Category: Knife Crime

Bright Akinleye Murder: 2 Charged

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Bright Akinleye on Euston Street in Camden on Monday, 18 February have charged two men with murder.

[M] Abdoulie Ceesay, 28 (18.03.91) and [N] Oliver Petts, 29 (4.01.90) both of no fixed address, but from south east London, appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 7 August charged with murder.

They will next appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, 9 August.

A 30-year-old man [L] has previously been charged with murder and his trial was scheduled to commence at the Old Bailey on Monday, 12 August.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

£20k Reward Offered In Hunt For killers Of Teenager In Tulse Hill

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old John Ogunjobi in Tulse Hill are renewing appeals for assistance in finding those responsible for his death.

A reward of up to £20,000 is available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder.

Officers are also asking anyone who may have seen a black Audi Q5 in or around the Tulse Hill area at the time of the incident to come forward and speak to police.

Police were called to Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill at 22.53hrs on 5 November 2018.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and found 16-year-old John Ogunjobi collapsed in the street with stab injuries. Despite the efforts of paramedics, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:41hrs.

A post-mortem examination at Greenwich Mortuary gave cause of death as a stab wound.

An investigation is underway by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, led by Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh.

DCI Vandenbergh said: “I am appealing to anyone who has information that could assist this investigation to come forward and speak to police.

“We believe the victim was attacked by a number of suspects and the altercation would have undoubtedly been witnessed by a number of people.

“We are also asking people to think back as to whether they saw a black Audi Q5 on the evening of the murder or in the days leading up to or following it.

“I hope that the reward associated with this case will help encourage people who have information, to share what they know. We are still working to establish the circumstances around the attack but believe that several people will have key information that would enable us to get justice for John’s family.

“Moreover, 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.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4961 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

You can also tweet information to @MetCC.

++Four men aged 22, 20, 21 and 23 – were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to custody at south London police stations. All four men have been released under investigation.

20 Years Jail Sentence For Teenager Convicted Of North London Murder

A 19-year-old man found guilty of murdering a teenager in Northolt has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Joel Amade (27.04.00), of Eastwood Road, Ilford, was found guilty of the murder of Jason Isaacs at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 17 April.

He was sentenced at the same court today, Tuesday, 28 May.

An investigation was launched by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command after Jason – a talented footballer – was stabbed in a residential cul-de-sac in Northholt in 2017.

Today, in the week that Jason would have turned 20, his mother, Sharon Kendall, said:

“As a family, we have mixed emotions today. Yes, of course we have seen some justice as one of Jason’s four killers has been sentenced and he will not be able to hurt anyone else.

“The fact that three remain at large is deeply troubling, it is heart wrenching that members of the community see fit to support and shelter them.

“No one has been able to answer the why it had to be Jason. He was our amazing son and brother, working for a living and with his whole life in front of him. Why did it have to be him? Every parent’s question. He never stood a chance against the machetes in the street of London.

“Our family have joined a unique club, and it is one you never want to be in, because it means your child has been murdered. When Jason was murdered, I spoke out and said knife crime was out of control, whilst some people challenged my comments, the reality is, it still is. Parents were paying for teenage sons to travel in cabs to avoid the gangs and police officers were rarely seen in outer areas. Some young people are self-medicating i.e. doing their own stiches and for sure, they are not reporting the ‘near misses’ where they are threatened and chased and they manage to get away, they accept these as ‘life’. I really worry that society is almost accepting the violence.

“To this day, our murder detectives have been exceptional; the work that went into Jason’s case has been staggering. We are so proud of you all.

“The police are only one piece of the jigsaw, and they need our information on who the knife carriers are and too many people sit in silence.

“You do not need to do studies to know that stop and search does work, and it saves lives. The lack of stop and search in 2017 possibly cost Jason his life as the police had their hands tied behind their backs. However, when the police find the weapons the sentencing needs to be tougher, it is madness that some youths are being caught for a second offence and not going to prison. The moment you have decide to carry a knife, you should be going to prison, end of.

“As if things couldn’t get any crueller, the sentencing is in the week that you should have turned 20. Far too, short a life, Jason we were blessed to call you our son, brother and grandson. Thank you and I will toast your birthday with a smile, a tear and a broken heart.”

Police were called just before 22:30hrs on Saturday, 18 November 2017 to Newnham Close and found the 18-year-old suffering from multiple injuries.

