Case: Lewisham stabbing: Rukevwe Tadafe
Rukevwe Tadafe
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Rukevwe Tadafe, 21, died five days after being stabbed in Lewisham.

Police and paramedics were called to Molesworth Street near the junction with the high street at around 8.40pm on 30 April 2016.

Mr Tadafe, known as Ruke or Peanut, remained in hospital in a critical condition until his death on 8.25am on 5 May 2016.

A postmortem gave the cause of death as two stab wounds to the chest which punctured his lung.

Detectives arrested six men during the investigation.

On 12 May 2016 Khalid Mustapha, 23 (10.09.92) of no fixed abode, was charged with murder. He went on trial at the Old Bailey on 24 October 2016 and was acquitted of murder on 9 November 2016.

The prosecution claimed Mustapha was one of three men seen attacking Mr Tadafe in Trundley's Walk in Bermondsey.

Mr Tadafe was driven away from the scene by his friends, who then flagged down an ambulance in Molesworth Street.

Mustapha denied using a knife to stab Mr Tadafe. He claimed that Mr Tadafe hit him over the back of the head with a gun during the confrontation and that he used self defence to disarm him of the weapon.

Neither the gun nor the knife were recovered.

On 23 March 2017 police offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of thsoe responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: "Rukevwe’s tragic death is another example of the terrible consequences of carrying and using knives.

"As we approach the one-year anniversary of his murder, a substantial reward is now on offer for information that significantly assists investigators. Six people were arrested in connection with this investigation, with one facing trial, but to date it remains unsolved.

"Rukevwe’s family have behaved with the utmost dignity throughout this traumatic part of their lives. I would urge those who know what happened and who was involved to search their conscience and do the right thing so that justice can be served."

Anybody who has any information regarding the stabbing is urged to contact detectives at the incident room in Barking on 020 8345 3775 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. All information given will be treated in the strictest confidence. You can also tweet police via @MetCC

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