FULL LIST OF ALL THE HOMICIDES (MURDERS AND MANSLAUGHTERS) SINCE JAN 2020 (INCLUDING KEANE MULREADY-WOODS, PICTURED, WHO WAS KILLED DURING DROGHEDA FEUD)
June 1 – Aneta Zdun, 40, and her daughter Nikoleta Zdun, 18, were killed at a house in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Aneta’s husband Marcin Zdun, 39, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. Aneta worked for Wessex Care, which described her as a “warm, kind individual” and a “well-loved and well-known” member of its team. Police were called to the house at 2.45pm by neighbours who described hearing loud screams.
May 29 – Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year-old microbiology student, was raped and murdered in an empty church in Benin City, southern Nigeria, where she was studying. A church security guard found Uwa in a pool of blood. She was rushed to hospital but died the following day. The murder horrified many in Nigeria, a deeply religious country.
May 25 – A 22-year-old woman from Cuba, believed to be a sex worker, was strangled and dumped in a garbage container in the west of Moscow. Aleksander Aleksandrov has been charged murder, illegal imprisonment and extortion. Anastasia Grivkova has been detained on suspicion of illegal imprisonment, extortion and harboring a felon.
May 22 – Colin Baines, 49, was killed at a flat in Plymouth. Simon Wotton, 43, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
May 20 – Melissa Belshaw, 32, suffered “catastophic injuries” at her home in Billinge, St Helens, Merseyside. Andrew Wadsworth, 36, from Wigan, has been charged with her murder. He is also accused of attempted murder, threats to kill, threatening a person with a knife and assaulting two police officers.
May 18 – Chad Gordon, 27, was shot dead when he opened the door of his home in Finsbury Park, north London at 10pm. The killers escaped on a moped. Chad was described by police as “a gentle giant, he had autism and there is no reason why anyone would want to hurt him.”
May 18 – Chhote Lal Diwakar, a leader of the local Samajwadi Party – which represents the Dalit caste – and his son Sunil were shot dead in a field at Fatehpur Shamsoi village in Bahjoi, Sambhal district, Uttar Pradesh, India. Jitendra Sharma and Sarvendra Sharma have been arrested and charged with murder. The shooting was caught on camera and went viral. Mr Diwakar and his son had been at the field discussing a road construction project, which was fiercely opposed locally.
May 17 – Aya Hachem, 19, a Lebanese-born law student who worked as a youth trustee for a charity, was shot dead as she walked to the Lidl supermarket in Blackburn, Lancashire. The killer was in a light green Toyota Avensis and drove off. She is not believed to have been the intended target of the attack and the police said it was not believed to be a racially-motivated attack. The killing took place during the coronavirus lockdown and also during Ramadan. She was grocery shopping for her family’s iftar meal.
May 14 – Hashim Kinani, 23, a tow truck driver, was shot dead in Toronto, Ontario. Two boys, who are 15 and 17, have been charged with first-degree murder and await trial. Police said Kinani’s death was not linked to the murder of several other tow truck drivers which was believed to part of a turf war. They are being investigated separately as Project Platinum.
May 13 – Jemal Ebrahim, 23, was stabbed to death in Haringey, north London.
May 13 – Francois Kablan, 19, was stabbed to death near the A2 in Borough, Southwark, London. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder and a 15-year-old boy has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon. They await trial.
May 12 – Phoenix Netts, 28, from Birmingham, was killed and her remains were found in two suitcases discovered close to a quarry in Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Gareeca Gordon, 27, from Birmingham, has been charged with murder. Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, has been charged with assisting an offender. They both await trial.
May 9 – Colby Lawton, a one month old baby, died at home in Newbury, Berkshire. A 26-year-old man and a woman, aged 24, have been arrested but not charged.
May 9 – Claire Parry, 41, an NHS nurse, was attacked in the car park of the Horns Inn in West Parley, near Bournemouth, Dorset. Timothy Brehmer, 41, a police constable with Dorset Police, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. PC Brehmer, who was seconded to the National Police Air Service, was presented with an award after rescuing a family from a fire in Christchurch in 2011.
May 8 – Louise Smith, 16, went missing from her home in Leigh Park, near Portsmouth. Her body was found at Havant Thicket 14 days later. Shane Mays, 29,from Havant, has been charged with murder and faces trial in November 2020.
May 7 – Hyacinth Morris, 67, was attacked at her home in Levenshulme, Manchester during the coronavirus lockdown. A man aged 40 was arrested but later detained under the Mental Health Act.
