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Bermudian drug dealer jailed for murder in UK

A 21-year-old Bermudian who stabbed a rival drug dealer to death in Britain was jailed for life yesterday,

Zandrae Smith, 21, who lived in Bradford in West Yorkshire, must serve at least 22 years in prison for the attack, which he claimed was in self defence.

The judge, Keith Cutler QC, told Smith: “You came from Bermuda with the intent of making your life better and doing your education.

“Inevitably there were financial pressures and you took a wrong decision.

“You agreed to get involved with the supply of drugs for money.

“Rather than walk away, you reacted and it was clear in the jury's verdict and the facts of this case your reaction was one of anger, an act of revenge — you had been humiliated and you wanted to strike back.”

Winchester Crown Court earlier heard Smith, a drug dealer, had been robbed by Tommy Ferris, 28, from London, before he knifed him at about 1am on April 13.

Mr Ferris died in an alley in the Hampshire town of Andover.

The Bermudian was robbed of his mobile phone as well as money and drugs and left the scene.

He later returned and stabbed Mr Ferris four times.

Smith was arrested in Bradford three days after the killing.

The court also heard that Smith had attempted to take back his stolen possessions from his victim as a police officer performed CPR on Mr Ferris.

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Murder conviction: Zandrae Smith (Hampshire Police photograph)

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Published November 03, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated November 03, 2018 at 1:29 am)

Bermudian drug dealer jailed for murder in UK

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