These 27 homicide cases from 2018 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Contact the police, or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.
Yaya Mbye, 26, was stabbed to death on the George Downing Estate in Stoke Newington at around 11.34pm on 28 January 2018. Police appealed for information about three male suspects dressed in dark clothing who arrived and left the scene in a silver car.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes said: “I believe there was a level of planning into this murder and I am interested in hearing from anybody who may have seen or heard anything in the area of the housing estate in the late part of Sunday evening.”
For more detail see our report County Lines, Cuckooing and the unsolved murder of Yaya Mbye. To provide information to police contact the incident room on 020 8345 1570.
Bulent Kabala, a 41-year-old taxi driver, was shot in the head and chest in a ‘targeted hit’ in Cockfosters on 12 February 2018.
He had picked up a fare and was negotiating a roundabout at the junction of Mount Pleasant and Edgeworth Road at around 11.44pm when his Mercedes was hit by a stolen blue Ford Transit van. When he got out of his car he was shot four times, including once to the head.
Bulent and I were married for 19 years and he was a wonderful husband and father to our three children. We had a lovely life and then in one night everything came crashing down. Time hasn’t healed anything and I just want to know why it happened so we can all start to move on.
My youngest child was only two when his dad was killed and has no memories of him at all. Every time my children hear family and friends say ‘dad’ it causes them and me a huge amount of pain. Someone in this community knows something and they need to put themselves in my position for just one minute and get us the justice we need.Bulent’s wife Sevitch, speaking in 2020
CCTV revealed the suspects’ had been following Bulent in the van before the attack. They then drove away in the van before dumping it, with a toolbox and tools in the back, in Pilgrims Close, Palmers Green, on 14 February.
The murder happened six months after Bulent’s cousin Cafer Islam was shot dead in the street in Enfield on 23 August 2017.
While the gunmen in these cases were not the same, it cannot be a coincidence that Bulent’s brother Ilhan Kabala was also fatally shot outside of a nightclub in Turkey in 2014 and that all three men were murdered within a few years of each other.
Without a doubt people know exactly what took place, who was responsible and the roles that individuals played in what appear to be well-planned, contract killings. Bulent’s family have faced the mental torment of knowing that the information is simmering in the community, but through misguided loyalty it is not reaching the police. Those in the know have an opportunity to reset the moral compass and allow Bulent’s family to get justice.
A lot of planning went into Bulent’s murder. With such planning there will be opportunities as many people will have played different roles which they will have spoken about. Experience shows that people will have possibly, unwittingly carried out what at the time seemed like a lower level crime such as stealing the number plates or sourcing a van – we need this chatter to work its way into evidence.”Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh
A £20,000 reward for information has been offered by police. Contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099.
Kelvin Odunuyi, 19, was shot dead outside the Vue cinema in Wood Green High Road at around 12.32am on 8 March 2018. Detectives said the suspect was a pillion passenger on a moped which mounted the pavement before several shots were fired.
The murder may have been carried out in retaliation for the killing of Kwabena ‘Kobi’ Nelson a month earlier, as part of a feud between rival gangs from Tottenham and Wood Green (see our feature on Haringey borough gangs, including WGM and the NPK). Contact the incident room on 0208 358 0200.
Russian businessman Nikolay Glushkov, 68, was found strangled at his home in Clarence Avenue, New Malden, at around 10.46pm on 12 March 2018. Police believe there was an attempt to disguise the killing as a suicide though there was no sign of forced entry.
CCTV footage shows a Volkswagen van with tinted windows driving in and around Clarence Avenue between 7.30pm and 10.30pm on 11 March. Detectives appealed for help identifying the vehicle and driver.
Call police on 0800 789 321.
Jermaine Johnson, 41, was stabbed to death in Vallentin Road, Walthamstow, at around 9.50pm on 19 March 2018.
A 17 year-old man was charged with murder on 23 March but the case was discontinued on 13 June 2018.
Abraham Badru, 26, was shot in the chest near his home in Ferncliff Road, Hackney, at around 11.11pm on 25 March 2018. He was attacked as he opened the boot of his black Mercedes to get a drink while on the phone to a female friend.
