Total: 112 (last updated 22 November)
Note: This is not an official list and may differ from those kept by police or government agencies. They include murders and manslaughters in the 33 London boroughs. Other possible cases (e.g. unexplained deaths) will be listed separately afterwards.
- Takieddine Boudhane, 30, was stabbed in the chest Lennox Road, near Charteris Road, Finsbury Park, at around 6.50pm on 3 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene 7.42pm. Mr Boudhane was an Algerian national who had lived in the UK for three years and worked as a motorcycle delivery driver for Uber Eats and Deliveroo. He was attacked following a dispute with the driver of a VW van. Police said it appeared to be a spontaneous “traffic altercation” and appealed for witnesses. In October 2020 police appealed for help tracing suspect Nathan Smith, 27, who left the country the day after the murder and travelled to Switzerland via Austria. His current whereabouts are unknown and a European Arrest Warrant has been issued. Smith is described as 6ft3 with a tattoo on his forearm reading: “Count your blessings”. Detective Chief Inspector Neil John said: “Taki was an innocent man who had come to this country for a better life. That life was suddenly cut short, leaving behind a distraught family both here in the UK and back in Algeria. On behalf of Taki’s grieving family, I am making a direct plea to Nathan to get in touch with us. Similarly, we believe there are people out there who know where he is or who may have seen him over the last six months. Please contact us and assist with our investigation. Any information you have – no matter how small – could be what we are looking for. If you don’t want to speak to police, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” The Metropolitan Police is offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Taki’s mum Saida Boudhane said: “Whoever did this horrible crime didn’t kill just my son Taki, but they killed our entire family. My son is still alive until we bring to justice the person who murdered my beloved son. All I want now is justice for Taki.”
- The dismembered body of William Algar, a vulnerable 53-year-old musician, was found at an address in Nowell Road, Barnes, on 3 January after concerns were raised about the welfare of an occupant. The postmortem revealed he had died of a stab wound to the chest. Further remains were found during a search of Edgar Road, close to Hounslow Heath, on 11 January. Janayo Lucima, 18, was charged with murder on 6 January but the case was discontinued and he was charged with perverting the course. Emeka Dawuda-Wodu, 19, was charged with murder on 6 July.
- Krasimir Kartikov, a 60-year-old Bulgarian, was found dead at his home in Whitehorse Road, Croydon, at around 8.50am on 13 January. A postmortem gave the cause of death as multiple injuries including multiple skull fractures. Nikolay Zhivkov, 44 and also from Bulgaria, was charged with murder and went on trial at the Old Bailey in October 2020. Jurors heard the victim had occasionally allowed Zhivkov to stay at his flat for free because he did not have a home of his own. Prosecutors claimed that Zhivkov attacked the victim after being told to leave the flat. Neighbours heard loud voices and banging in the early hours of 12 January and a witness who had been visiting the victim that night told police how Zhivkov had started arguing with Krasimir as they drank beer and vodka. After the killing Zhivkov took the victim’s bank cards and was captured on CCTV boarding a bus at West Croydon bus station later that morning. He was arrested in Southall on 16 January. He initially denied any involvement but claimed during the trial he acted in self defence. Zhivkov was convicted of murder on 2 November 2020. Krasimir’s family said: “Krasimir was the nicest man you can imagine. He was kind and always eager to help others. He was liked by everyone who knew him. I cannot imagine what could possibly have provoked someone to murder him in this way. It breaks our heart to think about it.”
- Narinder Singh Lubhaya, 29, was one of three men found stabbed in Elmstead Road, Seven Kings, after police were called to a disturbance at 7.38pm on 19 January. All three were Indian nationals living in the Ilford area. They were pronounced dead at the scene. See below.
- Harinder Kumar, 30, was stabbed in the same incident. Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Clayman, Commander of the Met’s East Area BCU, said: “We believe the parties involved were from the Sikh community and known to each other. A fight has taken place which has escalated, resulting in three people being fatally attacked.”
- Malkit Singh Dhillon, also known as Baljinder Singh, 37, was stabbed in the same incident. Police said they did not believe it to be gang related. Sandeep Singh, 29, was charged with conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
- Beverley Denahy, 61, was found suffering from head injuries after police were called to a disturbance at a flat in Waverley Avenue, Chingford, at 11.35pm on 22 January. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son Mitchell Denahy, 24, was charged with murder.
- Czeslaw Swiatkowski, 67, was found stabbed to death after police were called to a disturbance at a building site in Mount Pleasant Lane, Clapton, at 11.29pm on 24 January. He was pronounced dead a short time later. Dawid Wycik, a 22-year-old Polish national, was charged with murder. The trial at Inner London Crown Court heard both men were Polish construction workers and the victim was being paid to sleep at the address as security. Prosecutors claimed Wycik attacked the victim after being asked to leave the property following an evening drinking session. Wycik was convicted of murder on 29 July and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years before parole. Detective Inspector Brett Hagen said: “Wycik violently assaulted his 67-year-old work colleague in a drunken rage after he was politely asked to leave a property the victim had been renovating. Not content with punching Czeslaw multiple times in the face and knocking him to the ground, he then proceeded to pick up a kitchen knife from nearby and stab him while he lay prone on the floor. This was a cold, calculated and cowardly act of murder committed against a defenceless man some 40-plus years his elder.”
- Louis Johnson, 16, was stabbed in the chest at East Croydon train station at around 4.45pm on 27 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Kion McKenna, 16, was charged with murder and went on trial at the Old Bailey in September 2020. Jurors heard he was caught on CCTV leaving the scene holding the 15-inch ‘zombie’ knife after attacking the victim on the overbridge at the station. McKenna handed himself in to police two days later and the murder weapon was recovered from a chicken shop in Tooting. Police also found a rap he had written about the killing, referring to the victim as ‘L-Sav’. At court McKenna claimed he acted in self defence after receiving threats in Snapchat. The youth was convicted of murder and in October 2020 was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years. The judge said the attack was gang-related and added: “He came across the deceased unexpectedly in neutral territory and in the heat of the moment took advantage of the situation to stab the deceased on site.” McKenna, who lived in Tooting, claimed he had a history of ‘gang problems’ with people from Clapham Junction. British Transport Police Detective Superintendent Sam Blackburn said: “It’s frankly unthinkable that anyone would think to commit such a horrific and brazen act of violence, let alone in broad daylight at a busy station full of commuters and school children.”
- Marc Allen, 51, was found suffering from head injuries on Peareswood Road, Erith, at 3am on 29 December 2019. He remained in a coma until his death on 29 January 2020. Detectives believe Mr Allen came out of his home to confront a man trying to steal his car. The suspect then deliberately drove towards the victim, hitting him and forcing him over the top of the car, before driving off. The car, a grey Mercedes GLA, was recovered from the E14 area on 31 December 2019.
- Eraj Seifi, 46, was shot in the head outside a hostel in Bravington Road, Queens Park, on 29 January and died in hospital on 7 February. Errol James, 51, and Romello Briggs-Leon, 25, were charged with murder and went on trial at the Old Bailey in September 2020. The prosecution claimed that the suspects shot Mr Seifi, an Iranian national who worked as a Tesco delivery driver, after arranging to buy drugs. During a struggle, which spilled outside from a ground floor flat into the communal hallway and then the front garden, the victim managed to get on top of one of Briggs-Leon. James then shot him in the head, jurors heard, and the two men ran away. Police later found 250g of heroin (worth up to £15,000) hidden in the boot of Mr Seifi’s car. During the trial the suspects claimed they were acting in self-defence. James said he tried to hit the victim with the gun at did not intend to fire the weapon. Both suspects were cleared of all charges.
