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Jordan Bailey-Mascoll from Dartford jailed for life for murder of Danny Pearce

A man who brutally stabbed a young dad to death for his watch has been handed a life sentence today.

Jordan Bailey-Mascoll, 26 of The Brent, Dartford, had previously been found guilty of murdering 31-year-old Danny Pearce following a three-week trial at the Old Bailey.

It has been recommended that the 26-year-old serve at least 35 years behind bars.

Jordan Bailey-Mascoll jailed for life. All pics credit: Met Police (3176699)
Jordan Bailey-Mascoll jailed for life. All pics credit: Met Police (3176699)

The court heard how Mr Pearce, 31, was walking with his girlfriend and two friends to a parked car in King William Walk in Greenwich.

They had left a jazz club in Nevada Street on Saturday, July 15 2017, when at 0.15am, Danny was confronted by two men, one of the whom being Bailey-Mascoll.

The pair demanded Mr Pearce’s Rolex watch. He refused and was chased, stabbed repeatedly and shot at by the robbers.

The whole attack was witnessed by his friends and partner.

Danny Pearce (3176697)
Danny Pearce (3176697)

Mr Pearce, who has a five-year-old daughter, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards despite efforts of paramedics and police to save him.

Footage shown in court showed Bailey-Mascoll and his accomplice picking out their target.

The pillion passenger on a moped is seen raising his arm to point back at Mr Pearce, clearly alerting his accomplice they have found a potential victim to prey upon.

Moments after he refused to surrender his Rolex, Bailey-Mascoll produced a large knife and began chasing Mr Pearce, while the second man shot in his direction as he ran for his life.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stabbings, but police also found gunshot grazing and evidence of at least four shots fired in Mr Pearce’s direction as he attempted to flee.

Following a painstaking investigation by the Homicide and Major Crime Command, Bailey-Mascoll was arrested on Thursday, November 30 and charged the next day.

CCTV of the suspects on a moped (3176693)
CCTV of the suspects on a moped (3176693)

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway said: "The level of violence used against Danny was truly horrendous and the length of time over which they carried out the attack - up to two minutes - marks it out as the most sustained random stabbing attack I've seen in my 26 years in the police service.

"Danny had sought help at a nearby address, but he was cornered and shown no pity.

"Danny was repeatedly stabbed as he lay collapsed on the steps of a stranger's house.

"It was only when his girlfriend shouted out that she'd give them Danny's watch, that they stopped their remorseless attack.

"Without a hint of compassion they grabbed the Rolex and fled the scene.

"The family who lived at the address opened the door to a dying young man, the trauma of that night cannot be imagined.

"Some witnesses who ran from the scene thought it was a terrorist attack, due to its ferocity.

"It is sickening that such prolonged, lethal violence against a defenceless man, with a family, was done only for a wristwatch."

The Rolex stolen during the murder (3176695)
The Rolex stolen during the murder (3176695)

Met Police are still trying to trace the stolen watch: "The model was a Silver Rolex Datejust 2 2017, worth around £5,000.

"It is an important part of this investigation, which remains ongoing."

A 21-year-old man also arrested in connection with the murder, remains released under investigation.

'We need to get these murderers off the street - who knows who will be next and then another family will go through the same devastation as us.' - Jan Pearce, Danny's mother

Mr Pearce's mother Jan Pearce, 63, said in a statement: "Danny was randomly murdered in Greenwich.

"He left behind a family who loved him unconditionally, including two sisters and a brother.

"But it is not only us as adults suffering - Danny's nieces and nephews are grieving and it hurts them in different ways.

"How do you answer a child when they ask where Uncle Danny is?

"We need to get these murderers off the street - who knows who will be next and then another family will go through the same devastation as us.

"I don't want another mum to go through this agony.

"I need to know those responsible will be locked up for a very long time."

Bailey-Mascoll also pleaded guilty to a robbery that took place on July 13 2017 and was sentenced to 18 years in prison to run concurrently.

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