A convicted killer who slit the throat of a promising footballer has cost the taxpayer £100,000 fighting deportation to Nigeria.
Michael Ematuwo, 20, has made four separate legal attempts to stop authorities sending him back to Africa in the past four years. Although, he accidentally slit the throat of his friend Jahmal while trying to scare someone with a knife
He was detained for six years in 2009 after killing Tottenham and Watford trialist Jahmal Mason-Blair during a fight in Hackney and was told in 2012 that he faced being deported. Ematuwo, who is housed in an immigration centre costing about £100 a day according to The Sun, proceeded to launch legal-aid funded court appeals in response.
He was 13 when a flick knife he was waving around to ward off another youth accidentally struck his friend’s thoat Jahmal, 17, who was trying to stop the fight. Jahmal, who had trials with Tottenham, Watford and Reading football clubs, bled to death from a severed artery in his neck. Ematuwo, of Hackney, east London, pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The judge said he accepted that Ematuwo had not intended to harm anyone with the knife.
The court was told the defendant was born in Nigeria and had been sent to live with an aunt by his father. He had been befriended by Jahmal, who played for Borehamwood football club in Hertfordshire. At the time, the court heard how an older boy had taken Ematuwo’s bicycle and he had gone with Jahmal to collect it but was attacked with a plank. He took out the flick knife and was waving it around to frighten the other youth. Jahmal died ‘almost instantly’ after the stabbing in Hackney in May, 2009.