Changes to murdermap

[UPDATE: The new website is still tracking homicides (for 2019 at least) and is testing a new, improved map. We are hoping to raise money to continue the site through donations and monthly subscriptions. Please consider donating to one of the projects on our Help Us page or signing up for membership via Patreon. Or both.]

Unfortunately parts of the old murdermap website will disappear this week after nearly nine years’ service.

The main reason for this decision is that the site was based on a content management system (created by the original developers) that is no longer being supported.

Regular users will also have noticed that the map stopped working properly after Google brought in its new pricing plan in July 2018 and effectively ended the free Maps API service.

The choices were, therefore, leave the website up to deteriorate until it goes down completely (or, worse, gets hacked), or replace it.

Sadly it is also clear that the site is no longer sustainable in terms of time and resources. There are many reasons for this, but in reality the project was hamstrung from the start because it was based on the (unrealistic) idea that it could be funded by online advertising. It has only ever earned enough money to pay for hosting fees and most of the time the site has been maintained by one court reporter (although the information it contains is based on the work of many other people).

So what next?

Since murdermap began in 2010, the site’s database has grown to include more than 1,600 victims of homicide (including both murder and manslaughter, mostly for the years 2008-2018).

This database will not be lost. It has been saved offline and is likely to return in a different form at some point. And most of the original webpages have already been archived on the Wayback Machine.

After the original site comes down, it will be replaced by the murdermap blog while other avenues are explored. Crowdfunding may be difficult because running a site like this properly, with in-depth reporting of each murder in London, would require significant annual investment (see the Homicide Watch website in Washington DC for one example). Likewise turning murdermap into a subscriber-only site might be self-defeating, given that it was originally set up with the aim of publicly and openly tracking each and every murder – not just the high-profile cases that already attract media attention – to reveal the stories behind the crime statistics.

While murdermap had many frustrating flaws from the very start, hopefully this site has helped to inform the debate around violent crime in London. And even if murdermap disappears completely, in recent years there has been a greater focus on homicides and violent crime in London. During 2018 several national newspapers maintained lists of homicide victims in the capital and produced in-depth articles using maps and charts (one example being The Guardian). The Office for National Statistics is also providing a lot more detail about homicides than it did ten years ago. Long may this continue.

List of Homicide Victims in London in 2019

Total: 108 (last updated 15/9/19)

Note: This is not an official record and may differ from any lists compiled by police etc. Some cases (e.g. unexplained deaths) may be listed separately until they are confirmed as homicides (murder or manslaughter).