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, and immediately had surgery. He remained critical for some time before dying at 11.55hrs on Tuesday, 21 November.

During the trial, which began on Monday, 18 March, the court heard how 18-year-old Jason and four of his friends had made their way to the area after deciding to spend their Saturday night at a friend’s house.

They walked to Oldfields Circus in Northolt and bought some drinks, before heading along Orchard Close.

As they got past the junction heading towards Girton Road, two mopeds appeared and drove at speed towards the group.

On each moped was a rider and a pillion passenger, who were all masked or wearing helmets and carrying weapons. They stopped the mopeds at Newnham Gardens, jumped off, and began to chase Jason and his friends.
They resumed the chase on their mopeds and Jason became separated.

He was pursued into Newnham Close and set upon in what was described as a shocking and sustained knife attack.
The attackers fled the scene on the mopeds.

Prior to the arrival of London Ambulance Service, one of Jason’s friends and a resident, whose door Jason had knocked on in distress, attempted first aid. He had collapsed in their front garden but unknown to those who were trying to help him, he had been fatally wounded.

A post mortem examination at Uxbridge Mortuary on 24 November 2017, established that Jason had eight knife wounds, possibly caused by two different weapons.

He had been stabbed four times in the back, and it was one of these which proved to be the fatal injury. Jason also had a wounds to his upper right arm, right elbow, right knee and left thigh.

These were consistent with injuries caused by a sword or machete.

An investigation was launched by the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

Amade was first arrested on Monday, 20 November, 2017 on suspicion of attempted murder and bailed while further enquiries were made. In the wake of Jason’s death and post mortem results, he was arrested again on Thursday, 30 November and charged with murder.

He appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 1 December, where he denied murder and was remanded in custody.

Upon his arrest at his Ilford address, clothes – a puffed jacket and hoody were found – alongside the helmet which also featured a distinctive V shaped logo. This matched that of a moped pillion rider captured on nearby CCTV shortly before the attack.

During the course of the investigation, one of the mopeds used was recovered and forensically examined. Blood was found on one of the body panels. DNA profiled identified Amade as being the likely contributor on a one in a billion basis.

Detective Inspector Simon Deefholts, investigating, said: “This has been a complex and harrowing investigation and we can only imagine the emotion felt by Jason’s family today.

“Amade is a dangerous young man who took another teenager’s life in cold blood, and today, he will have no choice but to face the consequences of his brutal actions.

“As a team we would like to praise the bravery of Jason’s family, who have endured this process with remarkable dignity.

“Our enquiries into Jason’s death will continue and we echo Mrs Kendall’s call for more people to come forward about knife crime.

“We know the prospect of sharing this information can be intimidating but we are here to protect you and to ensure those who are committing acts of violence are brought to justice.

“Please do not forget that you also do not have to talk to police directly, and there aree ways you can share information anonymously without ever being traced.

“Do the right thing if you have information about people carrying knives on the streets of our city.”

Young people who either have information about violence or knife crime, can visit fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.

If you need help or information to support someone you suspect is involved in knife crime, or you want assistance yourself, then you can visit www.knifefree.co.uk or LondonNeedsYouAlive.

+ An 18-year-old man who also stood trial for murder alongside Amade was found not guilty.

Latest On London Knife Crime And Fatal Stabbings

A man has died after being stabbed in Forest Gate in the early hours of this morning, Tuesday 28 May.

Officers were called to Warwick Road, E15 to reports that a fight was taking place.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was found suffering from stab injuries.

He was taken to hospital by LAS where he sadly died.

Officers are working to inform his next of kin. Formal identification awaits.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

No arrests have been made at this time.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed.

Enquiries into the circumstances continue.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CAD427/28May. Information can also be passed 100% anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 500 111.

Double Stabbing In Newham

On Sunday, Police were called at around 1630hrs on Sunday, 26 May, to a stabbing in St Paul’s Way, E3.

Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service and found two men suffering stab injuries.

Victim 1, a 23-year-old man, has been taken to hospital where his condition is life-threatening.

Victim 2, believed to be aged in his 20s or 30s, sustained less serious injuries. He has also been taken to hospital for treatment.

An investigation has been launched. Officers were seen working at the scene and cordons were kept in place. There has been no arrest in relation to the stabbings at this stage.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should call police via 101 quoting CAD 5291/may26.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Broad Daylight Stabbing In Dartford

Also on Sunday evening a man suffered serious injuries after being stabbed in broad daylight on a street Dartford.