May 5 – Aaron Pill, 25, was killed at a flat in Falmouth, Cornwall. Kane Coggin, 27, and Liam Bastow, 24, both from Falmouth, have been charged with murder and aggravated assault and await trial. The killing happened during the coronavirus lockdown.
May 5 – Yonas Haile, 32, was killed at his home in Hammersmith, west London. His brother Tedros Haile, 30, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
May 5 – John Rees, 88, from Trealaw, was stabbed to death at a Co-Op convenience store in Penygraig in the Rhondda valley, south Wales. Lisa Way, 53, a nurse, Gaynor Saurin, 65, and Andrew Price, 58, all survived. Zara Radcliffe, 29, from Porth, has been charged with murder and attempted murder and awaits trial.
May 4 – Anthony Rooks, 80, died of a head injury at his home in Holloway, north London. Sable Thomas, 42, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
May 1 – Calvin Munerlyn, 43, a father of eight, was shot dead at a Family Dollar store in Flint, Michigan, where he worked as a security guard. He was killed after he told a woman she could not come into the store during the coronavirus lockdown without a mask. Ramonyea Bishop, 23, Larry Teague, 44, and Sharmel Teague, 45, have been charged with first degree murder. Larry Teague is also charged with violating the governor’s order requiring face coverings inside stores in order to prevent coronavirus transmission. The Teagues’ daughter was the one who had been told she must wear a mask. Her mother returned home and came back 20 minutes later with her husband and son, Ramonyea, who was the gunman.
April 26 – David Gomoh, 24, was stabbed to death at 10.25pm seconds after leaving his home in Customs House, east London during the coronavirus lockdown. Vagnei Colubali, 22, Muhammad Jalloh, 18, from Stratford, east London, David Ture, 18, and a 16-year-old boy from Telford have been charged with murder and await trial. David, who had earned a marketing degree from Southbank University, worked for the NHS and was a keyworker helping to keep NHS staff supplied with essential equipment. His family were already reeling following the recent unexpected death of David’s father from a Covid-19 related illness. His father’s funeral was due to be on Wednesday, 29 April.David’s mother Marian was an NHS nurse. David was talking on the phone to a woman friend when he was stabbed and was not involved in any argument. Police said: “Nothing in David’s background gives any reason for why he was singled out and this, along with other evidence, suggests David was murdered in a totally unprovoked attack.”
April 26 – Karl Gallagher, 31, was stabbed in the chest in the car park of West Cross Shopping Centre in Smethwick, West Midlands, at 4.40pm on a Sunday afternoon during the coronavirus lockdown. The stabbing was filmed by a passer-by who uploaded the video onto Twitter and other social media. Tyrell Harris, 19, from West Bromwich, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
April 26 – Pavinya Nithiyakumar, aged 19 months, was stabbed to death at a flat above a shop in Ilford, east London. Nigish Nithiyakumar, 3, was taken to hospital but died of his injuries. A 40-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment. Their father, Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 40, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. He is married to Nisa Kumar. The incident happened during the coronavirus lockdown.
April 25 – Baljit Singh, 37, was strangled in an alley in the centre of Hayes, Middlesex, at 11pm on a Saturday night during the coronavirus lockdown. Manpreet Singh, 20, and Jaspreet Singh, 24, have been charged with murder and await trial.
April 25 – Jay John, 27, suffered head injuries after being attacked in Hackney, east London, in broad daylight. Romayne Husbands, 26, from Walthamstow, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
April 22 – Emma McParland, 39, was stabbed to death in a house off the Ormeau Road in Belfast. Her son, Jordan Kennedy, 21, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
April 22 – Saleem Butt, 61, died from severe head and neck injuries after being “severely beaten” at his home in Batley, West Yorkshire. Craig Stanton, 42, from Huddersfield, and Alexander MacKay, 46, from Dewsbury, have been charged with murder and await trial.
April 18 – Jadwiga Szczygielska, 77, was found dead in her home in Seafield, Edinburgh. Roman Frackiewicz, 44, has been charged with her murder and awaits trial.
April 16 – Denise Keane-Barnett-Simmons, 36, died in a fire in a flat on the Stonebridge estate in north west London. The fire broke out around 2am. She died in hospital four hours later. Another woman, aged in her 60s, was also taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of arson and murder.