- James Dowdell, 54, was found dead at his flat in St Mark’s Grove, West Brompton, at 6.50pm on 17 February. The cause of death was strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. Mohammed Assri, 46, was arrested at the scene and charged with murder. During his trial at Isleworth Crown Court jurors heard Assri had taken advantage of Mr Dowdell by moving into his flat, taking control of his finances and excluding the victim’s carers. After the killing Assri called 999 and claimed he had returned to the flat to find Mr Dowdell dead. He was found to have the victim’s bank card and bloodstained cash. Assri denied responsibility for the injuries, suggesting they were caused by a fall or were self-inflicted but was convicted of murder on 7 September 2020.
- Sundeep Ghuman, 36, was found with head injuries at HMP Belmarsh in Thamesmead at 8pm on 18 February. He died in hospital on 19 February. His cellmates Steven Hilden, 28, and Terry Jocham, 28, were arrested on 18 March and later charged with murder.
- Lennox Nigel Alcendor, 42, was stabbed in the neck in Anson Road, Cricklewood, at around 6.45am on 21 February. He was pronounced dead at 7.30am. James Rochester, 42, and Christian Fearon, 20, were charged with murder and went on trial at the Old Bailey in October 2020. They were both convicted of murder. Rochester was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 28 years before parole, while Fearon got life, minimum 24 years. The court heard Lennox had travelled with a friend to Cricklewood to buy two bottles of rum from the suspects. Following an argument, Lennox left with the alcohol without paying after claiming that Rochester’s ex-girlfriend owed him money. Rochester followed Lennox and stabbed him in the throat with an 11-inch plasterboard saw. He and Fearon then punched and kicked him as he lay dying in the street, stole his watch and took one of the bottles of rum. They were identified from CCTV footage. DCI Simon Stancombe said: “Lennox was killed in a residential street as many people were waking up and starting their day. We may never know exactly what happened but it seems it boiled down to a row over the sale of two bottles of rum. This seemingly minor issue culminated in a vicious and sustained attack on a man who was unable to defend himself. The defendants then callously stole the watch from their victim’s wrist. At court Rochester claimed he acted only in self-defence. Fearon said he was unaware that Rochester had a knife and lied about being involved in the attack. These are two dangerous and violent individuals and I’m pleased the jury were able to see through their deceit.” Lennox’s daughter said: “I think it goes without saying that this has impacted me for the rest of my life. Not one day has passed where I don’t think of my dad. Remembering his smile, his silly jokes, the way he would burst into song or dance, his obsession with corned beef, even his obsession with taking pictures with me every time he saw me. Those pictures are all we have left now.”
- Santiago Lenin Borja Denoso, 45, was assaulted outside the Costa Azul bar and grill in Old Kent Road, Walworth, on 23 February 2020. He suffered head injuries after being pushed to the ground during an argument. Mr Denoso was taken to hospital but died of a head injury on 31 March. Jose Licona Valladares, a 25-year-old Honduran national, admitted manslaughter on 11 August 2020 and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. The court heard that Valladares had kicked the victim’s legs after pushing him to the ground. He told police that the victim was drunk and had insulted him. Detective Sergeant David Brooks said: “This was a very tragic incident in which a man needlessly lost his life. This altercation meant one man very sadly lost his life. Another will now spend time behind bars.”
- Li-Qing Wang, a 35 year-old mother-of two, was stabbed to death at her home in Magnolia Close, Leyton, on the morning of 25 February. Her partner Yi Xing Song, 53, was charged with murder the following day. He pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey on 1 September and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years before parole. The court heard Li Qing, who was a widow with two children aged 12 and 22, had attempted to leave Song in October 2018 because of his controlling behaviour and heavy use of alcohol but he refused to move out and the relationship continued. During the attack, she suffered at least 21 stab wounds in the bedroom they shared. Then, shortly before 10am, Song uploaded an image of her dead body to her family’s WeChat message group. Song also made a series of drunken calls to police but officers were only alerted to the murder at 11.52am after friends of the family went round and found Li-Qing lying dead in the bedroom under a duvet. A bloodstained kitchen knife lay at her feet. Song pretended to be unconscious as he lay next to her but later admitted killing his wife following an argument. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said: “This incident has left a large number of victims in its wake, Li-Qing’s children have lost their mother, and her family in China are left with the most horrific final image of her due to the callous actions of Yi Xing Song in sending a picture of her body to her family chat group, which included her father. Song stabbed Li-Qing 21 times in a frenzied and overwhelming attack. This has been a long and traumatic investigation, with much evidence in Chinese Mandarin being provided by devastated family members through an interpreter. The sentence handed down clearly demonstrates that suffering from alcohol addiction is not a defence for causing harm to others, particularly, as in this case, the most grievous harm possible.”
- Tyler Roye, 24, was stabbed to death in a suspected robbery near the Arena tram stop in Croydon on 26 February. He was found injured in Stroud Green Way at around 12.15am and died at hospital of a stab wound to the chest at 2.46am. Samuel Odupitan, 23, was charged with murder and robbery. Police are appealing for help tracing the victim’s stolen Gucci bag with a ‘Bengal tiger’ print
- Asante Campbell, 24, was found stabbed in a silver VW Polo after it collided with another vehicle in Parson Street, Hendon, at around 9pm on 29 February. He died in hospital later that evening. Detectives believe he was attacked in a car park in Stratford Road, off Bell Lane, Hendon, a few minutes earlier. DCI Andy Partridge said: “The victim was arriving at the car park, in order to travel to work for a night shift. He had just left his girlfriend and newborn baby at home in Edgware 15 minutes earlier.” Hafid Abdi Mohammed Omar, 19, Kofi Abusah, 19, and a 17-year-old boy were charged with murder.
- Shanur Ahmed, 16, was found with head injuries on scrubland at the rear of Galleons Reach DLR station in Beckton, Newham, at 8.38am on 3 March. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Shanur had been reported missing by his family in the early hours of that morning after he failed to return home. His death is believed to be linked to an incident in Prince Regent Lane, E13, at 4.55pm on 2 March, which resulted in a teenage boy being stabbed, and reports of a group of about 30 males were carrying baseball bats near Galleons Reach DLR station around three hours later. A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder on 7 March.
- David Siirak, 27, was assaulted at the Riverside Centre in Hillingdon Hospital on Pield Heath Road on 1 March. He died of head injuries on 4 March. Ronnell Dennis, a 26-year-old fellow patient who absconded from the mental health facility at 5pm on 1 March, shortly after the alleged attack, was arrested on 2 March following a police appeal and charged with attempted murder. The charge was later upgraded to murder. Dennis pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Kingston Crown Court on 26 September and was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. David’s family said in a statement: “We have suffered a great and terrible loss after David’s tragic death. This has been a life-changing experience. Life will never ever be the same for us without David. David was a strong and much-loved young man, and he will eternally be missed by us all.”
