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Unsolved Murders in London: 2019

These 27 homicide cases from 2019 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Contact the police, or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

Kamil Malysz, a 34 year-old Polish national, was found stabbed to death at a flat in Alfred Road, Acton, at 10.15am on 27 January. Police are appealing for information about suspect Patryk Makuch, also a 34 year-old Polish national, who is believed to have travelled to Europe. Call the incident room on 020 8785 8244.

Nedim Bilgin, 17, was stabbed in Caledonian Road, Islington, near the junction with Tilloch Street, at around 6.49pm on 29 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.15pm. Four males aged between 16 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of murder but no one has yet been charged. Appealing for information, DCI Mark Wrigley said: “We have had reports of people seen running around and on pedal bikes near Caledonian Road junction with Tilloch Street at around this time. Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Did you record footage before or after the attack or did have you vehicle’s dashcam on? We need to hear from you to help build a clearer picture of what happened.”

Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, was stabbed to death in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, on 16 March. Lovel Bailey, 29, was charged with murder but the case was discontinued due to insufficient evidence in June 2019.

Abdirashid Mohamoud, 17, was chased and stabbed to death in Union Lane, Isleworth, on 22 March.

Ramane Richard Wiggan, 25, was shot dead in Friar Mews, West Norwood, on 27 March.

Calvin Bungisa, 22, was chased and stabbed to death in Grafton Road, Kentish Town, on 1 April. The suspects then ran back to Vicar’s Road and escaped in a dark coloured VW Bora, which was found burnt out hours later in Court Gardens. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said the murder may be gang-related.

Noore Bashir Salad, 22, was stabbed to death in Church Road, Manor Park, on 8 April. He also suffered gunshot wounds. Detectives believe he was approached by three men who fled towards Browning Road.

Aron Kato, 28, was last seen being pushed into a BMW car on Ley Street, Ilford, shortly after 4.30am on 18 April. Police launched a murder investigation in July after failing to trace either him or the vehicle. A £10,000 reward for information was offered by the Crimestoppers charity.

Steven Brown, 47, was stabbed to death in Matthias Road, Stoke Newington, on 17 April.

Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, was last seen alive on 7 May. His white Audi Q3, registration LC67 CXS, was caught on CCTV travelling from Acton police station to a business in Derby Road, Hounslow, where he was due to collect £5,000, at around 3pm. It left at 3.19pm but police do not believe Shah was driving and he was not seen leaving the premises.False plates were placed on the vehicle one or two days later. It was recovered in Camden on 19 June following a police pursuit, but the three occupants evaded arrest. In August 2019 police announced the disappearance was being treated as a murder inquiry. Shah’s remains were found during a search of a woodland area near Hedgerley Lane, Beaconsfield, Bucks, in December. Detectives are appealing for information about a stolen black BMW X5 seen in the area in the days after Shah’s disappearance.

Ismaila Ceesay, 33, was stabbed in the abdomen during a right in Warwick Road, Forest Gate, at around 1.15am on 28 May.

Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot dead in a car park in Hartville Road, Plumstead, at around 4.54pm on 14 June. His family said in a statement: “Eniola was a wonderful son who was looking forward to starting university later this year. He was good, kind and respectful and we are struggling to understand why he has been taken from us.”

Edward Simpson, 25, was shot dead at Exeter House on Water Mill Way, Feltham, at around 11.08pm on 21 June.

Amanda Gretton, 57, was found dead at garages in Prendergast Road, Blackheath, at around 5pm on 5 July. She had been reported missing by her family on 15 May. Police said the body had “injuries suggestive of third party involvement”.

Boluwatife Oyewunmi, 22, died in hospital on 11 July of cardiac arrest, pneumonia and brain injury caused by a gunshot wound. He had been shot in Lincoln Road, Enfield, more than two years earlier, at around 9.45pm on 5 April 2017. A murder investigation was launched following his death and five men remain under investigation.

Kye Manning, 19, was stabbed in the heart on Brighton Road, Purley, Croydon, at 9.10pm on 11 July.

Robert Komuro, 41, was found with serious head injuries on Gordon Road, Yiewsley, Hillingdon, shortly after 10pm on 23 July. He died in hospital at 1.49pm on 25 July.