See also: Map of homicides in London in 2019

  1. Charlotte Huggins, 33, was stabbed to death at her home in John Ruskin Street, Camberwell, at 4.20am on 1 January. Her ex-partner Michael Rolle, 34, was arrested two days later. The trial heard he stabbed her in the back during an argument a few days after she told him she wanted to end their relationship. He was convicted of murder by a jury on 18 July and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 20 years before parole.
  2. Tudor Simionov, 33, was stabbed in the chest while working as a security guard at a private party in Park Lane at 5.32am on 1 January. He was attacked after he intervened to help a colleague during a fight which began when the suspects’ group were refused entry. Four men were charged with murder but the charge was dropped against one of them before trial. Adam Khalil, 21, and Haroon Akram, 26, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the second day of the trial. Nor Hamada, 24, faces a retrial for murder after the jury failed to reach a verdict. Police are still trying to trace Ossama Hamed, 26.
  3. Simbiso Aretha Moula, 39, was found strangled at her home in Rainham on 4 January. Her partner Garikayi Moula, 51, was also found dead (suspension/hanging) but his death is not being treated as suspicious.
  4. Sarah Ashraf, 35, was found dead at her home on the Isle of Dogs on 5 January. Her brother Khalid Ashraf, 32, was charged with murder.
  5. Jaden Moodie, 14, was stabbed to death in Leyton on 8 January after being knocked off a moped by a black Mercedes. Ayoub Majdouline, 18, and Yusuf Dubbad, 21, were charged with murder. The case against Dubbad was dropped before trial.
  6. Asma Begum, 31, was found dead at a flat in Poplar on 11 January. She had been stabbed more than 50 times to the head, neck and body. Her husband Jalal Uddin, 46, was arrested the following day. The trial heard he killed her after she confronted him about gambling away their money. He was convicted of murder by a jury on 17 July and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years before parole.
  7. 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.
  8. Nedim Bilgin, 17, was stabbed to death in Caledonian Road, Islington, on 29 January.
  9. Carl Thorpe, 46, was found dead after a fire at Highgate Mental Health Centre on 3 February. Jordan Bramble, 21, has been charged with murder.
  10. Lejean Richards, 19, was stabbed to death in Battersea on 5 February. Two brothers, Roy Reyes-Nieves, 23, and Roger Reyes-Nieves, 18, were charged with murder. Prosecutors dropped the charges against both men before trial. The Old Bailey heard forensic evidence supported their claims they acted in self defence.
  11. Dennis Anderson, 39, was stabbed to death at an off licence in Lordship Lane in East Dulwich at around 2.40am on 10 February. Jahmel Michael Riley, 24, was arrested after handing himself in to police on 13 February. He was convicted of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey and on 20 August was sentenced too life imprisonment with a minimum of 23.5 years before parole. The court heard Mr Anderson had entered off-licence with friends on way home from a party. When Riley asked him for a cigarette, Mr Anderson refused, adding: “Why don’t you get a job like the rest of us”. Riley pulled out a hunting knife and, during a struggle captured on CCTV cameras, inflicted a fatal stab wound to the victim’s neck.
  12. Bright Akinleye, 22, was stabbed to death on Euston Street, Camden, on 18 February. Tashan Brewster, 30, Abdoulie Ceesay, 28 and Oliver Petts, 29  were charged with murder.
  13. Brian Wieland, 69, was found dead with multiple head injuries after a fire at his home in Genever Close, Chingford, on 19 February. Myrtella Williams, 51, who lived at the same address, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to hospital with serious burns. She died of her injuries on 19 April.
  14. Glendon Spence, 23, was stabbed inside the Marcus Lipton Youth Centre in Minet Road, Brixton, at 6.45pm on 21 February. He died at the scene from an injury to his thigh. CCTV cameras inside the club recorded two suspects chasing the victim into the club and attacking him near a table tennis table in front of other children before fleeing in a BMW. The next day Rishon Florant, 17, was arrested as he attempted to fly to Dubai. Chibuzo Ukonu, 17, was arrested in Manchester on 27 February. On 3 September, following a trial at the Old Bailey, Florant was convicted of murder and Ukonu was convicted of manslaughter.
  15. Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, was stabbed in Wood Green on 22 February and died in hospital at 3am on 23 February. Tyrell Graham, 18, Sheareem Cookhorn, 20, a 17 year-old man and two 16 year-old boys were charged with murder.
  16. David Lopez-Fernandez, a 38 year-old Spanish national, was stabbed to death in Stepney on 25 February. Jairo Sepulveda-Garcia, 36, was charged with murder.
  17. Che Morrison, 20, was stabbed to death outside Ilford train station on 26 February. Florent Okende, 20, was arrested on 2 March after being identified from CCTV footage. Following a trial at the Old Bailey he was convicted of murder on 23 July and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 23 years before parole. The trial heard Okende had been released from prison three weeks earlier and wanted to reassert his status as a cannabis dealer in the Ilford area. Following a short dispute with the victim, a casual cannabis dealer in the area, he punched Mr Morrison in the face, pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the heart.
  18. Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed to death at a park in Harold Hill, Romford, on 1 March. Manuel Petrovic, 20, Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 18, two boys aged 15 and 17, were charged with murder.
  19. Elise Linda Stevens, 50, was stabbed to death by her partner at his flat in Great North Way, Hendon, on 2 March. Ian Levy, 54, was arrested at the scene. He was convicted of murder on 20 August and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years before parole. The court heard Levy had a history of mental health problems and relationship difficulties, with several hospital admissions for depression dating back to at least 2002. Following the killing Levy told health workers that he had planned the attack and was afraid that Ms Stevens would meet “some rich guy”. Judge Richard Foster told him: “What made you do that terrible act was that toxic mixture of rage, self pitying and resentment.”
  20. Three-month-old Jolia Bogdan died after being found unresponsive at a home in Croydon on 2 March. Her mother Kamila Bogdan, 40, was charged with murder. The prosecution accepted a plea of infanticide and she was sentenced to a hospital order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act.
  21. David Martinez-Valencia, a 26 year-old Spanish-Colombian national, was stabbed to death in North Birkbeck Road, Leyton, on 6 March. Carlos Rueda Velez, 18, was charged with murder.
  22. The body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, a 34 year-old French national, was found in a shallow grave in a garden in Kew on 6 March. She had been reported missing after failing to turn up to work on 5 March. Kirill Belorusov, 32, was arrested in Estonia and extradited to the UK to stand trial for murder.
  23. Mohammed Elmi, 37, died in hospital on 6 March, three days after he was found stabbed in Romilly Street, Soho. Joe Gynane, 34, was charged with murder.
  24. Ayub Hassan, 17, was stabbed to death in Lanfrey Place, West Kensington, on 7 March. A 15 year-old boy was convicted of murder in September after a trial at the Old Bailey. The court heard the suspect was seen arguing with the victim in an alleyway before stabbing him once in the chest. The motive remains unclear. The suspect claimed he acted in self defence after Ayub demanded he sell cannabis to pay off a £50 debt.