- Archie Beston, 19, was stabbed outside the Viper Rooms nightclub in Wood Street, Kingston, at around 3.40am on 29 February. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition and died on 6 March. Tyrone Bryan, 20, was charged with murder. Following a trial at Kingston Crown Court he was convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter and on 29 October he was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment. Police said Archie had been enjoying a night out when he saw a van being deliberately driven towards another 19-year-old man. Bryan, who was a passenger in the van, thrust his knife through the open window of the van as Archie appeared in front of it. Bryan was detained at the scene by nightclub security staff. The driver of the van, Finley Ahwan, 21, was convicted of attempted GBH and dangerous driving and sentenced to seven years imprisonment. DCI Helen Rance said: “Archie had never been in any sort of trouble with the police before and was incredibly popular with his friends and much loved by all of his family, especially his mum, Becky. Bryan and Ahwan are pathetic and cowardly individuals. Bryan used a knife to attack an unarmed teenager while Ahwan’s weapon of choice was a two tonne van. Both had previous convictions for offences including possession of a knife. Only they will know why they attacked Archie.” Archie’s family said: “Archie was our whole world. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He was a family boy, so happy and he loved to enjoy life. He was sweet natured and popular, he had no enemies and always helped anyone. He planned to travel the world and go to Ibiza to work this summer – he couldn’t wait. Anyone who knew Archie would know that he has never been in any trouble or known to the police. He was so innocent, and tragically he appears to have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
- Ricardo Fuller, 24, was stabbed at a nightclub in Ilford High Road at around 5am on 7 March. He died in hospital at 11.41am. Police said in a statement: “At this early stage it is believed Ricardo had attended the club where an event was taking place. Ricardo had gone outside when he was attacked and chased before he made his way back inside the venue.”
- Vanita Nowell, a 68-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s, was found unresponsive at a home in Blake’s Road, Camberwell, Southwark, at around 6.30am on 8 March. She was pronounced dead at the scene and five days later a postmortem revealed the cause was head injuries and respiratory failure. She had also suffered an injury to her back consistent with a stamp. Ms Nowell’s son Steffon Hewitt, 47, (also known as Andrew Shepherd) was charged with murder on 15 March.
- Damani Mauge, 17, was stabbed in the chest on a 130 bus in Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood, at around 8.30pm on 8 March. He was pronounced dead at the scene near Selhurst Park stadium at 9.07pm. A 16 year-old boy was charged with murder and went on trial at the Old Bailey in September 2020. CCTV evidence showed the fight began after Damani got on the bus and moved towards where the suspect was sitting at the back of the top deck. The struggle spilled out on to the street, where the knife was dropped on the floor and was retrieved by a member of the public. Prosecutors claimed the suspect deliberately stabbed Damani twice and tried to rob his neck chain. The suspect initially claimed that the knife belonged to the victim but later claimed he was carrying it for self-protection. He told jurors that he took the knife out to scare the victim off and did not intend to hurt him. The suspect was cleared of murder and manslaughter but was convicted of possession of an offensive weapon and sentenced to an 18-month supervision order. It later emerged he had previous convictions for robbery and knife possession which had not been uploaded on to the police national computer and so were not known by prosecutors at trial.
- Cameron Murfitt, 18, was stabbed in the thigh in Academy Road in Woolwich near the junction with Shooters Hill at around 3.28pm on 15 March. He died at the scene. Police said the teenager was riding a motorbike when it was hit by a white car. The driver of the car then got out and stabbed the victim. Mario Gruda, 22, and a 17-year-old boy were charged with murder.
- Tracey Kidd, 57, was found dead at a flat in Charnwood Street, Clapton, Hackney, at 4.45pm on 17 March, after concerns were raised about the welfare of an occupant. Police believe she died between 15 and 16 of March. A postmortem revealed the cause was a head injury. Paul Vissers, 40, was charged with murder.
- Shadika Mohsin Patel, a 40-year-old mother-of-two, was found with multiple stab wounds in Altmore Avenue near the junction with Barking Road in East Ham, Newham, after police were called at around 12.44am on 19 March. She died in hospital later the same day. Police described it as an unprovoked random attack and issued CCTV footage of a suspect. Shadika’s mother said: “Shadika was very loved and she will be sorely missed by her family.” Adelani Bepo, 28, was charged with murder on 29 March.
- Abdullahi Mahmoud, 29, was shot in the head in Hertford Road, Enfield, at around 4.36pm on 19 March. He died in hospital a short time later. Dorian Steele, 18, and Khalid Hogan, 19, were charged with murder.
- Stefan Melnyk, 54, died after being hit by a car in Salisbury Street, Acton, at around 12.50pm on Sunday 22 March. The driver also tried to stab a second man as she tried to flee the scene. Rhian Beresford, 28, was arrested at the scene and on 24 March was charged with murder and attempted murder.
- Kelly Stewart, 41, was found dead in the grounds of Memorial Community Church in Barking Road, Plaistow, at around 3.09pm on 26 March. She had suffered multiple injuries to the head. Police believe she was attacked between 12.45am and 1.45am that day. Detectives are appealing for information from anyone in contact with her in the weeks before her death. She was homeless at the time but was from the Newham area. Kieran Rifat, 21, was charged with murder.
- Tomas Macionis, a 35 year-old Lithuanian living in London, was found stabbed in the chest in Alexandra Road, Walthamstow, at around 10.55pm on 31 March. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Rizwan Abassi, 31, was charged with murder on 2 April.
- Sonia Calvi, 56, and her husband Edgar Daza (see below) were found with multiple stab wounds at their home in Dorset Road, Stockwell, at around 4pm on 1 April. Police had been called to the property after concerns were raised about their welfare. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Six people were arrested.
- Edgar Daza, 59, was found with multiple stab wounds. On 2 April a man who lived at the same address, Daniel Briceno-Garcia, 44, was charged with two counts of murder.
- Maryan Ismail, 57, was found dead at a flat in Pennine House, Plevna Road, Edmonton, Enfield, at around 6.04pm on 6 April. She had suffered multiple injuries. Her husband Hussain Yusuf Egal, 65, was arrested nearby and was charged with murder on 8 April.
- Tahereh Pirali-Dashti, 40, died in hospital on 10 April after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic collision. Police said she was hit by a car on the A406 North Circular in Finchley following an altercation between the occupants of two vehicles at Henlys Corner at around 11.50am on 20 January. Suspect Robert Barrow, 54, was arrested in Islington an hour later. On 18 April he was charged with murder.
- Denise Michelle Keane-Barnett-Simmons, 36, was found seriously injured after emergency services were called to a house fire in Alric Avenue, Stonebridge, Brent, at around 2.15am on 16 April. She was pronounced dead at hospital at 6.07am and a postmortem gave the cause of death as burns and inhalation of fumes. The Metropolitan Police confirmed there had been police contact with the victim a few hours before the incident. On 29 April Damion Simmons, 44, was charged with murder, arson with intent to endanger life, criminal damage endangering life, disclosing private and sexual photographs with intent to cause distress and voyeurism.
- Ralph Gibson, 42, died in hospital on 24 April, more than a week after he was found with stab injuries in Putney, southwest London. Police had been called to the scene in Huntingfield Road at around 5.35pm on 15 April. Three men were arrested on suspicion of GBH.
- Jay John, 27, was found injured after a suspected assault in Trinity Close, Dalston, Hackney, at around 12.25pm on 25 April. He died in hospital the next day. A postmortem gave the cause of death as head injuries. Romayne Husbands, 26, was charged with murder.
- Baljit Singh, 37, was found strangled in an alleyway off Station Road, Hayes, at 10.56pm on 25 April. He was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem gave cause of death as compression of the neck. Police said they believed he was assaulted following an argument with two men he was with earlier that night. On 7 May two men, Manpreet Singh, 20, and Jaspreet Singh, 24, were charged with murder.
