Eleven homicides in London in the year 2023 remain unsolved. Can you help solve these crimes? Contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

Fernando Johnson, 23, was shot dead in in Rosebank Way, North Acton, Ealing, on 26 January 2023.

He was attacked shortly after he arrived home in a Mercedes car at around 2.15am. Fernando, an aspiring musician and former youth footballer, died at the scene.

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Denby said: “We are keen to hear who might have been in and around the area at the time of this incident. I urge you to check doorbell cameras and dash cam footage for anything you may have captured – it doesn’t matter if you think it is insignificant, we still want to receive it.”

He was greatly loved by family and friends and well known to the community he always had a smile on his face and greeted everyone with a big smile and hug. He was a loving family man. He wanted the world to hear his story through his music. He was passionate about achieving his ambitions. He was a talented footballer and played for QPR as a youngster.

He was very polite and brilliant with people of all ages. It’s a great loss to the family and community, we will make sure his memory lives on. His mother, father, grandmother and two elder brothers are devastated like all of us. He was the apple of their eye.’

Statement from family of Fernando Johnson

Tiffany Regis, 15, died in a fire at a block of flats in Tollgate Road, Beckton, Newham, at around 5.30pm on 6 April. A postmortem gave the cause of death as smoke inhalation. Five others at the address were injured.

Police said the fire was being treated as arson and arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of murder.

DCI Joanna Yorke said: “I know that there were a number of young people and residents inside the address before the fire happened and our enquiries are ongoing to identify everyone who was there, not least of all to ensure that everyone is okay. We are still keen to hear from anyone who was present or has any information but has not yet spoken with police. Please get in touch.”


Darren Augustin, 44, was stabbed in Brentwick Gardens in Brentford, Hounslow, west London, on 26 April 2023.

He was found injured after police were called to reports of intruders at the address in Brentwick Gardens at 5.15am.

Darren, a father-of-two, was pronounced dead at the scene. A postmortem gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Police arrested eight men and three women on suspicion of murder. Ten of those were later released with no further action.

During early appeals, detectives said they were trying to trace a man who was with Darren when the pair attempted to gain entry with the intent to carry out a burglary. DI Jason Fitzpatrick said: “CCTV analysis has confirmed this man was with Darren and attended the flat in Brentwick Gardens – we need to know who he is and I would urge anyone who knows his identity to come forward and speak to police.”

In May 2024 the Metropolitan Police offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to a prosecution.

Detective Inspector Suzanne Soren of Specialist Crime, Homicide & Major Crime Command said: “Officers have been working tirelessly on this case for a year now. While the investigation continues, we are appealing to people to dig deep into their consciences – if you have information that can help, I urge you to come forward.

“Despite the passing of time, the heartache felt by Darren’s family has not faded. Allegiances and friendships will have changed, in particular there may be people who felt they could not come forward before, but I urge you to do so now. Darren was only 44 when he was killed. He left behind a loving family who are desperate to know what happened to him. We still need the public’s help to find who was responsible for Darren’s brutal murder.

“Were you in the area at about 5am on Friday, 26 April 2023? Did you see or hear anything? Do you have any information that could help police at all?

“We are offering a generous reward of £20,000 for any information that could lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for his murder so if you know anything at all, we encourage you to contact police.

“You can call police on 020 8721 4961 or contact us anonymously via the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Any information you have could help to take a killer off our streets, as well as giving a grieving family the answers they deserve.”

Darren was a family man, he leaves behind his family including two children, he did not have a bad bone in his body.

Family statement

Alex Josephs, 29, was stabbed in Malyons Road, Ladywell, Lewisham, at around 1.59pm on 10 May.

Police and paramedics arrived to find him injured inside his grey BMW car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

DCI Kate Kieran said: “This was a shocking incident that took place on a busy street in the middle of the day. There were a large number of witnesses. If you have footage or information but haven’t yet spoken to police, please do get in touch.”

Four people were arrested but nobody has been charged.


Emiliano Hasanpapaj, 22, was stabbed during a fight involving a group of people in Berkshire Gardens, Palmer’s Green, Enfield, at around 11.50pm on 11 July.

He attended hospital with a stab wound but died a short time later.

A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and released on police bail. Nobody has been charged.