  25. Antoinette Donnegan, 52, was found dead at her home in Este Road, Battersea, on 7 March. Kristian Smith, 41, was charged with murder.
  26. Florin Pitic, 20, died after suffering a serious head injury in an assault at Queensbury tube station on 10 March.
    Ciprian Mandachi, 23, and Alin Mihai, 23, were charged with murder.
  27. 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.
  28. Abdirashid Mohamoud, 17, was chased and stabbed to death in Union Lane, Isleworth, on 22 March.
  29. Ravi Katharkamar, 54, was stabbed to death in a suspected robbery at Marsh Food and Wine in Marsh Road, Pinner, on 24 March. Alexander Stephen Gunn, 31, has been charged with murder.
  30. Ramane Richard Wiggan, 25, was shot dead in Friar Mews, West Norwood, on 27 March.
  31. Zahir Visiter, 25, was stabbed to death in Cunningham Place, St John’s Wood, on 28 March. Two suspects were seen leaving the area and entering a nearby mosque. Kamal Hussain, 21, and Yosif Ahmed, 18, were charged with murder.
  32. Gavin Garraway, 40, was stabbed to death in his car on Clapham Park Road near Clapham Common tube station on 29 March. Zion Chiata, 18, has been charged with murder.
  33. 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.
  34. Hubert Hall, 60, suffered a head injury during a suspected assault in Hoe Street, Walthamstow, on 2 April and died in hospital on 3 April. David Dalling, 44 , has been charged with murder and robbery.
  35. Annabelle Lancaster, 22, died after being found injured in the street in Brookbank, Turkey Street, Enfield, on 7 April. A man was arrested on suspicion of murder before being released on bail.
  36. 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.
  37. 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 eitther him or the vehicle. A £10,000 reward for information was offered by the Crimestoppers charity.
  38. Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan, 27, died after suffering injuries when a car was driven at him and a 21 year-old man outside Alperton tube station in Ealing Road, Wembley, on 16 April.
    Camasan Judes Emanuvel, 35, has been charged with murder.
  39. Steven Brown, 47, was stabbed to death in Matthias Road, Stoke Newington, on 17 April.
  40. Meshach Lee Mitchell Williams, 21, was stabbed to death in High Street Harlesden on 23 April. Police believe that the suspects arrived in two cars and blocked traffic in order to carry out the attack. Dominic Calder, 18, Mikel Mulqueen, 18, and Emmanuel Kamara 23, were charged with murder.
  41. Joshua White, 29, was stabbed to death in Frampton Park Road, Hackney, on 26 April. Police said the attackers arrived in a white Ford SUV-type vehicle. A 16-year-old boy and
    Taylar Isaac, 18, were charged with murder.
  42. Amy Parsons, 35, was found beaten to death at a flat in Crowder Street, Whitechapel, on 26 April. Her partner Roderick Deakin-White, 37, of Crowder Street, was charged with murder.
  43. Mihrican Mustafa, a 38-year-old mother-of-three, was found dead in a freezer at a flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, on 26 April. A second body was also found (see below). Both had suffered multiple injuries but a postmortem was unable to establish a cause of death.
  44. Henriett Szucs, 34, was found dead in a freezer at a flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, on 26 April. Zahid Younis, 34, was charged with two counts of preventing a lawful and decent burial.
  45. An eight-week-old girl died at a residential address in the SE16 postcode area (Rotherhithe/Surrey Quays) at around 10.16am on 26 April. A postmortem showed the baby had suffered broken bones. A man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of murder.
  46. Tashaûn Aird, 15, was chased and stabbed to death after a confrontation with a group of youths in a park near Somerford Grove, Hackney Downs / Stoke Newington, on 1 May. Romaine Williams-Reid, 18, two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy were charged with murder.
  47. Constantin Sin, 51, died after being hit by a car in High Road, Leytonstone, on 5 May. Police said it appeared to be a deliberate act by the driver following an altercation in the street. Riyaz Adam, 25, was charged with murder.
  48. McCaulay Junior Urugbezi-Edwards, 18, was chased and stabbed to death in Tiverton Street, Southwark, on 5 May. A 17 year-old man was charged with murder.
  49. Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, was last seen in Heston at 12.30pm on 7 May. His white Audi Q3, registration LC67 CXS, was seen travelling south on Whitton Road in the direction of Park Road at 3.49pm that day. 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 detectives said it was being treated as a murder inquiry due to the length of time and ballistic evidence recovered from the car.
  50. Barrington Davis, 54, was found dead at his flat in Torridon Road, Catford, on 16 May. Police forced entry to the address at 7am after neighbours said he had not been seen for some time. A postmortem found the cause of death was multiple stab wounds.
  51. Tatiana Koudriavtsev, 68, was found dead at a flat in Adair Tower, Appleford Road, North Kensington, at 6.40am on 23 May. Her partner was also found dead (see below).
  52. Vladimir Koudriavtsev, 69, was found dead at the flat in Adair Tower, North Kensington. Son Sergey Koudriavtsev, 48, was charged with both murders.
  53. Alimuz Zaman, 23, was stabbed to death in St Paul’s Way, Bow, at 4.30pm on 26 May. Alimal Islam, 19, and Mofizur Rahman, 19, were charged with murder.
  54. Iderval da Silva, a 46 year-old Brazilian man, died of head injuries on 28 May, three days after he was assaulted while trying to stop thieves stealing his moped in Charlotte Despard Avenue, Battersea, at 4.32pm on 25 May. Jaden Richards, 19, a 17-year-old man, and two 16 year-old boys were charged with murder.
  55. Ismaila Ceesay, 33, was stabbed in the abdomen during a right in Warwick Road, Forest Gate, at around 1.15am on 28 May.
  56. Graham Howe, 53, died of a head injury after a suspected assault at The Fleadh pub in Preston Road, Harrow, at around 11.05pm on 30 May.
  57. Steven Kennedy, 61, suffered a head injury during a suspected assault in Plaistow Park at 11.35am on 30 May. He died three days later on 2 June. Mohammed Metowlli, 23,, was charged with GBH and manslaughter.
  58. Baris Kucuk, 33, was stabbed in the leg in Seven Sisters Road, Stamford Hill, at 3.09am on 1 June. He died in hospital on 3 June. Adam Tarik, 24, was charged with murder.
  59. Suspicious death of 43-year-old Adrian Murphy at a flat in Lombard Road, Battersea, on 4 June. Detectives believe he was drugged after arranging to meet a stranger using a dating app. His death has been linked to an earlier robbery and rape in Walthamstow. A 24 year-old man and a 17 year-old girl were arrested on suspicion of murder.
  60. Cheyon Evans, 18, was stabbed to death in Deeside Road, Earlsfield, Wandsworth, at around 4.42pm on 14 June. Mohammed Nadir Dafallah, 18, and two other men aged 17 and 18 were charged with murder.
  61. 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. “
  62. Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky, 34, was stabbed to death in Alton Street, Poplar, at around 1.58pm on 15 June. Yasin Omar Amare, 28, was charged with murder.
  63. Giedrius Juskauskas, 42, was stabbed to death in Whalebone Lane, Stratford, at around 12.40am on 17 June. Mantas Kvedaras, 25, was charged with murder and Asta Juskauskiene, 34, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
  64. Stepan Suslyk, 40, died in hospital of blunt force trauma to the head on 18 June. Police believe he suffered the injury in Holland Park Avenue, Notting Hill, in the early hours of 16 June. Serhiy Pelykh, 22, was charged with manslaughter.
  65. David Bello-Monerville, 38, was stabbed during a fight in Welbeck Road, Barnet, at around 10.50pm on 18 June and was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after midnight. Two other men suffered stab injuries. Nathan Harewood, 27, Khalil Rehman, 26, and Francis Appiagyei, 27, were charged with murder.