Kent Police was called at 4.45pm to a report of an assault in Spital Street, Dartford.

“One man suffered serious injuries consistent with stab wounds and was treated by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken to a London hospital,” a spokesman for Kent Police has said.

“Officers attended and are carrying out enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident and to identify the offender.”

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London Knife Crime: 18 Year Old Youth Jailed For Murder Of Northolt Teenager

An 18-year-old teenager has been found guilty of murdering another teenager, Jason Issacs in Northolt.

18 year old Joel Amade of Eastwood Road, Ilford, was found guilty by a jury after a trial at the Old Bailey.

He will be sentenced on Monday, 13 May.

An investigation was launched by the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command after Jason – a talented footballer – was stabbed in a residential cul-de-sac in Northholt in 2017.

Police were called just before 22:30hrs on Saturday, 18 November to Newnham Close and found the 18-year-old suffering from multiple injuries.

Jason Isaacs

He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, and immediately had surgery. He remained critical for some time before dying at 11.55hrs on Tuesday, 21 November.

During the trial, which began on Monday, 18 March, the court heard how 18-year-old Jason and four of his friends had made their way to the area after deciding to spend their Saturday night at a friend’s house.

They walked to Oldfields Circus in Northolt and bought some drinks, before heading along Orchard Close.

As they got past the junction heading towards Girton Road, two mopeds appeared and drove at speed towards the group.

On each moped was a rider and a pillion passenger, who were all masked or wearing helmets and carrying weapons. They stopped the mopeds at Newnham Gardens, jumped off, and began to chase Jason and his friends.

They resumed the chase on their mopeds and Jason became separated.

He was pursued into Newnham Close and set upon in what was described as a shocking and sustained knife attack.

The attackers fled the scene on the mopeds and an investigation was launched.

Prior to the arrival of London Ambulance Service, one of Jason’s friends and a resident, whose door Jason had knocked on in distress, attempted first aid. He had collapsed in their front garden but unknown to those who were trying to help him, had been fatally wounded.

A post mortem examination at Uxbridge Mortuary on 24 November 2017, established that Jason had eight knife wounds, possibly caused by two different weapons.

He had been stabbed four times in the back, and it was one of these which proved to be the fatal injury. Jason also had a wounds to his upper right arm, right elbow, right knee and left thigh.

These were consistent with injuries caused by a sword or machete.

Amade was first arrested on Monday, 20 November, 2017 on suspicion of attempted murder and bailed while further enquiries were made. In the wake of Jason’s death and post mortem results, he was arrested again on Thursday, 30 November and charged with murder.

Amade appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 1 December, where he denied murder and was remanded in custody.

Amade – originally from the Harrow area – left his home in Ilford at around 16:45hrs on the day of the attack and used public transport to get to Northolt.

CCTV showed that he was carrying a black motorcycle helmet and had made a telephone call just before he headed over to north west London,

By 12.30am, around two hours after the attack, Amade took a train back to east London and was caught on a CCTV camera at Wembley Park station wearing the same clothes as he had been seen in earlier that day.

Upon his arrest at the Ilford address, these clothes – a puffed jacket and hoody were found – alongside the helmet which also featured a distinctive V shaped logo. This matched that of a moped pillion rider captured on nearby CCTV shortly before the attack.

During the course of the investigation, one of the mopeds used was recovered and forensically examined. Blood was found on one of the body panels. DNA profiled identified Amade as being the likely contributor on a one in a billion basis.

Detective Inspector Simon Deefholts from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, who led the investigation, said: “On that night in 2017, Jason was looking forward to spending time with his friends, much like any typical teenager in London.

“No young person should go out for the night with his friends and never return, but that was the consequence of this ferocious attack.

“Tragically, his Saturday night ended by paying the highest of prices, and my thoughts and condolences remain with his family and friends

“Throughout this process, Amade maintained that he was not even in the vicinity of Northholt on the night of the murder, but this has been found to be false.

“I would like to recognise the bravery of Jason’s mother and family, as harrowing evidence about the murder was heard and shown in court.

“The residents of Newnham Close and Jason’s friends who tried in vain to save his life, will also have to live with the events of that night for the rest of their lives.

“Jason never regained consciousness and his family were not able to say goodbye.