- Pavinya Nithiyakumar, aged 19 months, was found stabbed at her home in Aldborough Road North, Ilford, east London, at 5.30am on 26 April. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her brother was also stabbed (see below).
- Nigish Nithiyakumar, aged three, was found with knife injuries at the same address and died after being taken to hospital. On 8 May the children’s father Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 40, was charged with murder after being treated for knife wounds in hospital. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility on 5 November. The prosecution accepted the plea after psychiatrists concluded he had suffered from a delusional disorder for many years.
- David Gomoh, 24, was stabbed in Freemasons Road in Canning Town, near the junction with Kerry Close, seconds after leaving his home, at around 10.25pm on 26 April. He collapsed in nearby Lambert Road and later died in hospital. A postmortem gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. David, a marketing graduate, worked for the NHS helping to keep staff supplied with essential equipment and his father had recently died unexpectedly from a Covid-19-related illness. Detectives said David was talking to a female friend on the phone when he was suddenly stabbed multiple times by a group of men wearing masks in what appears to be an unprovoked attack. The suspects fled the scene in a silver Dodge Caliber that was abandoned in Lincoln Road, Plaistow, a few minutes later. It had been stolen in Dagenham on 16 April and when found was on cloned plates and had a temporary wheel on the front passenger side. Vagnei Colubali, 22, Muhammad Jalloh, 18, David Ture, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with murder. They were also charged with conspiracy to cause GBH against an unknown male in relation to a separate incident a short time before the murder.
- Anthony Rooks, 80, was found collapsed with a head injury at a home in Dalmeny Road, Holloway, at around 7.20pm on 4 May. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Sable Thomas, 42, was arrested at the scene and on 6 May was charged with murder.
- Yonas Haile, 32, was found with stab injuries at a flat in Fulham Palace Road, near the junction with The Square in Hammersmith at around 7.50pm on 5 May. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Tedros Haile, 30, of Fulham Palace Road, was arrested at the address and on 6 May was charged with murder.
- Mark Baker, 62, was found unconscious on Peacock Close, Chingford, at around 11.57pm on 19 April. He was taken to hospital with head injuries and remained in critical condition until his death on 5 May. Homicide detectives are investigating. Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail.
- Francois Kablan, 19, was found stabbed in Great Dover Street, Borough, following reports of a fight involving a group of males at 5.28pm on 13 May. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A 17-year-old boy was charged with murder on 16 May.
- Jemal Ebrahim, 23, was found stabbed in Russell Road, Tottenham, at around 8.13pm on 13 May. He was taken to hospital but died of a stab wound to the leg. Detectives believe Jemal was chased by a group of at least three men armed with large knives before being attacked in an alleyway that runs between Braemer Road and Southey Road. The suspects left in a stolen Silver Nissan Qashqai, heading toward Green Lanes. Three men were charged with murder: Abdul Gaffer, 24, Tyreese Annon, 19, and Mizuki Brown, 24. Jemal’s younger sister Nema Ebrahim said in a statement: “Jay, my older brother, was one of a kind. A pure hearted spiritual soul, who was friendly to anyone he meets. Recently completed his first of his studies at the Zhengzhou University School of Business & completed a one year course learning Chinese before enrolling. Not a lot knew that he could fluently speak the language but as a family we did and he would always make us laugh when doing so. Jay had big dreams and ambitions to build a whole life outside the city and was not involved in any drama, he just wanted a peaceful loving life. He was an innocent soul forever laughing and making sure that the ones around him were doing well. We’re heartbroken as a family and we will have closure once justice is served.”
- Chad Gordon, 27, was shot in the head when he answered a knock at the front door of his home in Wiltshire Gardens, Finsbury Park, at around 8.20pm on 18 May. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives said they believe he was not the intended target of the attack and appealed for information about two suspects dressed in dark clothing and motorcycle helmets. The killers left the scene on a grey Yamaha moped and headed towards Finsbury Park Avenue. The moped was dumped in Tottenham Marshes and set on fire shortly before 9pm. Chad’s mother, Anne Marie Wilson said: “We are devastated by what has happened, Chad wouldn’t hurt a fly, he was so gentle and caring. If anyone knows anything, then I urge them to contact the police.” Clive Spencer, 23, Talye Olabisi, 23, Mason Sani-Semedo, 18, Cameron Robinson, 19, and Javarn Carter-Fraser, 22, were charged with murder.
- Oluwamayowa ‘Samson’ Adeymi, 21, was shot in the chest outside an address in Brackenfield Close, Clapton, Hackney, at around 11.30pm on 5 June. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspects are believed to have used a large Volvo estate bearing the false registration plate EX18EXE, which was found abandoned in Cowper Road, Stoke Newington, the next morning. Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said: “The car is a large estate vehicle and had some distinguishing features in that there were scuff marks to both corners of the front bumper and the front passenger door mirror was held on with tape. I am really keen to hear from anyone that has seen this Volvo or knows who drives it. My officers and I need to hear from you if you have any information about this car, no matter how insignificant you may think it to be your information could be key to our investigation. Equally I am keen to hear from anyone that witnessed the shooting in Brackenfield Close on Friday night or anyone that has any other information that might assist the investigation. This is a tragic incident that has resulted in the loss of a young man’s life and has left his family and friends devastated. If you can help us find those responsible, then please get in contact.”
- Nicole Smallman, 27, was found dead with her older sister (see below) in Fryent Country Park off Slough Lane, Kingsbury, Brent, at 1.08pm on 7 June. A postmortem confirmed both died of multiple stab wounds. Danyal Hussein, 18, was charged with murder on 2 July.
- Bibaa Henry, a 46-year-old social worker, was found dead with her younger sister in the park (see above). Nicole and Bibaa were among a group of around 10 people who congregated in the park from around 7pm on 5 June to celebrate Bibaa’s birthday. The other guests left by 12.30am on 5 June and the two sisters stayed in the park taking pictures, dancing and listening to music until at least 1.13am. However they did not answer phone calls from around 2.30am. They were both reported as missing to police late on 6 June when they did not return home. Their phones were discovered in a pond some distance away from the bodies. Their parents said in a statement: “The greatest fear of any parent is that they will outlive their children. What makes our situation unique is that two adored sisters were murdered together on the same night. The grief we feel is palpable, our beautiful and talented daughters gone. Although there was a large age gap between them they shared a lot of the same interests. They were both very much interested in the Arts. Bibaa a hardworking professional was an exceptional Senior Social Worker and a passionate advocate for safeguarding vulnerable children and families. Before qualifying, and to earn some extra cash, she would transport disabled children to their activities. At her side in a car seat she would have our granddaughter who was only a couple of months old. Her passengers loved them both, she knew all their names and Bibaa would have them singing as they drove along. Bibaa loved her family and she was proud of her parents’ gifts and talents. Bibaa’s father, Herman having been a former ABA Featherweight Champion and businessman setting up his own building contracting company. She admired my moving from office agency work to training to be a teacher and then to train later for the priesthood. Bibaa was just barely five foot but she had the heart of a lion and a smile that would put Blackpool illuminations to shame. Nicole being the youngest of three sisters was a joy from the moment she entered this world. Nicole saw beauty in everything; she had a very calm and positive attitude towards most things in life. She was a strong advocate for humanitarian causes and saving our planet. Her father Christopher and I would laugh together agreeing Nicole was a child of the 60s. She was an amazing photographer, actor and singer. Her speaking voice was silky smooth. Her voice teacher at school had said she should do radio or TV presenting. Friends and family all agree she was beautiful both inside and out. Nicole was incredibly laidback and very approachable. Nowadays we would be referred to as a ‘Blended Family’ but that is not how we see ourselves. It is not something we would be happy to be said of us. Bibaa and Nicole were sisters whose untimely deaths we will spend the rest of our lives trying to come to terms with. The tributes for our girls keep flooding in; it has been comforting, heart-breaking and at times overwhelming. Faith and prayer is keeping us going. I’m not sure how we’d get through this without it. The pain we feel as a family is so deep no words can express how we are feeling. This has had a devastating impact on our lives and each day gets worse to think our daughters, Bibaa and Nicole, are not with us and that they have been brutally killed by someone.”