  66. Ionut Manea, 38, died after suffering severe burns in a fire at a temporary campsite on land near the A406 in Ilford at around 11.45pm on 18 June. A second man aged 43 remains in critical condition in hospital. Petra Deliu, 51, and a 37 year-old man were charged with murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.
  67. Edward Simpson, 25, was shot dead at Exeter House on Water Mill Way, Feltham, at around 11.08pm on 21 June.
  68. Yusuf Mohamed, 18, was stabbed to death after being chased into a shop in Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, at around 9.20pm on 26 June. Two 17 year-old males were charged with murder.
  69. Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was stabbed to death at her home in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, at around 3.30am on 29 June. She was eight months pregnant. Her baby was delivered at the scene and taken to hospital.
  70. Riley Fauvrelle, the son of Kelly Mary, died in hospital on 3 July. Aaron McKenzie, 25, was charged with the murder of Kelly Fauvrelle and the manslaughter of Riley Fauvrelle.
  71. A 54-year-old man died in hospital after being assaulted in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, at around 5.55pm on 29 June.
  72. Faudi Mohamed, 28, was stabbed to death in Ron Leighton Way, East Ham, at around 11.07pm on 29 June. Muhammed Hussain, 23, was charged with murder.
  73. Amara Toure, 18, died in hospital after being stabbed in Sutherland Walk, Walworth, at around 4.51am on 30 June. Paulinho Paulo, 20, Dullah Abdullah, 20, and Sultan Chaudhry, 20, were charged with murder.
  74. Gary Blagrove, 44, died in hospital on 2 July, three days after he was assaulted at a flat in New Kings Road, Fulham. Rakim Noel, 24, was charged with murder.
  75. Tesfa Campbell, 40, died in hospital after being stabbed in Latchmere Road, Battersea, Wandsworth, at around 2.45pm on 3 July. Jerome Bailey, 37, was charged with murder.
  76. 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”.
  77. Craig Small, 32, was shot outside a shop in Harrow Road near Monks Park, Wembley, at around 8.10pm on 5 July. He died shortly after arriving at hospital. Courtney Ellis, 34, was charged with murder.
  78. Grineo Daka, 27, was shot dead at the Phoenix snooker club in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, shortly before 3am on 7 July. Liridon Saliuka, 29, was charged with murder.
  79. Kwasi Mensah-Ababio, 26, was found shot in the head in Monks Park, near Monks Park Gardens, Wembley, at 7.05pm on 7 July. Alhassan Jalloh, 20, Karlos Gracia, 22, Taalib Rowe, 24, and Rene Montaque, 34, were charged with murder.
  80. Leo Marcus, 22, was stabbed in Tellson Avenue, Woolwich, at around 2.40pm on 10 July. He died six hours later. Shackim Taylor, 19 , was charged with murder and robbery.
  81. 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.
  82. Kye Manning, 19, was stabbed in the heart on Brighton Road, Purley, Croydon, at 9.10pm on 11 July.
  83. Layla Arizo, 74,  was found stabbed to death at her home in Redfern Avenue, Whitton, at 9.41am on 12 July.
  84. Her husband Akbar Arizo, 64, was found stabbed to death at the same property. The couple’s son Mustafa Arizo, 31, was charged with both murders.
  85. Diane Dyer, 61, was found dead at her home in Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham, at 11.08pm on 18 July. She had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and face. David Samuel McCorkell, 54, was charged with murder.
  86. 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.
  87. Abdullahi Hassan, 20, was stabbed in Boundary Road, South Hampstead, at 11.45pm on 25 July and was pronouncd dead at 12.37am on 26 July. Amil Choudhury, 20, and Mohammed Mahir Miah, 20, were charged with murder.
  88. 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.
  89. Alcivradis Mavredis, 60, died in hospital of head injuries on 31 July. He had been assaulted outside the Royal Oak pub in St John’s Road, Hornsey Rise, Islington, at around 1.10am on 13 July and was taken to hospital at 6.40am after police were called to reports of an unconscious man at an address in Beachcroft Way. Leon Tayler, 26, was charged with murder.
  90. Dorothy Woolmer, 89, was found dead at her home in Waltheof Gardens, Tottenham, at around 10.45am on Sunday 4 August. Reece Dempster, 22, was charged with murder, rape and burglary.
  91. Alex Smith, 16, was chased and stabbed to death in Munster Square on the Regent’s Park Estate in Camden at around 11.10pm on 12 August. Yusuf Yusuf and Arif Biomy, both 19, were charged with murder.
  92. Solomon Small, 18, was stabbed to death in Corrance Road, Brixton, shortly before 2pm on 15 August. A 17 year-old boy was charged with murder.
  93. Amrou Greenidge, 18, was cycling in Broomhouse Lane, Fulham, when he was hit by a car and then assaulted at around 2.43pm on 18 August. He suffered serious head injuries and died in hospital two days later. Five men were charged with murder: Darrel Mortimer and Connor Gwynn-Bliss, both 19, a 17-year-old and two aged 16.
  94. Allan Isichei, 69, was stabbed to death in St Mary’s Avenue South, Southall, at 6.41pm on 24 August. Gurjeet Singh Lall, 35, was charged with murder.
  95. Santino Angelo Dymiter, 18, was stabbed to death in Chadd Green, Plaistow, at 3.30pm on 26 August. The suspects fled the scene in a black Ford S-Max which was found abandoned on Stansfeld Road, Becton. Two boys aged 14 and 16 were charged with murder.
  96. A 15-month-old child died shortly after emergency services were called to a home in Putney at 6.06am on 27 August. The death is being treated as suspicious and a man and a woman were arrested on suspicion of murder.
  97. Lee Casey, 39, was stabbed when he intervened in a suspected robbery on Brixton Hill, Brixton, at around 12.07pm on 29 August. He died in hospital two hours later. Levi Paschal, 33, was charged with murder.
  98. Laura Rakstelyte, 31, was found stabbed to death in the garden of her home in The Drive, Ilford, at 12.57pm on 29 August. Police also found the body of Rahul Malhi, 43, who had injuries to his wrists and neck. Nobody else is being sought in connection with the investigation.
  99. Sandra Samuels, 44, was found dead at her flat in Herrick House, Howard Road, Stoke Newington, at 1.30pm on 31 August. Gavin Shane Carl Lewis, 40, was charged with murder.
  100. Norman Bertran-Tavarez, 24, was stabbed at Elephant and Castle tube station shortly before 11.30pm on 1 September and died in hospital on the morning of 2 September.
  101. Michael Irving, 15, was stabbed to death in Byford Close, Stratford, at 6.45pm on 3 September. Two boys aged 15 and 16 were charged with murder.
  102. Perry Jordan Brammer, 15, suffered multiple stab wounds in Willan Road, Tottenham, at 11.14am on 30 August and died in hospital on 5 September. Police said the suspect fled on a yellow bicycle found abandoned in a nearby alleyway. Romario Lindo, 21, was charged with murder.
  103. Sahkira Mercedes Gwendolin Loseke, 22, was stabbed to death on Belmont Street, Chalk Farm, at 11.13pm on 8 September 2019. Siobhan Collins-Grant, 26, was charged with murder.
  104. 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.
  105. Josiph Beker, 17, was stabbed in the chest outside a KFC restaurant on Edgware Road, Marylebone, at around 1.54pm on 10 September. He died in hospital at 7.29pm. Detectives said they believed he was stabbed after an altercation broke out between his friends and another group. Two 16-year-old boys were charged with murder.
  106. A man in his mid-20s was stabbed to death near Camden Town tube station on Camden High Street at around 11.10pm on 12 September.
  107. 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.
  108. Julio Gomes, 29, was stabbed to death in Houndsfield Road, Edmonton, at 8.10pm on 14 September.

