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Teenager jailed for 18 years for Westfield Stratford murder

A teenage footballer has been sentenced to at least 18 years behind bars for murdering a man during a "horrific scene of complete bedlam" at Westfield Stratford shopping centre just weeks before the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Father releases tribute to murdered son

The father of a 24-year-old man who was stabbed to death at Westfield shopping centre in 2012 has released a statement about the impact his son's death has had on him. Liam Woodards was stabbed by 18-year-old Nii-Azu Kojo-Smith, who was today convicted of his murder.

Liam Woodards died from a single stab wound to the chest. His father Roy said the effect of losing his son had been devastating.

When I received the news of Liam’s death I was in shock. Since that day my life has not been the same. It feels as if a part of me is missing. It hurts to know that I will no longer hear Liam’s voice or see his face again. All the words of comfort and reassurance from friends and family can never change the hurt I feel inside. I had a very good relationship with Liam and his brother. I have fond memories of taking my son Liam and his brother Daniel to football on Sunday. I also remember the family holidays to Clacton on Sea which Liam loved. He would bring his friends along with us."

– Roy Savery, Liam Woodards' father

He added: "Liam was very outgoing, sociable and kind. I was proud to have him as my son. The pain of losing my loving son is so great; I would not wish any parent to endure this pain."

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