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December 2019

Dec 29 – Asghar Badshah, 39, a bus driver from Bradford, was killed and his body was found in the wall of an abandoned Yorkshire Bank in Batley, West Yorkshire. In March 2020, in a BBC documentary – Hometown – it was claimed Badshah was killed by a drugs gang because he had stolen some money from the gang. In May 2021 four men were charged in connection with his death. Qaisar Shah, 36, from Mayo Crescent, Bradford – was charged with murder but eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to possess criminal property. Sabbah Shahmuradi, 36, from French Wells, Woking, admitted to conspiracy to kidnap. Sobia Syed, 37, from Henna Close, Bradford, admitted charged with conspiracy to possess criminal property. Liam Buckley, 34, of Lynwood Crescent, Sunningdale, Berkshire pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap Mr Badshah.

Dec 29 – Marc Allen, 51, was run over by his own Mercedes car after it was stolen from outside his home in Erith, Kent. He died in hospital on 29 January 2020. The car, a Mercedes GLA, was recovered on 31 December in east London. A 27-year-old man was arrested in February 2020 but not charged. Unsolved.

Dec 25 – Vivienne Bryan, 64, was stabbed with a carving knife at her home at Fairbourne in Gwynedd, north Wales on Christmas Day. Her husband Thomas Bryan, 75, was acquitted of murder and jailed for less than four years for manslaughter. Prosecutors claimed he deliberately attacked her after she ‘tried to stop me getting another drink’, but Bryan claimed the stabbing stemmed from an ‘accumulation of events going back weeks, months and even years’.Dec 25 – Balvinder Bains, 51, died when he was run over by a car in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Amarjit Lamba, 53, a taxi driver from Brampton, was convicted of second-degree murder and was jailed for life in August 2021. At his trial Lamba claimed he just drove away after Bains refused to pay the $8 fee and thought he had hit the kerb or a snowbank. But a CCTV camera from a nearby resident’s home showed Lamba deliberately turned his steering wheel into Bains, knocking him down and sending his turban rolling off his head as he falls backwards. The right front tyre slowly runs him over, from his right leg through his torso and then over his head. The taxi driver reverses and runs over the poor man again, crushing him to death.

Dec 25 – Philip Deans, 36, was attacked and hit over the head in an alley between two shops in the High Street, Slough. Dawid Debski, 25, was acquitted of murder but jailed for six years for manslaughter. The court heard it was an unprovoked attack at 1am on Christmas Day.

Dec 24 – Kevin Bacon, 25, was murdered in Michigan. Mark Latunski, 50, has been charged with the murder, disinterment and mutilation of a body. Bacon,’s naked body was found on December 28 hanging from the ceiling of Latunski’s home in Bennington Township, near Lansing. Investigators allege Latunski admitted to stabbing Bacon in the back, slitting his throat and eating parts of his body. Bacon’s roommate, Michelle Myers, told police Bacon met Latunski on Christmas Eve after connecting with him on the gay dating app Grindr. His family reported him missing the next day.

Dec 24 – Flamur Beqiri, 36, a Swedish national known as Alex, was shot dead in front of his wife Deborah and young son outside his home in Battersea Church Road, Battersea at around 9pm. The assailant fled on foot. Beqiri, a “big fish” in the world of international organized crime criminal posed as a record label boss and was the brother of former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star Misse Beqiri. Beqiri was of Albanian heritage and had been living in London for four or five years. The trial at Southwark Crown Court heard Beqiri’s murder was linked to the murder of Dr Karolina Hakim in Malmo, Sweden, in August. Beqiri was friends with Dr Hakim’s partner, Naief Adawi, who was involved in a £7m heist in Denmark. Beqiri and Adawi were allied with a gang led by Daniel Johansson Petrovski and the killers were allegedly linked to a gang led by Amir Mekky. Mekky and Petrovski had been at each other’s throats in Malmo since June 2018. Anis Fouad Hemissi 22, a Swedish national, was jailed for life (35 years) for murder in Feb 2022. He had been arrested in Copenhagen in January 2020 and was extradited to Britain in May 2020. He was the gunman. Estevan Alexis Pino-Munizaga, 34, was extradited from Sweden. He was acquitted of murder but jailed for 15 years for manslaughter. Tobias Fredrik Andersson, 31, and Bawer Diyaz Karaer, 22, were acquitted of murder and manslaughter. Clifford Rollox, 30, from Islington, and Claude Castor, originally from the Sint Maarten in the Dutch Antilles, were jailed for three years for perverting the course of public justice. The trial heard that Karaer’s cousin, Ahmet Karaer, who roped him into going to London and handing over a bicycle to Hemissi, has since gone missing. In early Jan 2020 he flew from Sweden to Egypt. Ahmet Karaer was deeply in debt due to a gambling addiction and had also borrowed money from a Swedish gang called The Death Patrol. Ahmet Karaer was working for Mekky and it may be that Mekky has had him killed to prevent him giving evidence against him.

Dec 23 – John Kennett, 60, was stabbed to death outside a house in Thornton Heath, south London. Kenny Pitcher, 51, a neighbour, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (14 years) at Croydon Crown Court in Nov 2020.

Dec 22 – Sandy Seagrave, 76, and Amy Appleton, 32, were beaten to death with a walking stick outside a house in Crawley Down, Sussex. Amy’s husband Daniel Appleton, 37, was taken to hospital in a “very unstable condition”. He was later charged with murder and went on trial in Nov 2020. Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis QC said Mr Appleton was suffering a “psychotic episode” at the time. Samples of Mr Appleton’s hair and nail clippings revealed traces of a psychoactive substance similar to LSD.

Dec 21 – Leshawn Williams, 29, was stabbed to death in the street in Silvertown, east London. Michael Hyde, 28, from Swindon, his brother Daniel Hyde, 31, and a third brother Jerome Hyde, 38, have been charged with murder and, as of Nov 2020, await trial.

Dec 20 – Anthony Eastwood, 35, was stabbed in an alley near The Monarch pub in Gillingham, Kent. Police released footage of a man they wanted to speak to. Nathan Kitenge-Mpiana, 18, was jailed for life (14 years) for murder in Aug 2020. During the trial at Maidstone Crown Court, the jury heard how Kitenge-Mpiana who was 17 at the time, was a county lines dealer who stabbed the 35-year-old victim five times after stalking him to near The Monarch pub in Fox Street. Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC had described the killing, which happened on the afternoon of Friday, December 20 last year, as “akin to an assassination.”

Dec 19 – Michael Baptista, 24, was stabbed with a par of scissors in Walthamstow, NE London. Ozughan Altun, 30, from Hackney, was jailed for life for murder at Wood Green Crown Court in Dec 2020. The court heard how Altun grew fixated with Michael Baptista, who had briefly been in a relationship with a woman who was Altun’s ex–girlfriend at the time, and attacked him in a frenzy.

Dec 19 – Angela Tarver, 86, was decapitated with an ornamental sword at her home in Woking, Surrey. Her son Phillip Tarver, 46, was jailed for life (19 years) in 2020. As well as her head being found in the freezer her finger was discovered inside a kettle, the Old Bailey heard. Tarver claimed his father had killed his mother but that was disproved at trial.

Dec 19 – Arber Fesko, 30, an Albanian national, was stabbed and his body was found in the boot of car in Scratchwood Park, Barnet. Shkelqim Paja, 31, a Kosovan national, was stabbed and found in undergrowth in Hogg Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire the following day. Besnik Berisha, 42, from Friern Barnet, was jailed for life (33 years) and Kaziku Tuwisana, 31, was jailed for life (31 years) after both were convicted of murder in 2021. The trial heard Paja had fallen out with Berisha, who owed him money and the debt included a “substantial” outstanding loan in excess of £15,000. When he asked for the money back, Berisha recruited “hired muscle” and assembled knives, a Taser and cable ties in a plot to kidnap and kill Mr Paja. But a fight broke out and both men were stabbed. Tuwizana was arrested by police after he was found in the driver’s seat of a Mercedes car in the car park of a Persian restaurant in Scratchwood Park, Barnet. Fesko’s body was in the boot.

Dec 19 – Ebrima “Brim” Cham, 35, was stabbed to death at a house in Hounslow, west London. Emeka Dawuda-Wodu, 18, Zimele Dube, 31, and Simon Emmons, 39, were convicted of murder and possession of an offensive weapon at a trial in 2021. Dawodu-Wodu and Emmons got life (31 years) and Dube got life (28 years). The trial heard Cham was a predator. He was what is known in the underworld as a “standover man”, a criminal who specialises in robbing drug dealers, knowing they are not in a position to report the crime to the police. Cham had robbed some dealers working for a Somali drug dealer called Drippa, and so the trio started him down and taught him a lesson. The killing of Cham was linked to the murder of William Algar in Jan 2020.

Dec 16 – Kayleigh Dunning, 32, was hit 30 times with a crowbar at a flat in Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth. Her boyfriend Mark Brandford, 49, was jailed for life (23 years). Jurors heard he “lashed out” during his “special night” after discovering Ms Dunning had sent affectionate text messages to another man.

Dec 15 – Albert Amofa, 33, was stabbed to death in Croydon, south London. Harvey MacFoy, 25, from Bromley, and Donald Owusu, 24, from Upper Norwood were convicted of murder.  Owusu was jailed for life (25 years) and MacFoy for life (21 years) but both sentenced were increased on appeal by two years. Theo Brown was  charged with perverting the course of justice. Owusu, Macfoy and a third unidentified attacker targeted Mr Amofa as he returned home with a girlfriend, demanding his car keys. They mistakenly believed he had £5,000 worth of cannabis in the vehicle, the defendants’ Old Bailey trial heard.

Dec 15 – Marion Price, 63, was shot in a private car park in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire. Michael Reader, 69, from Northampton, and Stephen Welch, 61, from Kingsthorpe, have been charged with murder and went on trial in Oct 2020.

Dec 14 – Mohamud ‘Snoop’ Hashi, 22, was stabbed to death in woods in Fishermead, Milton Keynes. Lee Sopp, 24, from the Daniels Welch area, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder and possession of a knife. The trial heard Sopp was a heroin and crack dealer who was seeking to protect his turf from a rival dealer. The trial heard Sopp wore Crusader-style chainmail when he attacked Hashi.

Dec 14 – Dmytro Balaban, 28, a Ukrainian national, was stabbed in the neck at a house in Neasden, NW London. Volodymyr Holovatskyi, 24, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for ten years and nine months. The pair, housemates, got into a drunken row.

Dec 14 – Viorel Stefan, 49, was stabbed to death in Dagenham, east London. Vasile Firanda, 59, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter in Nov 2020. He killed Viorel during a drunken dinner party. Both men were Romanian.

Dec 12 – Alex Rodda, 15, a pupil at Holmes Chapel High School, was struck at least 15 times with a wrench in Ashley, Cheshire. Matthew Mason, 18, an agricultural engineering student, of Ollerton, near Knutsford, was convicted of murder and jailed for life in January 2021 after a trial at Chester Crown Court. Mason was arrested in Forton, near Newport, Shropshire, four hours after the body was found. The trial heard the pair had a sexual relationship but then Alex demanded money in order to keep it a secret. The trial heard he paid Alex more than £2,000 after he contacted his then girlfriend about “flirty” messages. Lawyers acting for Mason, who denied murder, had claimed the killing was the result of self-defence or a loss of control. But the jury rejected this defence.

Dec 12 – Keith Harrower, 40, aka Joshua French, was stabbed to death outside the Premier supermarket in Dewsbury Road, Beeston, Leeds. Omar Ishaq, 33, from Horsforth, and Kearon Barker, 30, from Beeston, have been charged with murder. The victim was killed at 5.30pm on the day of the General Election.The trial is due to take place in Jan 2021.

Dec 10 – Natalie Jenkins, 32, a drug addict and sex worker, vanished from a street in Middlesbrough. Her body has not been found. Unsolved.

Dec 9 – James O’Keefe, 47, was stabbed to death in a fight in Hornsey, north London. George Nolan, 54, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter. The pair got into an argument while drinking at the flat of another friend, Jan Farnham. The court heard O’Keefe stumbled on to a kitchen knife Nolan was holding and nicked a varicose vein in his thigh.

Dec 6 – Crosslon Davis, 20, a rapper known as Bis, suffered at least nine wounds to his head, back and chest when he was set upon by four youths armed with knives. Most of the attack in Deptford, south-east London, was caught on CCTV. Elijah Morgan, 20, and Jedaiah Param, 21, were both jailed for life (28 years) for murder. They were arrested at Dover Docks in Feb 2020. Davis was a “highly regarded” drill artist and member of the Harlem Spartan collective based in Kennington, south London, the court heard. The killers were on licence at the time of the killing, having both been convicted of previous knife-related offences. Dejourn Dacosta, 21, from Dulwich, and a 17-year-old boy were acquitted.

Dec 5 – Exauce Ngimbi, 22, was stabbed to death in Clapton, east London. Kieran Brown, 26, from Hackney, was charged with murder but was jailed for 18 years for manslaughter at Harrow Crown Court. Exauce and Brown had been involved in a fight on the day before the murder but the exact reasons for the disagreement are not known. Exauce’s cousin, Calvin Bungisa, was murdered in April 2019.

Dec 5 – Mohammed Al-Araimi, 20, an Omani student, was stabbed to death during an attempted robbery near Harrods in Knightsbridge, west London. Badir Rahim Alnazi, 23, a Kuwaiti national, was convicted of murder has murder and later jailed for life. Alnazi handed himself in at a central London police station after police had appealed for help in identifying two men seen on CCTV footage. Arseboon Dilbaro, 22, a German national, was cleared of murder and possessing a knife but convicted of wounding after he was captured on security cameras hitting Al Araimi’s friend Nasser Kanoo, now 22. Mr Kanoo was stabbed in the back during the attack but recovered from his injuries. He gave evidence for the trial in London via video link from Bahrain. Prosecutors said Alnazi and Dilbaro had been roaming some of London’s wealthier areas for 90 minutes, hunting for victims.

Dec 1 – Suel Delgado, 20, from Crawley, was run over by a BMW car on the seafront in Brighton. Two other men, aged 18 and 22 survived. Iftekhar Khondaker, 34, from Mitcham, has been charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder. Irfan Khondaker, 26, also from Mitcham, has been charged with assisting an offender. Both are due to go on trial on 4 Jan 2021. Suel played football for Loxwood, Broadbridge Heath FC and Alfold, as well as Three Bridges.

November 2019

Nov 29 – Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were stabbed to death at the Fishmonger’s Hall near London Bridge. Three others survived. They were attacked by Usman Khan, 28, a jihadist originally from Stoke-on-Trent. In 2012 Khan was convicted of terrorist offices and was given an indeterminate sentence. At sentencing, the judge said that Khan and his Stoke-on-Trent associates were “more serious jihadis” who operated “at a higher level of efficacy and commitment than the rest”, the other six convicts. In 2019 Khan was released from prison and was attending a rehabilitation session when he pulled out a knife and began attacking people. A group of civilians held him at bay, one of them armed with a narwhal tusk which had been pulled off the wall. Khan attacked more people on London Bridge before he was shot dead by a police officer.

Nov 24 – Justin Bello, 38, from Croydon, was choked to death at a flat in Stockwell, south London, and his body was then dumped in a communal area at the rear of a block of flats on the St Raphael’s Estate in Neasden, NW London. Cornell Burrell, 35, was acquitted of murder in 2021. Stasious Scott, 34, fled to Jamaica shortly after Mr Bello’s death and was eventually extradited in 2023. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter, which the prosecution reluctantly accepted, and was jailed for 13 years. Scott had 12 convictions for drugs offences and had spent time in prison in Jamaica. Scott’s father Oliver Scott, 53, was jailed for 6 years for perverting the course of justice. Scott senior had been jailed for nine years in 2011 after five kilos of heroin were found hidden among a consignment of sex toys. Two other people who helped dispose of the body, Christopher Hatton and Cecilia Bruce-Annan were jailed for 6 years and 4 and a half years for perverting the course of justice. Scott’s ex-girlfriend, Suzanne John, a criminal defence solicitor, was acquitted of perverting the course of justice. She told Burrell’s trial she had sent her children to stay with Scott (who was their father) while he was on the run.

Nov 24 – Mehran Heydari, 26, was stabbed in a car outside West Ealing station in west London. Ismail Yusuf, 19, was convicted of murder and possession of a bladed article at Croydon Crown Court in April 2023 and later jailed for life.

Nov 23 – Randy Skuse, 27, was stabbed to death in Whitechapel, east London. Sahal Abdi, 26, from Shepherds Bush, west London, was charged with murder and three counts of wounding but was acquitted in Sep 2020.

Nov 19 – Iron Miah, 40, was hit over the head in the street in Whitechapel, east London. He died in hospital two days later. Hassan Mohammed, 31, from Portsmouth, Nanu Miah, 20, from Southwark, Aaron Campbell, 28, from Hammersmith, Mohamed Ali, 27, from Dagenham, and Antonio Afflick-McLeod, 28, from Ilford, have been charged with murder but as of Nov 2020 have not gone on trial. Afflick-McLeod has also been charged with supplying cocaine and heroin.

Nov 19 – Shazia Bibi, 10, was abducted, raped and killed in Jhang, Pakistan. In Nov 2020 Asif Habib was sentenced to death.

Nov 19 – Mohammed Usman Mirza, 19, known as Speckz, was stabbed to death outside a block of flats, Owen Waters House, in Ilford, east London. His killers were said to be from the Drillford gang. In 2021 Shariq Khan, 21, was jailed for life (25 years), Hassan Riaz, 22, was jailed for life (24 years), London Beqa got life (14 years) and Omari Thompson was jailed for life (minimum of 15 years) – all for murder. In Nov 2022 Tyler Moore, 21, was jailed for life (20 years) for murdering Mirza. Moeez Bangash, 26, was jailed for life (14 years) for manslaughter and Jonathan Makengo, 25, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter. The court heard a dying Mirza rang his family, said he loved his mother & read some words from the Koran.

Nov 17 – Mazammal Mahmood Butt, 27, a butcher, was stabbed to death in Lozells, Birmingham. Mobeen Shahzad, 27, from Lozells, was jailed for life (23 years) for murder and his wife Sheridan Fitzsimmons, 28, from Highgate, Birmingham, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter. The trial heard there was a heated row between the three of them in a car park near Mr Butt’s butcher’s shops and then Mr Butt’s wife, who was Shahzad’s sister, came out and was grabbed by Fitzsimmons, who told her husband to kill Mr Butt.

Nov 13 – Nicola Stevenson, 39, was hit 11 times with a hammer and then dumped in a wheelie bin which was left in undergrowth at a recreation ground off Landport Road in Lewes, East Sussex, by a dog walker. Richard Canlin, 41, was jailed for life (22 years). The trial heard Canlin was Nicola’s lodger and killed her when she asked him to move out. Jurors heard how Ms Stevenson had emailed a police officer on 10 October, the day she was killed, asking for help because her lodger was “getting abusive”.The judge told Canlin he was “a consistent and persistent liar” who clearly had a moderate personality disorder.

Nov 11 – Akeem Dylon Barnes, 24, was stabbed to death at 6.10am during an improvised all-night music event in converted garages in Seven Kings, Ilford, east London. Jean Marc Dable, 25, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. Dable, who was himself injured, admitted that on the night of the incident, he was carrying a knife and that when he went out, he was in the habit of carrying a weapon hidden between his buttocks.

Nov 7 – Hakim Sillah, 18, was stabbed twice in the chest at a knife awareness course at Hillingdon Civic Centre in Uxbridge, Middlesex. Vladimir Nachev, 18, from Hayes, was jailed for life for murder and wounding another teenager. After the stabbing Nachev fled the scene and hid the 25cm long Rambo-style knife in woods near his home. At trial he claimed he acted in self-defence and said he intended to stab Hakim in the arm. The court heard he had attacked Hakim previously and had sent him abusive messages. In May 2019 Hakim said Nachev punched him after they got in a fight over a girl. Uxbridge is in the constituency of the then prime minister Boris Johnson.