Please email us at mailbox@murdermap.co.uk if you believe any other cases should be included.

This list does not include:

Linda McArity, 50, found dead at a house in Hobday Street, Poplar, on 30 December 2018, initially treated as unexplained, murder investigation launched after postmortem on 4 January 2019.

Death from head injuries of unidentified 43 year-old man found unconscious near Tower Hill station on the morning of 17 February 2019. The Metropolitan announced on 26 March it was not being treated as suspicious.

Death of Alan Powell, 80, on 22 February 2019, two days after being found with back and facial injuries in the street in Hornchurch. An inquest found he died of natural causes due to a fall.

Death of man in his 40s in Northolt Road, Harrow, on 3 April 2019. Police concluded the death was not suspicious and was related to a pre-existing medical condition.

Unexplained death of 25 year-old man who was found suffering from a head injury in Dunelm Grove, West Norwood, on 9 April.

Unexplained death of a man in his 30s found at house in Hedgeman’s Road, Dagenham, on 20 April. Four men were arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail.

Death of Erik San-Filippo, a 23 year-old Italian national whose body was found in a wheelie bin in Islington on 11 May. Tests found the cause of death was a drug overdose. Gerardo Rossi, 52, was charged with preventing a lawful burial.

Death of 46 year-old woman in a house fire in Cray Avenue, Orpington, on 28 May. A 45 year-old man died in hospital on 2 June.

Suspicious death of a woman in her 30s at the Ramada Hotel in Leisure Way, Finchley, on 6 June. The class A drug heroin was found at the scene.

Unexplained death of 49 year-old man who collapsed outside the Black Heart pub in Greenland Place, Camden, on 21 June.

A 25-year-old man was found shot dead in Sydenham Road, Sydenham, at 3.45pm on 8 September. Detectives said that “one hypothesis is that the man unintentionally discharged a firearm resulting in his fatal injury.”

