Local newspapers may not have the staff or resources to cover a trial in depth and the national press, TV and radio are naturally interested only in the most important or topical cases. Most court reports in the media will either be the start of a case (the prosecution opening, a summary of the evidence against a suspect) or the end (conviction and sentence).
But what about the witness evidence and the defence? Juries make their decisions based on all the evidence put before them (or at least they are supposed to do so), not the summaries provided by the prosecution, the defence or the media. If the public do not hear all the evidence (or at least the most important parts of it), it is perhaps not surprising that some jury verdicts are greeted with dismay (or even anger).
That is why we want to fully report a murder trial from start to finish to give the public a better idea of what happens in court. It will not be a verbatim transcript with ever umm and err – that would take too long to read, let alone write up – but it will be an in depth report of what happened with the most important parts quoted as accurately as possible.
Most murder trials last between two to three weeks. Sending a reporter to cover one trial all day would potentially cost (depending on the reporter or their employer) between £70 and £200 per day. We have therefore set a rough minimum of £950 to support full coverage of a short trial. If possible, the case chosen will be one that would otherwise receive very little coverage at all.
If the target is met, we will commit to providing daily coverage on the blog. All donors will also receive a long-read summary of the entire case upon its conclusion and an option to take part in consultation on the next project.
All of the above will be subject to legal restrictions such as the Contempt of Court Act and the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act, for example. Explanation of the effect of these will, if possible, be provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sarah Ashraf, 35, was found strangled at a flat in East Ferry Road on the Isle of Dogs at 6.20pm on 5 January. Her brother Khalid Ashraf, 32, was charged with murder. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained indefinitely under section 41 of the Mental Health Act on 13 November. The Old Bailey heard Sarah had gone to stay with her brother out of concern for his mental health. Police were called after a neighbour saw blood on the front door. Khalid told police he killed his sister on the orders of Satan. He was later diagnosed with paranoid psychosis.
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.
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.
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 to death in Caledonian Road, Islington, on 29 January.
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.
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.
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.
Bright Akinleye, 22, was stabbed to death on Euston Street, Camden, on 18 February. Tashan Brewster, 30, Abdoulie Ceesay, 28, Oliver Petts, 29, and Silas Loko, 26, were charged with murder.
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. An inquest heard she would have been charged with murder if she survived.
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. The judge said the attack bore “the hallmarks of gang violence”. It remains unclear why they targeted the victim in particular. Florant was sentenced to the youth equivalent of a life sentence, with a minimum of 18 years before parole, and Ukonu was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment.
Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, was chased and stabbed inside a hair salon in Vincent Road, Wood Green, at around 8.09pm on 22 February. He 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. They were all convicted of murder in December. The Old Bailey trial heard they were part of a group of seven NPK gang members who set out on bicycles armed with knives, a handgun and a shotgun to search for rival WGM gang members in Wood Green. Kamali was attacked after he tried to drive at the group to scare them off as they attacked his friend. DCI Simon Stancombe said: “So desperate were the defendants to continue their petty postcode rivalry, the gang launched their gun and knife attack outside a busy cinema and several restaurants packed with people and children enjoying their Friday night. Having chased down Kamali and his friend like a pack of animals they set about them with a ferocity I have rarely seen. Not content with the damage they had caused that night they then boasted about their murderous exploits in amateurish drill videos. In truth, there are no winners, no bragging rights or anything to be proud of. One man is dead, another has life changing injuries, a family is utterly bereft and five young men will spend the best days of their lives behind bars.”
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.
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.
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, Arron Isaacs, 17, and a 15-year-old boy were charged with murder. On 7 November Ong-a-Kwie and the Isaacs were convicted of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey. The two other suspects were cleared of all charges. The court heard Jodie was sitting with friends listening to music in St Neots Road park when Ong-a-Kwie and Isaacs, who had arrived by car, approached the group. Without a word, Ong-a-Kwie stabbed Jodie in the back before running out the park. Jurors heard evidence the attackers may have been trying to target a rival drug dealer but the motive for the attack remains unclear. Ong-a-Kwie was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 26 years and Isaacs to life with 18 years minimum.