Nov 5 – Richard Carberry, 39, was shot dead outside his home in Bettystown, Drogheda, Republic of Ireland at 11.40pm. The getaway van was found set on fire. Carberry was a drug dealer originally from north Dublin. His death was linked to an ongoing feud in Drogheda and was linked to murder of Keith Branigan in August 2019. In revenge for his murder one gang are believed to have killed Keane Mulready-Woods in January 2020.

Nov 3 – George Donald, 47, was punched, fell and hit the pavement by the Galleywood Social Club, near Chelmsford, Essex. He sustained a head injury and died on February 23 2020. Callum Manning, 30, pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Chelmsford Crown Court and was jailed for two years. Essex Police said Manning and Mr Donald were known to each other and had been on separate nights out at the club.

Nov 3 – Levi Ogden, 26, died in hospital after being attacked in the street in Halifax. Lloyd Birkby, 27, from Elland, was initially charged with murdering Ms Ogden, but prosecutors accepted his plea of guilty to a charge of manslaughter. He also pleaded guilty to common assault in relation to another woman on the same night. Ogden and Birkby were a couple who were out on a “date night” when things turned ugly after several drinks.

October 2019

Oct 31 – James Amadu, 26, was stabbed to death during a brawl in Lavender Hill, Enfield, north London. Romeo Mapeza, 18, was jailed for life for murder. A 15-year-old boy was acquitted of murder but guilty of manslaughter and violent disorder. Franklyn Amadu, 23, was convicted of violent disorder. Dennis Goxha, 19, was acquitted of affray and violent disorder. Sheldon Crawford-Proverbs, 28, was acquitted of assisting an offender.

Oct 31 – Frazer Brabant, 31, was attacked with a sword in a garden in Basingstoke, Hampshire. He died after spending nearly three months in a coma in hospital. Drug dealers Forhad Miah, 32, and Scott Neale, 35, from Basingstoke, James O’Connor, 25, from Whitchurch, and Lee Wood, 32, were all jailed for life at Winchester Crown Court in July 2023. Brabant had stolen some cannabis in an “audacious” knifepoint robbery at Neale’s home. Michael Burrows KC, prosecuting, said the defendants had “hunted down, chased and killed” Brabant, at a time when they knew he was vulnerable due to a broken leg.  Neale and Wood were given minimum terms of 29 years. Miah was ordered to serve at least 28 years and O’Connor 25 years. Neale’s brother, Ricky Lewis, 40, from Basingstoke, was jailed for six years for helping to organise the conspiracy.

Oct 26 – Beatrice Yankson, 59, died of smoke inhalation and burns in a fire at her home in Islington, north London. Her sonJoel Ellis 35, was charged with murder and arson with intent to endanger life but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. Prosecutor Simon Denison QC told the Old Bailey Ellis, who suffered from schizophrenia and depression, had obtained a container of petrol a few days before the fire and decanted it into bottles. He removed a smoke detector and used the petrol as an accelerant when he set fire to the flat.

Oct 24 – Evie Adams, 23, died after being given a deadly cocktail of prescription drugs, including tramadol and diazepam, at her home in Blackburn, Lancashire. In December 2021 her boyfriend, Jordan Monaghan, then 30, was jailed for life (40 years) for her murder. He was also convicted of killing his 24-day-old daughter Ruby at their Blackburn home in January 2013 and his 21-month-old son Logan at a swimming pool eight months later. Preston Crown Court heard Monaghan, a builder, smothered Ruby on New Year’s Day in 2013 as she slept in a Moses basket. Ruby’s mother Laura Gray, 28, was sleeping upstairs at the time. The court heard the day before Logan’s death, Ms Gray had told Monaghan their relationship was over after discovering he owed thousands of pounds in gambling debts. The court heard he also killed Evie because she was planning to leave him. Mr Justice Goose told him: “You are an exceptionally controlling, selfish and cruel man. The trigger to these offences were your volatile relationships. The consequences were the snuffing out of the lives of two very young children and a young woman.”

Oct 23 – Aniah Blanchard, 19, the stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight fighter Walt Harris, was kidnapped and later shot and dumped in rural Macon County, Alabama. Her body was found a month later. Police later recovered her vehicle 55 miles away in Montgomery. Ibraheem Yazeed has been charged with kidnapping and murder. As of Nov 2020 he has not gone on trial.Kidnapping charges against his alleged accomplice Antwain “Squirmy” Fisher was later dropped. In June 2020 Yazeed was also charged with the 2018 murder of Stephen Hamby.

October 23 – Eight women and 31 men died in the back of a lorry which was parked in Grays, Essex. All were from Vietnam and had paid around £30,000 to people traffickers. Lorry driver Maurice “Mo” Robinson, 25, from Craigavon, has admitted 39 counts of manslaughter and other offences. Ronan Hughes, 40, haulier, from County Monaghan, has admitted manslaughter and awaits sentencing. Police are also seeking his brother, haulier Christopher Hughes, 34, who is also from County Monaghan. Eamonn Harrison, 22, a lorry driver, from Northern Ireland, was arrested in Dublin on a European Arrest Warrant and was extradited. He denies manslaughter and went on trial in Oct 2020 along with Gheorghe Nica. Christopher Kennedy, 24, a lorry driver from Keady, County Armagh and Valentin Calota, 37, of Birmingham, have denied being involved in a people-smuggling plot. In Vietnam four people – the youngest 26 and the oldest 36 – were given prison sentences of between two-and-a-half years and seven-and-a-half years by a court in central Ha Tinh province for people trafficking.

Oct 21 – Frank Kinnis, 83, was punched and kicked to death at a farm in Barmuckity, near Elgin, Moray, Scotland. Church of Scotland minister Morris Smith and his wife Jan, both 70, survived being attacked in Birkenhill Woods on the same day. David Johnstone, 35, was charged with murder, attempted murder and two charges of assaulting or impeding police. He was acquitted on the grounds that at the time he was unable, because of a mental disorder, to appreciate the nature or wrongfulness of his actions – a plea the Crown accepted. He was ordered to be detained indefinitely at Carstairs high security psychiatric hospital.

Oct 21 – Zoe Orton, 46, former legal secretary, was strangled to death at her home in Deptford, south London. Her flat had reportedly been used by a drug gang. Her ex-boyfriend Anselmo Colsoul, 47, said she had become addicted to drugs in her 20s. A drugs gang is believed to have been using her flat at a drug dealing HQ. Unsolved.

Oct 20 – Kyrell Matthews, 2, died of internal injuries at Croydon University Hospital after being attacked at his home in Thornton Heath, south London. His mother Phylesia Shirley, 21, admitted allowing death. She was later convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 13 years. Her boyfriend Kemar Brown, 28, was jailed for life (25 years) for murder. Kyrell suffered a total of 41 rib fractures, some of which had fractured and then healed. The trial heard Shirley made audio recordings when she went out and left Kyrell in the flat with Brown. This was to catch him being unfaithful to her. Instead it caught him beating the child and saying things like “You have to ruin the fun.” But she did not leave Brown and there is evidence she hit him herself. Brown’s defence introduced a witness, Dr Evan Matshes, who claimed the injuries could have been caused by two-handed CPR. He was being cross examined on a video link from San Diego when he went AWOL and never completed his evidence. It later emerged he was paid £14,000 in legal aid. The judge said a complaint would be made to California’s moderating body.

October 19 – Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, were stabbed to death at a house party in Milton Keynes. Dom was a leading member of the M4 gang. Earl Bevans, 23, admitted two counts of murder and two counts of wounding with intent and was jailed for life. Charlie Chandler, 21, from Bletchley, Clayton Barker, 20, Ben Potter, 16, and Jamie Chandler, 17, were all convicted of murder after a trial in November 2020. Barker was jailed for a minimum of 28 years, Charlie Chandler and Earl Bevans were jailed for a minimum of 27 years. Potter and Jamie Chandler were jailed for a minimum of 22 years. Dom’s mother Tracey Ansah told Luton Crown Court her son named three of the accused. Later, in a resuscitation room, she asked him “Who did this?” and he gave her the first names of three people, followed by a “B3” sign with his hand to indicate the gang they belonged to, she said. The attack was carried out in revenge after members of a gang called M4 assaulted, stripped and taunted Potter in woodland in the Westcroft area of Milton Keynes in 2017. This was recorded and shared on social media, the court heard, and the teenager later named Dom Ansah as one of the perpetrators. Jurors were also told Jamie Chandler had been stabbed just months before the murders.

Oct 18 – Jake Kemp, 26, from Barnehurst, was hit by a Toyota Prius in Bexley, south east London and died in hospital four days later. Uran Nabiev, 63, from Erith, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter in June 2020. After the incident Nabiev took a train and taxi to Heathrow Airport and flew back to his native Azerbaijan. He flew back to England in November 2019 and was arrested at Luton airport. The trial heard Jake and some friends had been drinking and at 4.30am Jake’s friend punched and broke the wing mirror of a parked Toyota Prius. Nabiev was awake and saw the incident. He drove after them and hit Jake’s friend with his car and then Jake.

Oct 13 – Ben Lines, 20, was stabbed to death in Bexleyheath, south London. A 17-year-old (who was 16 at the time) was convicted of manslaughter in August 2020 and jailed for seven and a half years. The trial heard the teenager arranged to buy cannabis from Ben but did not pay and a row broke out.

Oct 13 – Richard Huckle, 33, a prolific paedophile, was raped, strangled and stabbed with a makeshift weapon that may have been fashioned from a toothbrush in his cell at HMP Full Sutton, Yorkshire. Huckle was in prison for abusing up to 200 Malaysian children. Paul Fitzgerald, 29, a fellow inmate jailed for serious sex offences, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (34 years). Fitzgerald told the trial he thought the attack would be “poetic justice” for the crimes Huckle had committed against children.

Oct 10 – Clinton Evbota, 18, was stabbed on the Brandon estate in Southwark, south London. Rio Williams, 18, from Stockwell, was jailed for life (19 years) and Carlos Roachford, 18, was jailed for life (18 years). A 16-year-old boy who was convicted of manslaughter was jailed for six years. Calvin Lopoua, 18, from Streatham, and two younger boys were acquitted.Clinton, who used to live on the estate but had moved to Kent, had come to the area to see friends when he was spotted and the group gave chase. The court heard witnesses describe them laughing and smiling as they ran off after killing him.

Oct 10 – Baptista Adjei, 15, was stabbed to death on a bus in Stratford, east London. Marvin Dyer, who was 16 at the time, was jailed for life (minimum of 16 years) for murder in 2021. Another boy, aged 16, was acquitted. Two weeks before the murder Baptista and his 15-year-old friend, had become involved in an online disagreement in a Snapchat group chat with the defendants, who were only vaguely known to them outside of the online forum having seen the boys around the Stratford area. The interaction began as mutual banter, but eventually turned ugly. The boys had begun by taunting each other, culminating in a brief online exchange. Dyer messaged Baptista saying “If you’ve got no bodies on your blade, leave the group chat.” Baptista had replied, “Shut up. You’ll be the first.” This exchange continued between both victims and both defendants, ending with Dyer threatening to be outside the victim’s school waiting for them the following day.Weeks later, having forgotten about the spat, Baptista and his friend were stabbed as they walked down the stairs on a bus. He ran off into the Stratford Centre before collapsing.

Oct 9 – Two people were shot dead when a gunman ran amok in the city of Halle in eastern Germany. Stephan Balliet, 27, admitted the killing spree, which he livestreamed on the internet. His victims were a 40-year-old woman shot dead in front of Halle’s synagogue and a 20-year-old man killed in a kebab shop. Inside the synagogue, 51 people were marking Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. Investigators believe his intention was to carry out a massacre and have revealed that 4kg of explosives were found in his car. Balliet held far-right views.When he went on trial in July 2020 he said he had felt “superseded” by the hundreds of thousands of refugees who entered Germany in the summer of 2015. During his testimony the judge, Ursula Mertens, threatening to exclude him from the courtroom for abusive and explicitly racist language, Balliet claimed that being “on the bottom rung of society” justified the attack, one of the worst acts of antisemitic violence in Germany’s postwar history.

Oct 5 – Robert Duquemin, 53, was beaten up at his home in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Yanick Beresford, 25, was jailed for life in 2021. He attacked Duquemin after being paid just £10 by the victim’s daughter for cocaine and cannabis worth £230. Beresford also admitted supplying Class A and Class B drugs. Beresford was acquitted at Peterborough Crown Court, of two counts of attempted murder and two counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm. His girlfiriend Aiste Paulauskaite was cleared of assisting an offender after she washed his bloody clothes.

Oct 5 – Danny Gibson, 35 and Jason Gibson, 31, were found stabbed to death in a house in Colchester, Essex. A third body, discovered in a car was identified as Richard Booth, 35. Tom Saunders, 32, from Colchester, admitted the killings but was too mentally ill to go on trial. He was detained indefinitely at Rampton secure hospital.

Oct 5 – Nathan Suggitt, 90, was stabbed eight times at his home in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. Glynwr Wayman, 50, was jailed for life (30 years). Wayman was a ‘desperate’ heroin addict who murdered the pensioner, stole jewellery from the victim’s body and his home, poured bleach over his body and left him to die before CCTV captured him smirking as he pawned the stolen goods at a Cash Generators store in the town. The court was told Wayman may have got away with murder if it had not been for police finding a ‘speck’ of the victim’s blood on a shoelace of his washed trainers. He was also unanimously convicted of robbing a 61-year-old woman in a separate incident.

Oct 3 – David Lawal, 25, a county lines drug dealer, was stabbed to death in Thetford, Norfolk. Amrik Singh, 18, admitted manslaughter and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was jailed for 6 years. Elie Saba, 33, from Ilford, east London, Lisa Desousa, 21, Iddi Zito, 18, from London, and a 17-year-old boy were originally charged with murder but those charges were dropped after Singh pleaded guilty. Saba was jailed for 8 years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs with intent. Desousa and Zito were both jailed for 3 years on the same charge. Claudia Annius, 20, from Kempton, near Bedford, had denied one count of assisting an offender and denied conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. The trial heard there was a fall out over some crack or heroin amid the county lines gang who were supplying drugs in Norfolk.

Oct 3 – Four police officers were stabbed to death in the headquarters of the Paris police in the Rue de la Cite. The assailant was Mickaël Harpon, 45, a civilian police employee. He was shot dead by a police officer. His wife said he had suffered a psychotic episode the night before and was hearing voices. Harpon, who was born in Martinique but converted to Islam a decade before the incident, exchanged a total of 33 text messages with his wife before the attack. Among those, Harpon wrote “Allah Akbar” and “Follow our much-loved Prophet Muhammad, and meditate on the Quran”.

September 2019

Sep 29 – Alvin Lee Bellard, and Shannon Sutton, 23, Bobby Wyatt, 39, and Elijah Rideau, 33, were shot dead at an apartment building in Beaumont, Texas. Lively James Stratton, 22, has been charged with all four murders. He lived in the same building and one of the victims identified him as the shooter before dying. There had been some sort of dispute between the tenants. As of Nov 2020 Stratton has not gone on trial yet.

Sep 28 – Arlene Williams, 46, was stabbed to death at a house in Enfield, north London. Her son,Criston Preddie, 28, of Tennyson Close, Enfield, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility but denied murder. Preddie, a soldier, attacked his mother with a kitchen knife as she sat on the sofa after downing three quarters of a bottle of vodka and losing his temper. He said he was “black with anger”. Sentencing was adjourned for a psychiatric assessment.

Sep 26 – A six year old boy died after being forced to swallow scalding hot water from a bath tap as part of an attempted exorcism of a demon at the Pascua Yaqui tribe’s reservation near Tucson, Arizona. His father, Pablo Martinez, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. Martinez told investigators he saw something evil inside his son and wanted to cast it out. The boy was pronounced dead with burns over 15 percent of his body. As of Nov 2020 Martinez has not gone on trial.

Sep 26 – Christopher Nicol, 27, was stabbed in front of his young children at his flat in Greenock, Scotland. Steven Bryceland, 44, has been charged with murder, assault and robbery. At the time of the killing the press reported that he killer, who knew Nicol, entered the property after barging past Mr Nicol’s girlfriend when she answered the door. The motive was robbery and he got away with a “three figure sum”. As of Nov 2020 Bryceland has not gone on trial.

Sep 24 – Tashan Daniel, 20, an aspiring athlete, was stabbed to death at Hillingdon underground station in west London. Alex Lanning, 21, of Cowdray Road, Uxbridge was jailed for life (25 years) for murder. Jonathan Camille, 19, of Fulham Road, Kensington, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in a young offenders institute after being convicted of manslaughter. Tashan had been on his way to the Emirates Stadium to watch his team, Arsenal, play against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. Arsenal won 5-0. Lanning claimed the murder weapon, a Nato military knife, was taken from the set of the Fast and Furious film. Mr Daniel, an aspiring athlete who had dreams of making it to the Olympics, was with his friend Treyone Campbell when they were confronted by Lanning and Camille. After they were convicted, it was revealed Lanning was still on licence when he killed Mr Daniel, having been previously jailed for stabbing a man 11 times in Brighton in 2016.

Sep 24 – Osvaldo de Carvalho, a drug dealer, aged 22, from Hanwell, was killed in West Lodge Avenue, Acton, west London. Three men were convicted of murder at Croydon Crown Court in June 2021. Rival drug dealer Kamal Sohal, 23, from Southall, was given a minimum term of 22 years. Sukhminder Sohal, 25, and Michael Sohal, 28, were both given a minimum term of 19 years for murder. Antoine George, 24, from Greenhill Gardens, Northolt, was sentenced to 9 years for manslaughter. Karim Azab, 23, from Cricklewood, was acquitted. The court heard the four men and Osvaldo had been involved in an ongoing dispute. When Sukhminder and Michael Sohal met Osvaldo and two of his friends in Twyford Gardens that night they called their brother, Kamal, for support and reinforcement. On receiving this call, Kamal grabbed a large hunting knife which he brazenly brandished as he ran along the Uxbridge Road to the scene from his home nearby. George went with Kamal to the scene of the dispute. Witnesses described Osvaldo being chased by several men. He was surrounded, stabbed and left for dead. The trial heard it was a turf war. The court heard how the three brothers had “a chaotic upbringing” after their father had murdered their mother when they were each at a young age. Passing sentence, Her Honour Judge Alice Robinson, The Honorary Recorder of Croydon, said the actions of the brothers “turned from self-defence to attack”.

Sep 23 – Sufi Osman, 22, from Slough, was stabbed to death outside a shop in Southall Broadway, west London. Samater Hirad, 21, was jailed for life (24 years) in Oct 2020. Jose Morais, 25, was jailed for 11 years for manslaughter and Mohammed Yussuf, 25, was jailed for nine years for manslaughter.

Sep 22 – Joshua or JJ Vallow, 7, went missing from his mother’s home in Rexburg, Idaho and was later found burned and buried in the back garden of Chad Daybell. His sister Tylee Ryan, 16, also suffered the same fate. Their mother, Lori Vallow, 49, was convicted in May 2023 of killing both children and Daybell’s wife, Tammy. Daybell, an end-of-days preacher, awaits trial. Vallow’s trial heard Daybell convinced her the children were zombies who needed to be killed. The couple were found honeymooning in Hawaii by police.

Sep 19 – Keeley Bunker, 20, vanished in Tamworth, Staffordshire around 4.30am after she failed to return home after attending a performance by the rapper Aitch. Her body was found in woods near Roman Way. Wesley Streete, 19, was jailed for life (29 years) for rape and murder. Streete offered to walk her home but then attacked her and dumped her body in a brook in Wigginton Park, hiding her under branches. He was also found guilty of two other counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against three other victims. Streete repeatedly lied about what had happened to Keeley after they returned to Tamworth following a night out at Snobs nightclub in Birmingham.

