Homicide victims in London in 2022

Total: 4 (last updated 25/1/22)

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Note: This is not an official record and may differ from any lists compiled by police etc. It includes murder and manslaughter cases. Other deaths (e.g. unexplained) are listed separately afterwards.
  1. Ermal Qose, 35, died in hospital on 2 January following a fire at a cannabis farm in Clapton, Hackney. Police were called to the lock-up garage in Southwold Road as firefighters tackled the blaze at around 4.10am on 31 December 2021. Ermal was an Albanian national and had no known address in the UK. Detectives said they had launched a manslaughter investigation and appealed for information. DCI Mark Rogers, said: “Ermal tragically lost his life having been trapped inside the locked garage which was being used for the cultivation of cannabis when the fire broke out. This is now a manslaughter investigation and, although officers have spoken with a number of local people, I want to hear from members of the public who were in the area on New Year’s Eve or who have seen people coming and going from the garage. If you can assist and have not yet spoken with police, please get in touch.”
  2. Dariusz Wolosz, a 46-year-old Polish national, was stabbed on the High Street in Yiewsley, West Drayton, at around 12.12am on 4 January. He was pronounced dead at 12:43am. A postmortem gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the groin and chest. Police said they believed Dariusz was attacked by a group of men in Tavistock Road following a verbal dispute. Harley-Dee Thompson, 27 (19.06.94) of Albert Road, Yiewsley, was charged with murder on 9 January.
  3. Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, was stabbed in Chippenham Road, Maida Vale, at around 9am on 24 January. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police also found a 41-year-old man (see below), who died after being struck by a vehicle at the same location. Initial reports suggested the man had been attacking the woman when he was hit by the vehicle. Police said the two deceased had previously been in a relationship.
  4. Leon McCaskre, 41, was hit by a car in Chippenham Road, Maida Vale, at around 9am on 24 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, a 26-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of murder before being released on bail. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This was a terrible incident that occurred in broad daylight on a busy London street. It appears that a number of members of the public bravely tried to intervene to stop the attack. A man, who was the driver of a car, has been arrested and bailed for a very serious offence and we must carry out a full investigation, looking at all the circumstances. I would ask the media not to speculate on the causes of the deaths while we are awaiting the outcome of two post-mortems, it is important that we deal with facts.”

The following cases have not been included while we await further details:


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