April 15 – Ralph Gibson, 42, died after being attacked in Putney, south west London. Three men aged 20, 24, and 31 were arrested on suspicion of GBH and bailed. This was during the lockdown.
April 8 – Maryan Ismail, 57, was found at her flat in Edmonton, north London. Her husband Hussain Yusuf Egal, 65, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. This was during the coronavirus lockdown.
April 4 – Robbie Lawlor, 36, a Dubliner, was shot dead in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast. He was allegedly on the way to collect a large drug debt. Lawlor was a gangster from Drogheda who was involved in a feud (with Cornelius Price) in that city and he was a suspect in the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods in January 2020.
April 2 – A 46-year-old man was killed at a house in Thurnscoe near Barnsley, South Yorkshire. A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of his murder. Two other men, aged 31 and 41, were arrested on suspicion of assault
April 1 – Sonia Teresa Burton Calvi, 56, and her husband Edgar Aguilera Daza, 59, were stabbed to death at a house in Stockwell, south London. Daniel Briceno-Garcia, 44, has been charged with both murders and awaits trial.
March 31 – Janet Samuel, 67, James Samuel, 69, and Lechasta Childs, 47, were shot dead at a house in Macon, Georgia. Caesar Crockett Jr, 29, was arrested five days later after an armed stand-off and has been charged with all three murders. The shootings happened after he got into a fight with Jamila Augustine French, 30, the mother of his son. Mr. Crockett pulled a gun and fatally shot Ms. French’s mother, Janet, her stepfather, James and her sister Lechasta. He then drove off with his son, King Cane Crockett, aged two.
March 31 – Dr Beth Potter, 52, and her husband Robin Carre, 57, were shot in the head and dumped in a ditch at the University of Wisconsin Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin. The couple left behind three children, Jonah, Ezra and Mimi, all in their late teens or early 20s. Ali’jah Larrue and Khari Sanford, both 18, have been charged with first degree homicide and await trial. Sanford was reportedly Mimi’s boyfriend. Motive was robbery.
March 31 – Tomas Macionis, 35, a Lithuanian national, was stabbed to death in Walthamstow, NE London. Rizwan Abassi, 31, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
March 29 – Victoria Woodhall, 31, a nurse at Rotherham General Hospital, was stabbed to death at her home in Middlecliffe, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Her estranged husband Craig Woodhall, 40, a former soldier, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
March 26 – A man, aged 22, suffered a “significant” head injury at Kelly Bray, near Callington in Cornwall and died in Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. A 37-year-old man who was arrested is in hospital with multiple and “possibly life-threatening” injuries. Police also arrested were a 29-year-old man from nearby Gunnislake and a 26-year-old man from Callington.
March 26 – Kelly Stewart, 41, was beaten over the head in the grounds of Memorial Community Church, in Barking Road, Plaistow, east London, between 12.45am and 1.45am. Her body was found the following day. Detectives said her death was not linked to the murder of Shadika Patel only a mile away exactly a week earlier.
March 22 – Kelly Fitzgibbons, 40, and her two children Ava, five, and Lexi, three, were found upstairs at their home in Woodmancote, East Sussex. Her husband Robert, 42, a builder, was also found dead. It was investigated as a murder-suicide. The family were on lockdown at the time during the coronavirus outbreak. Mr Fitzgibbons was building an extension on the house at the time.
Mar 22 – Stefan Melnyk, 54, was hit by a car in Salisbury Street, Acton, west London. Rhian Beresford, 28, who lived nearby, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. She allegedly got out of the car and attacked a second man. She will face trial when later in 2020.
Mar 22 – Emily Jones, 7, was stabbed to death by a stranger in Queen’s Park in Bolton on a Sunday afternoon as she took a walk in the park with her mother on Mother’s Day. A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder but detained at a secure facility under the Mental Health Act. Emily’s parents described her as a “little social butterfly” who had a “passion for the outdoors and loved to play any sport, even when she was wearing her pink sparkly dresses”.
March 20 – Christopher Striker, 28, was shot dead in Progress Village, Tampa, Florida. Joseph Williams, 26, has been charged with murder. Williams had been released from prison the previous day because of the coronavirus and overcrowding in Orient Road Jail. He had been arrested on March 13 for possession of less than four grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia. Williams, described as a member of the Bloods gang, told a man the night of the shooting that he was out “gang banging”.
