Category: Knife Crime

Tragic Case Of Camberwell Stabbing Victim Who Died After Falling On Knife In Her Own Bag During Fight With Ex Boyfriend

A teenage girl died after falling onto a knife during a struggle with her ex-boyfriend, a court has heard.

Katerina Makunova, 17, was found slumped in a block of flats in Brisbane Street, Camberwell, last July and died from a stab wound.

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The teen, from Forest Hill, had been described as a “loving ambitious” girl by her brother.

Oluwaseyi Dada, also of Brisbane Street, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday at the Old Bailey.

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The court heard the pair had been in a relationship that had recently deteriorated.

In tragic circumstances, the court heard how Ms Makunova fell onto a knife after an altercation began between the pair.

On July 12, Ms Makunova and Dada went onto the lobby of a block of flats where Dada lived. According to police, “a struggle began”.

Police said: “During the course of this altercation both of them fell, but unfortunately Katrina was carrying a knife in her handbag

“Katrina fell onto the handbag, causing the knife to pierce the bag and then stab Katrina in the chest.”

Officers arrived to the scene, at about 12.15pm, and found Dada desperately administering CPR to Ms Makunova.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and Dada, she was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later.

A post mortem examination took place and gave cause of death as a single stab wound.

Detective Inspector Domenica Catino of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “A young woman has lost her life and my thoughts are with her family and friends, who have been devastated by Katrina’s death.

“This is another young person who has been killed as a result of a knife and we need our communities to work with the police to end this scourge.”

Her sister-in-law Shannon Jodie-Leigh Butcher said the whole family were “heartbroken and devastated”.

“I would like her to be remembered as a young, joyful and beautiful girl,” she added. “She was bright, confident, always smiling.

Dada will be sentenced on Tuesday, January 29.

Copied from Evening Standard

Former Gang Member Recognised In Queens Honours List

A former London gang member who runs boxing classes to draw young people away from crime, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Stephen Addison, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal, says he was prompted to turn his life around after he had a bad dream in which he saw himself jailed for murder.

The dream also inspired him to rejoin his parents’ church and go to university.

Since 2013 Stephen has helped more than 4,000 young people change their lives.

Before he was distracted and joined gangs, he was a keen boxer himself until the age of 15.

‘Random dream’

His behaviour deteriorated to the extent that he was asked to leave his school in Barking, East London, and for the next five years, made a living through crime.

But, he says, a “random dream” one night changed his life – he was so shocked at the idea that he might commit murder that he was determined to change.

He told his friends he was leaving the gang way of life, went back to his parents’ church and applied to South Bank University to study business. At university he took up boxing again and, when he won gold in a major university boxing championship, his story was covered in the newspapers.

While he was looking at the papers, he spotted another piece, about a friend from his gang days who himself had just been jailed for life for murder.

The contrast made him determined to go back to his community in East London and help young people like himself escape a life of crime.

His dissertation was about setting up a boxing academy – he got a first – and the university was so impressed it put money behind a pilot project which he ran in August 2013 for about 100 young people.

His organisation, Box Up Crime, now works with about 600 young people every week in schools, pupil referral units and community centres mainly in Barking and Dagenham and is looking to expand across the capital and beyond.

The project uses boxing training, along with individual mentoring and a focus on education, to develop self-discipline and boost educational and social skills.

Boxing trainingImage caption: The project uses boxing training along with mentoring to boost confidence and educational attainment

Stephen was even invited to run a behaviour programme at Barking Abbey, the school he was asked to leave as a teenager, and where he is now a governor.

He says many of the young people he works with are very similar to himself. He calls them: “dirty diamonds”, and he believes all are capable of the same transformation.

“I want to see those dirty diamonds shine again.”

He tells them the hard work of finding their potential will be down to them and believes they just need support: “They just need someone to believe in them, motivate them.”

He hopes the award will mean that: “Young people can look at me and look at my life and say, ‘Stephen was involved in gangs… Stephen was involved in all this messed-up stuff just like me but he’s been able to turn it around and and I can do the same thing.'”

Stephen’s award comes alongside an OBE for another Londoner, Mark Prince, who has given around 200 school talks since losing his own son Kiyan to knife crime in 2006.

Through his work Mr Prince tries to raise awareness of the dangers of gang and knife crime and personally mentors dozens of young people.

 

Culled from BBC.CO.UK

Police Launch Murder Investigation As Tulse Hill Records London’s 5th Fatal Stabbing In 1 Week

A murder investigation has been launched after a 16-year-old was found with fatal injuries.

Police were called to Greenleaf Close, Tulse Hill, at 22.53hrs on Monday, 5 November to reports of a shooting.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and found a 16-year-old unconscious in the street.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, the boy was pronounced dead at 23.41hrs. His next of kin are aware.