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.”
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.
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.
The body of Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, a 34 year-old French film producer, was found in a shallow grave in a garden in Kew on 6 March. She had a cable around her neck and a postmortem revealed she died of strangulation. Her Estonian ex-boyfriend Kirill Belorusov, 32, was arrested in his native country and extradited to the UK to stand trial for murder. He was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey on 30 September and sentenced to a minimum of 24 years before parol. The court heard Belorusov was leading a double life – pursuing relationships two women at the same time, telling repeated lies about his finances and supposed career as a Hollywood stuntman and claiming to have terminal cancer. Text messages recovered from his phone revealed tension in the relationship and attempts to cover up the killing. Police believe he killed her on the evening of 2 March. She was reported missing two days later after failing to turn up for work.
Mohammed Elmi, 37, died in hospital on 6 March, three days after he was stabbed five times in Romilly Street, Soho. Suspect Joe Gynane, 34, was arrested around six hours later after stabbing a 16-year-old boy in the leg in nearby University Street. Gynane denied murder on the basis of diminished responsibility (mental illness) but was convicted by a jury on 9 October and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years before parole. The court heard the suspect was a heavy drug user (crack cocaine, heroin and spice) who was trying to obtain drugs at the time of the attacks.
Ayub Hassan, 17, was stabbed to death in Lanfrey Place, West Kensington, on 7 March. A 15 year-old boy was charged with murder. He 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. He was sentenced to the youth equivalent of life imprisonment, for a minimum of 15 years before parole.
Antoinette Donnegan, 52, was found dead at her home in Este Road, Battersea, on 7 March. Kristian Smith, 41, was charged with murder.
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. In July 2019 Mihai was sentenced to four years imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Mandachi was sentenced to four months imprisonment for affray.
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.
Ravi Katharkamar, 54, was stabbed to death during a robbery at Marsh Food and Wine in Marsh Road, Pinner, on 24 March. He was putting out the newspapers outside the ship where he worked when a masked man held a knife to his throat, forced him inside and grabbed the till. During a struggle he was stabbed twice in the chest. Alexander Stephen Gunn, 31, was charged with murder after being linked to the scene by CCTV and his use of a stolen car. Gunn was convicted of murder on 8 October.
Ramane Richard Wiggan, 25, was shot dead in Friar Mews, West Norwood, on 27 March.
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. The Old Bailey heard Zahir had left his flat with £280 in cash after telling his girlfriend he was going to hand over some money. Minutes later he collapsed in the street after being stabbed four times, including two fatal injuries to his chest. His money was missing. Hussain, who denied responsibility for the killing, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter. Ahmed was cleared of all charges. Detective Sergeant Gary Royal said: “Whether Zahir’s death was motivated by robbery or some other cause may never be known. What can be said is that this appears to have been a planned and brutal attack.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 eitther him or the vehicle. A £10,000 reward for information was offered by the Crimestoppers charity.
Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan, a 27-year-old Brent council officer, died in hospital after being hit by a car outside Alperton tube station in Ealing Road, Wembley, at around 1.28am on 16 April. A postmortem gave the cause of death as hypoxic ischaemic brain injury and cardiac arrest due to complications to a broken leg. Camisan Judes Emanuvel, 35, was charged with murder. He was convicted of the charge on 25 October after a trial at the Old Bailey and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 years before parole. The court heard the victim took part in a planned fight between two rival groups of Tamil men. Emanuvel deliberately drove at the rival group, hitting the victim from behind at around 26mph. Detective Inspector Mark Richards said: “That fatal night in April Camisan Emanuvel chose to use his vehicle as a weapon. To deliberately accelerate a vehicle towards a defenceless human being is deplorable. The reasons behind the events leading up to the death of Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan were clearly needless male posturing and pack mentality bravado.”
Steven Brown, 47, was stabbed to death in Matthias Road, Stoke Newington, on 17 April.
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, Emmanuel Kamara 23, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with murder.
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. Taylar Isaac, 18, David Kerrigan, 19, and a 16-year-old boy, were charged with murder. Harley McGivern, 18, was charged with conspiracy to murder.