Cuts to the ‘Murder Squad’


The Metropolitan Police unit responsible for investigating murders* in London was cut by nearly 40 per cent between 2004 and 2017 (see table below).

Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request show the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) reduced in total strength almost every year over that period. The sharpest fall was from 2011 onwards.

The number of Major Investigation Teams (MIT), which are responisble for investigating homicide cases*, has also decreased from 26 to 18 since 2011.

While the total number of homicides fell by 50 per cent between 2004 and 2014, there were significant increases in 2015 and 2017 (according to Metropolitan Police figures).

There are likely to be around 150 homicides in 2018, although recent months have seen lower figures than at the start of the year, possibly because of the police response since.

Although there are many possible causes for the increase in violent crime since 2014, cuts to police budgets (and public services in general) across England and Wales may well have released the pressure or created some kind of “tipping point”.

The figures also show that the HSCC is now increasing in strength, with the figures for 2018 returning to a level last seen in 2013.

NOTES: The figures provided for “strength” (in response to the request for the “number of officers and staff”) were not whole numbers and have been rounded up or down accordingly.

*The Homicide and Serious Crime Command does not just investigate murder. It also takes on (for example) high profile crimes, “critical incidents”, serial stranger rapes, work-related deaths, unexplained deaths, and high risk missing persons enquiries.

The figures cover a period involving at least two structural reorganisations of the Met. For 2004 and 2005 the figures given are the total for the units designated SCD1(2), SCD1(3), and SCD(4). For 2006 to 2012 they are for SCD1. For 2013 to 2018 they are for SCO1.

The total “strength” given for the MITs (not included in table) usually accounts for around three-quarters of the total “strength” of the HSCC.

Although the FOIA request was for 2003 onwards, no figures were provided for 2003, when there were more than 200 homicides (various figures have been given ranging between 204 and 216).

Table: Strength of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (or equivalent) 2004 to 2018

YearOfficerStaffTotalMI TeamsHomicides
20049782601238N/A188
20059312821213N/A181
2006895364126026172
2007851347119826163
2008850358120826155
2009810356116625130
2010811344115526125
2011768317108626118
201267828496225106
201365626592124110
20146212048252294
201564214678818119
201665013378319109
201759016875818134
201871517789218150**

**Estimated total for 2018, based on 100 homicides by the beginning of September.

Off The Map: Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo


The case of 18 year-old Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo has been removed from the database after the Metropolitan Police concluded it was not a homicide.

Their decision was taken after a special post-mortem gave a cause of death as multiple organ failure from a pre-existing medical condition.

The police statement reads:

The cause of death has been established for an 18-year-old man who died in Chislehurst in January.

Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo, 18, died in hospital on the morning of 10 January 2018 from injuries sustained following a reported altercation in Empress Drive just after 21:00hrs the previous evening.

A post-mortem examination conducted on 12 January failed to establish a cause of death. A special post-mortem has now concluded gave a cause of death as multiple organ failure from a pre-existing medical condition.

Officers from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, having consulted with the CPS, are satisfied that no offences of murder or manslaughter have been committed.

There are ongoing enquiries in relation to other offences not linked to the death of Mr Odeyingbo.

 

Here is our original case summary for the record:

Oluwadamilola Odeyingbo, 18, died after being assaulted in Chislehurst.

He was found collapsed in a garden in Empress Drive at around 9pm on 9 January 2018.

Mr Odeyingbo died in hospital the next morning.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on 10 January before being released on bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Wright, said: “We understand that neighbours and people passing through the area witnessed the incident on Tuesday evening. We are keen to speak to all witnesses and would encourage them to come forward as soon as possible.

“A young man has lost his life and we are doing everything we can to piece together what took place.”

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 4961 – you can also tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

Homicide in London 2017


We counted 128 homicides (murders and manslaughters) in London in 2017 – a 24 per cent increase on the 103 homicides of 2016.

These are not official figures but we have done our best to track every case that is either publicised by the police or comes through the courts.

The Metropolitan Police’s own figures (according to their hate and special crime dashboard) are 134 homicides for 2017, a 22 per cent increase on the 110 in 2016.

However the 2017 statistics include the 13 victims of the Westminster and London bridge terror attacks.

There are several possible reasons for the discrepancy between our figures and the police (see the FAQ on the About page), but it often takes several months for some cases to be confirmed.

 

Off the Map: Gregory Peake


The death of 26 year-old Gregory Peake in Shoreditch in March 2017 was initially investigated as a murder.

Two months later the Homicide and Major Crime Command announced that the death was no longer being treated as suspicious.

As a result the case has been deleted from the murdermap database, although the police press releases relating to the case can still be found on our news page: https://www.murdermap.co.uk/pages/news/index.asp?NewsID=1719

Unsolved Murders in London: 2016

Thirteen murders in London in 2016 remain unsolved*. Can you help?

Harjit Singh Dulai, 44, was stabbed to death after meeting a drug dealer in Rosedale Park off Albion Road in Hayes at around 6.40pm on 27 January 2016. A 16 year-old boy was acquitted of murder in July 2016 but police continue to appeal for information.
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The skeletal remains of Junior George Nelson, 52, from Kilburn, were discovered on an overgrown embankment in Rabournmead Drive, Northolt, on 13 March 2016. He had been reported missing in August 2015. A postmortem was inconclusive and it is not known how long his body had been there. Detectives believe his death was connected to the supply of drugs. Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson said: “One of our lines of enquiry is that he met his death as a result of a violent act and his body was deposited in the area that his attackers may be familiar with.” Call the incident room on 020 8355 0400.