Sep 18 –Serafima Meshaka, 58, a Russian woman, was bludgeoned to death at her home in Haven Green, Ealing. Armen Aristakesyan, 41, of Uxbridge Road, West Ealing, was jailed for life (33 years) for murder. The court heard how Ms Meshaka, who was known as Sima, had amassed a large amount cash at her home, said to be about £100,000. Aristakesyan was about £100,000 debt to a man known as The Turk, and decided to rob her. She was the unofficial personal assistant to a Russian mafia boss, Aleksander Angert, who was at the time living in Knightsbridge, in west London, who paid her £2,000 a month, jurors were told. Mr Angert, also known as King or Angel, had been named in a Home Office report as an “organised crime boss” and arms dealer from Odessa. The Home Office report, read out at the trial, stated: “One major node along illicit weapons trafficking routes has traditionally been the port of Odessa, out of which notorious arms trader Leonid Minin operated in the 1990s, in concert with Odessa organised crime boss Aleksandr Angert (criminal nickname ‘Angel’) to deliver weapons to Charles Taylor in Liberia, the RUF (Revolutionary United Front), and others.” Aram Aristakesyan, 38, of Stanhope Road, Greenford, was charged with assisting an offender but Totalcrime is unaware of the verdict against him.

Sep 18 – Dirk Wiersum, 44, a lawyer, was shot dead outside his home in Amsterdam. Wiersum had been representing Nabil Bakkali, a gangster who became the state’s main prosecution witness in the so-called Mocro Maffia murder trial. Bakkali’s brother, Reduan, an innocent businessman, was killed near an Amsterdam shipyard in 2018. Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the killing in broad daylight “incredibly disturbing.” Bakkali was the main prosecution witness in a huge case against the Morrocan-born Ridouan Taghi and Said Razzouki, who have international arrest warrants against them for murder and drug trafficking. The Mocro Maffia are also believed to have assassinated Ronald Bakker on Sep 9, 2015 in Huizen, Samir Erraghib on April 17, 2016 in Ijsselstein, Ranko Scekic on June 22, 2016 in Utrecht, crime blogger Martin Kok on December 8, 2016 outside a sex club in Laren, and Hakim Changachi on January 12, 2017 in Utrecht. In Jan 2020 Giërmo Brown, 36, from Almere, was charged with murder. A second man, Moreno B, has also been charged. They await trial. The Mocro Mafia were also responsible for the following murder: 9 September 2015, murder of Ronald Bakker, 17 April 2016, murder of Samir Erraghib, 22 June 2016, murder of Ranko Scekic, 11 October 2016, attempted murder of Abdelkarim Ahabad, 8 December 2016, murder of Martin Kok, 12 January 2017, murder of Hakim Changachi.

Sep 18 – Kelvin Maynard, 32, a footballer, was shot in his car in Amsterdam. Two men escaped on a black scooter. Officers from a nearby fire station tried to help Maynard but he later died of his injuries. The Dutch-Surinamese player, who had played for Burton Albion in England and Royal Antwerp, was at non-league Dutch club Alphense Boys. The killing may be linked to the murder of Dirk Wiersum on the same day. Unsolved.

Sep 17 – Mark McCann-Barrett, 33, from Waltham Cross, was shot five times as he slept in Tottenham, north London. He died in hospital on September 30. Louis Kelly, 39, from St John’s Wood, was charged with attempted murder, which was later amended to murder. He was acquitted of murder but jailed for  12 years for manslaughter. Kelly killed McCann-Barrett after discovering his friend had been having an affair with his former partner. Suspicion was aroused after Mr McCann-Barrett’s partner found an explicit video of Kelly’s ex-girlfriend on his phone. Mr McCann-Barrett called Kelly to try to help him reason with his partner, by suggesting the video in his phone had been sent to him by Kelly as a mistake while drunk. After a heated argument with his partner, Mr McCann-Barrett left their home in Hertfordshire and took a cab to his friend Kelly’s flat in Tottenham, where he spent the night on the sofa bed. Hours later Kelly shot him multiple times on his legs with a Glock pistol.

Sep 14 – Hamawand Ali Hussain, 30, was shot at a house in Hartlepool. Noza Saffari, 39, from Middlesbrough, who is Iranian of Kurdish origin, and Albanians Anxhelo Xhaferi, 24, from Middlesbrough, Dorian Pirija, 33, from Bolton, and Qazim Marku, 24, from West Drayton, have been charged with murder. They went on trial in Jan 2021 at Teesside Crown Court. They denied murder. The trial heard from Middlesbrough taxi driver Faisal Azam that Mr Ali Hussain was trying to find a buyer or tenant for the house – 25 Charterhouse Street – on behalf of the owner who lives out of the area. The trial was postponed due to the pandemic.

Sep 14 – Elton Gashaj, 15, was stabbed to death in Salt Hill Park, Slough, Berkshire. A 15-year-old boy was convicted of murder and jailed for life (nine years). He cannot be identified because of his age.

Sep 14 – Julio Gomes, 29, a market trader, was stabbed to death in Jubilee Park, Edmonton, north London. Lucas Siemienowicz, 39, was jailed for life (22 years) for the unprovoked attack. He had consumed a large amount of cocaine.

Sep 13 – Nusayba Bint-Umar, 16 months, she died on Sep 17, four days after being shaken and hit at her home in Ilford, east London. Her mother’s boyfriend, Kamran Haider, 39, was jailed for life (20 years). He had lost his temper and shaken her and banged her head against something. He lied and said it was an accident. Nusayba’s mother, Asiyah Amazir, had met Kamran on a dating website in August 2019. She almost immediately moved in with him. Haider was a puppy breeder.

Sep 12 – Zakari Bennett, believed to have been 11 months old, drowned in the River Irwell in Radcliffe, Bury, around 4.30pm, after allegedly being thrown into the water. His father Zak Bennett-Eko, 22, was charged with murder. He was arrested in the nearby Lock Keeper pub after wandering in for a drink moments after the incident. In Nov 2020 Bennett-Eko went on trial at Manchester Crown Court. The court heard he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and thought the child was the Devil. The prosecution case is that he is guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility, while the defence case is that he is not guilty by reason of insanity.

Sep 12 – Bethany Fields, 21, a student, was stabbed in the street in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. She was studying environmental geography at university and had travelled to Iceland to study the effects of glacial melts on the environment and to the Canary Islands to study volcanoes. Her ex-boyfriend Paul Crowther, 35, from Birstall, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was jailed for life (12 years). The court determined Crowther will be detained in a mental health facility in Wakefield under a hospital order and will be transferred to prison if his mental health recovers. Bethany’s family said Crowther was “a highly dangerous, evil narcissist, capable of extreme violence.”

Sep 10 – Yousef Beker, 17, was stabbed to death outside a KFC in Edgware Road, Paddington, central London. Yousef, a business student at City of Westminster College, was meeting his cousin, who cannot be named, on his lunch break when they were ambushed by an armed gang from south London. Zeshaun Daley, 19, from Tulse Hill, south London, was jailed for life (19 years). A 17-year-old boy from Lambeth was given a life sentence (17 years), and a 17-year-old boy from Lambeth was jailed for seven years for manslaughter. Shakur Dixon-Kenton, 20 and two boys aged 17 and 16, were cleared of involvement. Yousef’s cousin confirmed he had been involved in an argument with the gang outside college.

Sep 8 – Sahkira Loseke, 22, was stabbed through the heart after a row in the street in Chalk Farm, north London. Siobhan Collins-Grant, 26, went on trial at the Old Bailey in March 2020 accused of murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of loss of control on the fourth day and was jailed for eight years. Collins-Grant threw the knife in the Regent’s Canal but it was found by police. Collins-Grant, who was originally from Birmingham, had been jailed in 2013 for importing Class A drugs, and when she was released she moved to London but became homeless. A month before the killing she had a fight with Loseke in a Shoreditch nightclub after being accused of flirting with Loseke’s girlfriend Savannah Simpson. On the day of the killing she was in Belmont Street to pick up her belongings.

Sep 4 – John Rimmer, 54, was attacked in the street in Rochdale and died two days later of a head injury. Mohammed Faisal Ubaid, 44, was sentenced to 14 years and two months after pleading guilty to manslaughter at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Ubaid also admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs. The trial heard Rimmer sold drugs for Ubaid, who frequently bullied him.

Sep 3 – Michael Irving, 15, was lured to a flat in Stratford, east London in a “Trojan horse” trap, and stabbed to death. In June 2020 a 16-year-old boy, now aged 17, from south London, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life (14 years). His 15-year-old accomplice had already admitted murder and was jailed for life (10 years). Prosecutor Hugh Davies QC said: “The defendants had clearly set Michael up on a friendly but false basis to meet them. It was a Trojan Horse meeting.” The court heard the teenagers attacked Michael after they heard he had sexually assaulted the older defendant’s sister. His mother Leisha Irving said her son was vulnerable because of his learning difficulties, which meant that he thought everybody was his friend.

Sep 1 – Norman Bertran-Tavarez, 24, was stabbed to death at Elephant and Castle station in south London at about 11.30pm. A 25-year-old man survived. Norman grew up in the Dominican Republic and moved to London to work with his father in 2018. Jose Perez Fana, 30, and Kelvin Plata Fana, 22, both from Barking, have been charged with murder and await trial.

August 2019

Aug 31 – Taylor Williams, 18, a county lines drug dealer from Bromley, London, died in hospital after being found stabbed in a block of flats in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Olamide Soyege, 28, from Dagenham, and Terence Maccabee, 19, went on trial for murder, robbery, conspiracy to rob and possession of a bladed article in Oct 2020. Paige Taylor, 23, from Basingstoke, has been charged with robbery and conspiracy to rob. Police are investigating a second stabbing in nearby Normanton Road, which has left a man seriously ill in hospital. Winchester Crown Court heard how the dealers had come to meet Taylor at the flat to buy crack cocaine when the atmosphere turned sour. Soyege claimed Maccabee knifed Taylor in self-defence after the Bromley teenager set upon him, stabbing him in the abdomen.

Aug 31 – Sandra Samuels, 45, was killed at her flat on the Milton Gardens estate in Hackney, east London. Gavin Lewis, 40, was jailed for life (23 years) for murder. Judge Nigel Lickley said Sandra Samuels had taken in Lewis and offered him shelter, but he had reacted to her “for some reason in a rage”. The court he had a history of violence towards women.

Aug 30 – Perry Jordan-Brammer, 15, was stabbed on the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London. He died five days later. Romario Lindo, 21, from Enfield, was jailed for life (21 years) at Woolwich Crown Court. Lindo had pleaded guilty to robbery but denied murdering Perry, who was stabbed 10 times. The jury heard Lindo stole some Nike trainers from a 14-year-old boy. The boy told Perry and he confronted Lindo, who grabbed him around the neck and repeatedly stabbed him, ignoring a witness who screamed at him to stop. Lindo cycled off on Perry’s bike.

Aug 28 – Najeebullah Nekzad, 19, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, was found inside a Fiat Punto in Scammonden, near Huddersfield, on 31 August. Police say he had died three days earlier. Gol Zazai, 29, from Ashton-under-Lyne, was charged with murder in June 2021. He awaits trial.

Aug 28 – Harry Baker, 17, from Rumney, Cardiff, was stabbed to death at Barry Intermodal Terminal in south Wales. Leon Clifford, 23, Raymond Thompson, 48, Lewis Evans, 62, Ryan Palmer, 34, Peter McCarthy, 37, all from Barry, Leon Symons, 22, from Ely, in Cardiff, and a 17-year-old boy all went on trial in Jan 2021. The trial at Newport Crown Court was told Baker was killed in a row over drug dealing. The trial heard that when Thompson was questioned by police he said: “I was with my missus s****ing. She’s my alibi.”

Aug 28 – Lee Casey, 38, was stabbed to death during a mugging in a park in Brixton, south London. Levi Paschal, 33, of Brixton, was jailed for life (20 years). His girlfriend Clementine “Danger” Jones, 30, also of Brixton, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter but convicted of attempted robbery and wounding with intent and was jailed for 10 years. The trial heard the pair had been charged with attempted wounding with intent and conspiracy to rob in relation to a second victim, Donnovan Hilton, who was attacked in March 2019. Paschal has also been charged with one count of possession of an offensive weapon, in relation to both incidents. They had been released without charge after the March 2019 incident.

Aug 28 – Maria Nagirinya, a social worker, and her boda boda (taxi) driver, Ronald Kitayimbwa, were killed in Uganda. Nagirinya was kidnapped outside her home in Lungujja-Busega, killed and dumped in Mukono. Seven men – Coporiyamu Kasolo (Arsenal), Johnson Lubega, alias Eto’o and Manomano, Nasif Kalyango, Hassan Kisaka alias Massada, Sharif Mpanga, Sadat Kateregga and Raymond Okori – await trial for murder as of Nov 2020. Eight police officers – Assistant Superintendent of Police –ASP, Muhammad Byansi, the Officer in Charge of Natete Police Station, ASP Nizeyimana Andrew, ASP Okello Allan, Detective Assistant Inspector of Police- D/AIP Baguma Sunday, Corporal Owona Samuel, Police Constable Basaliza Joshua and PC Kitute Deo – were convicted of neglect of duty for failing to chase up the kidnappers. Her relatives including her father, Francis Lubowa blamed police for failing to act to save her life. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ordered for their arrest after speaking to Lubowa on phone where he expressed disappointment with the police failure to respond to their pleas for help to save Nagirinya. It was the second kidnap and murder in Lungujja- Busega. In 2017 Suzan Magara, a 28-year-old cashier with Bwendero Dairy Farm was kidnapped while driving home. Magara’s body was later found dumped in Kigo, along the Entebbe expressway.

Aug 27 – Jacob Lennon, 15 months old, died after suffering a cardiac arrest. The cause of death was a fatal brain injury inflicted some three to five hours before Jacob’s death. In addition to this, there were 20 further marks of recent injury on Jacob’s head, face and neck, 11 to his arms, seven to his legs and seven to his body. His genitals were also found to have suffered severe injuries. Jake Drummond, 33, from Roehampton, was jailed for life (32 years) for murder at the Old Bailey in May 2023. Jacob’s mother Louise Lennon, 32, was sentenced to 10 years for neglect and causing/ allowing the death of Jacob.

August 26 – Dr Karolin Hakim, 31, was shot dead with her two-month old baby in her arms in Malmö, Sweden. She was the girlfriend of Naief Adawi, 33, who was jailed for his role in Denmark’s biggest ever heist. Adawi was targeted by a gunman outside a falafel kiosk in the Ribersborg district of Malmö. Adawi handed his two-month old baby to his girlfriend and fled the scene. She was then shot. The baby survived. Adawi’s friend Alex Beqiri, was shot dead in Battersea, south London, on Christmas Eve 2019. Adawi served eight years for a 2008 raid on a security firm, Dansk Værdihåndtering, in Brondby, Denmark, by AK-47 wielding robbers who made off with £7million in cash. Dr Hakim’s murder remains unsolved.

Aug 26 – Santino Angelo Dymiter, 18, was stabbed to death in Plaistow, east London. Rahiem Anderson, aka Ramzy, who was 16, at the time, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder in May 2021. A 16-year-old boy was jailed for life (16 years). He was not identified. Just weeks before the murder, the pair were released from young offenders institutions having been convicted over a plot to kidnap, falsely imprison and blackmail a young man. It was alleged that they had been directed by senior Beckton Boys gang member Shaian Forde, who had been released from jail slightly beforehand. Shaian Forde, 24, from Dagenham, was acquitted of murder in Nov 2020. It was claimed in court Forde, aka Shanks, 26, wanted retribution after being stabbed six days earlier. Robyn Willson, 27, of Clacton-on-Sea in Essex, was acquitted of assisting an offender.

Aug 26 – Keith Branigan, 29, was shot dead as he laid decking around his mobile home in the Ashling Caravan Park in Clogherhead, near Drogheda, Ireland. His killing was linked to the Drogheda gang feud. Branigan, a former baggage handler, was linked to a gang who carried out four shootings in 13 months. His killing was linked to the murder of Richie Carberry in Nov 2019.

Aug 25 – Andre Bent, 21, from Lambeth, south London, was stabbed during a brawl outside a rap concert at the Gallery nightclub in Maidstone, Kent. Lucas Baker, Patrick Silva-Conceicao and Joshua Robinson survived. Vasilios Ofogeli, who was 16 at the time, was jailed for life for murder, two counts of attempted murder, and wounding with intent. The rapper Mostack was performing at the club.

Aug 24 – Allan Isichei, 69, a building firm director and former Wasps rugby player (in the 1980s), was stabbed to death after leaving the Plough Inn in Southall, west London. He had been playing the saxophone at the pub. Gurjeet Singh Lall, 35, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2008, denied murder but was found guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. The trial at Inner London Crown Court heard Mr Isichei had drunk a single bottle of beer at the Plough Inn before making his way home at about 6.30pm. CCTV footage played to the jury showed the pair had become “involved in conversation” and, as Mr Isichei began to walk away, further words were exchanged and Lall spat on the pavement. Lall claimed the men became involved in a “scuffle” during which he pulled a knife from his pocket.

Aug 24 – Glenn Davies, 25, was felled with a single punch at The Old Bank pub in Northampton. Michael Taiwo, 22, from Northampton, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison, which was later increased to seven years and two months following the intervention of the Attorney General, Suella Braverman MP.

Aug 24 – Uyinene Mrwetryana, 19, a student at the University of Cape Town, was raped and bludgeoned to death in the post office at Clareinch, a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. Luyanda Botha, 42, a post office worker, confessed to her rape and murder and was jailed for life (25 years) in Nov 2019. Her remains were found in Lingelethu West, Khayelitsha township a few days after she vanished. The case got a lot of publicity and Meghan Markle even visited the scene to pay tribute and speak out against violence against women.

Aug 23 – Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, 40, a Chechen exile, was shot dead in the Kleiner Tiergarten park in Moabit, central Berlin, just before midday. The killer approached from behind on a bicycle and shot him twice in the head, then sped off. German police arrested a man carrying a passport with the name Vadim Sokolov. The Russian government is widely suspected of organising the hit and Der Spiegel have claimed Sokolov is actually Vladimir Stepanov, a GRU agent. At the start of his trial in Oct 2020 the accused, through his lawyer Roger Unger, said: “I am Vadim Adreyevich Sokolov, not Vadim Nikolayevich Krasikov. Such a person is not known to me.”

Aug 20 – Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, a retired administrator who worked as a consultant to California State University, was stabbed in the parking lot in Fullerton on the first day of the school year in what was a targeted attack “for financial gain”. He was found inside a silver Infiniti. Chuyen Vo, 51, has been charged with murder, although it is believed he originally planned to abducted Chan. Police recovered a backpack near the car which contained zip ties, a disguise and a knife. Chan served as the director of budget and finance for Student Services and Extended Education before he retired in 2017. In August, Chan returned to the university as a consultant of budget and finance for Student Services and International Programs. As of Nov 2020 Vo still awaits trial.

Aug 19 – Malcolm McKeown, 54, a veteran loyalist, was found shot dead in a car in Waringstown, County Down. Jake O’Brien, 25, and Andrew Martin, 24, both from Lurgan, have been charged with murder and, as of Nov 2020, still await trial. The court in Lisburn was told police believe his murder was part of a “long-standing feud” between rival criminal groups in Lurgan, County Armagh. McKeown was on bail having been charged with aggravated burglary over an incident in Lisburn, County Antrim, in November 2018 in which a householder was allegedly tied up and robbed. His brothers Trevor and Clifford, were both LVF members who spent time in jail. Malcolm was a career criminal who had been on the fringes of the UVF and then LVF. In Feb 2020 it was reported that McKeown had ordered a £50,000 hit on a republican prisoner currently serving a sentence in Maghaberry Prison. McKeown was the brother of loyalist supergrass and sectarian killer Clifford McKeown, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Catholic taxi driver Michael McGoldrick in July 1996.

Aug 18 – Amrou Greenidge, 18, a former junior taekwondo champion, was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a car and then assaulted with weapons in Fulham, west London. Darrel Mortimer, 20, was jailed for 17 years for manslaughter, Connor Gwynn-Bliss, 19, was jailed for 20 years for manslaughter, arson and perverting the course of justice, Levar Jackson-Scott, 18, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter, Kai McDonald, 18, was jailed for nine years for manslaughter and Anas Osman, 19, was jailed for 11 years for manslaughter. Their original trial in March 2020 was abandoned due to the pandemic. The car used to run over Amrou, a silver mini Countryman, was later found burnt out in nearby Dymock Street. Gwynn-Bliss’s father Vincent Gwynn, 56, was acquitted of perverting the course of justice by setting fire to the court. The killers were from the Sullivan Court housing estate in Fulham.

