Jamelia left living in fear after violent stepbrother’s murder conviction

Jamelia has revealed she’s lost out on work projects because of her murderous stepbrother – and is living in fear she could be targeted by his vengeful enemies.

The singer opened up about the effect Tafarwa Beckford’s murder conviction has had on her life in an emotional statement, after he was convicted on Friday of shooting dead Derek Myers.

The notorious gangster, 36, was allowed to drop his first name and instead use his middle name of Theodore during the trial, to avoid jurors reading previous articles linking him to other crimes, our sister paper the Birmingham Mail reports.

Now Superstar singer Jamelia has attacked media coverage of the murder conviction which had stated her family links to Beckford.

She said: "I have never dismissed or denied my connections, but I find the fact that I am always used as the peg or promotional tool for these stories to be both damaging and careless.

"I am not a criminal, I do not condone crime or criminal activity and never have. I am a humanitarian.

"Now whilst I understand reporters want their stories read by as many people as possible, just paper clipping my name to something like this is extremely lazy, careless and insensitive. Not to mention, doing so has far reaching real-world repercussions for me and my family.

"I have never attempted to justify or downplay the magnitude of the crimes in these stories. In fact, I have on several occasions condemned it. However, these articles cause me to live in fear that someone may seek revenge on me or my family due to these ‘apparent links’, despite being completely oblivious to, and disassociated with, all aspects of these cases and those involved."

The pop star added that the trial had also affected her potential career opportunities.

She said: "Upcoming projects are subsequently taken away from me. I have been in talks with three major channels about different projects, all of which have now expressed that this news has tainted my profile and they’ll have to ‘change direction’."

At the end of her statement, Jamelia hit out at convicted gun dealer Paul Edmunds, 67, claiming he deserved to take the publicity for gun violence in the city.

Edmunds supplied illegal handguns and home-made bullets linked to more than 100 crime scenes, including three murders, and was jailed for 30 years last December.

Edmunds was linked to the 2015 shooting of Derek Junior Myers and the killing of 18-year-old Kenichi Phillips in 2016.

And police who raided his Gloucestershire home in July 2015 found 100,000 rounds of ammunition in his armoury, while his bullets were found at 100 crime scenes nationwide.

A court heard he had imported a Colt pistol used in a fatal shooting at a London nightclub and supplied ammunition used in two other killings and an attempt to shoot down a police helicopter.

Jamelia said: "I suggest Paul Edmunds as a replacement for my name. He’s the supplier of countless illegal guns in and around Birmingham and its surrounding areas.

"The guns he provided have been positively linked to over 100 incidents of gun crime."

Derek Myers, 25, died after being hit in the chest and jaw when Beckford opened fire outside a during a mass brawl in Hockley which left another victim with life-changing injuries.

Beckford will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday December 19.

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