March 19 – Abdullahi Mahmoud, 29, was shot dead in Hertford Road, Enfield, north London. Dorian Steele, 18, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
Mar 19 – Wendy Morse, 71, a “bubbly” grandmother, was found dead at her home in Knypersley, near Stoke-on-Trent on March 22. She is believed to have been killed three days before. Police later appealed for help in tracing a green Honda Civic.
Mar 19 – Shadika Patel, 40, was stabbed to death in Ilford, east London just after midnight. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but not charged.
Mar 16 – Nelly Moustafa, 43, and her neighbour Zahida Bi, 52, were stabbed to death at their homes in Belle Walk, Moseley, Birmingham. Ms Moustafa’s husband Tamer Moustafa, 40, has been charged with both murders and awaits trial.
Mar 15 – Cameron Murfitt, 18, was stabbed to death in Woolwich, south east London after an incident involving his motorcycle and the suspect’s car.
Mar 14 – Roger Chang, 62, a businessman and president of the New Kingston Citizens’ Association, vanished and his body was found the following day on the seashore between Dover and Windsor Castle, Jamaica. He had been stabbed. Mr Chang – whose daughter Natasha is a racing car driver – was believed to have invited a young lady to a waterfall on the day of his death.He had been stabbed. Khadeisha McKenzie, 23, aka Diamond D or DD, from St Andrew, was described by police as a person of interest and later handed herself in to police. She was charged with murder along with Cebert Duggan, 60, from Enfield, St Mary parish, and three teenagers. They have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, possession of criminal property and benefiting from criminal property. McKenzie and one of the 16-year-old boys were also charged with simple larceny and unauthorised access to computer data.
Mar 8 – Damani Mauge, 17, was stabbed on a 130 bus in Croydon, south London. A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
Mar 8 – Jahmal Thomas, 39, and Rhonda Hornsombath, 25, were shot dead at the Urban Lounge in Hamilton, Ontario around 5am. Two others survived. The victims had been attending a memorial celebration for Carel Douse, who was murdered in May 2019. The gunman was described as a black man in his 30s, about five-foot-10 tall, with a thin build and short braided hair. He was wearing dark jeans or pants and a track suit-style zip-up jacket.
Mar 7 – Vanita Nowell, 68, died of head injuries at her home in Peckham, south London. Her son Andrew Shepherd, 47, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
March 6 – Janice Child, 64, was killed at her home in Woolton, Merseyside. Her son Robert Child, 37, from Pensby, Wirral, has been charged with murder. He has reportedly accepted he caused her fatal injuries but a decision on whether to plead guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility has been delayed by coronavirus and the inability of his defence team to set up a psychiatric assessment.
Mar 6 – Jordan Marples-Douglas, 23, was stabbed to death at a house in Woodthorpe Road, Sheffield. Ben Jones, 25, has been charged with his murder and awaits trial.
March 2 – Shanur Ahmed, 16, was beaten to death and died of head injuries after being attacked by a group of 30 youths with baseball bats on a patch of wasteland at the rear of Gallions Reach DLR Station in the Isle of Dogs, east London. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder, affray and possession of an offensive weapon and awaits trial.
Mar 2 – Joss McCaughtrie, 26, was hit by a car and killed in Farnworth, near Bolton, Greater Manchester. A 24-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder. In April 2018 McCaughtrie was issued with a Community Behaviour Order, which was due to expire in April 2020.
Feb 29 – Archie Beston, 19, was stabbed to death in Kingston-upon-Thames. Tyron Bryan, 20, has been charged with murder, GBH, possession of points and blades and affray. Finley Ahwan, 20, has been charged with attempted grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving. Both await trial.
Feb 29 – Asante Campbell, 24, was stabbed with a machete by a gang on the Belle Vue estate in Hendon, north west London and was found dying in his car, a VW Polo, nearby. Hafid Abdi Mohammed Omar, 19, from Edgware, and Kofi Abusah, 19, have been charged with murder and await trial.
Feb 26 – Tyler Roye, 24, was stabbed in Croydon just after midnight and died in hospital two hours later. Sam Odupitan, 23, has been charged with murder and two counts of robbery and awaits trial. A Gucci manbag with a Bengal tiger print was stolen from Tyler during the attack.
