By Georgia DiebeliusS
A killer who led her young boyfriend to his death in 2009, has been released from prison after 10 years. ‘Honeytrap’ killer Samantha Joseph from Brockley, south-east London, was jailed for life following the murder of her then-boyfriend, Shakilus Townsend, 16. She was 15 when she was handed jail time for her part in the murder of the boy. Prior to sentencing, the court heard Joseph had met up with the victim wearing a see-through dress, and they later travelled by bus to meet what he believed was her cousin. However once the pair arrived in Thornton Heath, south London, Joseph sent a text to gang member Danny McLean.
She then guided Shakilus into an alleyway, where he was jumped by six masked teenagers who beat him to death with knives and baseball bats. The attack was carried out by McLean and his gang, Shine My Nine, after he found out Joseph had cheated on him with the victim.
Obsessed with the thug, Joseph helped set up the attack on the boy – who was in love with her and had told his mum he wanted to marry her one day. Joseph and McLean were both convicted of murder. McLean is still in prison, where he was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years.
Following Joseph’s release from jail after 10 years, she has been deported from the UK back to Trinidad where she was born. A source told the Mirror: ‘At least she’s not been able to stay here after committing such a terrible crime.’
Upon her release, a prison spokesman 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.’