At this early stage, it is believed the boy’s injuries are stab rather than gunshot wounds.

A post-mortem examination will be arranged in due course. The Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed and will lead the investigation.

No arrests have been made at this stage. Enquiries are ongoing.


Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 8349/05 Nov. To remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


You can also tweet police via @MetCC.

Police Launch Murder Investigation Following Fatal Stabbing Of Teenager In South East London

A murder investigation has been launched in Wandsworth following the fatal stabbing of a teenager.

Police were called at approximately 16:35hrs on Friday, 2 November to reports of a stabbing outside Clapham South Tube Station.

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended.

A 17-year-old male was found suffering from a stab wound. He was taken to a south London hospital where he died a short while later.

Police are in the process of informing his next of kin.

Formal identification has not yet taken place. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

Officers remain on scene. A crime scene is in place.

No arrests have been made. Enquiries are ongoing.

Road closures are in place and Clapham South Station has been closed.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 5291/02 Nov. To remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can also tweet police via @MetCC

Police Officer Responding To Report Of Burglary Stabbed With Screwdriver

The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were called at 4.45pm yesterday afternoon to reports of a burglary.

Whilst en-route to the scene, they were approached by a member of the public, reporting a man acting suspiciously and armed with a screwdriver in Lawrence Gardens, Mill Hill.

When the two officers tried to speak with the man, they were assaulted by the suspect.

One officer suffered head injuries, whist the other sustained injuries to his arm.

Both were taken to by ambulance to a hospital in north London for further treatment.

Their injuries are not life-threatening.

Following the assault, the3 29-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to a north London police station, where he remains in custody.

This happened just 24 hours after a man was stabbed in Wood Green, north London.

He suffered serious injuries, although Scotland Yard confirmed they are not life-threatening.

Last week, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released its latest knife crime figures.

They showed violent crime levels at their highest levels in England and Wales since records began, as knife offences continue to soar and the number of solved cases falls.

The ONS said police recorded 39,332 knife offences in the year to June 2018 – the highest number on record.

23 Year Old Disembowelled And Killed Just Yards Away From His Home On His Birthday

A man has died and another is seriously injured after a stabbing in north-east London on Friday night.

Scotland Yard were called to the scene on Manford Way in Hainault at about 10.20pm.

One man, believed to be 23, was pronounced dead at the scene, while a second, thought to be aged 22, was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

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People leave flowers at the scene (John Stillwell/PA)

The Metropolitan Police said a murder investigation had been launched and that no arrests had been made.

The victim named as Moses Mayele was found dead just 200 yards from his home on Friday evening. He had been celebrating his birthday.

He was reportedly disembowelled

Meanwhile, a man thought to be in his 20s suffered gunshot injuries in a separate incident in Hackney on Friday night.

It is believed the man was shot at by two people on a moped, police said.

Officers and paramedics were called to the scene on Amhurst Road, near the junction with Downs Passage, at about 9.30pm.

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The stabbing happened in Manford Way in Hainault at about 10.20pm on Friday night (John Stillwell/PA)

The victim was taken to an east London hospital, and his condition was not believed to be life-threatening.

The incidents come amid heightened concern about rising levels of violent crime in the capital.

The total the number of homicides in London so far this year reached 100 last month.

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Justice for Harry Uzoka As 3 Men Including Another Nigerian Are Jailed For His Murder

Three men including another Nigerian have been jailed for killing a Nigerian born British model in a row over his girlfriend.

Harry Uzoka, 25, was stabbed in the heart by fellow model George Koh in west London in January after he went to settle the dispute.

Koh, convicted of murder at the Old Bailey in August, was given a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years.

Merse Dikanda was also found guilty of murder and jailed for at least 22 years, and Jonathan Okigbo was given a 14-year sentence for manslaughter.

Although initially friendly, the relationship between Mr Uzoka and Koh deteriorated after Koh claimed to have had sex with Mr Uzoka’s girlfriend Ruby Campbell, who is also a model.

The pair then exchanged angry text messages and arranged to gather some friends and meet up in Shepherd’s Bush for a fight.

Image caption(L_R) George Koh, Merse Dikanda and Jonathan Okigbo were jailed at the Old Bailey

Koh, Dikanda and Okigbo, all 24, took at least three knives – including a machete – with them to the rendezvous.

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Mr Uzoka recruited his flatmate Adrian Harper and they armed themselves with dumbbell bars.

Mr Harper told the jury he was “expecting a fist fight”.

But he said when he saw his friend again Mr Uzoka said “I’ve been stabbed,” and collapsed in the road.

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