Lengthy Jail Sentence for North End Road Murderer

Ben Myles stabbed a man to death outside a Kingston night club

Ben Myles stabbed a man to death outside a Kingston night club
Ben Myles. Picture: Met Police

A local man who deliberately set out to stab and kill 22-year-old Kai Davis has received a lengthy jail sentence after being convicted of murder.

24-year-old Ben Myles of North End Road was jailed for 26 years for the stabbing in the early hours of Saturday, August 21 last year outside a night club in Kingston.

Myles had been in the Pryzm club along with 23-year-old Joseph Barker and left at around 3.15pm. They decided to attack Mr Davis after seeing him outside talking to a friend. The motive for the attack remains unclear.

They attempted to hide their identities by putting on hoodies belonging to other people as they approached. Myles then took out a knife and stabbed Mr. Davis in the chest. He attempted to escape his attackers but Barker chased him and he collapsed after only managing to travel a short distance.

An air ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital but he died from the injury.

Myles and Barker remained in the area to dispose of the hoodies and the knife. Myles put the murder weapon down a drain but police officers managed to recover it using a magnet after he was spotted depositing it there on CCTV.

In court he claimed that the knife had belonged to Mr Davis and that he had suffered the fatal wound after a struggle between them in which Myles said he was trying to defend himself. He hadn’t made the claim of self-defence when he was originally questioned by the police as a suspect.

It was later shown that Barker was also carrying a knife and a search of Myles’s North End Road home had revealed that he had hidden another knife in a pile of jumpers.

22-year-old Kai Davis was fatally stabbed
22-year-old Kai Davis was fatally stabbed. Picture: Met Police

DI Mike Nolan, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said, “My thoughts remain with Kai’s family and friends who continue to try and come to terms with this tragic and unnecessary incident which resulted in the death of a young man with his whole life to live.

“That night Myles secured a knife during a night out. Why do that unless you plan to hurt someone? Singling Kai out as the target of his violence, he swiftly concocted a plan - dressing in such a way as to attempt to avoid detection.

“Both Myles and Barker will now serve a lengthy period behind bars for their abhorrent actions on that night.”

Myles was sentenced for murder at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, 19 October to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 26 years.

Joseph Barker from Clifton Gardens, Uxbridge, who was found guilty of manslaughter, was jailed for 11 years at the same hearing.

Value Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact info@neighbournet.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.


October 21, 2022