A man convicted of killing a talented athlete while he made his way to an Arsenal match has been jailed for life.
Alex Lanning will serve at least 25 years for murdering Tashan Daniel, while accomplice Jonathan Camille has been jailed for six-and-a-half years after being convicted of manslaughter.
Daniel, 20, had kissed his father goodbye before setting off to see Arsenal take on Nottingham Forest at the Emirates Stadium on 24 September last year.
Within an hour, his father witnessed efforts to save his son, after he was stabbed in the chest at Hillingdon Station, west London.
At the time of the killing, knifeman Lanning had been on licence for a previous stabbing in Brighton.
The 22-year-old had admitted Daniel's manslaughter but denied intending to seriously harm him, claiming it was an accident.
Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Lanning, from Hillingdon, was convicted of murder.
His friend Camille, 19, from Fulham, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.
After the guilty verdicts were reached on 6 August, the victim’s father, Chandy Daniel, 59, said his son was a "fantastic human being" with "so much potential and so much to give”.
He said: "It is in no doubt, nor has it ever been, that this was a senseless, needless, horrific and ultimately unnecessary act of violence. One that our family shall be paying for for the rest of our lives.”
Describing the last moments of his son's life, he said: "As parents, we had to watch in disbelief as the paramedics worked on our son's lifeless body on that platform at Hillingdon – a platform which we will never feel able to use again.’
"I held him, stroked his face, and kissed him, as he lay on that platform, only to be told by the paramedics that there was nothing more that they could do for him.
"My wife – his mother – collapsed at the news, unable to comprehend what was happening to our darling boy.”
He condemned the killers for their "complete lack of remorse or empathy" as they tried to avoid responsibility.
Previously, the court had heard how Daniel was "excited" at the prospect of seeing Arsenal play at the Emirates for the first time.
At about 3.30pm, he kissed his father goodbye and walked to Hillingdon station with his friend, Treyone Campbell, who was going to the football with him.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told jurors that 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 Daniel was "looking at him across the rail tracks", the court heard.
The defendants changed platforms to confront the pair, the court heard.
The court heard Lanning had a previous conviction for wounding a man with a knife in Brighton dating back to July 2016, as well as having 250 wraps of heroin.
Lanning had been released half way through a four-year sentence in 2018 and was on licence for those offences at the time he killed Daniel.
Jurors heard Daniel was a talented athlete who trained up to four times a week at Hillingdon Athletic Club.
He worked as a photographer and was described as a popular young man who made friends easily and was devoted to his family.