Mr Badru, a personal trainer and aspiring PhD student who was awarded a police bravery award in 2009 after giving evidence as a witness in a rape trial, was pronounced dead minutes later. Police offered a £20,000 reward for information and described the suspect as a black male wearing a black puffer type jacket who cycled away on a white bike.
While the motive remains unclear, detectives said Abraham had a number of girlfriends and may have been seeing a woman who was in another relationship. He may also have been targeted in a case of mistaken identity.
Appealing for witnesses to come forward, Mr Badru’s mother Ronke said: “Abraham was my only son but it was like having a thousand sons. He was my joy and my reason for living, he made me happy all of my life. Since that day I have put on a brave face but in reality things are very different. I have had to quit my job as I found it too difficult to cope and I cry for my son every day. His graduation photograph is the background on my phone and every time I look at it I remember how proud he made me. Now all I have left is these memories. There are people out there who know what happened to Abraham and I would ask them to provide information anonymously – anything you say might help.”
Reece Tshoma, 23, was stabbed to death in Plumstead on 29 March 2018. Detectives believe he was attacked in Nathan Way near the railway station before calling a friend to take him to hospital for treatment to a neck injury some time before 8.37pm. Contact the incident room on 0208 721 4805.
Devoy Stapleton, 20, was stabbed to death after leaving a bar in Earlsfield on 1 April 2018. He was found injured in Ellerton Road close to the junction with Burntwood Lane at around 1.10am and pronounced dead at the scene at 1.55am. A 24-year-old man was charged with murder but the case was discontinued before trial and remains unsolved. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054.
Tanesha Melbourne-Blake, 17, was shot dead in Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, at 9.35pm on 2 April 2018. Detectives said she was hit in the heart when shots were fired from a car into a group of people gathered outside a block of flats. The car, a grey/silver Vauxhall Meriva people carrier with the registration number of KS56 NKG, was found burnt out in Fordham Road, Barnet, five days later. The gun used to kill her – a Czech-made Browning – had also been used to murder 20-year-old Joseph Williams-Torres in Walthamstow on 14 March and three other gang shootings in 2017 before being offloaded to another gang. It is thought that the shooting which killed Tanesha was carried out as part of an ongoing dispute between gangs in Tottenham (NPK) and Wood Green (WGM/22).
Detective Chief Inspector Neil John said: “There is no suggestion the murders of Tanesha and Joseph are linked in terms of what happened but we know the same gun was used. Fortunately this very dangerous weapon is now off the streets but we believe it was a ‘gun to hire’ in the local area from at least May 2017. It killed two people and we know it was also used in three other crimes. Joseph died in a gang-related murder – he wasn’t part of a gang and was mistaken for someone else. We believe those who shot Tanesha are involved in separate gang activity and she died as the result of ongoing territory disputes in the area. Tanesha had no links to gangs whatsoever.”
Tanesha was a volunteer mentor to young people at Bruce Grove Youth Space in Haringey, had taken part in anti-knife and gun-crime events, and hoped to become a qualified youth worker. Her mother said in a statement: “I just want people to come forward to say what they know, it’s heart-breaking. Tanesha was innocent and had lots going for her, a lot of goals and dreams. Everyone at the youth club loved her and it broke a lot of the children’s hearts, up till now they can’t believe what’s happened. Tanesha was not somebody who got herself into problems. She had friends all over, she was always a peacemaker. It’s disgusting how youngsters are able to put their hands on guns like this. They really should be into doing something better with their lives rather than taking other people’s lives.”
The suspect who fired the shots is described as a black male with a “slit or two in his left eyebrow”. Contact the incident room on 020 8358 0100.
Amaan Shakoor, 16, was shot in the head outside the Kelmscott leisure centre in Markhouse Road, Walthamstow, at around 10pm on 2 April 2018. He died in hospital the following day.
Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
DI Darren Jones, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command team based in Barking, said: “We believe Amaan was the victim of a targeted attack, with the chief suspects being two teenage males. It is our understanding that Amaan was on the periphery of activity linked to gangs, and we believe his death may be linked to this.”