Aug 15 – Solomon Small, 18, was stabbed in the street in Brixton, south London. He was killed over a £10 debt. A 17-year-old boy was jailed for life for murder at Woolwich Crown Court but was never identified. The defendant had seen Solomon shopping in the Brixton area with his friend’s girlfriend. He followed the pair around Brixton as they went to the shops and a cafe. Solomon and the killer fist-bumped before he was stabbed.

Aug 15 – PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after being dragged for a mile down country lanes after challenging a group of young men who were stealing a quad bike from a house in Sulhamstead, Berkshire. PC Harper suffered catastrophic injuries as his ankles got caught in a strap attached to the getaway car. Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, and Henry Long, 19, went on trial in January 2020. Their trial collapsed due to coronavirus and the lockdown. The trial resumed in June 2020 and all three were acquitted of murder. Long, who was driving the car, admitted manslaughter and conspiracy to steal a quad bike, was jailed for 16 years. Bowers and Cole were jailed for 13 years each for manslaughter. Thomas King, 21, who admitted conspiring to steal a quad bike, was jailed for two years. As he sentenced them at the Old Bailey the judge, Mr Justice Edis, described the killers – who were from the traveller community – as “young, unintelligent but professional criminals”. PC Harper’s widow, Lissie, was infuriated at the outcome of the trial and began campaigning for a new offence of “causing the death of an emergency worker”.

Aug 14 – Peter Duncan, 52, a lawyer, was stabbed to death with a screwdriver at the Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle. Ewan Ireland, 17, admitted murder, stealing screwdrivers and carrying an offensive weapon. Prosecutors said Ireland had 17 convictions for 31 offences between 2017 and 2019. Newcastle Crown Court was told 52-year-old Mr Duncan was “simply in the wrong place at the wrong time” when he crossed paths with the teenager outside a Greggs bakery. Ireland was jailed for life (15 years) in December 2019.

Aug 12 – Alex Smith, 16, was stabbed to death in Camden, north London. Arif Biomy, 19, from Greenwich was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years, and Abdirahman Ibrahim, 20, was jailed for life for murder and assisting an offender at Inner London Crown Court in April 2021. Yusuf Yusuf, 19, from West Hampstead, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and was jailed for 34 months. The trial heard Alex – who was known as Culprit – was a drill artist and member of the ‘Cumbo’ gang, from the Regent’s Park estate. Biomy was one of six members of a rival gang from the Active Gxng from Agar Grove estate who had been driving around the Fitzrovia and Euston Road area on that Monday night looking for rivals to attack as part of an ongoing feud. There were six people in the gang’s two stolen cars, a Ford Fiesta and a Seat Leon both on false plates. The latter was driven by Biomy. Judy Khan, representing Biomy, claimed her client’s young age as a 19-year-old, his ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) and low IQ lessened his culpability for murder. He had 21 previous convictions for 51 offences. The court heard Biomy and Ibrahim had both waited in the cars while the attack was carried out and the three men who carried out the killing are believed to have fled the country. One of those was Tariq Monteiro, 23, who was known by the drill name Suspect, who had fled to Kenya along with his friend Siyad Mohamud, 24, known as Swavey. Monteiro father a child in Kenya. The pair were later extradited to the UK and convicted of murder at the Old Bailey in London May 2023. The pair refused to attend the sentencing hearing but Judge Sarah Munro went ahead in their absence and said one of the aggravating factors was that they had written and performed while on the run in Kenya which “celebrated” Smith’s death. Monteiro was given life (24 years) and Mohamud life (23 years). The court heard a fifth suspect, Sayid Salaban, had fled to Somaliland in the Horn of Africa and a sixth man, Yassin Abdi, 23, remains on the run.

Aug 12 – Xavier Usanga, seven, was shot as he was playing with his sisters in an alley near his house in inner city St Louis, Missouri. He was one of 13 children killed in St Louis in a 6 month period. He was due to start second grade the day before he was killed. Xavier was in his backyard. He was heading back from a neighbor’s house with two of his older sisters – Trinity, 10, and Angel, 12 – when gunshots rang out. The girls ran into their home, where they realized Xavier wasn’t with them, and turned back and found his body under a bush. They told their grandmother he took a deep breath and was gone. Michael Johnson, a pastor who helped support the family, was close to Xavier and was with his mother to help identify the body. Johnson said Xavier was “a sponge for love – he needed it, he absorbed it”. The other child victims were – Kayden Johnson, 2, shot dead on April 30, Kristina Curry, 16, who died on May 23, Jashon Johnson, 16, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds near Fairground Park on the city’s north side in June, Kennedi Powell, 3, who died on June 9, Charnija Keys, 11, who died the following day, Myiesha Cannon, 16, who died on June 12, Derrel Williams, 15, who died on June 26, Eddie Hill, 10, who died on July 19, Jason Eberhart, 16, who died on August 18, Jurnee Thompson, 8, who died on August 23, Nyla Banks, 10, who died the following day, and Sentonio Cox, 15, who was killed on August 25. Joseph Renick, 54, and Brian Potter, 47, have been charged with Sentonio’s murder and await trial but the rest are unsolved.

August 12 – Lindsay Birbeck, 47, a teaching assistant, was strangled and dumped in a shallow grave in a cemetery in Accrington, Lancashire where her body was found on the 24th. She was last seen in the village of Huncoat, near Accrington, where she was picked up on a CCTV camera. Rocky Marciano Price, 17, was jailed for life (16 years) in 2020. He was caught on CCTV pulling a wheelie bin with Mrs Birbeck’s body inside. Price, who has autism and learning difficulties, had claimed to police he had in fact buried the body for a stranger, who had promised him “a lot of money”. The jury unanimously rejected his account that the mystery man had offered him a large cash reward if he disposed of a body.

Aug 11 – Linda Vilika, 41, was stabbed to death at her home in Great Saling, Essex. Her husband Wilfred Jacob was jailed for life (18 years). Linda Vilika reported her husband had made threats on WhatsApp and recorded her in her home, and she felt at risk. Eight days later Ms Vilika was found dead. During Jacob’s trial, Chelmsford Crown Court heard he was “jealous and controlling” and killed his wife by stabbing her in the back. In the weeks leading up to the murder, the deluded Jacob believed his wife had been seeing other men, including a previous partner, despite the fact the relationship had ended two decades before.

Aug 11 – Christian Thornton, 49, a pub landlord, was stabbed 11 times in 21 seconds outside the Hammer and Pincers pub in Widnes, Cheshire. Lee Abbott, 35, was jailed for life (28 years) in February 2020. The trial heard he had been banned from the pub but “saw red” over the ban and stabbed the 49-year-old father-of-three.

Aug 10 – Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen, 17, was shot four times at her home in Oslo, Norway. Her stepbrother Philip Manshaus, 22, was jailed for 14-21 years for murder. Manshaus was arrested after opening fire in the Al-Noor mosque in an affluent Oslo suburb before he was overpowered by a 65-year-old retired Pakistani air force officer, Mohammad Rafiq. He pinned Manshaus down and managed to disarm him. Just three worshippers were in the mosque at the time, and there were no serious injuries. Manshaus was racially motivated and resented Johanne, who was of Chinese origin and adopted by his father’s girlfriend. Police found evidence that Manshaus was inspired by Brenton Tarrant, accused of deadly attacks on two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch in March 2019.

Aug 3 – Javier Amir Rodriguez, 15, and 21 other people were shot dead at a WalMart supermarket at the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. Patrick Crusius, 21, a white supremacist from Allen, a suburb of Dallas, has been charged with 22 murders and almost 70 other offences. Crusius posted a four-page manifesto, entitled The Inconvenient Truth, on the 8chan messageboard shortly before the attack. His trial is not due until 2021 or even later.

Aug 3 – Dorothy Woolmer, 89, was robbed, sexually assaulted and murdered at her home in Tottenham, north London. Reece Dempster, 23,was jailed for life (34 years) after pleading guilty to murder. A witness told the trial Dempster told him he had been drinking gin and smoking crack prior to the murder and had said: “I went to rob a house. I think I hurt someone.” He also told them, “I turned a light on and there was blood everywhere. And then I ran. I only got a hundred quid – it wasn’t even worth it.”

Aug 1 – Six people were shot dead in the street in Kajzerica, a suburb of the Croatian capital Zagreb. The perpetrator, Igor Nađ, a taxi driver shot himself at 3am after he was surrounded by police at the Caritas Home for Orphans. He killed three women, two men and one ten-year-old child in one of the worst crimes to have taken place since Croatia gained its independence. The victims were Dragomir Tojagić, Josipa Tojagić, Filjka Tojagić and Maja Tojagić. The sisters Maja and Josipa were killed, and the ten-year-old child was most likely Maja’s son. A baby, who was found unharmed at the scene of the crime, is the child of the killer. The victims were the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, her ten-year-old son from a previous relationship, her parents, her sister and sister’s partner.

July 2019

July 31 – Kelly-Anne Case, 27, was stabbed to death in the bedroom of her home in Gosport, Hampshire set on fire. Her body was found after a “small kitchen fire”. Her boyfriend Brendan Rowan-Davies, 28, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder. The court heard the defendant had known Ms Case for some time and told her he “fancied” her while they were drinking vodka and taking cocaine on the night before her death. She laughed off his advances and had sex with his friend, Will Vallender, that same evening, with Rowan-Davies telling jurors he used his phone to try and film the pair through a gap in the bedroom door. He had left the back door unlocked deliberately when he left. He told the court he left the house but later returned to retrieve some tobacco the following morning and was confronted by a knifeman who had already killed Ms Case. In a statement read in court, Kelly’s family branded Rowan-Davies a ‘sick, vile and depraved excuse of a human being’, who committed a ‘heinous and senseless crime’. The court previously heard Rowan-Davies has an IQ between 55 and and mid-60, according to separate experts.

July 31 – Alcivradis Mavredis, 60, died of a head injury after a fight at the Royal Oak pub on the Elthorne estate in Islington, north London. Leon Tayler, 26, was acquitted of manslaughter in March 2020. Tayler punched Mavredis in the head but pleaded not guilty on the grounds of self-defence. Mavriedis, known as Big Al, featured in MTV’s Pimp My Ride UK as a mechanic in the 1990s.

July 30 – An eight-year-old child was pushed under a train in Frankfurt, Germany. The boy’s mother narrowly survived but witnessed her son being killed. Habte Araya, 40, an Eritrean migrant who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, was convicted and ordered to spend the rest of his life in a psychiatric hospital. Araya, who had undergone psychiatric treatment, had threatened a neighbour with a knife and locked her up, and also trapped his wife and their three children in their flat before running away. The killing triggered a heated debate about immigration and crime.Germany’s far-right has seized on the case to once more criticise what it regards as the flawed immigration and security policies of Angela Merkel’s government. In 2017 Araya had featured as a “poster boy” for Switzerland’s labour agency.

July 30 – Tracey Walker, 40, was stabbed in the throat at a house in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland. Ross MacDougall, 31, and Dawn Smith, 27, both from Lerwick, have been charged with murder. Mr MacDougall was also charged with assault with intent to rob. Both went on trial in the High Court in Edinburgh in Nov 2020. Prosecutors claim that the two accused attempted to rob her of money and murdered her. It is also alleged they assaulted a man called Gary Latham and brandished a knife at him. It is claimed that they demanded money and drugs from him before pursuing him. A witness, prison escort Margaret Haughian, 50, told the trial she sat beside Smith during a flight from Sumburgh in Shetland and Aberdeen Airport in August 2019. Ms Haughian said: “She said ‘we are going to spend the next 10 to 15 years together for something I’ve done.’ It haunted me afterwards. It went round and round my head.”

July 28Natalie Crichlow, 44, from Colindale, London, died after an attacker choked her and then through flammable liquid over her and set her on fire at a house in Christchurch, Barbados. She suffered 75% burns and died in hospital on August 6. She was in Barbados to look after her disabled brother. The mother of three had survived cancer twice and had two strokes in the previous decade. Her 20-year-old son Romoney was a footballer with Huddersfield, who was on loan at Hartlepool at the time. Unsolved.

July 28 – Chantel Grant, 25, and Andrea Stoudemire, 35, were gunned down on a corner in the Englewood neighbourhood of Chicago. The pair were part of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (MASK), an anti-violence group launched in 2014 following the shooting death of another young mother at the same corner. The group began with moms “occupying” the corner, hanging out and offering food and counseling for youth in response to violence in the community. The pair – both mothers – were reportedly killed by a gunman who was aiming at a 58-year-old local man, who is not co-operating with police. Unsolved.

July 27 – Christine Ford, 71, was struck on the head with a hammer and stabbed 18 times in the neck, chest and abdomen with a knife, at her house in the village of Flamstead, Hertfordshire. Her neighbour Brian Coote, 64, was jailed for life (15 years) for murder. The trial heard he became “infatuated” with her. Coote, who was described as an “oddball” in the village, pleaded guilty to murdering her at the historic almshouses where they lived, after she spurned his advances. He had previously brought Christine a bracelet, which she did not want, and when he asked her for a kiss at a village fete she said ‘no’. He also told her that if he won the lottery he would buy a house for the two of them.

July 26 – John Littlewood, 36, was beaten to death with a hammer in his own bed in Blackhall Colliery, a former mining village near Hartlepool. His body was found four days later. Marty Bates, 32, was jailed for life (24 years). His girlfriend, Tracey Bunney, 44, was acquitted of murder. James Riley, 31, admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and witness intimidation, and 36-year-old Donna Balfour pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. She had interfered with a CCTV system at her home to attempt to delete footage. The court heard how Bates and Bunney had spent the day drinking with Littlewood, known as John D, before trouble erupted in the victim’s home and he was violently attacked.

July 26 – Liam Dent, 25, was run over and dragged for half a mile by a car near his home in Chessington, Surrey. The car involved in the incident, a Ford S Max, was found burnt out on Cyclamen Way in Epsom, a mile from the crime scene. Martin Eastwood, 19, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of Class B drugs. He had two previous convictions that involved him using his car as a weapon. Daniel Morris, 21, was acquitted of murder but admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 5 years. During the trial, the court heard Morris drove behind Eastwood’s car in a Volvo, frantically honking his horn for him to stop. Eastwood’s girlfriend, Jasmine Robinson, 18, from Epsom, was convicted of assisting an offender and given a suspended jail sentence. The trial heard the incident followed a confrontation in the Lucky Rover pub in Chessington.

July 26 – Mario Cerciello Rega, 35, a police officer, was stabbed to death in Rome. Finnegan Elder, 19, and Gabriel Natale Hjorth, 18, American tourists from San Francisco, have been charged with aggravated homicide. Elder has confessed to stabbing Cerciello, 35, with a US Marine partially-serrated, close-quarters combat knife. He says he mistook the plain-clothed officer for a dangerous drug dealer and used the weapon in self-defence. Rega was given a state funeral. In September 2020 Elder read a statement in front of a Rome court in which he said the evening of July 26, 2019 was “the worst night of my life”. Prosecutors say Mario Cerciello Rega was killed in an unprovoked nighttime attack after he and his partner Andrea Varriale, both in plain clothes, approached the two Americans who were on holiday in Italy. They had earlier tried to buy cocaine. Defence attorneys have tried to show that police committed multiple errors the night of the incident – alleging lies by Varriale, a falsified police report and the withholding from the defence of evidence that the drug dealer was a police informant.

July 25 – Ekaterina Karaglanova, 24, a beauty blogger and part-time sex worker, was stabbed five times at her apartment in Moscow. Ms Karaglanova, an “influencer” who had more than 85,000 followers on Instagram, had recently graduated as a doctor. Maxim Gareyev, 33, was jailed for nine years for murder. He will serve his sentence at a Russian penal colony. He confessed and said she insulted his wealth, sexual prowess and personality after they met for a paid sex session.. In YouTube footage he said: “She repeatedly insulted me, humiliated my sexual dignity. I could not stand it. I stabbed her at least five times with a knife in her neck and chest. I regret it. I will cooperate with the investigation.”

July 25 – Alon Azulay, 41, and Benjamin Yeshurun Sutchi, 44, Israeli gangsters, were shot dead at the Artz Pedregal shopping mall in Mexico City, Mexico. The killers were reportedly two hitmen – a man and a woman who posed as a couple. The woman was wearing a blonde wig and was sitting at a nearby table. They were chased and arrested. Esperanza Gutierrez and Mauricio Hiram have been charged with murder but, as of Nov 2020, have not gone on trial. It has been alleged that the pair were contract killers hired by Carlos Fernando aka El Viejon, from the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Sutchi was a well-known israeli drug dealer and a major player in the international cocaine business. He was wanted by Interpol and was one of the best friend of Edgar Valdez Villareal aka La Barbie. Sutchi was an associate of Ben Cohen and his uncle Itzik Cohen, both well-known Israeli criminals, and he was a known enemy of the Mosley Brothers criminal organisation. Both Yeshuru Sutchi and Akrishevsky arrived in Mexico in 2001 after escaping from prison after being sentenced to 17 years in prison for attempted murder of the son of Israeli criminal Ezekiel Aslan. Yeshuru Sutchi led the distribution of drugs in bars in Polanco and was linked to the murder of Colombian drug trafficker José Omar Gallegos Castaño.

July 24 – Alexandra Măceşanu, 15, was abducted and murdered in Caracal in southern Romania. Gheorghe Dinca, 65, a mechanic, has been charged with her murder. He also confessed to killing Luiza Melencu, 18, who was reported missing in April 2019. Macesanu called the European emergency number 112 three times, saying she had been kidnapped by a man while hitchhiking to her home village from nearby Caracal. Official statements show it took authorities 19 hours to locate and enter Dinca’s residence, as they struggled to locate her calls with improper technology, tried to secure unnecessary search warrants and dealt with insufficient police staff. The incident led to large demonstrations. Dinca, who has complained of prison conditions, is still awaiting trial in December 2020.

July 23 – Robert Komuro, 41, a care worker from Yiewsley, was attacked by two men near a primary school in Yiewsley, near Uxbridge, west London. Nobody has been charged. Unsolved.

July 21 – Alan Stokoe, 26, was stabbed to death in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. Mohammed Rahman, 42, from Hartlepool, went on trial for murder in Nov 2020. The trial heard Rahman was visiting Laura McGee and their two-year-old son when her ex-lover, Alan Stokoe, turned up in her street armed with a knife looking to cause trouble.

July 19 – A three month old baby died when two women started fighting in Moultrie, Georgia, US. Terra Shanquelle Brown, 30, has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree child cruelty and affray. Brown, who was pregnant, started fighting with Karen Lashun Harrison, who was holding her child. Harrison initially told police the baby fell from family friend Carneata Clark’s arms and Clark corroborated the story. Harrison was charged with felony murder, cruelty to children and simple battery. Clark was charged with false statements and obstruction of an officer.

July 18 – Diane Dyer, 61, was battered and strangled at her home in Beckenham, south east London. Her boyfriend David McCorkell, 54, was jailed for life (21 years). She suffered 71 injuries in an “orgy of violence”. Sentencing him on Wednesday afternoon, the common serjeant of London Judge Richard Marks branded McCorkell a “thoroughly evil bully”. He had previously been jailed four times including a life sentence in 2002 for the robbery of a woman who was beaten around the head with a wooden pole. McCorkell was given a life sentence with a minimum of two years for that attack and was released in 2015 after serving 13 years.

July 18 – A fire was started at 10.30am with petrol by an intruder in the Studio 1 building in Kyoto, Japan, the home of the celebrated Kyoto Animation company (Kyo Ani), in which 35 people died and another 33 were injured. The victims included animator, scriptwriter, and director Yasuhiro Takemoto, animation directors Yoshiji Kigami and Futoshi Nishiya and art director Mikiko Watanabe. Shinji Aoba, 41, was been charged with murder and awaits trial. He allegedly wrote a novel which was plagiarised.