Feb 25 – Li-Qing Wang, 35, was stabbed to death at her home in Leyton, east London. Her boyfriend Yixing Song, 53, Turnpike Lane, north London, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
Feb 24 – Alexa Negron Luciano, 27, a transgender “bag lady”, was shot in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The case made global headlines after a video circulated online, apparently showing her being shot dead while men laughed. Reggaeton singer Bad Bunny wore a t-shirt which said: “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt” during a TV performance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Luciano, also known as Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, was confronted by a police officer after she used the women’s bathroom at a McDonald’s restaurant in Toa Baja on Sunday, Feb 23. The following day her body was found on a patch of marshy grassland near a main road in Toa Baja.
Feb 23 – Ahmaud Arbery, 25, who was black, was shot dead while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. In May 2020 Gregory McMichael, 64, a former police officer, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were charged with murder. For more than two months, police did not charge the McMichaels, who are white, until the shooting gained widespread attention in the national media and provoked outrage. A video clip of the shooting emerged online in May and the hashtag #Joggingwhileblack trended. Gregory McMichael told police he saw Mr Arbery and believed he resembled the suspect in a series of local break-ins. Mr McMichael and his son armed themselves with a pistol and a shotgun and pursued Mr Arbery in a pick-up truck.
Feb 21 – Lennox Alcendor, 42, from Harlesden, was stabbed in Cricklewood, north London. James Rochester, 42, and Christian Fearon, 20, have both been charged with murder and possession of points and blades. Fearon has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.
Feb 20 – Khuzaimah Douglas, 19, and Waseem Ramzan, 36, were killed with a crossbow in a robbery at a cannabis factory in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill, West Midlands. Omar Ramzan, 23, and his father Saghawat Ramzan, 46, have been charged with two counts of murder and await trial.
Feb 18 – Sundeep Ghuman, 36, was beaten to death and died of head injuries at Belmarsh prison in south-east London. Ghuman was jailed for five years and four months in 2011 for a series of arson attacks in the south east London borough of Bexley. In one incident he broke into a Kwik Fit store armed with a blow torch and a propane gas canister, and set fire to a tyre stack and a fence. Later that night, residents had to be evacuated from their homes after he damaged a pipe, causing a build-up of gas. His sentence was one of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), which was why he had not been released in 2020. Steven Hilden, 28, and Terry Jocham, 28, have been charged with his murder and await trial. Both are serving prisoners.
Feb 17 – James Dowdell, 54, was strangled and hit over the head at his home in Chelsea, west London. Mohammed Assri, 46, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
Feb 7 – Tazne van Wyk , 8, was raped and murdered in Worcester, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Her body was found in a storm drain. Moyhdian Pangarker 54, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. He had recently been released from prison after serving time for a sex offence. An angry mob attended his initial court hearings.
Feb 5 – Babacar Diagne, 15, originally from Sutton Coldfield, was stabbed to death on grassland in Wood End, Coventry. Two boys aged 15 have been charged with murder and await trial.
Jan 29 – Eraj Seifi, 46, from Maida Vale, was shot in Queen’s Park, north west London. He died of his injuries on February 7. Errol James, 51, and Romello Briggs-Leon, 25, were charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
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 20 – Tahereh Pirali-Dashti, 40, was attacked after a row with the driver of another car on the A406 at Henlys Corner in Finchley, north London. She died in hospital on April 10. Robert Barrow 54, from Chigwell, Essex, was charged with murder and with assault of a 56-year-old man.
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 18 – Sasha Krause, 27, a Sunday school teacher from the Mennonite Christian community, vanished near her home in New Mexico. Mark Gooch, 21, a US Air Force airman, has been charged with murder, kidnapping and theft. Her body was found near Flagstaff, Arizona on 24 February. Gooch was based at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix. Gooch, who allegedly stole the victim’s traditional head covering and her underwear, faces trial in 2021.
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 16 – Claire Nash, 33, was strangled and stabbed 10 times at her home in Newmarket, Suffolk. Her boyfriend Charles Jessop, 33, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
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. Nobody has been charged with murder but Gerard McKenna, 50, has been charged obstructing a prosecution.
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 5 – Audrius Lapinskas, 30, punched outside a house in Peterborough. Nicolae Budurus, 40, admitted manslaughter at Cambridge Crown Court in April 2020 and was given a 16-month suspended sentence. The court heard Budurus was disturbed when a drunk Lapinskas vandalised his car wing mirror. He ran outside and confronted him. Lapinskas died from a traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage.
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. Mark Harding, 44, from Isleworth, Emeka Dawuda-Wodu, 18, and Simon Emmons, 39, have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
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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