The family of a man who was fatally stabbed in the neck are calling for harsher sentences after his killer's jailing.

Andre Foster, also known as Andre Jacks, was stabbed to death at Gable Lodge, in Mowbray Road, Kilburn, by Liban Ali on December 20, 2022.

Ali later admitted stabbing Andre in the neck in self-defence during a fight between the pair.

The 31-year-old of no fixed address, was sentenced yesterday (February 15) to 13 years in prison following a trial at the Old Bailey.

A spokesperson for Andre’s family said: "After a year of what felt like a torturous nightmare, we now have justice. The sentence received by the defendant does not compensate for Andre’s life, nor will it bring him back. The person who took Andre’s life still has his life.

"Andre was not perfect, but he was not a violent person. He was a caring, loving and free-spirited person who touched the lives of so many people, he was loved. This senseless killing has shocked and devastated his entire family and friends. We are all healing from our loss."

Ali said that he had killed Andre in self-defence, but the family said: "Anyone who carries a lethal weapon does so in the knowledge that their actions could result in serious harm or even death of another person. There needs to be harsher sentencing."

Ali fled to Nottingham immediately after the killing. He was arrested after police identified him by a single fingerprint.

At the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 23 January, the prosecution had accepted a guilty plea of manslaughter. Ali also pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding in relation a separate matter.

At a previous hearing, he had also admitted to possession of a bladed article and two counts of supplying a Class A drug.

He was jailed for nine years for manslaughter, and four years for two counts of supplying a Class A drug, possession of an offensive weapon and unlawful wounding in relation to a separate matter.

The family added: "More needs to be done to help stop knife crimes, more interventions in schools and clubs to educate youths of the consequences of carrying or using an offensive weapon, and in prisons to re-educate offenders on the impact of their actions so lessons can be learned."