Feb 5 – A teenager was stabbed to death on grassland in Wood End, Coventry. A murder inquiry was launched.

January 2020

Jan 27 – Louis Johnson, 16, was stabbed to death on a pedestrian bridge at East Croydon station in south London.

Jan 27 – Michael O’Leary, 55, vanished after failing to return to his home in Nantgaredig, Carmarthenshire, from work. Andrew Jones, aged 52, from Carmarthen, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.

Jan 22 – Marylène Lévesque, 22, a sex worker, was killed at the Sepia Hotel in the Sainte-Foy borough of Quebec City, Canada. Eustachio Gallese, 51, left the hotel and walked into a police station to confess to killing her. Gallese was on day release from prison after being sentenced to life for the 2004 murder of his partner, Chantale Deschenes, who he attacked with a hammer before repeatedly stabbing her. The parole board denied Gallese full parole but allowed him to continue living in a halfway house on day parole, deeming him a “moderate risk”. The Canadian Parliament censured the parole board in the wake of Marylène’s murder.

Jan 19 – Narinder Singh Lubhaya, 29, Harinder Kumar, 30, and Malkit Singh Dhillon, 37 –  known to people in the UK as Baljinder Singh – were stabbed to death in the street in Seven Kings, Ilford, east London. All were Indian nationals. Gurjeet Singh, 29, from Ilford, has been charged with possessing an offensive weapon with intent.

Jan 16 – Robert Wilson, 53, from Birstall, was beaten to death outside his workplace, the Thornton & Ross pharmaceutical factory in Linthwaite, Huddersfield. A 39-year-old man was also injured when they tackled drunken youths. Several teenagers have been arrested but nobody has been charged.

Jan 15 – Nasir Patrice, 17, from Birmingham, was stabbed to death in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Several people have been arrested. Police say the murder is believed to be linked to “county lines” drug dealing in the town.

Jan 13 – Krasimir Kartikov, 60, was beaten to death at his home in Croydon, south London. Nikolay Zhivkov, 44, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. Both men were Bulgarian nationals.

Jan 12 – Keane Mulready-Woods, 17, vanished from the streets of Drogheda in County Louth, Republic of Ireland. The following day his dismembered body turned up in several sports bags left in Coolock, Dublin. At 1.30am on the Tuesday (two days later) the rest of his body turned up in a burning car in Darndale, Dublin. The murder has horrified hardened crime correspondents. It is believed to be linked to a gang feud in Drogheda, which claimed the lives of Richard Carberry in November 2019 and Keith Branigan in August 2019.

Jan 10 – Donald Abner, 55, was beaten and bitten by a dog in Mount Vernon, Kentucky. Melissa Wolke, 38, has been charged with murder. She is accused of setting her pit bull terrier on him. She was intoxicated at the time.

Jan 3 – Glen Quinn, a barman in his 40s, was beaten to death with baseball bats and iron bars by members of the South East Antrim branch of the UDA at his flat on the Woodburn estate in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. He was reportedly killed a short time after clashing with a senior UDA figure, a convicted killer and drug dealer. It is the third killing carried out by the South East Antrim UDA in the past three years. In 2017 it gunned down former members Geordie Gilmore and Colin Horner during an internal feud. Two men, aged 38 and 39, and a woman aged 47, were arrested but nobody has been charged.

Jan 3 – William Algar, 53, a jazz trumpeter, was found dead in a house in Nowell Road, Barnes, south west London. He was known to friends as Blaise. He was stabbed. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder and awaits trial.

Jan 1 – Helen Hancock, 39, and Martin Griffiths, 48, were attacked at their home in Duffield, Derbyshire. Her estranged husband Rhys Hancock, 39, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. Mr Griffiths was found dead in a bedroom when police arrived at the property, while Mrs Hancock died after paramedics were unable to resuscitate her.


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