Lewis Elwin, 20, was stabbed to death in Tooting on 18 April 2016. The trainee electrician collapsed near a primary school in Penwortham Road at around 3.47pm. His murder remains unsolved and police continue to appeal for information about a silver five-door Peugeot 307 registration KP03 ZTD seen in the area at the time. Call the incident room on 0208 721 4005.

Rukevwe Tadafe, 21, was stabbed twice in the chest during a fight with three men in Molesworth Street, Lewisham, at around 8.40pm on 30 April 2016. He died in hospital five days later. A 23 year-old man was acquitted of murder in November 2016 after telling jurors at the Old Bailey that, while he fought with the victim, he was not responsible for the fatal stab wounds. Call the incident room on 020 8345 3775

Abdi Gutale, a 24 year-old minicab driver, was shot dead as he drove his Vauxhall Zafira near the junction of Melbourne Road and Capworth Street in Leyton at around 3.15am on 14 May 2016. A friend in the car suffered a gunshot wound to the foot. A man was charged with murder but the case was discontinued before trial. Call the incident room on 020 8345 3865.

Matthew Kitandwe, 18, was stabbed to death outside his home in Wayford Street, Battersea on 21 June 2016. He was a student at South Thames College who had played football for the Ugandan youth team. Call the incident room on 020 8721 4054.

Mohammed Hassan, 35, was stabbed to death on the Winstanley Estate in Battersea at around 6.06pm on 3 August 2016. Two other men, aged 33 and 35, also suffered stab injuries. Police described it as “a violent attack in broad daylight.” Call the incident room on 020 8721 4005.

Andrew Oteng-Owusu, 19, collapsed on his front doorstep in Sharratt Street, New Cross, after being stabbed at around 11.41pm on 3 August 2016. He died in hospital the next morning. Friends described him as a “gentle giant” who cared for his mother. Call the incident room on 020 8721 4961.

David Robinson, 25, was shot four times at the Big House 101 recording studio in Sunnyside Road, Hornsey Rise, shortly before 9pm on 20 August 2016. Firearms experts concluded the weapon may have been a Smith and Wesson revolver. Call the incident room on 020 8345 3775.

Kacper Latuszek, 31, was found dead at a house in Forest Road, Walthamstow, at arund 10.35pm on 8 October 2016. A post-mortem revealed the cause of death was internal bleeding. Call the incident room on 020 8345 3715.

Ziggy Worrell-Owusu, 19, was stabbed at an 18th birthday party at the Basement Lounge Shisha bar in Goodmayes Road, Ilford, at around 12.40am on 27 October 2016. Police said there were around 100 people at the party when Ziggy was stabbed in the groin during a fight. Witnesses said he was trying to break it up. Call the incident room on 020 8345 3865.

James Owusu-Agyekum, 22, was shot five times on his doorstep in Tynsdale Road, Harlesden, at around 10.45pm on 2 November 2016. Police said the motive was unknown but it was likely that James was mistaken for someone else as part of a gang feud. Call the Incident Room on 020 8785 8244.

Mohamed Kakay, 33, was stabbed to death in the gardens of St Giles Church in Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, at around 9.15am on Saturday 19 November 2016. Police said Mr Kakay had spent the night at a flat in Wilson Road before entering the gardens at the rear of the church with two suspects shortly before he was stabbed. The suspects were seen leaving via the front of the church as the congregation were coming out. Call the incident room on 020 8721 4961.

*unsolved cases are defined in this case as those where nobody has been charged with murder or manslaughter, or nobody has been convicted.

Unsolved Murders in London: 2015

These seven cases of murder in London in 2015 remain unsolved*. Can you help?

Redwan El-Ghaidouni, 38, was shot dead in a suspected ‘hit’ outside his home in Vine, Lane Uxbridge on 3 February 2015. The father-of-three was sat in his Audi A3 on the driveway when he was approached by a lone gunman who fired eight shots through the car window shortly before 7pm. Police described the killer as a man in a dark hooded top with a large motif on the front, light bottoms, dark gloves and dark shoes. Call the incident room on 020 8785 8099.

Terry Isaacs, 56, died in hospital from multiple head injuries five days after he was found injured in Bannister Close, Tulse Hill, at 7.44am on 19 February 2015. He was last seen in Christchurch Road at 12.51am, when it is believed he was heading home to Brixton. Police appealed for information about a missing blue bag, a wallet, a metal tobacco tin, an Alcatel mobile phone and a Samsung mobile phone. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054.

Ola Raji, 20, was shot dead as he cycled in East Surrey Grove, Peckham, at around 10.30pm on 21 April 2015. He was also stabbed after he fell to the ground. Detectives appealed for information on two suspects seen running towards Sumner Road. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205.

Lukey Maxwell, 22, was stabbed in the back in Northumberland Park, Tottenham, on 5 June 2015. Police charged Arthur Gorol, 36, with murder but the case was discontinued due to insufficient evidence on 17 August 2015. Contact the incident room on 020 8358 0200.

