casually and use it in such a callous way."

Crispin’s sister Keshia Siddon, said: "I feel as though as piece of me is missing. From when I was a baby, my brother looked after me and expressed how much he loved his little sister. When our younger sister came along we were both overjoyed. All he wanted was the best for us and for us to make everyone proud.

"When our nephews came along he would always say he wants his sons to do well in education just like his sisters.

"Whenever we were together or on the phone he would say ‘I love you sis’ and spoke about how he couldn’t wait to see me graduate. The last time I was with him the last thing he said to me was ‘I love you sis, I got you’. This will stay with me forever.

"Words cannot describe how much we miss him."

Maxine Siddon, Crispin’s mother, said: "Crispin encouraged his sisters to work hard and do well in their studies and do better than himself. He was a generous person who would always try to help others and could always put a smile on your face if you felt down."

Allen will appear in custody at the Old Bailey for sentencing on Friday, 19 January.