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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

Man Stabbed To Death On Halloween Night Was Jailed For Vicious Attack Which Left An England Youth Footballer With Permanent Brain Damage

A man who was stabbed to death on Halloween, was jailed for three years in 2008 after viciously attacking Arsenal and England youth footballer Sam Kanu, 24, who had challenged him for shoplifting bottles of wine at a London Bridge Costcutter. 

In what police called a race related attack, Mr Kanu suffered a shattered skull and damaged kidneys and liver in the attack which left him in a wheelchair with permanent brain damage following the vicious attack by Rocky Djelal, 38.

Djelal collapsed and died from fatal knife wounds next to a children’s playground after being stabbed near the entrance of Southwark Park in Rotherhithe just before 2pm Wednesday.

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Witnesses said a fight broke out in the park next to the play area before a man was heard screaming “in agony.” Ambulance crews called to the park tried to save him but he died at the scene.

Reports say Djelal had recently been released from jail in connection with the murder of an innocent father.

The killing marks at least the 115th murder investigation launched in the capital this year.

Djelal, who lived locally, had recently been released following a six-year jail sentence for conspiracy to cause GBH after the murder of Christopher Foster in Southwark in 2013.

fosterFather-of-one, Mr Foster, 34, was knifed to death outside St Christopher’s Inn in Borough High Street in November 2013, in a mistaken identity killing.

 

Djelal had a murder charge against him dropped mid-trial after he and two others agreed to admit conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm instead of murder.

His co accused Aytach Lisani, 33, admitted murder and was jailed for life.

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Mr Kanu suffered a shattered skull and damaged kidneys and liver in the attack which left him in a wheelchair with permanent brain damage. 

Last night a cousin of Mr Djelal claimed Djelal had been “turning his life around” .

A friend said: “I saw Rocky three days ago and he was fine but he had just got out of jail. I don’t think he was working, he used to be a labourer.

“He’s got kids, and I wonder if he was in the park with them when he was stabbed. They’re going to grow up without a dad now. I’m still in shock.”

One person who knew Mr Djelal said he may have been targeted in a revenge attack following an altercation last week.

Another added: “I know he was banged up for a while because you never saw him around here until recently.

His father is devastated and very angry. It doesn’t matter what Rocky had done in the past, no one deserves this.”

Scotland Yard said homicide detectives were investigating the full circumstances of the attack and appealed for witnesses to contact them.

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.

Hackney Man Pleads Guilty To Serious Sexual Assault

A man who was arrested and charged for a serious sexual assault has pleaded guilty just days after his attack.

34 ywar old Akin Akinniran, of Tresham Walk, E9, was charged on Monday, 22 October with sexual assault.

Police were called at approximately 02:20hrs on Sunday, 21 October to reports of a serious sexual assault on Lower Clapton Road, E5.

The victim, a 29-year-old woman, had exited a private hire vehicle and was walking along Lower Clapton Road. She was approached from behind before the suspect tried to speak to her.

The woman told the suspect to leave her alone and tried to walk away, however the suspect grabbed her and started kissing her neck. He then pulled the woman into an alleyway and continued to sexually assault her.

The woman was able to get away and ran to a man who was walking down the road. She asked him to call the police. As he was doing so, the suspect approached the victim and the witness and told him to hang up the phone and stop calling the police.

As the suspect was coming closer the woman screamed and the suspect ran off from the scene.

Officers arrived and collected CCTV footage from a fast food restaurant and took the woman to an east London police station.

On Monday, 22 October, Akinniran self-presented himself to an east London police station after seeing pictures of him circulating on social media which had been taken by a witness. He claimed that he was innocent and gave a different account of events from that night.

Officers searched the property where he was staying and found the identical items of clothing worn by the suspect in the photographs.

Later that day, he was charged with sexual assault and remanded in police custody to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 23 October where he pleaded guilty.

Detective Constable Alex Heaton, from Central East CID, said: “Firstly, I would like to reassure the public that attacks of this nature are very rare and that we take reports of this nature very seriously.