July 15 – Marc Batchelor, 49, a former South African international footballer, was shot dead in Olivedale, Johannesburg. Police said he was murdered by two suspected motorbike assassins who opened fire through his window before fleeing. Batchelor was also known for his off-field antics. In 1999, he was suspended by the Kaiser Chiefs for allegedly choking and threatening to kill a teammate. The ex-footballer claimed Oscar Pistorius threatened to break his legs after believing he had slept with his then-girlfriend Samantha Taylor. Unsolved.

July 14 – Chynna Deese, 24, from Charlotte, North Carolina, and her boyfriend, Lucas Fowler, 23, from Sydney, Australia, were shot dead in Dease Lake, British Columbia. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, both from Port Alberni, British Columbia, were identified as the killers. They drove east and dumped a Toyota car outside Fox Lake Cree Nation, an Indigenous reserve in northern Manitoba. They had also killed Leonard Dyck, from Vancouver, in British Columbia on July 19. A huge manhunt followed but the pair committed suicide with guns near Gilham, Manitoba on August 7.

July 13 – Gurinderjit Rai, 41, was shot dead in a car in a lay-by in Shepherds Farm Lane, Corhampton, Hampshire, opposite the entrance to Corhampton Golf Club. His body was found the following morning. Aston Hannis, 29, from Eastleigh, was jailed for life (35 years) for murder. Charlie Statham, 30, from Oliver’s Battery, Winchester, was jailed for life (28 years). Corin Barlow, 40, from Horley, was jailed for 17 years for manslaughter. Paul White, 26, from Abbotts Barton, Winchester, was jailed for 15 years for manslaughter. The eight-week trial heard Hannis was a drugs dealer and owed £115,000 to his supplier, Rai, known as G. On the night of Friday, July 12, Gurinderjit was lured to the lay-by in Corhampton to collect debt money from Hannis. The jury heard Hannis and Statham travelled to the layby in a recently acquired Mercedes where they met with Gurinderjit and shot him twice while he sat in his car. The car was later found burnt out nearby and the shotgun was later recovered from woods in Whitchurch. Hannis told the trial Rai owed more than £200,000 to criminals in Brazil, Liverpool and Birmingham and he suggested they might have killed him. In September 2020 Morgan Tarrant, 21, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and possessing a shortened shotgun without a firearm certificate. He was jailed for 16 months.

July 12 – Akbar Arezo, 74, and Layla Arezo, 74, were hacked to death with a machete at their home in Whitton, west London. Their son Mustafa Arezo, 31, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given a hospital order under the Mental Health Act. The court heard that Mustafa, who had paranoid schizophrenia, lived with his parents. He told a nurse he believed his mother was “possessed” and heard voices telling him to “cleanse his house”.

July 11 – Kye Manning, 19, was stabbed to death during a brawl in the centre of Purley, Croydon. His friend Lewis West, 18, from Hanger Lane, Ealing, was jailed for 11 and a half years for wounding. Mason Bird, 18, from Purley, was sentenced to six years and nine months after pleading guilty to wounding, three years for violent disorder and 14 months for possession of an offensive weapon. The court heard West, Bird and Manning set out to attack an 18-year-old man in Purley. The trio were armed with large knives and a sword and took a taxi to Brighton Road where they located their victim. The 18-year-old victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was stabbed four times and attempted to flee before being chased by West, Bird and Manning. Manning received a fatal stab wound during the incident. DNA on the handle of a knife found at the scene proved a match to West, while Snapchat videos showed them making threats of violence towards their victim, saying they would come to his area to stab him. Cengiz Dalgic, who stabbed Manning, was not charged with murder or manslaughter because he had a valid claim of self-defence. Dalgic was charged with having an article with a blade or point in a public place but was acquitted in Nov 2020 following a brief trial at Croydon Crown Court.

July 10 – Leo Marcus, 22, from Greenwich, was stabbed to death in Kidbrooke, south east London. Shakim Purnell-Taylor, 19, was jailed for life (22 years) for murder in January 2020. The trial heard Purnell-Taylor was robbing Leo of drugs. He was also convicted of selling heroin and cocaine in Devon.

July 7 Grineo Daka, 27, a barber, was shot dead during an altercation at a snooker hall, the Phoenix Club, in Leyton, east London. Jeton Krasniqi, 26, who was born in Kosovo but was living in north London at the time of the attack, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (31 years minimum) in 2021. Edison Brahimi, 29, from Islington, was convicted of perverting the course of justice but the murder charge against him had been dropped in April 2020. Liridon Saliuka, 29, was charged with murder but died in Belmarsh prison in January 2020 while being held on remand. In May 2020 the police issued an appeal for information to trace Mirsad Brahimi, 33, a Kosovan living in north London. He remains at large and may be in Kosovo or Albania. In November 2022 an inquest jury recorded a narrative verdict on Liridon Saliuka, in which they said: “There were repeated failings to consistently recognise the fact and extent of Mr. Saliuka’s disability resulting in further failure to implement reasonable adjustments, specifically relating to the provisions of an adequate mattress and to conduct an adequate medical assessment, prior to completing the move from the medical cell.”

July 7 – Kwasi Mensah-Ababio, 26, was shot dead on a bench in Monks Park, Wembley. Rene Montaque, 34, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder, Alhassan Jalloh, 20, was jailed for life (25 years) for murder, Karlos Gracia, 22, of Stonebridge Park, was jailed for life (26 years) for murder and Taalib Rowe, 24, from Luton, was jailed for 17 years for manslaughter. The trial heard Mensah-Ababio was mistaken for Darren Buchanan, a member of a gang from the St Raphael’s estate (St Raph’s) who were believed to have killed Craig Smalls aka “Smallz” two days before. Kwasi’s sister said: “Kwasi was never involved in gangs or crime at all and not one person in this world could have predicted the amount of violence that would be carried out towards him”. She said he was “hard-working” and “always willing to help whether it be helping me with big brother things like killing spiders in my room or being the voice of reason in our household. She said he was “naturally sweet natured”.

July 5 – Craig “Smallz” Small, 32, from Stonebridge Park, Wembley, was shot dead outside a shop in Harrow Road, Monks Park, Wembley, NW London. Small, known as Smallz, was a rapper in a video made by the Stonebridge Usual Suspects Gang (USG). Courtney Ellis, 34, from, Brentford, has been charged murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and perverting the course of justice. Christopher Kyei, 32, aka Skrapz, a grime artist from Radlett, has been charged with perverting the course of justice. Aaron Youngsam, 28, has been charged with murder. Horaine Nicholas 29, from Wembley, has been charged with perverting the course of justice. All are due to go on trial in Feb 2022.

July 5 – Amanda Gretton, 57, a homeless women from the Catford, south London, area, was found dead in a garage in Blackheath. She had gone missing on May 14. Unsolved.

July 3 – Tesfa Campbell, 40, was stabbed to death in Battersea, south London. His cousin Jerome Bailey, 38, from Teddington, was convicted of murder and jailed for life. When the incident took place, Tesfa had been on his way either to or from the gym as he did most days. CCTV showed Tesfa carrying a large, bright yellow, drawstring bag, which was no longer in his possession when he collapsed. Bailey was later caught on CCTV walking away from the scene carrying Tesfa’s distinctive yellow bag. The court heard how the cousins had once been close and Tesfa offered lent him money. But Tesfa had told other family members he “had reached the point where he was going to cut him off.”

July 2 – Hiran Chauhan, 24, a chef at El Capo restaurant in the Northern Quarter of Manchester, vanished after work. His body was found a week later by schoolchildren – it was wrapped in plastic in undergrowth among trees off Eccles Old Road, Salford. Neil Cuckson, 32, from Salford, was jailed for six years for administering a noxious substance, supplying class A and class C controlled drugs, perverting the course of justice and preventing lawful burial. The court heard Cuckson, a Tesco worker, hid Chauhan’s body in his flat for days after they had chemsex after meeting on Grindr. Cuckson, who was originally from Northern Ireland, continued to go to work at Tesco in Manchester city centre, until he decided to buy a car from Gumtree, specifically to remove Hiran’s body. But he could not fit the body in the Suzuki car, so he dumped it in the park opposite his flat. While being interviewed by police, Cuckson said: “I didn’t kill him, I didn’t mean to, I’m not a murderer I’ve had a s*** life.”

July 2 – Suzanne Eaton, 59, a biologist from California, was hit by a car, raped three times and thrown down a ventilation shaft in an abandoned World War II bunker on the island of Crete, Greece. Yiannis Paraskakis, a 27-year-old carpenter, was jailed for life. He confessed to randomly singling out Eaton – a prominent developmental biologist with the Max Planck institute in Dresden – as she enjoyed a jog along a country road not far from the Orthodox Academy of Crete where the international conference she was enrolled to speak at was taking place. He said he was “motivated by sexual satisfaction,” hit her twice with his car to stop her. A coroner ruled the American had died as a result of asphyxiation and was likely to have suffered “a slow and painful death”.

July 2 – Satheesh Noel Gobidass, 31, died in a brawl at Orchard Towers, a luxury high-rise tower in Singapore. In March 2020 office administrator Joel Tan Yun Sheng, 26, and hotel receptionist Ang Da Yuan, 26, pleaded guilty to an assault charge. Tan was jailed for four weeks while Ang was given eight months’ jail and six strokes of the cane. Three other men – Tan Hong Sheng, 22, Loo Boon Chong, 25, and Chan Jia Xing, 26 – had murder charges reduced to consorting with a person carrying an offensive weapon in a public place. Natalie Siow Yu Zhen, 22, had her murder charge reduced to assault. Tan Sen Yang, 27, is still awaiting a murder trial, as of Nov 2020. The brawl started in the Naughty Girl club on the second floor of Orchard Towers. If convicted Yang face the death penalty. Orchard Towers was the scene of another infamous murder in 2002 – one for which British expat Michael McCrea was jailed for life.

July 1 – Kevin Sheehy, 20, a five times Irish boxing champion, was hit by a car in Limerick, Republic of Ireland at 4am. Logan Jackson, 29, from Longford, Coventry, has been charged with murder and as of Nov 2020 is still awaiting trial. Jackson has a prosthetic foot. Sheehy, who won the Hull Box Cup heavyweight championship belt in Hull, England, two weeks ago, was killed in a hit-and-run incident. Former WBO middleweight champion and Olympic boxer Andy Lee joined Mr Sheehy’s family at the funeral. Sheehy was tipped as a future Olympic star.

July 1 – Mohammed Feazan Ayaz, 20, was tortured and beaten to death in Allerton, Bradford. Raheel Khan, 27, was jailed for life (minimum term of 30 years), while Suleman Khan, 20, and Robert Wainwright, 26, were both jailed for life (minimum of 25 years). The trial heard My Ayaz was stripped naked, tortured, humiliated and “beaten for entertainment” by the trio, who were drug dealers. He was kicked, stamped on and had multiple blunt force blows inflicted to his head. He was also urinated on. He was attacked because he had been shown footage of Raheel Khan having sex and taunted him about it, according to the CPS.

June 2019

June 30 – Amara Toure, 18, was chased and stabbed to death in Walworth, south east London. Paulinho Paulo, 20, from Manor Park, and Dullah Abdullah, 21, Ilford, were convicted of murder in December 2019 and jailed for life. Paulo got 23 years tariff and Abdullah got 21 years. Sultan Chaudhry, 20, was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter part-way through the trial. He was jailed for 10 years. Amara was stabbed following an ongoing dispute between two groups. The trial heard Paulo targeted Toure because he was associated with a group blamed for the killing of his friend.

June 29 – Gary Blagrove, 44, was attacked at a flat in Fulham, west London. He died in hospital on 2 July, Rakim Noel, 24, has been charged with the murder and, as of Nov 2020, still awaits trial.

June 29 – Kelly Fauvrelle, 26, who was heavily pregnant, was stabbed to death at her home in downstairs bedroom of her mother’s house in Thornton Heath, south London. Her baby Riley was delivered at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital where it died four days later. Her ex-boyfriend Aaron McKenzie, 25, was jailed for life (35 years) for murder. He was the unborn baby’s father. The trial heard that the couple broke up in Feb 2019 and Kelly began seeing a workmate at the Royal Mail, Rolander Chigwada. McKenzie, who had autistic spectrum disorder and had suffered with depression in the past, struggled to cope with being dumped. McKenzie had lived at the house with Kelly and knew how to get down the side alley and into her bedroom through the patio doors, which she kept open on summer’s nights.

June 26 – Yusuf Mohamed, 18, was stabbed to death after being chased into a shop in Uxbridge Road, Shepherd’s Bush, at around 9.20pm. William Haines, 18, from Shepherds Bush, was jailed for life (17 years) and a 17-year-old boy from Hounslow was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter. The trial heard the pair were seen to celebrate with a “fist bump” after the unprovoked attack. Haines told the police he had been drinking and could not remember attacking Yusuf.

June 25 – Two Swedish men, aged 21 and 23, were shot at least ten times on the Sennepshaven road in Herlev, a suburb of NW Copenhagen. A third man escaped. The shooters fled the scene in a silver-grey Audi S4, which was later found at Nærum. Mohamed Ali, 22, Benjamin Owusu Afriyie, 25, and Mansor Ismail, 20, all from Sweden, were jailed for life and two others – who were under 18 at the time – were jailed for 20 years in August 2020. The victims belonged to the Shottaz gang from Rinkeby, a suburb of Stockholm. The attackers came from the rival Death Patrol gang and Ali was said to be its leader. The two gangs were created after a group of friends fell out in the wake of a 2 million kronor robbery in July 2015.

June 23 – Lucy-Anne Rushton, 30, was stamped on at her home in Andover, Hampshire while their children were at the house. Her estranged husband Shaun Dyson, 28, admitted manslaughter but denied murder. He then admitted murder during his trial. He was jailed for life (17 years). He told his trial he was “broken and ashamed”. She suffered 37 fractures to her ribs, over 70 bruises, a broken sternum, internal blood loss, and the tearing of the very ligaments which kept her intestines in place. He was described as jealous and controlling. The trial heard he forced her to swallow her wedding ring.

June 21 – Darren Edginton, aged 39, who was originally from Cirencester, was stabbed to death in St Paul’s, Bristol at around 5.50pm. A boy, who was 14 at the time, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for four years. He cannot be identified. Mr Edginton died about five minutes after seeing the teenager, who was with a group of friends, outside a shop. He began shouting at the boy about a stolen bicycle and a witness told the court she heard the boy say: “I’m going to kill”, with others shouting “let’s do it”.

June 21 – Edward Simpson, 25, was shot dead at Exeter House, a block of flats in Feltham, Middlesex, at around 11.08pm. Unsolved.

June 21 – Stevie Pentelow was stabbed in Little Harrowden, Northampton.  Sifean Ghilani, 20, Tristan Patel, 18, and Levar Thomas, 21, all from Wellingborough, were all found guilty of conspiracy to rob and manslaughter. Sifean Ghilani accepted during the trial that he was the one who fatally stabbed Mr Pentelow but denied it was his knife. He was jailed for 12 years and four months for Mr Pentelow’s manslaughter. He also received six years for conspiracy to rob and three years and nine months for supplying Class A drugs to be served concurrently. Levar Thomas, who drove the group to the scene, was sentenced to 11 years and three months for manslaughter. He will concurrently serve five-and-a-half years imprisonment for conspiracy to rob. Tristan Patel, who Judge Mayo said was recruited to support Ghilani, was sentenced to 11 years and six months for his part in the manslaughter and will concurrently serve six years for conspiracy to rob and four years and two months for supplying Class A drugs.

June 20 – Colin Brady, 49, was stabed in the back at his home in Middlesbrough. His daughter Jessica Breeze, 20, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter at Teesside Crown Court. The trial heard her father had frequently injured her in regular bouts of violence. He had punched and threatened to kill Miss Breeze and her mother on the night he died.

June 19 – Graham Snell, 71, vanished from his home in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. He was reported missing 11 days later. His torso was found in July. His head and hands were found in February 2020. Daniel Walsh, 30, has been charged with murder and went on trial in March 2020. The trial was abandoned due to the pandemic. He faces a retrial in Jan 2021. Walsh has previously admitted he decapitated and dismembered Graham Snell with two saws he bought from a DIY store before burying 10 body parts in woodland and down a badger sett in Chesterfield but he denies killing him. Mr Snell had visited Chesterfield Police Station on the day he died and complained Mr Walsh would stay at his house without being invited and stole his money. The first trial heard Mr Walsh “went on a spending spree” with money obtained from Mr Snell’s bank account, including trips to casinos in Sheffield and arcades in Matlock Bath.

June 18 – Ionut Manea, 38, a homeless man died, and Petrisor Manea (unrelated) suffered severe burns when their makeshift campsite on land next to the southbound carriageway of the A406 in Ilford, Essex was set on fire. Petra Deliu, 51, and Ionel-Octavian Stancia, 37, have been charged with murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. The victims were both casual labourers from Romania. The trial started in December 2019 but ended in a hung jury. Retrial pending in March 2021.

June 17 – David Bello-Monerville, 38, was stabbed to death in front of his brother Jonathan and Taiye at his home in east Barnet. Nathan Harewood, 27, from Friern Barnet, was jailed for life (31 years) for murder in Dec 2020. Francis Appiagyei, 28, and Khalil Rehman, 27, were jailed for 13 years each for manslaughter. All three were convicted of aggravated burglary. The trial heard the three men, who were armed with blades, chains and broom handles, arrived at the flat and shouted: “Where’s the money?” Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said it appeared the gang expected to find money or drugs at the flat. In 2013 David was in a car with his 19-year-old twin brothers Joseph and Jonathan Burke-Monerville when a gunman fired three times, killing Joseph. In 1994, a third brother Trevor Monerville, 26, died after being repeatedly stabbed in a Hackney street by five

June 17 – Giedrius Juskauskas, 42, a Lithuanian national who lived in the East Ham area, was stabbed 35 times in an alley in Whalebone Lane, East Ham. His ex-wife Asta Juskauskiene,34, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder and her boyfriend Mantas Kvedaras, 25, was jailed for life (22 years). Giedrius and Juskauskiene had a child together but divorced in December 2018. Kvedaras had come to the UK five days before the murder to stay with Juskauskiene, after they began a relationship over social media. He had served a prison sentence in Lithuania for the sexual assault of a teenager.

June 16 – Stepan Suslyk, 40, died after being punched in Holland Park, west London. Serhiy Pelykh, 24, from Brentford, was convicted of manslaughter at a retrial at Isleworth Crown Court and jailed for five years. Pelykh and Stepan had spent the evening at the Ukranian Social Club on Holland Park Avenue. They did not know each other prior to that night. The pair left together in the early hours of the morning after Pelykh had agreed to help Stepan find a way to get to his home in Greenford. But as they walked to find a taxi a disagreement started that escalated with the defendant punching Stepan in the face at least once, causing him to fall to the ground.

June 15 – Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky, also known as Gleb Stalnoy, 34, was stabbed to death in Lansbury Estate Park in Poplar, east London. He was originally from Russia and moved to England aged 17, founded Hands On Crew. It provided labourers to the construction and events industries. He previously worked on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On the Run II concert at the London Stadium and Katy Perry’s Witness: The Tour concert at the O2 in Greenwich. Yasin Omar Amare, 28, of Penge, was jailed for life for murder. The court heard Amare and Gleb were known to each other through an acquaintance but relations between the pair had seemingly become fraught in the days leading up to the murder. On the morning of the murder Gleb and a friend were relaxing having been to the barbers when Amare sent a text to Gleb’s phone. Gleb told his friend that he needed to go and see Amare with a view to resolving their issues.

June 14 – Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot dead in a car park in Plumstead, SE London at around 4.54pm. His was one of a series of killings over the space of a few days. As a result US President Donald Trump criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan, calling him a “national disgrace” who is destroying the UK’s capital. His comments came after five violent attacks in London in less than 24 hours left three men dead and three injured. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was “absolutely awful” Mr Trump was using the “tragedy of people being murdered to attack the mayor”. Mohammed Nadir Dafallah, 18, from Wandsworth, and a 17-year-old boy were charged with murder.

June 14 – Cheyon Evans, 18, from Tooting, was stabbed 17 times after being attacked by a gang on the Aboyne estate in Wandsworth, south London. Fernando Pope, 21, was jailed for life (25 years) in Jan 2020. Mohammed Nadir Dafallah, 18, and Aymen Mansouri, 18, were acquitted.

