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Crispin “Skeng” Siddon murder trial: Anthony Allen found guilty

PUBLISHED: 09:35 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 16 January 2018

Victim Crispin Siddon was stabbed through the heart (Picture: Met Police)

Victim Crispin Siddon was stabbed through the heart (Picture: Met Police)

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A man has been convicted of murdering a much loved record label boss in a Harlesden barber shop.

Anthony Allen (Picture: Met Police) Anthony Allen (Picture: Met Police)

Anthony Allen , 34, of Tillet Close, was convicted of stabbing Crispin Siddon at a retrial at the Old Bailey on January 12.

Mr Siddon, a rapper known as “Skeng” who co-owned GB Records with hip hop star Corleone, was stabbed to death in front of customers and staff at Cutz Barbers in Craven Park Road in Harlesden on May 5 last year.

The court heard a violent altercation started between the two men after 34 year-old Mr Siddon entered the shop.

Allen, who was already inside, repeatedly stabbed Skeng with one knife wound fatally piercing his heart.

Paying tribute, his half-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.”

His stepmother Maxine Siddon, added: “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.”

DI Simon Stancombe, who led the investigation, said: “On May 5 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.”

Allen is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday.

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