Erdogan Guzel, 42, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Lordship Lane, Wood Green, on 10 July 2015. Police said he was an innocent father-of-two who happened to be standing outside the bakery his family owned when shots were fired from the rear passenger window of a black Honda Civic. A woman was also injured. Erdogan’s brother Yunus Guzel, said in a statement: “My brother’s children have had to endure the pain of losing him, during what should by rights have been carefree years. The loss of their father, who was taken from them in such a cruel way, has caused serious, emotional trauma. Although I have done my best to support them in coming to terms with this, nothing can make up for what happened that day in 2015. Erdogan was a key figure in the family bakery business and as such, the family has struggled to operate effectively without him – this has resulted in heavy debt and very sadly, his children have lost their family home in Tottenham. I would like to appeal directly to anyone who has even the smallest piece of information which could assist police, whether this is about his killers or something else which you haven’t yet shared with the investigation team.” Contact the incident room on 020 8345 1570.

CCTV of gunman’s car before drive-by shooting

Marvin Couson, 39, died in hospital on 8 August 2015 from a brain injury he suffered as a result of being shot in the chest outside the Lime in London bar on Curtain Road, Shoreditch, at 3.40am on 12 May 2002. Contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099.

Tadas Jarusevicius, 29, was found beaten to death under a flyover near Plumstead Railway Station at around 2pm on 23 September 2015. The Lithuanian national had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and neck. It is believed he had been living under the bridge with a group of other homeless men. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205.

*Unsolved as in no suspects are awaiting trial for murder or manslaughter, or have been convicted.




Police refuse to release list of murder victims


The Metropolitan Police is now refusing to release full lists of murder victims under the Freedom of Information Act – making it more difficult to check their figures.

Previously requests along these lines have been successful, such as the data featured in the Guardian article ‘Five years of London murders listed‘ and on our blog The Met’s Five Year List of Murders.

Most murders are publicised in one way or the other, whether through media reports, police appeals or court cases. But often our figures do not match up to those provided by the police. So when we attempted to get a list of homicide victims for the years 2012, 2013, 2014 in an attempt to check whether we had missed any cases, our request was refused. Instead we were allowed only total figures:

2012 – 106
2013 – 109
2014 – 92

We also asked for a breakdown by nationality, but the Met were not prepared to give figures for any nationality where the number was less than 5. As a result, the statistics for the three years in total read:

UK 106
Poland 12
Lithuania 5
Somalia 5

The nationalities with less than five victims are: US, Cyprus, Russia, Spain, Nigeria, Latvia, Turkey, Jamaica, China, Australia, Pakistan, Ghana, Albania, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Kosovo, Rwanda, Hungary, India, Portugal, Italy, Bangladesh, Kenya, Algeria, Iran, Fiji, Ireland, South Africa, Bulgaria, Columbia, Vietnam.

When we asked for a review of the decision, on the basis that similar requests had been granted, we were told: ‘Every FoIA request received by the MPS is considered on a case-by-case basis and no precedent is set by previous non-disclosures or disclosures as in this case, where a public authority may have previously released similar information in the past.’

The reasons for giving only a partial disclosure are that:

  1. Disclosure of information contained within the requested information… would have a negative effect on the relationship between the police and victims or witnesses of incidents who would expect that information provided to the police would be held in confidence and that publication of information by way of a freedom of information request would damage this trust, potentially impacting on the flow of information into the MPS
  2. To disclose any additional information may harm the MPS in its ability in the prevention and detection of crime and the apprehension or prosecution of offenders
  3. Disclosure of the names of the victims, would be likely to cause distress to their families, as there would be no reasonable expectation that the MPS would release this information without the consent of the family.

We understand and accept the third objection, but continue to believe that the public interest is in the identity of all homicide victims being in the public domain rather than kept secret for whatever reason.

‘It is like the justice system has given up’


Sometimes the justice system fails the family of murder victims.

Five years ago Nattallie Correa, 27, was found battered to death after a fire at her flat in Dagenham. Her boyfriend, who escaped the blaze with her two youngest children, was charged but acquitted after a retrial at the Old Bailey.

Nattallie’s family are now left in limbo.

As her sister Mellissa says in a letter to murdermap:

The worst thing is the murderer is walking free right now due to the justice system. It is a disgrace and the pain my family are still going through is never going to leave us, because it is like the justice system has given up on the whole case, when really someone from outside the case should look over everything properly because my sister is too special to get forgotten about.

My sister’s case is listed as unsolved. So what does that mean that she murdered herself and set herself on fire? Please if anything at all could be re-looked in to or could be done please we will be so grateful or please let me know if I could do anything by myself to get my sister’s case open again. I need help I can’t forget what has happened and I will never give up on my sister’s memory.

Mellissa still remembers the day that she was told about her sister’s death.

On the 19th November 2009 at 4am in the morning I got a knock on my address, I answered the door it was a police constable standing there he asked if I was Mellissa Correa and could he come in I said yes his first words was could I sit down I went no tell me what’s wrong please, he’ said I’m so sorry there has been a fire at your sister’s address and the children and the male are out safe but I’m sorry your sister was inside and has been pronounced dead, my heart felt like it crushed I fell to the floor and lost my breath crying, the first words I cried out to the officer was no it isn’t true my sister has never smoked or had candles lit at night, never, I said there’s something seriously
wrong here I tell you. That afternoon the police came and informed us that my sister was murdered the family were distraught even more.

Mellissa also accuses the police for a ‘lack of effort and commitment’ during their investigation. She adds:

Hopefully my sister’s case will get looked at carefully and thoroughly like it should have been in the first place.

Anyone with new information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.