Amy Parsons, 35, was found beaten to death in the bath at her flat in Crowder Street, Whitechapel, on 26 April. Her fiance Roderick Deakin-White, 37, was charged with murder. Jurors heard Ms Parsons wanted to end the relationship because of Deakin-White’s physical and emotional demands and had started seeing a work colleague. Deakin-White began stalking his partner and confided in friends about his anger towards her before beating her over the head with a metal bar while she was in the shower. He claimed loss of control at trial but was convicted of murder on 19 November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Constantin Sin, 51, died after being hit by a car in High Road, Leytonstone, on 5 May. Riyaz Adam, 25, was charged with murder. He was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter in November after a trial at the Old Bailey and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment. The court heard Adam deliberately drove into Mr Sin at 15mph after seeing a friend arguing with the victim in the street outside a takeaway restaurant.
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.
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. Police are offering a £20,000 reward and have appealed for information about the movements of a black BMW X5 and a Blue Range Rover Evoque in the area on 7 May.
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. Daniel Burrell, 39, was charged with murder.
Tatiana Koudriavtsev, 68, was found stabbed to death in the bath at her flat in Adair Tower, Appleford Road, North Kensington, at 6.40am on 23 May. Her partner was also found stabbed to death (see below).
Vladimir Koudriavtsev, 69, was found stabbed to death in a bedroom at his home in Adair Tower, North Kensington. Son Sergey Koudriavtsev, 48, was charged with both murders. He pleaded guilty to both murders in October and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 26 years before parole. He claimed he decided to kill his parents after arguing with them about his dog, a Neapolitan mastiff whose health had deteriorated while living at the flat. Sergey sent three nights sleeping rough after the killings before calling police from a pub in Surrey to confess.
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.
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.
Ismaila Ceesay, 33, was stabbed in the abdomen during a right in Warwick Road, Forest Gate, at around 1.15am on 28 May.
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.
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.
Adrian Murphy, 43, was found dead 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 was linked to another incident in Walthamstow on 30 May when a man was found unconscious and taken to hospital. A 24 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. In October Joel Osei, 24, was charged with administering a substance to endanger life/inflict GBH.
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.
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. “
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.
Giedrius Juskauskas, 42, was stabbed to death in Whalebone Lane, Stratford, at around 12.40am on 17 June. Mantas Kvedaras, 25, and Asta Juskauskiene, the 34-year-old ex-wife of the victim, were charged with murder. Kevedaras pleaded guilty to the charge in October.
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.
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.
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.
Edward Simpson, 25, was shot dead at Exeter House on Water Mill Way, Feltham, at around 11.08pm on 21 June.
Peter O’Loughlin, 50, died in hospital on 26 June as a result of head injuries he suffered during an assault in the street in Camden Road, Holloway, on the night of 4 June. Wayne Packer, 31, was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the first day of his trial at Wood Green Crown Court in December. The court heard he drunkenly attacked the innocent victim after wrongly accusing Mr O’Loughlin of stealing his phone, which Packer had in fact dropped in the street himself.
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.
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.
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.
A 54-year-old man died in hospital after being assaulted in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, at around 5.55pm on 29 June.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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, and Aaron Youngsam, 28, were charged with murder.
Grineo Daka, 27, was shot dead at the Phoenix snooker club in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, shortly before 3am on 7 July. Police said shots were fied after he became involved in an altercation with another group at the club. Liridon Saliuka, 29, and Edison Brahimi, 29, were charged with murder.
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.
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.
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.
Layla Arizo, 74, was found stabbed to death at her home in Redfern Avenue, Whitton, at 9.41am on 12 July.
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.
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. Her boyfriend David McCorkell, 54, was charged with murder. He pleaded guilty to murder in November.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Shaian Forde, 24, and two boys aged 14 and 16 were charged with murder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Two men, Jose Perez Fana, 30, and Kelvin Plata Fana, 22, were arrested in Antwerp and charged with murder.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Shakur Dixon-Kenton, 19, Zeshaun Daley, 18, a 17-year-old boy and three 16-year-old boys were charged with murder.