Liam Dent, 25, was hit by a car in Moor Lane, Chessington, at around 12.13am on 26 July and died at the scene. Police said it appeared to be “a pre-meditated attack where the driver collided with the victim and then dragged him for half a mile before making off”. The car, a Ford S Max, was found burnt out in Cyclamen Way in Epsom. Detectives believe Liam was involved in a dispute between two groups outside the Lucky Rover pub in Chessington earlier that night.

Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela, 24, was shot in the chest near the Fiddlers Elbow pub on Malden Road, Kentish Town, shortly before midnight, on 8 September 2019. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.10am on 9 September. Police said it appeared to be a drive-by shooting by two suspects on a moped and that Mr Varela was wrongly shot by gang members in a case of mistaken identity.

Assad Abdullah Yarow, 25, was stabbed to death near Camden Town tube station on Camden High Street at around 11.10pm on 12 September.

Omar Smith, 34, suffered stab and head injuries during a fight at a chicken shop in Downham Way, Grove Park, Lewisham, at around 11.55pm on 13 September. He died in hospital on 14 September.

Zoe Orton, 46, was found dead at a flat in McMillan Street, Deptford, at 10am on 21 October. A postmortem gave the cause of death as compression of the neck.

Vladislavs Radionovs, a 57-year-old Latvian national, was found dead by the side of the road in Oaks Lane, Iflord, at 6.12am on 2 November. He had suffered a head injury. Detectives said he may have been assaulted elsewhere before being left at the scene and appealed for information from anyone who used the road or footpath near Aldborough Hatch Farm during the previous night.

Justin Bello, 38, was found dead in a communal bin shed at the rear of premises in Lovett Way, Neasden, at 8.16am on 25 November. The case was initially treated as unexplained but on 9 December police said they were investigating it as murder. Police have not revealed the cause of death. His family said: “So many lives have been destroyed by this senseless evil act which took Justin from us and we urge the public to come forward with any information they might have.”

Albert Amofa, 33, was stabbed in the leg in Drake Road, Croydon, at around 9.18pm on 15 December. He died in hospital on 17 December. Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman said: “It appears Albert was simply returning home to be with his family. He was killed near his own home and his family have been left devastated. I believe that someone in the local community will have information about who was responsible for killing Albert. You cannot imagine the pain this has caused his family and I am directly asking the community to give them the answers they deserve.” Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005.

Lee Styles, 39, was found suffering serious head injuries in Fishponds Park, Surbiton, shortly before 3pm on 18 December. He died in hospital on the afternoon of 19 December. Homicide detectives took over the investigation on 27 December and said they believed Lee had been assaulted. Two men were arrested and released on bail. Contact the incident room 020 8785 8244.

John Kennett, 60, was found stabbed in Woodcroft Road, Thornton Heath, at 9.30pm on 23 December. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 9.49pm. Three men were arrested and released on bail. Call the incident room on 020 8721 4205.

*Unsolved, meaning no suspect has been charged with or convicted of murder / manslaughter. ‘Lawful’ homicides (e.g. self defence) are not included.

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Homicide Victims in London in 2020

Total: 16 (last updated 27/2/20)

Note: This is not an official list and may differ from those kept by police or government agencies. They include murders and manslaughters in the 33 London boroughs. Other possible cases (e.g. unexplained deaths) will be listed separately afterwards.