June 10 – Michael Phillips, 39, suffered 50 injuries including 15 broken ribs, skull and facial fractures and a punctured lung and spleen after being attacked at his home in Hartlepool. Lee Darby, 32, was convicted of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 23 years at Teesside Crown Court. Neil Elliott, 44, and Anthony Small, 40, were jailed for 15 and 12 years respectively having been convicted of manslaughter. The court had heard Elliott, the director of multimillion-pound waste firm Niramax, was the “driving force” behind the attack on Mr Phillips as he wrongly believed the victim had burgled his daughter’s home. He had decided to “take the law into his own hands” and put a post on Facebook saying, “whoever burgled my daughter’s home and took her car – your life is about to change, trust me”. Gary Jackson, Craig Thorpe and father and son John and Sean Musgrave were acquitted of all charges.

June 4 – Peter O’Loughlin, 50, was punched and kicked to death in Holloway, north London. Wayne Packer, 31, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for life (six years minimum) in January 2020. Packer, who was drunk, and dropped his phone. He realised it was gone but accused O’Loughlin of stealing it and then launched his assault. O’Loughlin – who had a history of ill health and was visibly frail – went to hospital, where he died of his injuries on June 26.

June 4 – Adrian Murphy, 43, an Irish dancer, was found dead at his 17th storey flat in Battersea, London. Joel Osei, 25, was jailed for life (32 years) for murder at Croydon Crown Court. His girlfriend Diana Cristea, 18, from Barnet, also faces a life sentence. Osei met him through the gay dating app Grindr and poisoned him with an incapacitating drug called scopolamine, nicknamed “Devil’s breath”. The trial heard paramedics had been drugged and robbed by Osei several days earlier. The couple then used that man’s details in a failed bid to buy $80,000 (£62,000) worth of diamonds from a jeweller in New York.

June 2 – Walter Lübcke, 65, the head of the city administration in Kassel, was shot dead as he slept on the terrace of his home in the village of Istha, Hesse, Germany. Stephan Ernst, 45, has been charged with murder. He has links to the far-right. Ernst went on trial in June 2020 and admitted firing the fatal shot. Ernst’s co-defendant Markus H, is accused of giving Ernst firearms training. Lübcke was known nationally for supporting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s call to take in refugees in 2015.

June 1 – Baris Kucuk, 33, a Turkish Kurd, was stabbed to death during a mugging in Tottenham, north London. Adam Tarik, 24, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder. Baris, who lived on the Woodberry Down estate in Finsbury Park and worked as a chef, had enjoyed a night out with his friends and was returning home when he stopped at an off licence near Manor House underground station to buy some beer. The trial heard Tarik stole Baris’s mobile phone and one of the beers he had just bought.

June 1 – George Bala Lloyd-Evans, 33, a Liverpool fan, was stabbed to death hours after they won the Champions League Final. Moments earlier he had sent a message saying “what a time to be alive”. Ramal Edwards, 19, was jailed for life (22 years) for murder. Kieran Perry, 25, was acquitted of murder but jailed for 11 years for manslaughter. The trial heard Edward stabbed him in the heart while Perry held him in a “bear hug”. The trial heard the killing was a “revenge” attack, after Edwards and Perry’s little brother, Lee Nimbley, 14, were stabbed on April 21. Lee suffered life-threatening injuries when he was stabbed in Toxteth. The jury heard police suspected Mr Lloyd-Evans’ brother, Gervais Anderson, and a friend, Rashan Hamilton, aka R1, were involved. Perry and Edwards both said the stabbing followed a fight in Lodge Lane and they believed “Gervais and R1” were responsible. Edwards claimed Mr Lloyd-Evans approached him two weeks later and said: “If you try and do anything back you will get the same.” But prosecutors said messages on Mr Lloyd-Evans’ phone revealed he was a peacemaker, trying to stop the dispute “boiling over”.

May 2019

May 31 – Kyrylo Tlyavov, five, was shot dead Pereyaslav-Khmelnytsky, 40 miles southwest of Kiev, Ukraine. Two police officers, Ivan Prikhodko and Volodymyr Petrovets, have been charged with murder. They initially claimed the child had slipped and hit his head on a rock. The pair were drunk and were shooting at metal cans when they accidentally hit the boy, who died in hospital despite surgeons operating twice to try to save his life.

May 30 – Hamid Sanambar, 41, an Iranian-born hitman, was shot dead as he stood outside the home of Sean Little (who had been murdered a week earlier) in Coolock, Dublin. CCTV cameras outside the Little home were turned to face the wall an hour before Sanambar was shot dead. It is thought Little’s friends pointed the finger at Sanambar, who turned up at the house in an attempt to convince them he was not responsible. Sanambar – who graduated from lower level crime to murder after receiving political asylum in Ireland – was an associate of another hitman in Ardee, Couth. Sanambar was linked to members of the Kinahan cartel.

May 29 – Linda Treeby, 64, was punched and kicked and had a glass ashtray smashed in her face at a caravan at Summerlands Caravan Park in Ingoldmells, near Skegness. Her boyfriend Andrew Highton, 51, from Nottingham, was jailed for life (18 years) at Lincoln Crown Court. The court heard Highton struck Ms Treeby with such force her nose was shattered into pieces. The court heard he told a health care worker “I wish I’d done it years ago” while in police custody. The trial heard he “lost it” when she said his family hated him.

May 29 – Keelan Wilson, 15, was stabbed near his home in Merry Hill, Wolverhampton, West Midlands. Tyrique King, 18, from Wolverhampton, Nehempie Tampwo, 18, from Milton Keynes, and Zenay Pennant-Phillips, 18, have been charged with murder and went on trial in Oct 2020.

May 28 – Ismaila Ceesay, 33, was stabbed to death in Forest Gate, east London. Unsolved.

May 28 – Mitra Ostad was shot dead in a bathtub at her home in Tehran, Iran. Her husband, the former Mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Ali Najafi, 67, was sentenced to death. Ostad’s family had appealed for the Islamic law of retribution to be applied – an “eye for an eye” form of punishment which would see the death penalty served in this instance. A mathematician, professor and veteran politician, Najafi had previously served as President Hassan Rouhani’s economic adviser and education minister. He was elected Tehran mayor in August 2017, but resigned the following April after facing criticism from conservatives for attending a dance performed by schoolgirls. Najafi married Ostad without divorcing his first wife, unusual in Iran where polygamy is legal but socially frowned upon.

May 25 – Iderval da Silva, 46, a Brazilian Uber Eats driver, died of a head injury after being attacked in Battersea, south London by youths who tried to steal his moped. Jaden Richards, 19, from Wandsworth, was jailed for life (12 years). Tay Clovey, 16, was jailed for life (11 years). A 17-year-old boy, who was found guilty of manslaughter but cleared of murder, was also jailed for four years. Jasire Frazer, 18, from Wandsworth, and a 17-year-old were cleared of murder and the alternative charge of manslaughter.

May 24 – Tristan Barrass, 13, and his brother Blake, 14, were strangled at their home in Shiregreen, Sheffield. Plastic bags were then placed over their heads. Two of their younger siblings were drowned in a bath but survived. Their mother Sarah Barrass, 35, contacted police afterwards and later pleaded guilty to murder. She was jailed for life (35 years). Her half-brother Brandon Machin, who was also the father of her six children, was also jailed for life (35 years). The court heard how Barrass would regularly tell her children: “I gave you life, I can take it away.” They both admitted murder, conspiracy to murder all six of their children, including Blake and Tristan, and five counts of attempted murder. The court heard Barrass had previously approached the local authority to ask for help with her children. Ms Melly said the mother sent a message to a friend which said: “I’ve thought of every possible solution to this mess. “I love my kids too much to kill them, I can’t put them into care for the same reason.” A Serious Case Review was initiated in November 2019 and Sheffield City Council said they would cooperate with it.

May 22 – Vladimir, 69, and Tatiana Koudriavtsev, 68, were stabbed at their home in Adair Tower, a tower block in Kensington, west London. Their son Sergey Koudriavtsev, 48, was jailed for life (26 years) for murder. Koudryavtsev, a former Lord of the Rings visual effects technician who has dual Russian and New Zealand nationality, said he killed his parents after an argument over the care of his mastiff dog, Enzo.

May 22 – Jordan Davis, 22, from Darndale, was shot dead while pushing his infant child in a buggy in a lane beside Our Lady of Immaculate National School in Darndalein Dublin. The gunman escaped on a bicycle. Wayne Cooney, 28, from Tallaght, Dublin, has been charged with murder but as of Nov 2020 he has not gone on trial yet.

May 21 – Sean Little, 22, was shot dead and his car was set alight in Dublin. He had been lured to Walshestown, a remote rural area off Junction 5 on the M1. It is understood that Little had links to members of the Kinahan gang. Irish media have speculated that Iranian-born hitman Hamid Sanambar, may have been responsible for his murder but nobody has been arrested. Sanambar was murdered a week later. Little’s father Stephen pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a semi-automatic pistol in September 2019. He admitted to Gardai: “Had you given me another hour I would have killed the b*****d that killed him.” Unsolved.

May 20 – Darina Makarchuk, five, was killed when she was thrown into the stove at her home in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. Her father, Pavel Makarchuk, 50, allegedly hit Darina, causing her to fall to the floor and hit her head. He then allegedly decided to ‘hide his crime’ by chopping the girls body up and burning her in the oven, police said. His wife, 41, has also been arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to murder.

May 16 – Barrington Davis, 54, was stabbed 16 times at his home in Lewisham, SE London. His neighbour Daniel Burrell, 39, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. He was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

May 13 – Janiyah Brooks, three, was raped and battered to death at her home in Atlanta, Georgia. Her stepfather Gregory Parker, 20, has been charged with aggravated child molestation, rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated battery, battery, and first-degree cruelty to children. The child’s mother Crystal Brooks, 19, reportedly watched him rape her daughter. She is accused of being party to first-degree cruelty to children, aggravated battery, battery and providing a false statement.

May 11 – Erik San Filippo, 23, an Italian national, died of a drug overdose and was found dead in a wheelie bin in Islington, north London. Gerardo Rossi, 52, was convicted of preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body. The trial heard he emptied the contents of a neighbour’s green recycling bin and placed Erik’s body inside it. He then wheeled the bin up to the overgrown front garden of a disused property and left it there. Erik, who had previously worked as a chef in Camden, had been taking drugs at Rossi’s Islington home in the hours before his death.

May 9 – Héctor Olivares, 61, a member of Congress for the governing Cambiemos coalition, was shot dead in Buenos Aires. Police think the shooting was not politically motivated and the target was a friend of Mr Olivares’, Miguel Marcelo Yadón, 58, was hit five times and died on the spot. The two men were shot at from a car. Yadón was involved in a relationship with Estefania, the daughter of Juan Jesus “El Gitano” Fernandez, who was arrested in Uruguay. Five others have been arrested, including Juan Jose Navarro Cadiz, who was extradited from Uruguay. They await trial.

May 8 – Nadeem Uddin Hameed Mohammed, 24, from Southall, west London, was stabbed in the car park beneath the Tesco supermarket in Slough, Berkshire. Aqib Pervaiz, 26, from Slough, was arrested in Birmingham and charged with murder. He was jailed for life (22 years). The trial heard Pervaiz, was convinced his Poundland colleague had been sleeping with his wife, Saima Munir. Pervaiz bought the murder weapon – a kitchen knife – from the supermarket only a few minutes earlier. Mr Mohammed’s wife, who was eight months pregnant at the time of the murder, has returned to India with the daughter he never got to meet, the court was told.

May 7 – Dante Mullings, 23, was shot dead in Ladywood, Birmingham. He was one of three men in a car parked in St Vincent Road West when another car pulled up alongside and shots were fired. The other two men were injured. Seven men have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder – Wasim Hussain, 27, Ihsann Bernard, aged 20, from Kingstanding, Omarni Warren Bernard-Sewell, 23, Dior Jackson, aged 20 from Great Barr, Mohammed Qadir, 19, Ayuub Mahmoud, 18, and a teenager have been charged with murder. They went on trial in Oct 2020. The trial heard the defendants were all linked to the B19 gang.

May 7 – Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, – known as Shah – vanished after leaving his home in Hounslow, west London, around midday. His body was found by specialist search dogs in a wooded area near Hedgerley Lane in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Shah’s car was recovered with ballistic damage on 19 June and police launched a murder inquiry. On 3 August police found a black BMW X5 that was on cloned plates, YC67MFY. This vehicle had been stolen overnight from Farnborough, Hampshire. Officers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have information related to a Blue Range Rover Evoque, using false plates MF13 AOT. Officers know the car later travelled to Ilford on those plates but has not been seen since. It had a lot of body damage and may have since been passed on. Amraj Poonia, 26, from Horley, Raneel Poonia, 25, from Slough, and Gurditta Singh, 25, from Slough, have been charged with murder and perverting the course of justice. Mohammed Ismail, 25, Mohanad Riad, 21, and Mohamed Shakeel, 28, have been charged with murder. All six will go on trial.

May 6 – Lee Atkins, 38, a heroin addict, bled to death after being shot in the stomach with a crossbow in the middle of the night in Bootle, Liverpool. His friend David Ball, 49, was jailed for life (27 years) for murder. Liverpool Crown Court heard the “senseless attack” happened minutes after Atkins accused Ball of nearly killing him as he drove a stolen van.

May 5 – Constantin Sin, 51, from Romania, was run over by a Toyota Prius while celebrating a christening in Leytonstone, east London. Another man survived. Riyaz Adam, 25, from Waltham Forest, was acquitted of murder but jailed for six and a half years for manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. His friend Jack Bush, 23, was jailed for six years for perverting the course of justice, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. The court heard that as Adam pulled up, Bush, who was drunk, was fighting with a group of men and it was at this point that Adam decided to use his car as a weapon, and swerved into the group.

May 5 – McCaulay Urugbezi-Edwards, 18, was stabbed to death after a chance meeting near Elephant & Castle station in south London. Rashai Annang, 18, was arrested in Norwich and was later jailed for life (16 years) for murder.

May 3 – Ellie Gould, 17, was stabbed to death at her home in Calne, Wiltshire. Her ex boyfriend Thomas Griffiths, 17, was jailed for life (12 years) for murder. He had walked out of school on the morning of 3 May and drove to Ellie’s home, tried to strangle her, before stabbing her 13 times in the neck with a knife taken from the kitchen after she ended their relationship. He left her hand on the knife handle in a vain attempt to make it appear she had stabbed herself 13 times.

May 1 – Tashaûn Aird, 15, was stabbed through the lung in a park in Hackney, east London. His friend, who was 16, survived. Romaine Williams-Reid, 18, from Romford, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. A 16-year-old boy was jailed for life (17 years) for murder but the judge chose not to lift order on naming him. Another boy, aged 16, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. A fourth defendant, 16-year-old Caden Stewart, became unwell in custody and died on 27 June, 20 days after he was charged with murder. The trial heard the three defendants, who were affiliated with a gang, had a history of violence and hostility towards Tashaûn in the months before he was murdered. They contacted him and his friends moments before they attacked him and accused him of being in the Red Pitch gang. Tashaûn spoke to Williams-Reid on the phone and explained that he was not affiliated with any gang. But he was still targeted.It is thought the killers were from the Essex Road gang.

April 2019

April 29 – Alex Davies, 18, from Skelmersdale, was stabbed 128 times on Parbold Hill, Lancashire after arranging to meet a stranger through the gay dating app Grindr. Brian Healless, 18, from Chorley, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder. Healless tried to set up similar outdoor meetings with four other men in the days after the killing, Preston Crown Court heard. Healless told openly gay Mr Davies, he was “not out yet” and suggested a “discreet spot” halfway between their two homes for their first meeting. Psychiatrists who examined Healless, who came to England from his native Lithuania at the age of seven, agreed he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the killing. But jurors rejected his defence that his responsibility for the killing was diminished by his mental state, and unanimously convicted him of murder after deliberating for less than an hour.

April 29 – Emma Faulds, a 39-year-old care worker, vanished in Monkton, near Kilmarnock, Scotland. Her body was found six weeks later. A pathologist could not determine the cause of death. But Ross Willox, 40, a former prison officer, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder. His trial was delayed by the pandemic but took place in June 2021. He killed Ms Faulds and hid her body at his home in Monkton, South Ayrshire. He then dumped the body in Glentrool Forest in Dumfries and Galloway, off the A714 where it was found six weeks later. It is still not known why or how Willox killed Emma, who he had been friends with since they worked together as prison wardens at HMP Kilmarnock. Detectives said the pair, who had a platonic relationship, had agreed to meet at his house in Monkton for a party. Willox told officers Emma had decided to drive back to her flat, which was less than nine miles away, at about 11pm. They also discovered he used to build wind farms near the Galloway Forest. He was caught on camera making two journeys to the remote area in the days following Emma’s disappearance. CCTV footage was also discovered showing Willox going into various shops in Ayr and buying bleach, rubber gloves and tins of outdoor disinfectant.

April 26 – Joshua White, 29, who was training to become a train driver, was stabbed in front of a girl outside a shop in Hackney, east London. He was randomly picked out by three young men who were carrying out the orders of a senior gang member to “ride out” and commit violence in a bid to prove themselves and gain notoriety. Theo Momodu, 18, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life (18 years). Taylar Isaac, 20, and David Kerrigan, 20, were convicted of murder after a trial in April 2021. They were jailed for life (25 years). Harley McGivern, 20, of the Beecholme Estate, Hackney, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after it was shown he allowed the gang to use his flat and helped them to dispose of their clothing.During the trial, jurors heard as Mr White fled from the masked attackers, he sent a young girl on roller-skates flying. CCTV footage showed him trying to check on her. They carried out the attack after a senior gang member told them to get some “notches on your blade”. The court was told the defendants, all members of a gang called Stokey16 carried out the attack after Momodu received a text message from a gang leader saying young gang members should “get someone down” or face being “de-recruited”.

April 26 – Mihrican Mustafa, 38, also known as MJ, was found dead in a flat in Vandome Close, Canning Town, east London. She had been reported missing to police on 10 May 2018. Police also found the body of Henriett Szucs, 34, a Hungarian national who had been in the UK for several years but was of no fixed address. The two bodies were found frozen, clothed and on top of each other at the flat on 26 April. Zahid Younis, 34, has been jailed for life (38 years) for murder. Younis preyed on the vulnerable women, subjecting them to “very significant violence”. In 2016, Ms Szucs was placed in a safe house for victims of trafficking after she was thrown from a block of flats by a man – not Younis – who was on bail for allegedly raping her. The CPS had declined to authorise a rape charge after it was first reported in February 2015. The Met Police lost contact with her as she fell under the control of Younis.

April 25 – Amy Parsons, 34, an Australian-born secretary, was bludgeoned to death with a metal bar at her flat in Whitechapel, east London. Her fiancee, Roderick Deakin-White, 38, was jailed for life (17 years). The trial heard she became unhappy with his cross-dressing fetish and began sleeping with her colleague James Saunders. He killed her when he found out.

April 23 – Meschach Williams, 21, was stabbed to death in Harlesden, NW London. Dominic Calder, 19, from Hayes, and Mikel Mulqueen, 18, of Harlesden, were jailed for life (20 years) for murder. Emmanuel Kamara, 24, was acquitted of all charges. The trial heard there had been an altercation 45 minutes earlier. In 2020 Tjani Williams-Campbell, who was 16 at the time, was sentenced to eight years and nine months in a youth offenders institution, having been convicted in December 2020 of manslaughter

April 22 – Sammy-Lee Lodwig, 22, was stabbed to death at a flat in Carlton Terrace, Swansea. Her boyfriend Jason Farrell, 49, admitted manslaughter but was jailed for life (26 years) for murder at Swansea Crown Court. The trial heard Farrell went to his neighbour Jamie Myles’s flat and told him he had just killed Ms Lodwig. Jurors were told Farrell believed another man, Christopher Maher, was Sarah Lodwig’s new boyfriend and had attacked him in the street. Giving evidence Farrell said the pair smoked crack cocaine and took heroin together. He said Miss Lodwig also used a legal high and “went potty” as a result. He claimed she called him a “nonce” and pushed him, calling him to fall into a chair and table. The table had a kitchen knife on it. The trial heard Farrell was also in a relationship with Sammy-Lee’s mother, Sarah.