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.
Julio Gomes, 29, was stabbed to death in Houndsfield Road, Edmonton, at 8.10pm on 14 September. Lucas Siemienowicz, 39, was charged with murder.
A 16-month-old girl from the E13 area (Plaistow) died on 17 September, four days after being admitted to hospital. Detectives launched a murder investigation on 23 September after a postmortem gave the cause of death as a head injury.
Serafima Meshaka, 58, was found dead at her own home in Haven Green Court, Ealing, at 1.17pm on 18 September. She had suffered head injuries. Armen Aristakesyan, 41, was charged with murder.
Sufi Osman, 22, was found with a stab injury outside a shop in The Broadway, Southall, at 4am on 23 September. Police said he was chased across the road by his attacker. Samater Hirad, 21, Mohamed Yussuf, 24, and Jose Morais, 24, were charged with murder.
Tashan Daniel, 20, was stabbed to death after a fight on the platform at Hillingdon tube station at around 3.58pm on 24 September. Police said two suspects launched a “senseless and unprovoked attack” on the victim as he was heading to the Arsenal football match. One of them then pulled out a knife and stabbed Tashan, who collapsed on board a tube carriage. Alex Lanning, 21, and Jonathan Camille, 19, were charged with murder.
Osvaldo Carvalho, 22, was chased and stabbed to death near West Lodge Avenue in Ealing Common at around 6pm on 24 September. Police said it followed an altercation with a group of men in a small green area at Twyford Crescent Gardens. Five men including three brothers, Kamaljit Sohal, 22, Sukhminder Sohal, 23, and Michael Sohal, 27, and Karim Azab, 23, and Antoine George, 22, were charged with murder.
Arlene Williams, 46, was found fatally stabbed at a flat in Tennyson Road, Enfield, after police were called at 7.23pm on 28 September. Her son Criston Preddie, 28, was charged with murder.
Mark McCann-Barrett, 33, died in hospital on 30 September, nearly two weeks after being shot at a block of flats in Lansdowne Road, Northumberland Park. police were called to the scene at 9.27am on 17 September. Louis Kelly, 39, was charged with attempted murder before the victim’s death.
Baptista Adjei, 15, was stabbed outside Stratford shopping centre, Stratford Broadway, at 3.20pm on 10 October. He died at the scene. Police said he was attacked on a bus, or shortly after getting off a bus, near Tramway Avenue. A 15 -year-old boy was charged with murder. Another 15-year-old boy was charged with conspiracy to murder.
Clinton Evbota, 18, was stabbed on Grimsel Path in the Brandon Estate, Camberwell, at 8.21pm on 10 October. He died at the scene at 9.14pm. A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder.
Niyat Berhane Teklemariam, 21, was found dead at a home in Ambleside Road, Harlesden, Brent, at 12.07pm on 10 October. A postmortem determined the cause as a stab wound to the neck. The incident is believed to be linked to the non-suspicious death of Amanuel Amahatsion, 38, on the Underground at Green Park the same day.
Ben Lines, 20, was stabbed during a fight in Barnehurst Avenue, Barnehurst, Bexley, at 2.48pm on 13 October. He died in hospital at 5.27pm. A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder.
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.
Jake Kemp, 26, died in hospital on 24 October after suffering a brain injury in a hit-and-run collision. He was found lying unconscious in Bexley Road, Bexley, at around 4.35am on 19 October. The driver of a silver Toyota Prius failed to stop at the scene. Uran Nabiev, 63, was charged with murder.
Beatrice Yankson, 59, was found dead after a fire at her home in Mingard Walk, Finsbury Park, Islington, at 12.41pm on 26 October. The cause of death was burns and inhlation of fumes. A man in his 30s was also found seriously injured and was taken to hospital in critical condition. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said: “We believe this fire was started deliberately which is why it is being investigated as a murder.”
James Amadu, 26m was stabbed in Blossom Lane, Lavender Hill, Enfield, at around 1pm on 31 October. He presented himself to hospital a short time later but died at 2.21pm. Romeo Mapeza, 18, and a 15-year-old boy were charged with murder.