- Alexander Kareem, 20, was shot in the chest and abdomen in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, at around 12.40am on 8 June. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.26am. Police said he was riding a scooter to a friend’s house after visiting a local convenience store when he was attacked in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity. Detectives appealed for witnesses who saw a white Range Rover which drove away from the scene and was later found burnt out in Ascott Avenue, Ealing, at 1.05am. Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley, said: “All lines of inquiry point to this being a tragic case of mistaken identity. Alexander did nothing wrong that night, he simply left a convenience store. The people who did this must be brought to justice, they ruthlessly shot down an innocent man in the street with no care of the consequences. We continue to urge anyone with information to come forward. These people do not deserve your protection, they set out to cause harm.” A £10,000 reward for information is being offered by Crimestoppers. Alexander’s family said in a statement: “Alex was a loving and caring boy who was loved by so many. He was so enthusiastic about what he did, he loved IT and computers. He loved to see is friends, like any other young boy. His life was tragically cut short by such a senseless act of violence which no one should ever have to endure. He will never have the ability to grow up and live the life we all can, he had plans to go to university in September. We are truly heartbroken at the loss. We want anyone who has any information to come forward. We were not there to help Alex in his last moments but we can help him now, as can you, the public. He was so loved and we will miss him for ever.” Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
- Mihai Gae, 48, was found with stab injuries at a house in Waldegrave Road, Turnpike Lane, Haringey, at around 11.58pm on 13 June. He died on the way to hospital at 1am on 14 June. A postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the neck. Marian Anghel, a 42-year-old Romanian national living at the address, was charged with murder.
- Dawn Bennett, 58, was found stabbed at a house in Lewisham Way, New Cross, Lewisham, after police were called at around 9pm on 10 June. She was taken to hospital but died on her birthday on 16 June. A postmortem found the cause of death was a wound to her chest. Her son Jamal Sealy, 31, was charged with murder.
- Kyle Kelson, 25, was shot in the head in Brocks Drive, North Cheam, Sutton, at around 1.12am on 19 June. He was pronounced dead at 1.45am. Luke Matthews, 28, Aaron McGrath, 27, Gary Hayde, 34, and Lee Matthews, 25, were charged with murder. Kyle’s mother, Angella Kelson, said: “Kyle was a much loved father, son, brother and friend to so many people. His big beautiful smile brought joy to all of us.”
- Wayne Hoskyns, 41, was found unconscious at The Parade in Crayford, Bexley, at 4.18pm on 19 June following a suspected assault. The father-of-five was taken to hospital but died on the afternoon of 20 June. Gareth Standing, 38, was charged with murder on 23 June. Wayne’s wife said in a statement: “We beg you to please come forward if you have any information which may help police with their enquiries. This is an awful tragedy and we want to get justice for Wayne, a loving husband and daddy. Our hearts our breaking at this sad time.”
- Sayagi Sivanantham, aged five, was found with knife injuries at a flat in Monarch Parade, Mitcham, at around 4pm on 30 June. She died after being taken to hospital. Her mother Sutha Sivanantham, 35, was also found with knife injuries at the address and was taken to hospital in a critical condition. She was charged with murder on 10 September.
- Imani Allaway-Muir, 22, was shot dead in Roman Way, Islington, at around 3.20pm on 4 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Nathaniel Reece, 39, Matthew Hardy, 34, Demetrios Kyriacou, 33, and Hamza Hassan, 27, were charged with murder.
- Khloemay Loy, 23, was found stabbed at the Holiday Inn in Bugsby Way, Greenwich, at 10am on 5 July. She was declared dead at the scene and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the neck. A man known to the victim fell from a height at the hotel as officers attended and was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition. Taye Francis, 39, was charged with murder on 19 July.
- Donnell Rhule, 18, was found stabbed in Seeley Drive, Dulwich, at around 6.30pm on 8 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.03pm. Detectives believe believed he was attacked on Lyall Avenue before making his way to a parade of shops on Seeley Drive. Eren Inniss, 26, Sean Robinson, 25, and Kieran Robinson, 21, were charged with murder.
- Muhammed Samir Uddin, 19, was stabbed at Crossharbour DLR station on the Isle of Dogs at around 6pm on 10 July. He collapsed in Alexia Square and died at the scene. An 18-year-old man was taken to hospital with stab injuries. Hamza Hoque, 21, and Samir Adil Rahman, 21, were charged with murder.
- Peter McCombie, 72, died in hospital on 11 July after suffering serious head injuries in a collision with a cyclist. He was knocked over near Thames Magistrates Court in Bow Road, Bow, at around 5.05pm on 3 July. The cyclist did not stop at the scene but later abandoned his bicycle and ran off. Ermir Loka, 22, was charged with manslaughter and causing actual bodily harm by wanton or furious driving. Christine, Peter’s sister, said: “It is hard to put into words the effect losing Peter has had on our family.”
- Jahreau Shepherd, 30, was stabbed on the Black Prince Estate in Kennington at around 10pm on 11 July. Police believe a 26-year-old man who attended hospital separately suffered stab injuries in the same incident. Dwight Junior Freeman, 18, was charged with murder.
- Dean Edwards, 43, was shot in the back of the head as he walked home from the pub through Betts Park in Penge at some point between 12.15am and 1am on 12 July. He was found collapsed near the Croydon Road exit at the junction with Tremaine Road at around 2.20am and was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives said they believed it was a case of mistaken identity. Dean’s daughter, Hollie Edwards, said: “Our dad was a friendly, bubbly and loving person. He was the best dad that we could have ever asked for and was an amazing grandad to our children. This last month, without him, has been the hardest time of our lives. Dad was funny, kind and generous. He couldn’t sing for toffee but still loved the karaoke and was the biggest Formula 1 fan that you could ever meet. If you needed help, he would be the first one there. He was never confrontational and hated arguments; he was a big softie at heart. It doesn’t seem real. Every day, I find myself expecting a phone call from him, which will never happen. We will never get to see him or hear his voice again. Not only have I lost my dad but I have lost my friend. He was a good, innocent person.” Taylor Purdy, 25, was charged with murder on 18 August.
- Ahmed Yasin-Ali, 18, was stabbed in Elmfield Way, Maida Hill, Westminster, at around 12.30am on 15 July. He was pronounced dead in hospital at 1.06am. Police believe a Mazda 2 GT Sport with a cloned registration plate of LD17 CXS was used in the murder. The car was captured on CCTV moments before the murder but has not yet been recovered and officers are appealing for information in an attempt to trace it. DCI Vicky Tunstall said: “This is car was involved in the death of a young man whose life was taken in a tragic and unnecessary way. Finding this car will be key to our investigation and my team will leave no stone unturned in their efforts to find it. Ahmed’s family are devastated by the loss of their son and brother. Ahmed was only 18 years old, had his whole life ahead of him and had aspirations to attend university, so this is a particularly tragic and wasted loss of life. I would also like to appeal to those in the community who may hear, or know information about this tragic death.”