April 20 – Simon Jones, 57, a drug dealer and former RAF serviceman, from Belper, was stabbed in the leg and bled to death in Chaddesden Park, Derby. John Williams, 24, was jailed for life (25 years) for murder, Kirk Guy was jailed for 20 years for manslaughter and Jacob Ali was jailed for eight years for manslaughter. The trial heard a deal had been set up to exchange £7,000 of cocaine in Chaddesden Park. But Williams, Guy and Ali, all from Derby, planned to steal the drugs with Guy ordering Mr Jones and his friend Carl Calladine to be “done over”. Several members of the public took photographs from the public gallery on the first day of the trial. They were later warned they faced prosecution for Contempt of Court.

April 19 – Gerald Corrigan, 74, died in hospital after being hit with a crossbow bolt which passed through his upper body and right arm. He was shot while fixing a satellite dish at his home at Holyhead, Anglesey, in the early hours. Mr Corrigan worked as a lecturer in photography and video in Lancashire before retiring to Anglesey more than 20 years ago and had a keen interest in nature. One theory was that a “lamper” hunting animals late at night with the aid of a powerful light fired the bolt. Terence Whall, 38, of Bryngwran, Anglesey, was jailed for life (31 years) for murder in Feb 2020. Gavin Jones was sentenced for 5 years, serving half in custody and the rest on licence, for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Darren Jones was sentenced for 34 months after pleading guilty to arson, and Martin Roberts received a 28 month term for the same offence.

April 18 – Lyra McKee, 29, a blogger and journalist, was shot dead on Creggan estate in Londonderry during rioting by republicans. Paul McIntyre, 52, from Kinnego Park in Derry, Peter Gearóid Cavanagh, 33, of Elmwood Terrace in Derry and Jordan Devine, 21, of Synge Court in Derry have been charged with murder and await trial. The New IRA claimed responsibility for the shooting but said Lyra was not the target. McIntyre was given bail in July 2020 because of delays caused by the pandemic.

April 17 – Bradley Welsh, 48, a reformed gangster who had appeared in the film Trainspotting 2, was shot on the steps of his basement apartment in Chester Street, Edinburgh. Mr Welsh was returning home from his Holyrood Boxing gym when he was fatally injured. Sean Orman, 28, has been charged with murder. He has also been charged with the attempted murder of David McMillan, 48, and the serious assault of a 22-year-old man in a house in Pitcairn Grove, Edinburgh, on 13 March. The Crown has brought a total of 15 charges against Orman on the indictment, including an attempt to defeat the ends of justice following the attempted murder on March 13 by setting fire to an Audi A5 car at Harperrig Way, in Edinburgh, while acting with others, in a bid to destroy evidence. He also faces charges of resetting stolen cars on various dates and possession of heroin and diazepam on April 22 at Lanark Road, in Edinburgh.Orman is also alleged on that date to have failed to stop for a uniformed police officer on the city bypass.He is also charged with dangerous driving on the same date by driving in excess of speed limits and on the opposing carriageway at streets in the city, including an allegation that he drove at speeds of up to 123 mph on the bypass while being directed to stop by a pursuing police vehicle. He is due to go on trial on 19 April 2021.

April 16 – Sarah Fuller, 35, was strangled at her house in Exeter, Devon. Her boyfriend, Jason Carr, also 35, was jailed for life (14 years) for her murder in October 2019. Exeter Crown Court heard how Carr phoned police after initially fleeing the scene and said “Basically, I have killed my girlfriend. We have been arguing for months and months and months and tonight I strangled her.”. Carr moved into the house as a lodger six months earlier and then a relationship developed but Ms Fuller had told friends Carr was a “grade A psycho”.

April 16 – Frank Bligh, 72, was killed in Tucson, Arizona and his apartment set on fire. Blane Barksdale, 56, and his 59-year-old wife Susan Barksdale were arrested in Henrietta, New York in May 2019 and were due to be extradited back to Arizona. In August 2019 they overpowered two security guards in Blanding, Utah, and escaped. They were recaptured 12 days later. They await trial on charges of first-degree murder, burglary, arson, felony criminal damage and auto theft.

April – Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, was set on fire in Feni, a small town 100 miles outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sixteen people have been convicted of murder and sentenced to death included the headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment and two female classmates. Three teachers, including the headmaster, Siraj Ud Doula, who police say ordered the killing from prison after he was arrested under suspicion of harassment, were found guilty by the court. Another two of the defendants convicted, Ruhul Amin and Maksud Alam, are local leaders of the ruling Awami League party.

April 8 – Noore Bashid Salad, 22, known as Nizz, was shot and stabbed in Manor Park, east London as he was “trying to run away” from his attackers. He and his friends, members of the Manor Park gang, were set upon by a car of young men in an “unprovoked” attack. The killers have never been caught but are believed to be from the Drillford gang from Ilford. Noore’s family were originally from Somalia. Unsolved.

April 7 – Annabelle Lancaster, 22, fell to her death from the top floor of an eight storey block of flats, Brookbank, in Enfield, north London. She was a young mother and a former pupil at a Jewish school, JFS, in Kenton. A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but has not been charged.

April 2 – Hurbert Hall, 60, was thrown to the floor and kicked six times in the head in the street in Walthamstow, NE London. David Dalling, 45, from Lambeth, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 10 years. The pair had been drinking together and at around 6.30am they began arguing over a £30 debt.

April 2 – Bryan H. Walker, 87, one of Chesterfield County’s leading advocates for historic preservation, was bludgeoned to death with a claw hammer at his home in Richmond, Virginia. Rafael Angel Vargas, who was 16 at the time, was jailed for 35 years. Prosecutors said that after the killing, Vargas returned to Walker’s home to scrawl graffiti and make it appear Walker was killed during a robbery by a gang member. Vargas pleaded guilty to murder. After rejecting a defence plea to commit Vargas for mental health treatment, the judge sentenced Vargas to 60 years in prison with 25 years suspended on his conviction of first-degree murder. He is to serve all 35 years of active time as an adult.

April 1Calvin Bungisa, 22, stabbed to death in Kentish Town, north London. He was better known as Ceemizz, a drill rapper with the OQC (Old Queen’s Crescent) gang, also known as QC Blox, who were involved in a feud with the Agar Grove gang aka Active Gxng. At an inquest in October 2020 coroner Mary Hassell said the killing was “deliberate” and “brutal” and described how Mr Bungisa had been chased by men dressed completely in black and carrying long knives, believed to be machetes or swords. The inquest heard that Helije Bungisa told officers he believed his cousin had been a victim of a conflict which had been raging between rival gangs in the borough. Unsolved.

March 2019

March 31 – Nipsey Hussle, 33, a rapper born Ermias Asghedom, was shot dead outside his clothing store, The Marathon, in Los Angeles. Two other men were wounded. Eric Holder, 29, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. His trial was due to take place in March 2020 but was postponed by the pandemic. It will probably take place in 2021.

March 29 – Alphonso Harriott, 56, a building contractor known as Oney British and reportedly part of the same crew as Owen Clarke (see Feb 23) was shot dead shortly after leaving the national stadium in Jamaica in a car. He had been deported from the UK.

March 29 – Samantha Josephson, 21, a college student, was abducted, raped and murdered after getting into a car in the mistaken belief it was her Uber after a drunken night out in Columbia, South Carolina. Nathaniel Rowland, 27, originally from New York, was jailed for life for murder. The case provoked an intense debate about the safety of ride apps.

March 29 – Gavin Garraway, 40, was stabbed to death near Clapham Common, south London. Zion Chiata, 20, from the Patmore Estate in Battersea, was convicted of murder in June 2020, following a retrial at the Old Bailey. At the conclusion of the first trial in October 2019, he was found guilty of possession of an offensive weapon. Chiata had previously pleaded guilty to Mr Garraway’s manslaughter, but this plea was not accepted by the defence. Tishaun Panton, 22, was convicted of Gavin’s manslaughter following the first trial. His sentencing had been postponed pending the outcome of Chiata’s retrial. The trial heard Gavin was driving with his brother through the Clapham Common area when Chiata and Panton – who were on foot – suddenly began to pursue his car. Anticipating an attack on himself and his brother – having seen the pair chasing after him – Gavin tried to turn his car around; however in doing so he crashed it into a traffic light bringing the vehicle to a stop. He was then stabbed three times through the window. Panton used the crutch he had with him and began to hit Gavin and his car.

March 28 – Zahir Visiter, 25, a music producer from Chechnya, was stabbed four times in St John’s Wood, central London. Armed police sealed off the nearby Regents Park mosque after the attacker ran into it. Kamal Hussain, 21, was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 15 years. Yosif Ahmed, 18, was acquitted of both charges. In the witness box Hussain said: “I didn’t want to say anything. I was scared I would get arrested for murder. All I can think is they think I murdered him. I did kill him but I didn’t intend to kill him.” Zahir had left his home a few minutes earlier and told his family he was going to a meeting near his flat in order to hand over some money; he left the flat with about £280 in cash.

March 27 – Jordan O’Brien, 25, was attacked with a machete on his mother’s doorstep at a house in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. Kieran Walker, 23, of Auckley in Doncaster, was convicted of murder and jailed for life. The trial heard he had a grudge with Mr O’Brien over the loss of £2,000 worth of amphetamines. The court heard the attack was carried out with such ferocity that Mr O’Brien’s leg was almost severed. At one point during the trial, Walker confessed to carrying out the attack himself. When asked if he heard anything during the attack, he replied: “Just the screaming when I was attacking him.” His barrister claimed this was a mistake.

March 27 – Ramane Wiggan, 25, from Tulse Hill, was shot dead after being lured into a trap on the balcony of a flat in West Norwood, south London at 4.45pm. Kane Gilead, 23, from Streatham, was finally convicted of murder in July 2023, after four trials. The jury deliberated for 47 hours and returned a 10-2 majority verdict. He was jailed for life. Prosecutor Brian O’Neill KC told jurors Wiggan was killed because of his work collecting drug money. He had arranged to meet Gilead to collect money the defendant owed for drugs but crucially Gilead chose the collection point, knowing there was no CCTV there. Wiggan was also a drill artist, known as Reckless, who ran with the Up Top or UTH crew.

March 24 – Ravi Katharkamar, 54, was stabbed to death as he opened his corner shop in Pinner, north west London. He was robbed of the cash in his till – a mere £100. Alex Gunn, 31, was jailed for life (32 years) for murder and robbery. The Old Bailey heard after Gunn attacked the father-of-two he went on to burgle two homes before driving off in a car he had stolen. The court heard he was a “one-man crimewave” and was using the money to fuel his drug addiction. Judge Rafferty said Gunn’s first impulse upon his arrest was “to lie”. Gunn interrupted the judge several times to protest his innocence, saying “No, I never”, before he was sent down.

March 23 – Stanley Mayo, newborn baby, was assaulted and had cotton wool stuffed down his throat at his grandmother’s home in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. His mother Paris Mayo, who was 15 at the time, went on trial in May 2023 at Worcester Crown Court.

March 23 – Silvano Ruiz Perez, 31, a homeless man, was shot dead in a field near the former Auburn Valley 6 Drive-In movie theater in Auburn, near Seattle, Washington. Abbas Salah Zghair, 24, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. He was arrested by the US Border Patrol on April 13 as he tried to cross into Canada. Zghair, who worked as a contract driver for Amazon, has also been charged with stealing $100,000 worth of property computer gaming systems, sporting goods and computer products, which were sold to pawn shops for less than $20,000. Investigators have raided the pawn shops and the home of the man identified as the ringleader, Aleksandr Pavlovskiy, 44, of Auburn. He has been charged with child porn offences.

March 22 – Abdirashid Mohamoud, 22, from Brentford, was chased through Syon Park and stabbed to death outside a block of flats in Isleworth, Middlesex. Unsolved.

March 17 – Lauren Bullock (17), Morgan Barnard (17) and Connor Currie (16) died as hundreds of people queued at the doors of a disco at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Northern Ireland. The owner of the Greenvale Hotel, Michael McElhatton, and another man have been charged with three counts of gross negligence manslaughter – one charge for each of the deaths – as well as offences for breaching health and safety laws. The company which runs the Greenvale, known as Tobin Limited, will face one charge of contravening the same health and safety legislation.

March 17 – Debbie Twist, 47, was stabbed at a house in Leigh, Greater Manchester. But in 2021 it was decided no further action would be taken against the man who stabbed her after it emerged he was acting in self-defence after she had broken into the house along with two others, armed with a hammer and a machete, to demand payment of a £120 debt for cannabis which the owner’s son owed. In Dec 2022 her son, Jordan Winstanley was jailed for six years for supplying cocaine and another member of her gang, Robbie Arnold, 23, was jailed for five years. Twist, Winstanley and Arnold had smashed the back window and entered the house to collect the debt. Bethany Twist, 22, and Adam Guy, 26 both pleaded guilty to the supply of Class B drug cannabis. Both were given six month prison sentences, suspended for 18 months.

March 15 – 51 people – ranging in age from three to 77 – were gunned down in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers. The Australian-born gunman, Brenton Tarrant, 28, live streamed the whole attack on Facebook, after first shouting: “Subscribe to Pewdiepie (a YouTuber)”. Tarrant was arrested and in August 2020 he was jailed for life without the possibility of parole. He had expressed white supremacist and Islamophobic views. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said his sentence meant he would have “no notoriety, no platform… and we have no cause to think about him, to see him or to hear from him again”.

March 15 – Najah Ferrel, 30, disappeared on her way to work in Indianapolis from her home in the suburb of Avon around 5am. Eleven days later her car was found abandoned on Interstate 465 near Lafayette Road in Indianapolis with some of her belongings strewn beside the roadway. Her foot was later found April 7 in a pond in Crown Point, hundreds of miles away in northern Indiana. Unsolved.

March 14 – Lyndon Davis, 18, was stabbed yards from his home in Marks Gate, Romford, Essex. In September 2019 six teenagers from Ilford were jailed for life for his murder. They are Jordan Worrie, 18, from Ilford, who got a minimum of 16 years for murder and 18 months, Michael Corcoran, 17, who got 14 years, Connor Corcoran, 18, who also got 14 years, Tyler Faubel, 18, who got 16 years for murder, Ali Ali, 16, who got 11 years, and Jordan Muinglui, 18, from Wanstead, who got 14 years. The trial heard Davis was targeted as he was believed to be associated with a rival gang and had been involved in county lines drug dealing.

March 13 – Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, 53, was shot dead at his home in Todt Hill, Staten Island, New York. Cali was an underboss in the Gambino mafia family, related through marriage to the Inzerillo clan in the Sicilian Mafia. The press reported he had become the head of the Gambinos in 2015. In 2008 Cali pleaded guilty in an extortion conspiracy involving a failed attempt to build a NASCAR track on Staten Island. He was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and was released in 2009.

March 7 – Antoinette Donegan, 52, was attacked at her home in Battersea, south London. Her lodger Kristian Smith, 42, was jailed for 12 and a half years for manslaughter. The trial heard he lived in the flat with her dead body for several weeks and also stole money from her account using her bank card.

March 7 – Ayub Hassan, known as A1, 16, was stabbed in an alley behind a Waitrose supermarket in Kensington, west London. A boy who was 15 at the time was jailed for life for murder (15 years) in Sep 2019. The boy claimed he had acted in self-defence out of fear Ayub, a member of the 12 World gang, would attack him for refusing to deal drugs. The judge refused to lift reporting restrictions on the killer’s name. Ayub, who was studying at Hammersmith college.

March 6 – Mohammed Elmi, 37, was stabbed to death in Soho, central London. Drug addict Joe Gynane, 34, was jailed for life (30 years). The court heard he killed his friend during a “drug-taking binge” in which he also stabbed another man. Gynane was described by his barrister as “a broken, bewildered and deeply troubled individual” with an addiction to Class A drugs, that began when he was just 13 years old, and 98 previous convictions dating back to 1999. The depths of his self-loathing were laid bare in a poem he wrote while incarcerated at Belmarsh prison and which his barrister read out in court: “My core’s rotten/ I should be forgotten.”

March 6 – Luciano Dos Santos Almeida, 22, a drug dealer, was stabbed in Oxford and was then run over by a car. The killing was in “retribution” for a robbery earlier that evening. Welid Solomon, 25, who was an Eritrean refugee, was jailed for life (minimum of 26 years). His drug runner, Michael Yemane, 20, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (20 years) and Safeen Karimi was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for nine years.

March 6 – David Martinez-Valencia, 26, was stabbed to death in Leyton, east London. Carlos Rueda Velez, 18, was jailed for life (17 years) in June 2020. The trial heard Velez believed David had kissed his girlfriend Ashlly Rondon-Diaz. She said he was possessive and had gone to the kitchen for food while Mr Martinez was doing his laundry when Velez allegedly stormed in to find them having a friendly chat. He accused them of flirting. On the day of the killing, Mr Martinez texted a cousin, writing that Velez was acting “all crazy and was asking if had kissed his girlfriend”. In another message, he wrote: “I am going to try to go on Friday else I’ll end up dead.”

March 3 – Laureline Garcia-Bertaux, 34, a French film producer, was reported missing after she did not turn up for work on a Monday morning. On the evening of March 7 police unearthed her body in a shallow grave in the back garden of her home in Kew, south west London. She was seen arguing with an “older man” in the garden prior to her death. Her former boyfriend Kirill Belorusov, 32, fled to his native Estonia and sent fake text messages to her friends and family to cover his tracks. He was extradited and was jailed for life (24 years) in October 2019. The trial heard Belorusov owed his ex-girlfriend thousands of pounds and told a series of lies to avoid paying her back. He killed her as he was about be exposed as a “complete fraud” after promising to help Ms Garcia-Bertaux move into a fictitious new home.

Mar 2 – Yousef Ghaleb Makki, 17, a Manchester Grammar School student, from Burnage, was stabbed to death in the affluent suburb of Hale Barns, near Altrincham, at 6.40pm. Joshua Molnar, 17, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter on the grounds of self-defence but jailed for eight months for possessing a knife. After the verdict Yousef’s father Ghaleb Makki exploded in anger and the judge, Mr Justice Bryan, cleared the courtroom. Mr Makki banged on a Perspex divider and began to shout and swear at jurors. He was heard to shout “Where’s the justice for my son? Where’s the justice?” before collapsing on the floor in tears. Molnar who was privately educated and from a wealthy family from south Manchester, was granted bail before the trial. Another 17-year-old was jailed for four months for possession of the same knife. Yousef’s family said they had “never seen a shred of true remorse” from Molnar, who was only named in October 2019 after an application by The Times. The trial heard Makki and Molnar had planned to rob a drug dealer but bottled it and then fell out and accused each other. The jury heard the stabbing was an “accident waiting to happen” as all three boys indulged in “idiotic fantasies” playing as middle-class gangsters.

Mar 2 – Elize Stevens, 50, a mother-of-three who worked as welfare officer for the S&P Sephardi Community, was stabbed to death at a house in Hendon, north London. Her boyfriend Ian Levy, 54, was jailed for life (21 years). He had a history of mental illness.

March 1 – Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed in a park in Harold Hill, near Romford, at 9.30pm on a Friday night. Two men ran off. The case sparked mass hysteria about a knife crime epidemic. Svenson Ong-a-kwie, 19, was jailed for life (26 years) and Arron Isaacs, 17, was jailed for life (18 years) after being convicted of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey. Manuel Petrovic, 20, who was arrested in Leicester, and a 16-year-old boy were acquitted. The court heard the killers were cannabis dealers but the motive for the stabbing was not clear. Jodie is believed to have been a victim of mistaken identity.

February 2019

Feb 29 – Hollie Ashurst, 14 months old, died after being attacked at home in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Her father Daniel Ashurst, 32, claimed she had fallen. He was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 12 years. A court heard that Hollie had suffered bleeding to the brain and eyes, a broken ankle and possible bite marks. Unemployed Ashurst was on medication for anxiety and depression and had taken cocaine the day before the attack.

