In 2008, Christoper Omoregie took part in the killing of a 15 year old boy.
The knife used to stab the young Sofyen was later found in Christopher’s bag, resulting in the life sentence in received at the Old Bailey, with instructions to serve at least 18 of those years in jail.
His youngest brother, superstar Santan Dave, looked up to him growing up and nearly followed in his foot steps. He began pouring his anger and feelings into famous lyrics that made him who is his today, and possibly diverted him from a life of troubles
Fourteen years on, it would seem Christopher is now the one looking up to his younger brother, and changing his life for the better.
In April 2022, Christopher had his sentence reviewed by the High Court. It revealed that the now 28 years old has been making attempts to amend his past.
In review of the case, High court judge, Mr Justice Dove said: “In my view it is clear from the history of the applicant’s activities whilst in prison that not only does he have an exemplary disciplinary record
“But also that he has devoted himself to working hard both in relation to his own rehabilitation and the activities and interventions necessary to turn his life around.“
The full report unveiled that Christopher attended a therapy programme called Psychodrama, the same name Dave titled his album – that won him the the £25,000 Mercury Prize in 2019.
The therapist who conducted the course, said the 28 year old had brought “much warmth, enthusiasm and humour” and was good at “communication, tolerance, warmth and generosity”.
As part of a restorative justice programme, Christopher wrote an apology letter to Sofyen’s family for his involvement in the murder, taking responsibility and regretting his actions. He also invited the judge who tried his case to an event in prison.
The once young killer then studied for a degree in philosophy and psychology with the Open University in prison with the hope to commence a master’s degree.
He counts his mother and brothers as a support system and “life motivators” for a brighter future rather than turning further into to a life of crime in jail.
Impressed, judge found Christopher Omoregie had made “exceptional and unforeseen progress” during his time served.
He reminded everyone of Sofyen’s death saying, “It is clear that the murder of the deceased has had a devastating effect upon his immediate family, who continue to mourn his loss and have difficulty in coming to terms with the events of that day.
“The deceased was unarmed and the manner of his death, being hunted down and killed by (Omoregie) and others in the college group, continues to cast a very long shadow over the lives of those who were close to the deceased.”
The judge concluded: “All of the references within the documentation speak powerfully of the clear and obvious change in the applicant, and the fact that he has reformed and rehabilitated himself into a person who has the potential to make a strong and positive contribution to the community.
“Against this background I have no doubt that it is entirely appropriate to conclude that there has been exceptional and unforeseen progress in this applicant.”
As a result, Christopher’s minimum sentence in jail was cut down by a year.
While that means he will spend one year less in prison, Christopher will always be reminded by his action as he will never be truly free, given his life sentence.