Claudyo Jauad Lafayette, 17, was stabbed during a fight in Granville Road, Kilburn/North Maida Vale, Brent, at around 11.22pm on 14 July.

He died at the scene and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the abdomen. A second 17-year-old boy was also injured

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers said: “A birthday party has ended in tragedy, and a family has been left mourning the loss of a young man who had his whole life ahead of him. Did you see or hear anything? Did you film the incident on your phone? Call us and let us know what happened.”


Ibrahim Pertek, 52, died in hospital on 1 August, two weeks after he was assaulted during a suspected robbery.

Police said Mr Pertek was attacked in an alley next to Wood Green Library on Wood Green High Road at around 1.10am on 16 July.

The emergency services were called at 2.50am and he was taken to hospital in critical condition with a serious head injury. A murder investigation was launched after his death.

Detective Inspector Andy Griffin said: “We are asking for anyone who was around the area of Wood Green High Road at this time to contact police, particularly any motorist who was passing while using a dash cam. We believe Mr Pertek was seen by people prior to him being injured, and we want those people to come forward and speak to us. We are releasing a photo of Mr Pertek and I would ask people to look at it carefully and contact police if you remember seeing him.”


Ronaldo Scott, 21, was stabbed in Morrison Road, Brixton, Lambeth, at around 12.08pm on 4 September.

He collapsed at a children’s playground and died at the scene, not far from his family home.

Ronaldo also used the name Skengroy and had been known as a member of the UK drill group 150 based in Angell Town. His family said he had recently started a construction course for a career in the building trade.

Witnesses claimed several men jumped out of a car and attacked him in the street. Police appealed for information about two suspects seen on CCTV running away from the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, who leads the investigation said: “I know that some people don’t want to speak to the police and I understand why. You may be frightened or have had problems or a bad experience with police in the past. Please know that you don’t have to speak directly to us – there are two ways you can provide us with information and footage that is important for our investigation without giving us your details. You can call Crimestoppers 100% anonymously. They will not pass your details onto us and they are not part of the police – they are completely independent. “You can submit video footage from mobile phones, CCTV camera’s, doorbells or dash-cams or information via this link for the investigation – Public Portal (mipp.police.uk).”


David Ackerley, 45, was found dead at his home in Cedar Court, Boston Manor Road, Brentford, Hounslow, after he was reported missing to police at 9.30am on 8 October.

A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death was a brain haemorrhage.

Police said he had been assaulted outside his home between 6.15pm and 6.30pm on 30 October and had received hospital treatment for an injury to his face.

Detectives are appealing for help tracing Jack Hill, aged around 22 and also known as Jimmy Brazil.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Grogan said: “David’s grieving family have many questions about what happened to him, and we are now trying to provide them with answers. Part of this important work is building a picture of David’s life, the people he associated with and incidents he was involved in. I’m sure many people will know and recognise David from the local area. He had his vulnerabilities and people will have seen him out and about. We still need the public’s help to know more about David, or about any incidents he might have been involved in. Please contact us without delay.”

Ilyas Habibi, 17, was stabbed near Sutton Railway Station in Sutton High Street, Sutton, at around 7.08pm on 5 December.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.53pm. The cause of death was recorded at postmortem as a stab wound to the neck.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Nolan said: “We know that Ilyas arrived at Sutton High Street by train. Minutes after he came out of the station he was involved in an altercation with the suspect who then fled the scene. Ilyas had suffered fatal wounds.”

Police said the suspect fled the country via London Gatwick Airport on 9 December. He has not yet been located and nobody has been charged with murder.


Ahmed Jama, 29, was stabbed near Gaymead in the Abbey Estate off Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, Camden, at around 7.32pm on 29 December.

He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 9.55pm.

Police said on 25 January 2024 that Arlind Hashani, 20, was wanted in connection with the murder.


The following cases could be included but we await further information:

Ann Murphy, 77, was found dead in a residence in in Harold Road, North Acton, Ealing, after police were alerted to concerns about her welfare at 6.39pm on 25 June. She was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem found the cause of death was a head injury. A 74-year-old man known to the victim was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to hospital due to concerns for his health. DCI Neil John said: “We have made one arrest and are not looking for anyone else at this time in relation to this investigations. We would reiterate our appeal for anyone with any information to come forward and speak with officers.”

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