Unsolved Murders in London: 2018

These 26 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.” 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 was attacked after he got out of his Mercedes while negotiating a roundabout at the junction of Mount Pleasant and Edgeworth Road at around 11.44pm. The suspects left the scene in a stolen blue Ford Transit van which was found abandoned, with a toolbox and tools in the back, in Pilgrims Close, Palmers Green, on 14 February. Contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099.

Three or four suspects got out of the van before Bulent Kabala was shot

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. 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.

Police appealed for information about a van seen near Nikolay Glushkov’s home

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 believe she was hit 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 the Barnet area five days later. Detective Inspector Beverley Kofi said: “This crime has left a family devastated. Any information, however apparently insignificant may assist police in solving this cowardly crime.” 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.”


CCTV footage shows a suspect running across the leisure centre car park with a shotgun after the attack

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.

Leon Maxwell, 38, was shot dead outside Queensbury tube station at 9.02pm on 1 May 2018. He was a bodybuilder and musician who had been jailed for murder in 2003. Call the incident room on 020 8785 8244.

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. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005.

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’s mother Efe said: “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.” 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.

Joel Urhie, seven, died in a house fire in Deptford

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.

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.” Ethan’s mother Cherie Nedd said: “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.” Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4622.

Ethan, 18, is confronted after leaving a chicken shop in Woolwich Road

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.

Suspects seen in Audi and VW Golf before and after murder of John Ogunjobi

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.”

Suspects in fatal burglary of Peter Gouldstone’s home in north London

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, 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 post-mortem 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. Contact the police incident room on 0208 785 8099.

Richard Odunze-Dim, 20, was shot dead in St Joseph’s Road, Edmonton, at arund 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).

UPDATE: The following cases have been removed from the above list due to charging of suspects.

Zakaria Bukar Sharif Ali, 26, was stabbed to death when he tried to intervene in a fight taking place outside the Rolling Stock bar in Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, at around 6.29am on 24 November 2018. Police appealed for information about two suspects: 1) a male of Mediterranean appearance, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 10ins of stocky build with short dark hair; 2) a white male, about 6ft tall, of heavy build, with fair-ginger hair and a fluffy beard. In November 2019 Tyla Gopaul, 21, was charged with murder after being extradited from Cyprus.

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