Inquest finds Lewisham DJ was “unlawfully killed”

Westminster Coroner's Court. Pic: Geograph

Westminster Coroner’s Court. Pic: Geograph

A Lewisham radio presenter was stabbed to death in front of his mother at her flat in Pimlico, an inquest heard on Tuesday.

The inquest into the death of Luke Jackson, 33, found that he died from a stab wound to the heart in December 2014 after discussing a drug deal with two men in his mother’s apartment.

Jackson, from Sydenham Hill, co-presented a drum-and-bass show for London’s Vision Radio, and was better known as MC Bluetooth. His friends said he occasionally sold cannabis and MDMA, and was struggling with financial problems before his death.

His mother, Elizabeth Jackson, was initially arrested in connection with the murder but was released without charge. She said her son had come to visit her with two friends when “one of the men stood up and plunged the knife into Luke.”

Jackson’s friend William Prentice told Westminster Coroner’s Court: “Luke told me he had MDMA he planned to sell which he got from a white male from Lewisham. He bought it for £300 and wanted to make £100 profit and had buyers lined up.

“The day before his death he contacted [friends] and asked them to watch his back when he met the Lewisham guy.”

Jackson’s mother told police that he had hidden a knife under her bed for protection but it was not used in the attack. The eight-inch kitchen knife used in Jackson’s murder has not been found.

Jackson was able to fight the men out of the apartment before collapsing. London Air Ambulance responded but he was declared dead at the scene.

Following his death, Jackson’s friends teamed up with the London Urban Arts Academy, where he enrolled in 2008, to organise an online fundraiser for his funeral.

Founder of LUAA, Kerry O’Brien said: “The funeral costs are very high and we want to give him the send off that he deserves and we need to raise £3,000 and allow his mother to grieve without the stresses of finance and so he shines like the star that he was for so many.”

Coroner Fiona Wilcox confirmed a verdict of unlawful killing however nobody has been charged with Jackson’s murder.

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