  1. Takieddine Boudhane, 30, was stabbed in Lennox Road, near Charteris Road, Finsbury Park, at around 6.50pm on 3 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene 7.42pm. Mr Boudhane was an Algerian national who had lived in the UK for three years and worked as a motorcycle delivery driver for Uber Eats and Deliveroo. He was with another rider when he was attacked by the driver of a VW van. Police said it appeared to be a spontaneous “traffic altercation”.
  2. The dismembered body of William Algar, a vulnerable 53-year-old musician, was found at an address in Nowell Road, Barnes, on 3 January after concerns were raised about the welfare of an occupant. The postmortem revealed he had died of a stab wound to the chest. Further remains were found during a search of Edgar Road, close to Hounslow Heath, on 11 January. A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder.
  3. Krasimir Kartikov, a 60-year-old Bulgarian, was found dead at his home in Whitehorse Road, Croydon, at around 8.50am on 13 January. A postmortem gave the cause of death as multiple injuries. Nikolay Zhivkov, 44, was charged with murder.
  4. Narinder Singh Lubhaya, 29, was one of three men found stabbed in Elmstead Road, Seven Kings, after police were called to a disturbance at 7.38pm on 19 January. All three were Indian nationals living in the Ilford area. They were pronounced dead at the scene. See below.
  5. Harinder Kumar, 30, was stabbed in the same incident. Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, Commander of the Met’s East Area BCU, said: “We believe the parties involved were from the Sikh community and known to each other. A fight has taken place which has escalated, resulting in three people being fatally attacked.”
  6. Malkit Singh Dhillon, also known as Baljinder Singh, 37, was stabbed in the same incident. Police said they did not believe it to be gang related. Sandeep Singh, 29, was charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
  7. Beverley Denahy, 61, was found suffering from head injuries after police were called to a disturbance at a flat in Waverley Avenue, Chingford, at 11.35pm on 22 January. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son Mitchell Denahy, 24, was charged with murder.
  8. A Polish man in his 60s was found stabbed to death after police were called to a disturbance at a residence in Mount Pleasant Lane, Clapton, at 11.29pm on 24 January. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Dawid Wycik, a 22-year-old Polish national, was charged with murder.
  9. Louis Johnson, 16, was stabbed inside East Croydon train station at around 4.45pm on 27 January. Police said he was on the overbridge when he met the suspect, “who immediately pulls out a knife and stabs him.” A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder.
  10. Marc Allen, 51, was found suffering from head injuries on Peareswood Road, Erith, at 3am on 29 December 2019. He remained in a coma until his death on 29 January 2020. Detectives believe Mr Allen came out of his home to confront a man trying to steal his car. The suspect then deliberately drove towards the victim, hitting him and forcing him over the top of the car, before driving off. The car, a grey Mercedes GLA, was recovered from the E14 area on 31 December 2019.
  11. Eraj Seifi, 46, was shot in the head in Bravington Road, Queens Park, on 29 January and died in hospital on 7 February. Errol James, 51, and Romello Briggs-Leon, 25, were charged with attempted murder before the victim’s death.
  12. James Dowdell, 54, was found dead at a home in St Mark’s Grove, Chelsea, at 6.50pm on 17 February. The cause of death was strangulation and blunt force trauma. Mohammed Assri, 46, was charged with murder.
  13. Sundeep Ghuman, 36, was found with head injuries at HMP Belmarsh in Thamesmead at 8pm on 18 February. He died in hospital on 19 February.
  14. Lennox Nigel Alcendor, 42, was stabbed in the neck in Anson Road, Cricklewood, at around 6.45am on 21 February. He was pronounced dead at 7.30am. James Rochester, 42, and Christian Fearon, 20, were charged with murder. 
  15. Li Qing Wang, 35, was found with stab wounds at a home in Magnolia Close, Leyton, at 11.52am on 25 February. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. DCI Paul Considine said: “To understand why this tragic incident occurred I would urge anyone that knew the victim well and had insight into her domestic situation to contact my team.”
  16. Tyler Roye, 24, was found with multiple stab wounds in Stroud Green Way, Croydon, at around 12.15am on 26 February. He died at hospital at 2.46am. Detective Chief Inspector John Massey said: “This was a brutal and frenzied attack on a young man walking along the street.”

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The following cases are not included:

A man in his 40s died at HMP Thameside after being found with a slash wound to his throat at around 2.37am on 12 January. A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of murder but the Metropolitan Police said officers were investigating whether the wound was self-inflicted or the result of an assault. They later confirmed they were treating the death as non-suspicious.

Unexplained death of 77 year-old man found with a broken arm and leg on Windmill Road, Croydon, at 7.30pm on 13 January. He died in hospital on 1 February. Detectives have not been able to establish how he suffered his injuries.

Unexplained death of a 33-year-old man who fell from a building in High Road, north Finchley, at 3.20pm on 12 February. Police initially said they were treating it as suspicious and arrested a woman on suspicion of murder. She was later released on bail and police said the death was being treated as unexplained.

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