“I hope today’s verdict brings some degree of closure and modest level of comfort to his loved ones.”

An 18-year-old man who also stood trial for murder alongside Amade was found not guilty.

Jail For Woman Who Stabbed Husband To Death Following Alcohol Fueled Row

A London woman who stabbed her husband to death following an alcohol fueled row in their family home has been jailed for a minimum of 15 years.

43 years old Natasha Honey Welsh of Greyhound Hill, Hendon, was convicted of the murder of 47-year-old Martin Welsh at the Old Bailey on Monday, 8 April.

She was sentenced at the same court today, Thursday, 14 April.

The court heard how the defendant and Martin Welsh were heavy and regular drinkers and appeared to have a volatile relationship

On 26 October 2018 the couple were at their home in Greyhound Hill, Hendon.

Forensic tests showed that both of them had been drinking heavily and were likely to be drunk as a result.

Also at the house on the night of the stabbing was their adult son. He was upstairs in his room playing a computer game and sending messages to a friend via his game console.

At 23:13hrs their son sent a message stating: “It’s kicking off how I ignore it even with my music playing.” It would appear that this was a reference to an argument between his parents.

Minutes later he heard his father say: “She’s just stabbed me”. At first he thought this was a joke, but he then went downstairs to see what was happening.

When he went into the kitchen area he saw his father lying on his back gasping for air and unable to breathe. There was a wound to his father’s right shoulder area and he noticed a knife on the floor near his father’s leg.

He recognised this as coming as from a knife block kept in the kitchen, this knife was later found to have Martin’s blood on it.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service were called at 23:39hrs to reports of a male having been stabbed.

The couple’s adult daughter had also been alerted and had gone to the scene. She found her mother sitting on the floor cross-legged beside her father.

She told police she shouted at her mother, asking her what had happened, but she remained silent.

On arrival, officers found the defendant next to Mr Welsh and recorded her saying, “That was me. Sorry. If it was in the arm, that was me. Sorry.”

Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, Mr Welsh was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination at the Northwick Park Hospital Mortuary on 28 October 2018 found that Martin had died of a single stab wound to the right upper chest. The wound was 12cm deep and went through chest wall muscle and pierced his lung and aorta.

Natasha Welsh was arrested and charged with murder on 28 October 2018.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “The defendant claimed to have no recollection of the events, but a jury has found that she was still responsible for her husband’s death. Being drunk does not excuse violent and criminal behaviour.”

“This couple had a volatile relationship that was exacerbated by alcohol use. I would urge any couple who are caught in such a downward spiral to seek help. I would also urge anyone who recognises their family or friends experiencing similar problems to contact police, or one of the many charities who can offer help and support.”

New shocking figures show there have been over 40 stabbings a day in London alone over the past 2 years

The shocking extent of London’s knife crime problem was revealed today as figures showed that 40 knife offences a day were reported to police over a two-year period.

A person was knifed to death on average every four days in London in 2017 and 2018, figures revealed, following a Freedom of Information request by the Standard.

The figures reveal the total number of knife offences including those involving stabbings and deaths caused by a blade for the calendar years of 2017 and 2018. Met Police dealt with 29,232 knife offences in a two years.

On average this is about 40 offences a day in London.

The total number of homicides and stabbings fell across the two-year period however. In 2018, the number of knife attacks fell by over 500. In 2017, there was 4,784 stabbings and in 2018 there was 4,246. The number of homicides also fell by 12.

Police at the scene of a stabbing in London

Official statistics for 2019 have not been made available just yet buy Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the decrease is encouraging.

Although the number is still “too high”, Mr Khan praised London communities and the Met for their work in reducing crime.

A spokesman from the Ben Kinsella Trust, which tackles knife crime through education and campaigning, said the small reduction is not a victory yet.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said officers are working “day and night” to identify and pursue knife criminals.

The majority of the crimes detailed in the figures were committed in Southwark with 1,594 offences occuring in that London borough

The borough also had the highest number of knife-related homicides with 17 people being stabbed to death in two years.

17 people being stabbed to death in two years in Southwark alone.
Bexley was the only borough of 33 to not have any deaths resulting from a knife in the two years.

Mr Khan said: “Thanks to London’s communities and the hard work of the Met Police, who have been targeting offenders and removing dangerous weapons from our streets, we are seeing some knife crime offences starting to fall, but it still remains too high.

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