- Billy McCullagh, 27, was shot in the chest in Windrush Road, Stonebridge, Brent, at around 3am on 16 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he was in a street where a large group of people were commemorating the recent deaths of two other people – although they do not think he was taking part. Shots were fired after a dispute broke out at the event and Billy was found fatally wounded. A metallic grey Land Rover Discovery thought to be connected with the incident was found burnt out in the area of the St Raphael’s Estate shortly after the shooting. Kareem Lashani-Ewing, 19 (22.04.01) of Westview Close, Neasden, and Leeban Farah, 24 (19.03.96) of Henderson Close, were both charged with conspiracy to murder in September. Two other men remain under investigation. The Crimestoppers charity is offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
- Peter Petrou, 37, was stabbed during a fight outside a McDonalds restaurant in Victoria Road, Kilburn, at around 10.24pm on 16 July. He died at hospital at 10.57pm. Chihab Saleh, 23, was charged with murder on 23 July. Peter’s sister, Emma Petrou, said: “This is the second murder we as a family have had to suffer. Our sister, Tracy Meade, was also murdered in 1992 and still no one has been convicted. As a family we are deeply devastated and cannot begin to imagine how we are going to cope with this type of tragedy again especially if the perpetrator is not caught. Peter was much loved by his large family and many friends. He was the life and soul of everything and the void he has left will be hard to fill.”
- Skender Ismaili, 30, was stabbed in the chest during a fight in Lytton Avenue, Enfield, at around 4.45pm on 17 July. Witnesses saw him being put into a vehicle. He was brought to North Middlesex Hospital but was pronounced dead at the scene. Ali Coulibaly, 20, Mason Harris-Williams, 24, Daniel Fletcher, 19, Ahmed Yamac, 19, and Jahzeel Lewis, 28, were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit burglary.
- Glenroy Joseph, 60, was found with a serious head injury after police were called to a disturbance outside a house in Elfwine Road, Ealing, shortly after 6pm on 20 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Leon Joseph, 36, was charged with murder.
- Five-month-old Elias Biad was found injured after police were called to a house in Preston Road, Wembley, at 9.51am on 22 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem later determined the cause of death to be an incised wound. His mother Mariam Benzain, 31, was charged with murder.
- Frank Bulbrook, 34, was found injured in a park area of Belmont Lane and Imperial Way in Chislehurst, at around 8.54pm on 24 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they believed he was hit by a blue van which did not stop and was found abandoned nearby. The incident was linked to a fight involving 10 people in Belmont Lane near the Gordon Arms pub a few minutes earlier, which left two men with stab wounds. The two injured men, aged 26 and 30, were arrested on suspicion of murder. Alfie Tullett, 32, was charged with murder on 30 July.
- Stella Frew, 38, was hit by a white transit van in Tonfield Road, Sutton, at around 5.57pm on 24 July. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe she had been travelling in the van shortly before the incident. The driver left the scene after the collision. James Martin, 26, was charged with manslaughter.
- Abraham Haile, 56, was assaulted in a casino in Camden High Street at around 10.09pm on 28 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder after a member of staff locked him inside the premises during the attack. Abel Mery Berhany, 21, was charged with murder.
- Christopher George, 26, was shot in the chest in Sebastopol Road, Edmonton, at around 8.55pm on 29 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was sitting in a black Mercedes when two men approached on foot and shot him at close range. They then ran to a car and drove off towards Felixstowe Road. Detectives appealed for information about a dark grey Audi A4 spotted near the scene. Leo Donaldson, 27 (03.08.93), of Haringey, Roshane Watson, 23 (16.12.96), of Edmonton, and Gizem Ozbahadir, 22 (18.08.98), of Waltham Cross, Herts, were charged with murder.
- Nathan Mitra, 32, was stabbed at Clements Court, Green Lane, Hounslow, at around 2.47am on 30 July. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3.45am. Police said the attack followed a party at the address. On 20 August Khalid Abdi, 25 (13.06.95), of Maitland Close, Hounslow, was charged with murder. Mohammed Butt, 21 (10.11.98) of Cheyne Avenue, Twickenham, was charged with murder in October 2020 after being extradited from Norway.
- Therasia Gordon, 44, was found dead in a wooded area of Burnt Farm Ride in Enfield at around 6.53am on 6 August. A postmortem gave the cause of death of as a stab wound to the abdomen. Brian Sengendo, 25, of Gilbert Street, Enfield, was charged with murder, as well as attempted murder and threats to kill against two other women.
- Jeremy Meneses-Chalarca, 17, was stabbed in Market Place near the junction with Oxford Street in London’s West End at 5.38pm on 8 August. He died in hospital at 7.33pm. Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin said: “This attack took place following a fight between a number of males in broad daylight and was witnessed by a large number of horrified onlookers. We have spoken to a number of people already but need anyone who has information, video or images to speak to us and tell us what they know. Your assistance could prove vital as we investigate this terrible incident.” Three men aged 18 have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
- Esther Egbon, 30, was found dead at an address on Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham, Greater London, at 12.50pm on 8 August. A postmortem gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the neck. Two hours later Igie Erabor, a 36-year-old man known to the victim, was found dead at a house in Gosfield Road, Dagenham. His death, also from an incised wound to the neck, is not thought to be suspicious and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death of Ms Egbon.
- Jeffrey Wegbe, 26, was shot in the chest in Hansel Road, Kilburn, northwest London, at around 12.20am on 12 August. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His family said in a statement: “Our beloved Jeffrey was killed in a senseless and violent attack. Understandably, we are distraught by the news and ask that you keep us all in your thoughts and prayers. We would also like to say a huge thank you to the family, police and wider community for all their support.” Police are trying to trace a grey Jaguar XF as part of the murder investigation. Detective Inspector James Howarth said: “I am urgently appealing for information about the movements of this grey Jaguar XF Estate on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 August. Did you see it in the area or in the moments before or after Jeffrey was killed? If you did, or you have any other information about this car, my officers and I need to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us, as you may hold a significant piece of information that could help our investigation and get justice for Jeffrey and his family.”
- Timur Gokcedag, aged 7, was found dead at his home in Lockesfield Place on the Isle of Dogs at around 3.20pm on 13 August. A postmortem gave the cause of death as drowning. His mother Yulia Gokcedag, 35, was found hanging at the same address. Police are treating it as a suspected case of murder-suicide and are not seeking anyone else in connection with the deaths.
- Dylan Freeman, aged ten, was found dead at a house in Cumberland Park, Acton, shortly after 2.30am on 16 August. A postmortem gave the cause of death as restriction of his airways. Prosecutors claim he was suffocated by having a sponge put into his mouth. His mother, Olga Freeman, 40, was charged with murder.
- Salem Koudou, 20, was found stabbed in Wynne Road, Brixton, after police were called to reports of a fight in nearby Overton Road at 5.55pm on 20 August. He died in hospital at 8.53pm. Another man, aged 26, was also found injured in Overton Road. The incident is believed to be linked to a car which overturned in nearby Marcella Road after colliding with another vehicle. Darius Kwakye, 27 (17/02/1993) of Prentis Road, Streatham, and Yassein Bullock, 18 (14/04/02), and Tristan Bullock, 19 (27.10.00), both of Fiveways Road, Brixton, were charged with murder.