Sami Sidhom, 18, was chased and stabbed to death outside his family home in Forest Gate on 16 April 2018. He was confronted by three suspects as he returned from watching West Ham United draw 1-1 with Stoke City at the Olympic Stadium. Sami, a student at Queen Mary University, suffered multiple stab wounds and collapsed in Chestnut Avenue at around 10.50pm. Detectives said the suspects may have mistaken Sami for someone involved in a fight in nearby Avenue Road. A £20,000 reward was offered for information. Sami’s father Samer Sidhom said: “Sami was a wonderful son. He was a kind young man who always tried to help his family, friends and colleagues, and was respected by everyone who knew him. He did everything right. He fought hard to win his place in society and some cowards in the dark stabbed him in the back. If you know the killers you already know they killed a perfectly innocent person for no reason whatsoever.” Contact the police on 0208 345 3715.
Kwasi Anim-Boadu, 20, was stabbed to death in Finsbury Park on 21 April 2018. Detectives believe he was attacked during a fight involving a group of people in Roth Walk at around 3am. A second man, aged 21, also suffered stab wounds during the same incident and was found in Seven Sisters Road.
Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17, was found shot in Warham Street, Kennington, at around 6.05pm on 5 May 2018. He died at the scene at 6.56pm.
It was reported that he was a member of the drill rap group Moscow 17, performing under the name GB.
Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005.
Rajesh Verma, a father-of-two, died 15 years after being stabbed in the head with a set of garden shears in Acton, west London.
He was attacked by a group of up to eight men close to the entrance of Acton Park, opposite Birkbeck Grove, on 31 August 2003, but nobody was ever arrested or charged.
Rajesh, aged 42 at the time, was treated in hospital for severe brain damage before being discharged, but was left with a number of ongoing health issues including epilepsy.
In 2015 he had a major heart attack, further complicating the existing brain damage, and was unable to move or speak for the last 18 months of his life. Rajesh also broke his hip in 2017 during a fitting episode. He died on 27 May 2018.
Our children were 11 and 13 when their lives were turned upside down. We chose to care for him at home in the way that he had cared for all of us.
Each member of the family helped to care for him. He was unable to think, move, talk or walk, but we still felt he could feel our presence and persevered. He required 24-hour assistance and we gave it. We watched him in the same position day after day. Life was all about him, but we all had hope.
The assault 15 years before, was random and unexpected. His assault left a huge gap in our hearts and continues to do so. His generosity and love for fellow humans did not deserve this. He was protective of the family but also of the vulnerable. He was a very popular man in Acton. Hundreds paid their respects at his funeral. There were friends and family but also homeless people, and local business people who he had helped tirelessly.Rajesh’s wife, Roma Verma
A pathologist concluded there was a causal link between the assault in 2003 and his death. A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded at an inquest held at West London Coroners Court on 28 November 2019.
In March 2019 the Metropolitan Police issued a public appeal, saying they were now classing it as a murder investigation and offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
The attack on Rajesh involved ferocious violence by a group of men, one of whom, stabbed him in the head with a set of garden shears found near the crime scene.
We believe Rajesh was attacked after he intervened in a dispute between one of his friends and another individual. The suspects are believed to be local to the Acton area and are likely to still be living there or have links to the area. All were described as being of East African appearance.
This is a shocking crime and I’m in no doubt that people will have chatted and boasted about it. Rajesh’s family have not had any justice for 17 years and we are committed to solving this murder.DCI Noel McHugh
Anyone with information can call detectives on 020 8785 8099.
Mark Tremain, 52, was assaulted in Albert Square, Lambeth, at 5.50pm on 31 May 2018. He died in hospital of head injuries on 14 June 2018. Call the incident room on 020 8721 4868.
Ishak Tacine, 20, was stabbed to death in Cavendish Road, Edmonton, at around 6.33pm on 27 June 2018. Police said a number of young men were involved in a fight involving baseball bats. Contact the incident room on 02083453734.
Latwaan Griffiths, 18, was fatally stabbed on 25 July 2018. He was found injured after falling off the back of a moped in Denmark Road, Camberwell, at around 6.55pm. The moped driver rode off and Latwaan was taken to hospital, where he died at 12.22am on 26 July 2018. Evidence heard in another court case suggested Latwaan was a member of the Harlem Spartans gang based in Kennington, which was involved in a feud with a rival ‘150’ gang in Lambeth. Contact police on 0208 721 4205.
