Thug convicted of brutal murder of young mum after taking cocktail of drink and drugs

Nick Reilly
Vanessa James was fatally stabbed by Tre Cameron

A thug fatally stabbed a young mum he had only met two weeks earlier after downing a cocktail of drink and drugs.

Vanessa James, 24, was stabbed 26 times in her own home during a frenzied attack by 22-year-old drug dealer Tre Cameron.

She met Cameron two weeks before her death and allowed him to stay at her flat, along with her two-year-old daughter.

The ‘frenzied’ attack was witnessed by her child.

When police arrived on July 20 last year, Cameron threatened officers and had to be tasered after drinking and taking cocaine and cannabis.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, Vanessa was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cameron initially pleaded not guilty to murder on the basis he was suffering from a personality disorder, which along with drink and drugs caused him to lose control and kill Vanessa.

Police were called to the scene on July 20 last year

He reportedly showed no sign of remorse before being found guilty of murder at Inner London Crown Court.

Catherine James, Vanessa’s sister, said: ‘On hearing news that Vanessa was killed it felt like I had lost a part of me.

‘That fatal day was actually my birthday. I will never have another birthday in which I don’t relive the events of that day.

‘Without my sister there is only a void. We were meant to have trips out together with our children and sing our favourite songs at the tops of our voices.

‘My youngest daughter will never know her auntie and my niece will never know her mother.

‘Vanessa’s daughter, was two-and-a-half years old when the incident took place. She was at home with her mother at the time and may have witnessed a portion of the violence.’

Vanessa’s mother, Jean Humphreys, read in an impact statement to the court: ‘Vanessa was my dear daughter and I cannot believe she has been taken away from me under such inhumane circumstances.


‘I miss Vanessa so much. She was the youngest of all my children. I feel like my heart has been ripped out.

‘Vanessa’s daughter – my grand-daughter – recognises her mother in photographs and asks for her when she is upset. Sometimes she wakes up crying in the night saying that her mummy has gone.’

Detective Sergeant Perry Benton, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: ‘Vanessa had met Tre Cameron only two weeks prior to the incident and allowed him to stay at her flat, along with her two-year-old daughter.

‘He abused her trust, consuming a quantity of drink and drugs before he began a frenzied attack upon her.

‘I am pleased that the jury have seen through his cowardly defence. The court heard evidence Tre Cameron was dealing drugs and he has shown no remorse throughout the trial. This incident was witnessed by Vanessa’s cousin and the trial meant she was forced to relive those terrible events.’

Cameron, of Hackney, east London, is due to be sentenced tomorrow (FRI) at the same court.