Case: Mitcham stabbing: Arunesh Thangarajah
Arunesh Thangarajah
Sri Lankan
Case unsolved
Status: Solved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, was stabbed to death in Mitcham on 20 May 2018.

Police were called to Upper Green East near Montrose Gardens and London Road at 3.29am.

Mr Thangarajah, a Sri Lankan national of no fixed address, was pronounced dead at the scene. He had been stabbed nine times including a fatal wound to the heart.

On 21 May 2018 Manimaran Selliah, 44, of London Road, Mitcham, was charged with murder and the attempted GBH of a 35-year-old man.

He went on trial at Croydon Crown Court on 12 November 2018. He was cleared of murder and attempted GBH but was convicted of manslaughter and possession of an offensive weapon on 19 December. Two days later he was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment.

The court heard Manimaran called the victim and a friend to his shop, SM Newsagents in London Road, for drinks at around 3am.

Prosecutors claimed Manimaran laid wait for them in an alleyway and attacked them with a knife because he believed they had thrown a rock at his car, smashing the windscreen, the previous day.

During the confrontation Arunesh, who was homeless at the time of his death, suffered stab wounds to the chest, thigh and lower back.

Detective Inspector Helen Rance, who led the investigation, said: “Manimaran lured the victim - Arunesh Thangarajah - and his friend to his shop on the premise of a friendly drink. When they arrived, he was waiting for them in a nearby alleyway with a three inch knife.

“He was angry after being told that the victims had allegedly thrown a rock at his blue Vauxhall Corsa and shattered the windscreen the previous afternoon.

“It was a sinister ploy on Manimaran’s part which led to a brutal and fatal act.

“I am very glad that this man has been brought to justice for his actions that led to the death of Mr Thangarajah.”

In a statement, Mr Thangarajah’s family said: “Nothing will ever bring back Arunesh. We are very upset by what has happened but pleased that Manimaran has been found to be responsible for the death of Arunesh.

“We wish to thank the police for the assistance they have provided to us as a family and we are very grateful for the way in which they have conducted the investigation and supported us.”

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