Seven-year-old Joel Urhie died in an arson attack on his home in Adolphus Street, Deptford, at around 3.25am on 7 August 2018. His body was found in the upstairs bedroom he shared with his mother Efe, who managed to escape with Joel’s older sister by jumping from first floor windows.
Police believe the fire was started when a burning item was pushed through the letterbox. DCI Mark Wrigley said: “I do want to remind anyone with information that we are dealing with the death of an innocent seven-year-old child. He should have been able to sleep safely with his mother, but instead he died at a tragically young age due to a callous attack which was doubtless motivated by factors far behind the comprehension of any young child.”
Joel was the sweetest most caring little boy you could ever meet. He was so intelligent and always curious to learn new things. His smile and laugh would light up a room and he was so full of life and energy.Joel’s mother Efe
A reward of up to £10,000 is being offered by the Crimestoppers charity. Contact them on 0800 555 111 or the police incident room on 020 8345 3715.
Ismail Tanrikulu, 22, was shot dead in Tottenham Cemetery at around 7.53am on 3 September 2018. The gunman is believed to have fled to Turkey after the killing. A suspected accomplice was acquitted of murder following a trial at the Old Bailey. The court heard Mr Tanrikulu had arranged a meeting at the cemetery to sort out a drugs dispute.
Elyon Poku, 20, was stabbed to death after a fight at a house party at a flat in Wilderton Road, Stamford Hill, at around 2.50am on 22 September 2018. Two other men aged 17 and 24 were also injured. Police said there were up to 200 people at the party. Elyon’s father, Tony Poku, said: “It has been a year since we last saw our beloved son Elyon and still we have no answers. The last year has been the most difficult period of our lives and every day we ask ourselves why this happened to our son and our family. Not a day goes by when we don’t think of Elyon and what he would have been doing if he were still here today. We know Elyon is not coming back but it would be a great relief to the family if those who were responsible were identified and brought to justice. ” Call the incident room on 0208 345 3865.
Guled Farah, 19, died after a drive-by shooting in Walthamstow on 22 September 2018. He was driven to hospital by his friends after he was shot at from a car in Vallentin Road shortly after 11pm. Mr Farah, from Newham, was pronounced dead at 11.38pm. A postmortem gave the cause of death as gunshot wound to the chest. Delston Galloway, 25 (19.10.93), of Fulbourne Road, Walthamstow, was charged with murder but was acquitted on 27 September 2019 and discharged after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case. Call the police incident room on 0208 358 0400.
Moses Mayele was stabbed to death on his 23rd birthday. He was attacked in Manford Way, Hainault, at around 10.20pm on 12 October 2018 and was pronounced dead at the scene. A black VW Golf car, which was used by the suspects on the night of the murder, was later found burnt out in Park View Gardens. Three suspects were seen walking in the area carrying a petrol can. A 19-year-old man was charged with murder but the case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in January 2019. Call police on 020 8345 1570.
Ethan Nedd-Bruce, 18, was shot dead outside Collins House in Armitage Road, Greenwich, at around 9.25pm on 22 October 2018. Police believe it was a targeted attack linked to conflict between two criminal groups. Ethan was confronted by a group of males as he left a chicken takeaway in Woolwich Road. He was chased into Armitage Road by suspects on a motorbike and in a silver Ford Kuga car.
DCI Richard Leonard said: “Whatever the motive in this case, Ethan did not deserve to be pursued and attacked in this shocking manner. I believe the answer to who is responsible for this attack lies within the local community and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”
This atrocity has had such a devastating impact on his father and I, his siblings, the extended family, friends and the community as a whole. Finding the murderers will not bring Ethan back, but it will help to give the family closure that we so deserve. I urge members of the public, bystanders, witnesses and the community to come forward with any information that you may have that can help this investigation. We have to put a stop to people thinking they can literally get away with murder. This violence has to stop.Ethan’s mother Cherie Nedd
Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4622.
John Ogunjobi, 16, was stabbed to death in Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill, at around 10.53pm on 5 November 2018.