“Within three days of the attack we have arrested, charged and secured a guilty verdict for a dangerous criminal who will not be able to harm anyone for quite a while. There may very well be other victims of Akinniran’s, who we would urge to contact police as soon as possible.”

Akinniran will be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, 20 November.

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2 Greenwich Men Convicted of South Pole Club Manslaughter

Two men who killed a defenceless man in a Greenwich street have been convicted at the Old Bailey of manslaughter.

On Thursday, 18 October, 21 year old Ibrahim James of Woolwich and 22 year old Andrew Adekoya, of Greenwich were found guilty of the manslaughter of Jozef Boci.

Three other men – Oluwatimilehin Oniyitan, 21 (10.03.97) of Eltham;  Dominic Brown, 30 (07.07.88) of Woolwich; and  Abaraye Campbell, 21 (20.11.96) of Woolwich – were all acquitted.

The court heard how 30-year-old Jozef was targeted by a group of men following an incident at the South Pole nightclub in Greenwich in the early hours of Saturday, 17 February.

Jozef was part of a group that had become involved in a minor dispute inside the nightclub at around 01:00hrs that morning with another group including James and Adekoya.

Security staff at the club intervened. Jozef’s group were allowed to remain in the club while the other group were ejected.

After remonstrating with security staff, the group got into two cars and drove away, returning to nearby Norman Road around five minutes later.

CCTV footage captured members of the group getting out of the cars. Adekoya had a metal object, perhaps a wrench, while James appeared to have a weapon concealed down his trouser leg.

The group approached the front of the club but were ushered away by door staff; however they continued to hang around in the vicinity of the club for the next hour or so, obviously waiting for someone to come out.

At around 02:10hrs, Jozef left the South Pole club and as soon as he stepped outside he was chased by the group, including James and Adekoya.

Jozef fled down Greenwich High Road but tripped over and was immediately set upon by his pursuers. Witnesses described how Jozef was attacked, including being struck with a baseball bat, as he lay prone and defenceless on the pavement.

Jozef was taken to hospital but never regained consciousness – he died six days after the attack on 23 February.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command launched an investigation and quickly identified the suspects from CCTV and forensic analysis.

James was arrested on 23 February and following a search of his address, a baseball bat was found hidden in his garden. Although no forensic link could be made to the bat used in the attack on Jozef, it was similar to remnants found at the scene of the attack.

On 25 February, Adekoya was arrested. He admitted being at the scene and in possession of a wrench but claimed he was trying to calm the situation.

Five men were subsequently charged for their involvement in Jozef’s killing, two of whom were convicted as above.

Detective Chief Inspector John Massey of the Homicide and Major Crime Command led the investigation. He said: “What started as essentially a trivial incident ended in the murder of an innocent man.

“Jozef Boci was pursued and subjected to a brutal assault as he lay defenceless in a Greenwich street.

“The ferocity of the attack was shocking and left Jozef with no chance of survival.”

James and Adekoya will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on a date to be confirmed.

 

Man Jailed For Fraudulently Claiming To Be A Grenfell Tower Fire Victim

A man has been sentenced to four years in jail after being convicted of fraud relating to the Grenfell Tower fire.

53 year old Koffi Kouakou,  born 25.11.64, of Westfield Close, SW10 appeared at Isleworth Crown Court today [Thursday 18 October].

He had pleaded guilty at the same court on Wednesday 17 October, to fraud by false representation.

Kouakou claimed that he had been living in a flat in Grenfell Tower and had been in a relationship with the occupant, who died in the fire.

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As a result of his claim, he was accommodated in a hotel for approximately two months before moving into a council funded flat.

The cost of the hotel accommodation and costs for the flat were just in excess of £30,000.

Detectives established that Kouakou had not lived in the tower. They also confirmed that he had not been in a relationship with the woman.

He was arrested on Thursday, 7 June and subsequently charged.