- Yassar Mustakim Moussa, 37, was found dead near a brook in St James’ Park, Walthamstow, at around 1.40pm on 24 August. A postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the neck. Police said Yassar was last heard from on the evening of 22 August. On 30 August Richard Hand, 42 (31.01.78), of Falmouth Way, Walthamstow, was charged with murder.
- Anthony Adekola, 22, was found stabbed in Martlesham Walk in Colindale, northwest London, after police were called to reports of a fight in Debden Close at 11.05pm on 5 September 2020. He was pronounced dead at 11.45pm. Four people from Hendon were charged with murder: Christian Medina, 19 (18.10.00), two 16-year-old boys and Tajuan Subaran, 18 (28.09.01).
- Sean Williams, 34, was stabbed in the neck after intervening in a fight at a silent disco in Culverley Road, Catford. Police were called to nearby Thornsbeach Road at around 5.33am on 6 September. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.19am. Another man suffered a knife wound to the hand. Police said there were around 100 people at the event and appealed for witnesses. Sanjay Lawrence, 38 [17.07.82], from Brockley, was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm.
- Suzanne Winnister, 66, was found dead at a home in Becketts Close, Bexley, at 9.15pm on 8 September. She had suffered severe head and neck injuries. Her husband Leslie Winnister, 68, was charged with murder.
- Daniel Bytyci, 18, was found stabbed in Montesole Playing Fields in Pinner, Harrow, at around 6.05pm on 26 August. He died in hospital on 10 September. Police said he was with friends when he was attacked by another group of youths. Two 15-year-old boys were charged with murder.
- Anthony Higgins, 62, was stabbed at Priestley House in Barnhill Road, Wembley, at around 10.07am on 12 September. He suffered multiple wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Victor Osei, 40 (02.11.79), of Barnhill Road, was charged with murder.
- Nahid Ahmed, 26, was stabbed to death in Holbrook Close, Enfield, at around 12.40am on 13 September. Abdi Osman, 43, was arrested near the scene and charged with murder. Police said the suspect had called them 20 minutes before the stabbing to make an allegation of assault.
- John Avers, 47, was hit by a car in a car park in Whalebone Lane South, Dagenham, at 11:43pm on 14 September. He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead a short time later. The car left the scene. Bobby Ternent, 31 (02.05.89), and Gary Ternent, 58 (15.12.62), both of Movers Lane, Barking, were charged with murder.
- Kamal Nuur, 18, was found stabbed in North Road, Holloway, at around 8pm on 14 September. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he was chased and attacked in nearby Goodinge Close by two male suspects who were captured on CCTV riding away from the scene on a bicycle at 7.58pm. They continued into York Way and Brecknock Road towards Leighton Way. DCI Andy Partridge said: “Kamal suffered horrific injuries in the attack that took place and was set upon for no apparent reason. I believe the public can assist in not only telling us where these suspects were heading to, but also someone will know who they are. Such grotesque, brazen acts of violence cannot be acceptable, anyone providing information can have the assurance it will be held in the strictest confidence. Those responsible do not deserve any protection; Kamal’s family are shocked at his death and will never come to terms with losing him in such a violent way.”
- Jaden Christie, 20, was found stabbed in Stockwell Road, Stockwell, at around 2.50pm on 15 September. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Jacob Koutouan, 22 (27.4.98), of Stockwell Road, was charged with murder.
- Loeike Guei, 23, was found dead in Commonside East, Mitcham, at 6.12am on 17 September after police received reports of a body on fire. Police said the death was being treated as suspicious after a postmortem found the cause of death was a head injury. Raphael Kokkinos, 33 (16.08.87) of Polworth Road, Streatham, Aaron Williams, 28 (25.07.1992), of Warwick Gardens, Thornton Heath, Joseph Kikkinos, 30 (10.11.89), of Chelsham Road, Clapham, Michael Brain, 27 (08.07.93), of Eyston Drive, Weybridge, and Sophia Kokkinos 69 (27.07.51), of Chelsham Road, Clapham, were charged with murder.
- Police Sergeant Matt Ratana, 54, was shot dead at Croydon custody centre in Windmill Road, Croydon, at 2.15am on 25 September. He died after being taken to hospital and a postmortem found he died from a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said the suspect was a 23-year-old man who was being detained at the custody centre following his arrest for possession of ammunition and class B drugs with intent to supply. The suspect was taken to hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound following the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of murder at hospital on 13 November 2020 after his condition stabilised. The Metropolitan Police said that “no police firearms were discharged during the incident”. Sergeant Ratana came to London from New Zealand in 1989 and joined the Met two years later, working first as a constable in Charing Cross and then in various roles across the capital before moving to Croydon in 2015. Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said in a statement: “As a colleague, he was big in stature and big-hearted, a friendly, capable police officer. A lovely man, highly respected by officers and staff, and by the public, including suspects he arrested or dealt with in custody. He was very well known locally and will be remembered so fondly in Croydon, as well as in the Met and the rugby world. He leaves a partner and an adult son from a previous relationship. Our thoughts are with them.”
- Patrick Gomes De’Almeida, 25, was stabbed outside a block of flats on London Road, Morden, at 10.57pm on 1 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11.26pm. A second man, aged 33, was taken to hospital with stab wounds but his injuries were not life-threatening. Police said they believed Patrick was targeted by three masked men who left in a car, and that the murder may have been linked to a deliberate attack on the victim’s car, a white Volkswagen Scirocco, a week earlier. Patrick’s family said in a statement: “P had a heart of gold. He was loving, caring and full of life and laughter. You always knew when P was in the room. He had the gift of making people smile. P will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Life will not be the same. As he always said ‘It’s not a party without P’.” Gerald Atkins, 33 (16.08.87), of Greyhound Terrace, Streatham, Leigh Wright, 28 (01.11.91), of Whitworth Road, South Norwood, Jamaili Calvert, 20 (11.12.99) of Ingatestone Road, Croydon, and Lewis Adams, 29 (19.05.91), of Rutherwick Rise, Croydon, were charged with murder, robbery x2 and GBH.
- Kailash Kuha Raj, a three-year-old boy, was found dead with his mother (see below) at a flat in Golden Mile House, Clayponds Lane, Brentford, after police officers forced entry at 12.50am on 6 October. A postmortem found he died of compression of the neck. His 42-year-old father Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan was found with stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. It is thought he injured himself as officers entered the property. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
- Poorna Kaameshwari Sivaraj, 36, was found dead at the same address. A postmortem found the cause of death was a knife wound. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “Our initial enquiries established that Poorna and Kailash had not been seen or heard from for some time; Poorna since around Monday, 21 September, and Kailash since around Thursday, 24 September. What happened between then and when our colleagues found them? Did you see any of the family, or hear from them, over this period of time? Any piece of information could prove vital.” Officers had previously attended the address after concerns were raised about the welfare of the occupants on 4 October. Because Kuha Raj Sithamparanathan is thought to have injured himself as police entered the property the incident was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
- Lee Baxter, 34, was found stabbed after police were called to Pavilion Terrace, Southdown Crescent, Ilford, at around 9.28pm on 9 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.31pm. A postmortem found the father-of-four died of multiple stab wounds. Police said they believed he was stabbed in an alleyway by a group of men following an argument. On 24 October three men were charged with murder: Syd Goss, 20 (30.11.99) of Huntsman Road, Ilford, Jermaine Forrester, 23 (06.02.97) of Ley Street, Ilford, and Ryan Graham, 25 (4.05.95) of Farnham Road, Ilford.