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.
Hakim Ishmael Daba Sillah, 18, was stabbed in the chest at the youth offending service in Hillingdon Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, at around 4.38pm on 7 November. He died in hospital at 5.25pm. A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder.
Mohammed Usman Mirza, 19, was stabbed to death during a fight outside Owen Water House in Fullwell Avenue, Ilford, at 10.20pm on 19 November. Detectives said there was a strong possibility the murder was gang-related. A car was found burnt out at garages on Hurstleigh Gardens in Ilford minutes later. Shariq Khan, 20, was charged with murder.
Iron Miah, 40, was shot in the head in Nelson Street, Whitechapel, at 10.34pm on 19 November. He died in hospital on 21 November. Hassan Mohammed, 31, Mohamed Moshaer Ali, 27, and Nanu Miah, 20, were charged with murder.
Randy Kruse, 27, was stabbed to death at a house party in Buckle Street, Whitechapel, at 8.48am on 23 November. Three others suffered knife wounds. Sahal Abdi, 26, was charged with murder.
Mehran Heydari, 26, was found stabbed in the heart in a car outside West Ealing train station in Drayton Green Road at 1.18am on 24 November. Detectives believe he was injured in a fight in The Avenue around 100m away from the station before his car collided with another vehicle. Ismail Yusuf, 19, was charged with murder.
Akeem Barnes, 24, was found with stab injuries in Ilford Lane, Ilford, on the morning of 24 November. He died in hospital at 12.36pm. Police believe he was injured in a fight at a party in disused commercial premises in Telegraph Mews, Seven Kings, at 6.10am. Jean Marc Dable, 24, was charged with murder.
Justin Bello, 38, was found dead in a communal area 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.”
Jack Merritt, 25, was stabbed to death in a terror attack at a conference in Fishmongers’ Hall near London Bridge at around 2pm on 29 November. He was working as a course co-ordinator for the Learning Together programme run by Cambridge University.
Saskia Jones, a 23-year-old volunteer at the same event, was also stabbed to death during the same attack. The killer, 28-year-old convicted terrorist Usman Khan, was chased from the hall and shot dead by police on London Bridge.
Exauce Ngimbi, 22, was stabbed during a fight involving a group of people in Clarence Mews, Hackney, at 2pm on 5 December. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 2.33pm. Kieran Brown, 26, was charged with murder.
Mohammed Al Araimi, 20, was stabbed in the back during a suspected robbery near Harrods in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, at around 12.02am on 6 December. The student from Oman was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.39am. A second man aged 20 was also injured. Police said the victims were approached by two male suspects in Basil Street near the junction with Pavilion Road, as they walked home from a restaurant.
Crosslom Davis, 20, was found stabbed in Bronze Street, Deptford, at 3am on 6 December. He was pronounced dead at 3.32am.
A 47-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in Shelley House, Boyton Road, Hornsey, at around 6pm on 9 December. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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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 Ranjana Gurung, 46, in a house fire in Cray Avenue, Orpington, on 28 May. Her 45 year-old husband died in hospital on 2 June.
Death of Graham Howe, 53, at The Fleadh pub in Preston Road, Harrow, on 30 May. The CPS decided there was insufficient evidence for any charges and an inquest recorded a verdict of misadventure.
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.
Reece Ramsey-Johnson, 22, 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” and later categorised it as non-suspicious. Witnesses said the bullet ricocheted off a car window.
Death of 67-year-old woman who was found at a home in Durham Road, Dagenham, at 1.51am on 21 November. A 37 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder the next day but was later released with no further action after police decided the circumstances were not suspicious.
Death of 37-year-old man who collapsed after being restrained following an altercation at a golf club in Fen Lane, Upminster, at around 10.50pm on 7 December. He died in hospital on 9 December and police await the results of a postmortem. Four men were charged with GBH: Paulo Pinto, 50, Gaetano Schembri, 24, Shkelzen Mataj, 39, and Melchione Schembri, 58.
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.
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
**Estimated total for 2018, based on 100 homicides by the beginning of September.
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.