Detectives said they believed he was “attacked by a number of suspects” and appealed for witnesses and information about a stolen black Audi Q5 and a light VW 5-door Polo seen shortly before and after the stabbing. A man in the Audi was seen filling up the car with petrol while wearing purple latex gloves about 10 minutes before the murder. The Audi was found burnt out on the Gunsite Allotments, Grange Lane, Dulwich, the next day.
A £20,000 reward is offered for information. DCI Richard Vandenbergh said: “I think it is quite likely that some people who were friends with John will hold vital information that they haven’t shared with police. They should think about his death at such a tragically young age, think about the misery caused to John’s family and maybe think about the reward too – and then make what is surely an easy decision – to come forward and speak with police.”
Contact the incident room on 0208 721 4961.
Peter Gouldstone, a 98-year-old veteran of World War Two, died in hospital on 30 November 2018, four weeks after he was injured during a burglary of his home. Police were called to his home at Evesham Road in Bounds Green, Enfield, on 6 November after he was found suffering from a head injury and bruising. His TV had been stolen.
DCI Mark Wrigley said: “The television stolen from Mr Gouldstone’s home has never been recovered. Do you know where it is? Can you put a name to the men shown in the CCTV? I hope that the passing of 12 months will allow people to look at the images with fresh eyes, and perhaps, anyone who was reluctant to come forward at the time may now feel able to speak out. If you can help, please do make the call.”
Maureen Whale, 77, died after a burglary at her home in Bells Hill, Barnet. She called police at 6.10am on 4 December 2018 after two men gained entry to the property and stole her bag. A third man kept look-out.
Ms Whale, a retired air hostess who lived alone, was not assaulted but collapsed while on the telephone to the police operator and was taken to hospital. She died on the morning of 5 December 2018. A postmortem examination gave the cause of death as coronary heart disease, brought on by the stress of the break-in.
The Metropolitan Police said they were treating the death as manslaughter and confirmed they were also investigating three linked burglaries of jewellery in Bells Hill and Sampson Avenue and an attempted burglary in Raydean Road on the same night.
Maureen died for the few pounds that were in her purse, which is truly wicked and mindless. She was a fiercely independent lady and so adventurous travelling the world in her younger days; it is just awful she should die in such circumstances in the home where she had lived her entire life.
We really need the help of the public to trace these burglars. They are clearly experienced thieves, working as a team to target not just Maureen’s home but others that evening too. But knowing they are responsible for the death of a much-loved elderly lady may well have led to a change in their behaviour or conversations; they would not have intended or expected this tragic outcome. I am appealing to the families and partners of these individuals to help Maureen’s family get the justice they deserve. Handlers will also know who is responsible I’m sure. We’re not interested in you; we simply need information about what happened to Maureen.DCI Noel McHugh
Maureen’s black handbag containing her personal effects was found stuffed in a hedge just to the right of the road sign on the outskirts of Ravenscroft Park, nearly half a mile north of Maureen’s home, several days later on 13 December.
We are devastated that our beloved Aunt Maureen when she should have been safe in her own home was confronted by three cowardly burglars who broke in whilst she was alone. I dread to think what went through her mind.
We will always have the terrible thoughts of Aunt Maureen’s last call to the police – it is heart-breaking. Our aunt was approaching her 78th birthday and remained fiercely independent – she had done so much good in her life and had so much more to give.
Those responsible are still living their lives, enjoying time with their own families. I would ask you to listen to that recording of what you did to this elderly lady, listen to the fear in her voice. You can still make a difference and explain your side of things. Possibly you didn’t realise she was in the house or that things went wrong. Please be courageous and contact the police today.Maureen’s family, speaking in 2020
A £20,000 reward for information has been offered by police. Contact the incident room on 0208 785 8099.
Richard Odunze-Dim, 20, was shot dead in St Joseph’s Road, Edmonton, at around 9.15pm on 18 December 2018. Police arrested at least six men in relation to the murder. A spokesman for Richard’s family said: “Whoever knows anything about this must come forward and assist the police. Whoever is protecting these individuals must come forward. Our circumstances are no different – too many families have gone through the pain that we are going through now. We do not want vengeance we just want the violence to end.” Contact the Incident Room on 020 8345 1570.
*Unsolved, meaning nobody has been charged, or nobody has been convicted after trial (except in cases of self defence).