- Shakur Hassan, 23, was shot in the chest in Austin Road, Hayes, shortly before 10pm on 13 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A burnt out car was recovered a few miles away. Jamie Ayres, 46 (15.08.74), of Broomcroft Avenue, Northolt, and a 16-year-old boy were charged with murder.
- Michael Lavery, 59, was found suffering from head injuries and stab wounds inside a flat off Reddown Road, Coulsdon, Croydon, at 9.27pm on 16 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10pm. A postmortem gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma and stab wounds. Patrick Beckley, 31 (26.09.89), was charged with murder.
- Bubacar Jabbie Dukureh, 17, was stabbed in Westbury Road, Walthamstow, at around 9.20pm on 23 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A postmortem gave the cuase of death as a stab wound to the chest. Detective Inspector Joanna Yorke said: “Another teenager has died on the streets of London in violent circumstances and we are doing all we can to help his devastated family. At this time we are retaining an open mind around motive. If you saw or heard anything suspicious or were in the area at the time, no matter how insignificant it might seem, it is imperative that you contact us so we can provide the answers that the victim’s devastated family are now searching for.”
- Giovanni Wallace, 29, was found stabbed at a house in Clyde Road, Croydon, at around 7.41am on 25 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His partner Charlotte Kerr, 35 (10.10.85) of Clyde Road, Croydon, was charged with murder.
- Joseph Marafini, 15, was stabbed during a fight between two groups outside a Sainsbury’s supermarket on Garratt Lane, Wandsworth, at around 4.58pm on 29 October. He died after being taken to hospital. Another 15-year-old boy also suffered knife injuries. Police are still appealing for witnesses. Joseph’s mother, Natalie Marafini, said: “There was only one Joseph. He was an adored son and loving brother. Together we shared an unbreakable bond and he would light up my heart with his smile. Joseph was gentle, loyal and would always help those he felt were vulnerable. He was a best friend to his brother and his father described him as ‘his brightest star’. Joseph wanted to be successful, study economics, and contribute something positive to the world. He was only just beginning to plan for life’s adventures. We were so proud of Joseph. As a family we are broken hearted and our grief is unimaginable. We would like to thank everyone who tried to help Joseph that afternoon.” Imran Boudjellel, 19 (25.09.01) of Bronti Close, Walworth, Shaun-lee Martini, 18 (11.11.01), of Christchurch Road, Lambeth, Abdulraheem Sanusi, 18 (15.05.02), of Croxted Road, Southwark, and two 17-year-old boys were charged with murder.
- Sarah Smith, 39, was found dead at a residential address in Henwick Road, Eltham, at 10.24am on 30 October. A postmortem gave the cause of death as head injuries. Ricky Woodford, 41 [12.6.79], of Henwick Road, was charged with murder. Police said suspect and victim were known to each other.
- Ildiko Bettison, 48, was found injured at her home in Raynard Close, Chessington, Kingston-Upon-Thames, at 1.18am on 31 October. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband Keith Bettison, 71 (20.11.48) of Ranyard Close, Chessington, was charged with murder.
- Eltom Mohamed Eltom, 19, was stabbed during a fight in Fernhead Road, West Kilburn, at around 10pm on 31 October. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two 20 year-old men were arrested on suspicion of murder. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe, said: “We believe Eltom suffered a fatal stab injury during a fight involving 12 males on Fernhead Road. We are keen to speak to anyone who was in that area on 31 October, at around 10pm.”
- Jason Diallo, 30, was shot in the head in Balfour, Road, Ilford, at around 10.14pm on 1 November. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said he was attacked by the occupants of a car who drove off. Mushin Mohamed, 24 (06.04.96), of Leytonstone Road, E15, was charged with murder and the attempted murder of another man later the same night.
- Jamalie Maleek Deacon Matthew, 17, was stabbed near the underpass leading to Northwick Park tube station in the borough of Brent at around 3.50pm on 12 November. He was pronounced dead at 4.31pm. Jamalie’s family said in a statement: “The whole family is deeply saddened and utterly devastated about the passing of Jamalie. We all knew of his ambition to study law, and coming to terms with the tragedy that has unfolded still feels so surreal. We are pleading with the public to share any piece of information regarding this incident.” A 16-year-old boy was charged with murder on 18 December.
- Richard Obi, 25, was found stabbed at a flat in Bramwell House, Elephant and Castle, at around 11.10am on 17 November. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
- Paul McCarroll, 45, was found stabbed at a house in Oaks Road, Kenley, Croydon, at 6.16pm on 20 November. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.50pm. Nicholas Jones, 34 (10.08.86), of Oaks Road, Kenley, was charged with murder.
- A man in his 60s was stabbed at a cemetery in Harrow Road, Kensal Green, at around 2pm on 22 November. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, from the Met’s Specialist Crime South team, leading the investigation, said: “I believe this terrible incident may have been witnessed by a number of horrified onlookers. I urge anyone who has yet to speak to police to contact us immediately. A man has lost his life in violent circumstances and we are doing everything we can to understand what has happened here.”
- A man in his 20s was found stabbed in Ramillies Close, Brixton, at 5.59pm on 22 November. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
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A man in his 40s died at HMP Thameside after being found with a slash wound to his throat at around 2.37am on 12 January. A man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of murder but the Metropolitan Police said officers were investigating whether the wound was self-inflicted or the result of an assault. They later confirmed they were treating the death as non-suspicious.
Death of John Kercher, 77, who was found with a broken arm and leg on Windmill Road, Croydon, at 7.30pm on 13 January. He died in hospital on 1 February. Detectives initially said he may have been hit by a car but later revealed he had died of a fall.
Unexplained death of a 33-year-old man who fell from a building in High Road, north Finchley, at 3.20pm on 12 February. Police initially said they were treating it as suspicious and arrested a woman on suspicion of murder. She was later released on bail and police said the death was being treated as unexplained.
A man was shot dead by armed police in Great Scotland Yard, Westminster, after being confronted by officers at around 11.25pm on 8 March. He had been seen acting suspiciously and pulled out two knives when challenged. The Metropolitan Police said the incident was not being treated as terrorism.
Melody Dyer, 29, was found dead in a car park off Radbourne Close on the Nye Bevan Estate in Lower Clapton, Hackney, at 12.10pm on 28 April. Two men were initially arrested on suspicion of murder but a postmortem found she had died of the combined toxic effects of alcohol, methadone and cocaine. Police said it was not being investigated as a homicide.
Melvin Trotman, 35, from South Woodford, was found unconscious following reports of a fight at a residential address on Cross Road, Chadwell Heath, at 10.20pm on 27 May. He died in hospital on 29 May. Detectives are treating the death as unexplained and are awaiting further postmortem tests. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder before being released on bail.
A man in his 30s was found with stab wounds in Epping New Road in Epping shortly before 8pm on 23 June. He later died in hospital. The Metropolitan Police briefly took over the investigation after it was suggested he was attacked in the Greater London area rather than Essex, before the case was returned to Essex Police on confirmation it was in Essex.
A man was found with stab injuries in Heron Hill, Plumstead, at 6.18am on 21 August. He died at around 7am. Police said it was ‘not being treated as a murder investigation at this stage’.
A 29-year-old man was found bleeding from the neck at Orchard Road, Plumstead, at 6.29am on 28 October. He was pronounced dead at hospital at 7.53am. A/Chief Inspector Josh Laughton of the Met’s South East Command said: “The status of the death remains unexplained. At this early stage it remains unclear whether any other persons contributed to the victim’s injuries and we remain mindful that the victim’s family are grieving and we are doing everything we can to bring our enquiries to a swift conclusion.”