A teenage ‘honeytrap’ girl who lured her boyfriend to be murdered by a gang has been freed from jail – and booted out of Britain.
Samantha Joseph was deported to her native Trinidad after serving the minimum 10 years of a life sentence for her part in the killing of Shakilus Townsend, 16, 11 years ago.
Last night a source said: “At least she’s not been able to stay here after committing such a terrible crime.”
Joseph was 15 when she led smitten Shakilus into an ambush in a quiet cul-de-sac by her other boyfriend Danny McLean, 18, and five other boys. She laughed as she walked away from the scene in a see-through dress while the gang battered Shakilus and stabbed him six times.
He was found bleeding to death and crying out: “Mummy, Mummy. I don’t want to die.”
The case was turned into a BBC Three drama My Murder in 2012 starring Star Wars actor John Boyega. At an Old Bailey trial it emerged McLean set up the killing in Thornton Heath, South London, because he was furious Joseph had been seeing Shakilus.
As McLean took his turn to stab Shakilus – who was unaware Joseph had another boyfriend – he twisted the knife. Joseph told the court she been “blinded” by her feelings for McLean who got life with a minimum 15 years.
The Parole Board found Joseph struggled to “manage emotions” which led to a “lasting impact on her approach to relationships, low self-esteem, and her way of life and “antisocial” friends.
Last night a spokesman confirmed she had been released following a hearing behind bars. He said: “Parole Board decisions are solely focused on whether a prisoner would represent a significant risk to the public.
“The panel will have carefully looked at any evidence of behaviour change. We do that with great care and public safety is our number one priority.”
At the trial, Shakilus’ mother Nicola Dyer, 34, said of her son’s killers: “I see them in the dock, laughing amongst themselves. They have shown no remorse.”
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