Feb 28 – Lance Martin, 24, was knifed after an argument outside a house in Normanton, Derby. Clara Butler, 22, was jailed for life (20 years). Martin was drunk and got into a row with Butler’s sister Francesca outside her house. Francesca, 24, and her boyfriend Kieran Bareham, 31, were acquitted of murder on a judge’s direction and Clara’s father Jamie Butler, 43, was acquitted of murder. Bareham, was jailed for two years after admitting assisting an offender.

Feb 27 – Peter Flux was stabbed to death in Paignton, Devon. His neighbour Faye Burford, 40, was jailed for life (21 years). She admitted killing him after he refused to lend her money. Burford had an £80-a-day cocaine habit, was thousands of pounds in debt, and had just 31p in her bank account when she went to Mr Flux’s flat to borrow money. She had just taken cocaine. Burford had convictions for robbery, burglary and shoplifting. Judge Richard Johnson told her: “You had an unhappy upbringing, but you have not shown one scintilla of remorse.”

Feb 26 – Ché Morrison, 20, was stabbed to death in Ilford, east London. Florent Okende, 20, from Redbridge, was jailed for life (23 years) in August 2019. He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon and two counts of cannabis possession.

Feb 26 – St John Lewis was stabbed with a kitchen knife in Leeds. Dean Dagless, 48, was jailed for life (19 years). The pair had been friends for 20 years but Dagless was angered by a Facebook message the victim had posted about an ex-girlfriend. During sentencing, Judge Bayliss told him: “You returned to the scene of the murder to retrieve a bag as he lay dying. You were heard saying ‘I hope he bleeds to death’.”

Feb 25 – Jodi Miller, 21, originally from Teesside, was stabbed more than 20 times in Harehills, Leeds. Karar Ali Karar, 30, admitted murdering Jodi after she refused his sexual advances. He stabbed her “to teach her a lesson”, a court heard. Karar had fled to the UK seeking asylum from Sudan in 2015. His defence team said he “fell in with the wrong crowd, taking drugs and alcohol and these people took advantage of his mental health”. But Judge Simon Kealey QC said there was no evidence to suggest that Karar was mentally unwell at the time of the killing. Karar was jailed for life (25 years). Karar died three weeks after the sentencing.

Feb 25 – Hazrat Umar, 18, was stabbed to death in Bordesley Green, Birmingham. Adam Muhammad, 17, was jailed for life (17 years). Muhammad “held a grudge” after Mr Umar “insulted and slapped him” and briefly took his phone, the court heard. Umar was a relative of Nazir Afzal, the former chief prosecutor of the CPS in North West England, who oversaw the Rochdale child sex abuse case.

Feb 25 – David Lopez-Fernandez, 38, a Spanish national, was stabbed to death at a squat in Bethnal Green, east London. Jairo Sepulveda-Garcia, 36, a Spanish national, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder in December 2019. A row broke out after David nicked him with some clippers as he cut his hair. The building – Pat Shaw House – was formerly a care home for elderly people until it closed in 2018. Homeless people were living there at the time of the murder.

Feb 24 – Connor Brown, 18, was stabbed in an alley in Sunderland after a night out with friends. Leighton Barrass, 20, was jailed for life (20 years). Ally Gordon, 19, was jailed for three and a half years for manslaughter. Barrass started an argument by stealing money from one of Mr Brown’s friends. A court heard that drug dealer Barrass had been given a community order weeks earlier for a public order offence in Sunderland city centre. He also had previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly and criminal damage.

Feb 24 – Firoz Pargarkar was repeatedly hit with a hammer following a row over a £20,000 debt for the sale of his house in Bradford. The victim, who owed the money, died a few weeks later in hospital. Abdul Kapade, 49, was jailed for life (14 years) for murder. The court heard Kapade had a gambling addiction and suffered from depression. However, a psychiatrist said that it was “mild and not severe enough to contribute to his behaviour”.

Feb 24 – Anthony Welford, 47, was punched once in Whitby, North Yorkshire, but hit his head on a parked car and the pavement and died in hospital four days later. Christopher Coakley, 28, was charged with murder but prosecutors accepted his plea of guilty to manslaughter and he was jailed at Leeds Crown Court for eight years. The court heard Mr Welford had been watching England play Italy in rugby union had drinks with friends before going to Porto Pizza. Coakley, from Clipstone, Nottinghamshire, was in Whitby on a short holiday with his girlfriend Leighann Baker. Coakley got drunk and then started insulting northerners.

Feb 23 – Gary Cunningham, 29, was stabbed 12 times and was found by a delivery driver on a top floor corridor of a block of flats in Harborne, Birmingham. His girlfriend Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, 28, was acquitted of murder but jailed for 18 years for manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The court heard Cunningham died after being stabbed in the leg and bleeding out. Labinjo-Halcrow was in a drunk and drug-fuelled rage. Her sentence was appealed and she was sentenced in July 2021 to 11 years in prison. While on remand her six-year-old son Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was murdered by his stepmother, a case which got considerable media attention.

Feb 23 – Phillip Rooney, 32, was stabbed in the chest at his home in Leigh, Greater Manchester. His friend, and tenant, Stephen Brocklehurst, 48, admitted stabbing him during a row about snooker. The pair started fighting after they returned home from the pub. Brocklehurst had previous convictions for assault and carrying a bladed weapon. He was jailed for life (12 years).

Feb 23 – Owen Clarke, 62, a dancehall music promoter and convicted drug dealer known as Father Fowl, was shot dead by a group of men in Kencot, St Andrew parish, Jamaica. He was a leader of the British Link-Up Crew, a dancehall events business in the UK and Jamaica. In 2004, while living in Sudbury, NW London, he was jailed for 13 years for admitting producing, supplying and possessing crack cocaine. The court heard he lived such a flamboyant lifestyle he burnt £50 notes. He moved to Jamaica after completing the sentence.

Feb 22 – Philip McMillan, 26, was stabbed to death in Holytown, Lanarkshire, Scotland after a row over a £40 debt. Former soldier Liam Donnelly, 26, admitted culpable homicide under provocation and was jailed for eight years. McMillan supplied Donnelly with diazepam tablets on credit, leading to a disagreement. McMillan had sent threatening texts in an effort to recover the money he was owed. The court heard he was suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the Army.

Feb 22 – Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, aged 19, was stabbed to death in Wood Green, north London. Polic e said two men were chased from Hollywood Green to Vincent Road by men on bicycles and a 20-year-old man was stabbed and shot on the street. Kamali was chased into a hairdressers where he was cornered by the suspects and attacked, sustaining the knife wounds that would end his life. In October 2017 Gabbidon-Lynch was jailed for 32 months for supplying heroin and crack in Bognor Regis. Sheareem Cookhorn, 20, from Tottenham, was jailed for life (28 years), Tyrell Graham, 18, from Waltham Forest, was jailed for life (25 years), Jayden O’Neil-Crichlow,17, Shane Lyons, 17, and Ojay Hamilton, 17, were all jailed for life (21 years). The court heard the teenager, who was linked to a North London gang called the WGM, died after one of the knife blows severed an artery. His alleged killers were said to be linked to Tottenham gang the NPK.

Feb 21 – Courtney Valentine-Brown, 36, a drug dealer, was stabbed in the leg and bled to death at a flat near Southend United’s Roots Hall stadium in Southend, Essex. Ian Slater, 49, and Alex Stephens, 36, were jailed for life (26 years). Stuart Pearson, 43, from Westcliff, and Kelly King, 30, were jailed for nine years each for manslaughter. The trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard King, who owned the flat, asked her boyfriend, Slater, to evict Valentine-Brown, her tenant, from the flat because he owed money for rent. Slater hired Pearson and Stephens. It was Stephens who stabbed him.

Feb 21 – Glendon Spence, 23, was stabbed to death at the Marcus Lipton youth club in Minet Road, Brixton, south London. Rishon Florant 17, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. Chibuzo Ukonu, 18, from Loughton was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter.

Feb 21 – Alasdair Forsyth, 67, was attacked with a hammer, screwdriver and wrench during a robbery at his home in Edinburgh. Keirin McMillan, 19, was convicted along with his younger brother Aron , 16, and Levi Hunter, 15, of murder. Judge Lord Uist described the crime as a scandal. McMillan, who had a previous conviction for violence, was sentenced to life (18 years) in prison, reduced on appeal to 16 years. The court heard his parents’ relationship “was characterised by violence, domestic abuse, substance misuse and poor mental health” and that he had had “insufficient care as an infant”.

Feb 20 – Abdullah Muhammad, 16, was stabbed in Sara Park, Small Heath, Birmingham. He was the second teenager to be stabbed to death in the city in a week. A third was killed a few days later. Mr Muhammad had been taking a walk before attending prayers at a nearby mosque when he was attacked. Demille Innis, 20, from Walsall, admitted murder and was jailed for life with a minimum term of 29 years andsix months. Amari Tulloch, 20, from Sparkhill, and Delero Walters,19, from Handsworth, were found guilty of manslaughter. They were each also convicted of two counts of robbery. Tulloch received a 23-year detainment in a young offender institution, while Walters was handed a 21-year prison sentence following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. The court heard how the victim’s family had moved to the UK from Belgium in 2010.

Feb 20 – Melissa Deloatch, 32, who was pregnant, was killed when she was hit by a car which ploughed into her in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store in Garnerville, New York. Jason Mendez, 35, has been charged with one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. He allegedly intentionally drove into the family after a verbal altercation with the father, Sean Deloatch, who asked him not to blow cigarette smoke in the direction of his six children. As of Nov 2020 Mendez, who is from Texas, is still awaiting trial.

Feb 19 – Retired accountant Brian Wieland, 69, was found dead at his home in Chingford, NE London, with a head injury after emergency services were called to a house fire. An inquest found he was likely to have been struck with a dumbbell. His carer Myrtella Williams, 51, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder but later died from her own burn injuries. The inquest heard she had been suffering from a “mental health episode” and concluded “there is no reasonable evidence of any other third party having inflicted the fatal injuries upon Mr Wieland”.

Feb 18 – Bright Akinleye, 22, was stabbed in the street and died after staggering into a hotel in Euston Street, Camden, north London, shortly before 10.45pm. Tashan Brewster, 30, from Kennington, and Abdoulie Ceesay, 28, were both jailed for life (21 years) for murder. Silas Loko, 26, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

Feb 18 – Bradley Matcham was punched near a McDonald’s in Northampton. Arthur Billings, 19, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for four years. Billings had “consumed a considerable amount of alcohol,” the judge said during his sentencing, adding that Billings had no previous convictions and had shown “genuine and total remorse” for what he had done.

Feb 16 – Abdul Deghayes, 22, was found stabbed in a car in Brighton after it crashed and died in hospital the following day. Deghayes was the twin of Abdullah, 18, and brother of Jaffar, 17, both from Brighton, who were said to have become radicalised and died fighting with Daesh in Syria in 2014. It is believed their older brother, Amer, is still alive in Syria, having left Sussex in 2013. Deghayes, who was jailed in 2017 for drug dealing, died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital following the crash at near St Joseph’s church, Elm Grove. Daniel Macleod, 36, of West Norwood, south London, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder. On the night of the stabbing, Mr Deghayes and his friend had arranged to meet Macleod to buy cocaine outside a block of flats called Hanover Court. Stephen Burns, 54, self-employed, of Lennox Street, Brighton, was acquitted of assisting an offender, in relation to the murder, and three counts of conspiracy to supply drugs – cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy.

Feb 15 – Leah Croucher, 20, vanished in her home town of Milton Keynes. She was last seen by her parents at their home in Quantock Crescent on the evening of 14 February. She told her family she was meeting a friend but police said the meeting did not happen. CCTV showed her walking about half a mile from her home, in Buzzacott Lane in Furzton, Milton Keynes, at 8.15am the next day. Her family suspected she had a secret lover, who was engaged and she spent Valentine’s Day evening at a Travelodge in Milton Keynes. Her brother Haydon committed suicide in November 2019, apparently unable to get over the grief of losing her. Leah’s remains were finally found in a house in Loxbeare Drive, Milton Keynes in October 2022. Her rucksack and other possessions were found in the loft. She is believed to have been killed by Neil Maxwell, who himself died in April 2019. At the time Leah went missing, Maxwell was on the run from police in connection with a sexual assault in Newport Pagnell in November 2018, and he had previous convictions for sexual offences against women and children. Maxwell worked as a maintenance man for the owner of the Loxbeare Drive house, who lives abroad, and he was the only person to have keys to the house, which remained empty between 2019 and 2022. Maxwell hanged himself in a communal bin cupboard in a block of flats at Campbell Park. On the door of the bin cupboard he taped a handwritten note saying: ‘Please do not come in. There is a dead body inside. Call the police.”

Feb 15– Sidali Mohammed, 16, a student, was fatally stabbed outside Joseph Chamberlain College, in Highgate, Birmingham. His family said he had fled “war-torn” Somalia when he was a toddler. Louai Ali, 17, was jailed for life for murder (19 years) in July 2019. During the trial, Ali said the 10 inch zombie knife used to kill Sidali, 16, was bought for £50 through Instagram. Ali went to the college armed with the knife after his friend and cousin had been encountering issues with a group of boys. At the time of his death Ali was on bail for another knife attack in December 2018.

Feb 14 – Dorothy Bowyer, 77, was stabbed to death at her home in Buxworth, Derbyshire. Her grandson William Blunsdon, 25, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 10 years and four months. Blunsdon had been living with his grandparents because his mother “could not cope.’ He suffered from persistent delusional disorder. The court heard how he shot his grandparents’ dog with a crossbow and then repeatedly stabbed Mrs Bowyer in her bedroom. He then had two glasses of wine and smoked cannabis before the police came to arrest him. Blunsdon was described by the judge as a dangerous individual.

Feb 14 – Alan Wyatt, 68, was bludgeoned to death at his home in Gillingham, Kent. The house was then set on fire. His neighbour Michael Bryant, 35 confessed half-way through his trial. He had killed him after he complained about Bryant’s drug dealing. The court heard how the defendant was addicted to heroin and crack cocaine and had allowed his flat to be used as a base for local drug dealers and runners. Bryant was sentenced to life imprisonment and told he must serve at least 28 years.

Feb 12 – Sarah Henshaw, 40, a social worker, was strangled in a flat in Leeds. Her ex-boyfriend Kileo Mbega, 31, a teaching assistant, then jumped from a city centre bridge over the A64. He survived. He was convicted of murder in November 2019 and jailed for life (15 years). The trial heard he suffered from a depressive adjustment disorder, which began after his wife left him because he cheated on her. The judge told Mbega his years of selfish behaviour culminated in the “ultimate act of selfishness”, adding: “You were not prepared to tolerate that reasonable challenge that Sarah Henshaw made to your behaviour and you killed her.”

Feb 11 – Raymond Dixon was beaten to death in Bury, Greater Manchester, after wrongly being accused of being a paedophile. Edward Fitzgerald, 50, a drug addict, was jailed for life (22 years). He was recruited by his co-defendant Lee Hopkinson, who was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter. Fitzgerald also robbed the victim. Anthony Dennison, 45, was jailed for five years for robbery. Dean Murray, 50, was sentenced to two years in prison for perverting the course of justice.

Feb 10 – John Methley, 39, was hit over the head, kicked and punched in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Nafees Hussain, 19, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder. Kyle Greenwood was jailed for 11 years for manslaughter. Adam Khan, 21, from Sheffield, was jailed for three years for assisting an offender. Hana Riaz, 21, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender before the trial and was sentenced to 22 months.

Feb 10 – Carl Hopkins, 49, who was homeless, was stabbed to death in the centre of Colchester, Essex. Another homeless man, John Birch, 41, survived. A 17-year-old boy from Woolwich was acquitted of murder and GBH on the grounds of self-defence. He claimed Hopkins and Birch tried to rob him. He admitted possession of an offensive weapon and was sentenced to four months in a young offender institution and released due to time served on remand. In February 2020 a BBC documentary, Murder 24/7 identified the boy, who had by then turned 18, as Abdulmalik Cali.

Feb 10 – Patrick Hill, 22, was stabbed at a block of flats in Earlsdon, Coventry. Levi Whitmore-Wills, 18, was charged with murder but was eventually jailed for seven years after admitting manslaughter. The court heard a row broke out after Hill came to his flat to sell him a PlayStation games console.

Feb 10 – Dennis Anderson, 39, was stabbed to death in East Dulwich, south London, with a hunting knife after a row over a cigarette. Jahmel Riley, 24, was jailed for life year-old (30 years).

Feb 10 – Wesley Adyinka, 38, was stabbed to death in Maidstone, Kent. Four men in a BMW were stopped by armed police 45 minutes later in Bromley. Kevin Roach, 40, from South Norwood, was jailed for life (27 years) for murder. Julian Grant, 28, from Mitcham, was jailed for 20 years for manslaughter. Rodney Harris, from Croydon, and Alfie Caparn, from Streatham, were jailed for 18 years for manslaughter. The trial heard the killing was triggered by a turf war over drugs in Maidstone.

Feb – Anthony Payne, 80, and twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, who all lived in Exeter, were beaten to death in their homes. Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 27, from Croyde, north Devon, was acquitted of all three murders on the grounds of insanity and given an indefinite hospital order. He had paranoid schizophrenia and was having delusions about saving girls from a paedophile ring. He was twice detained and released by police in the 48 hours before he bludgeoned his victims.

Feb 8 – Aliny Godinho was stabbed to death as she walked to collect their children from school in Stoneleigh, near Epsom, Surrey. Her ex-husband Ricardo Godinho, 41, a self-employed labourer, had moved with his wife from Brazil to the UK in 2003. The couple had a turbulent relationship which stemmed from problems with money. Mrs Godhinho had made complaints to Surrey Police that Godinho was abusing her and wanted to kill her. He was jailed for life after being convicted of murder and sentenced to life (minimum of 27 years) in prison.

Feb 7 – Rosie Darbyshire, 27, was beaten “beyond recognition” with 50 blows in Preston. Her boyfriend Benjamin Topping, 25, was jailed for life (20 years).The attack was seen by two witnesses who were then chased by Topping as he wielded the crowbar, before he threw the weapon at a third person.The case has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) as “standard practice” because Lancashire Constabulary had been in co ntact with Ms Darbyshire prior to her death.

Feb 7 – Anthony Richardson, 46, died after a drunken fight in the beer garden of the Chesterfield pub in Elswick, Newcastle. Thomas Brand, 44, was jailed for six years for manslaughter. The court heard Richardson was punched once but hit his head as he fell. Nathan Aldus, 28, admitted ABH and was jailed for 27 weeks. He had thrown a punch at Mr Richardson before the fatal punch.

Feb 5 – Kevin Byrne, 45, a disabled drug addict, was stabbed repeatedly in the neck in Kirkcaldy, Fife after falling out with a friend. Leslie Fraser, 31, who was also a drug user, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life (ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years) in prison. He had six previous convictions for assault.

Feb 5– Lejean Richards, 19, was stabbed to death in Battersea, Roy Reyes-Nieves, 23, and his brother Roger Reyes-Nieves, 18, were charged with murder. Prosecutors dropped the charges against both men before trial. The Old Bailey heard forensic evidence supported their claims they acted in self defence.

Feb 3 – Jurijs Paramonovas, 46, was stabbed in the heart at a house in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire after he became embroiled in a drunken argument with a friend. Olegs Titovs, 49, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. Both men were Latvian.

Feb 3 – Carl Thorpe, 46, was strangled and then set on fire at a mental health unit in Dartmouth Park Hill, north London. Jordan Bramble, 21, has been charged with murder but was unfit to stand trial. In Nov 2020 a jury was asked to confirm whether or not he committed the crime. He was a paranoid schizophrenic.

Feb 1 – Reece Ottaway, 23, a drug dealer, was stabbed to death at Cordwainer House, a social housing complex in Northampton. Cameron Higgs, 19, of Milton Malsor, was jailed for life (28 years), Jordan Crowley, 20, was jailed for life (34 years), Alfie Drage, 20, of Upton, was jailed for life (28 years) and Adison Smith, 19, was jailed for life (31 years) for murder. Ethan Sterling, 21, from Lumbertubs, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter. They were all convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery. The jury at Northampton Crown Court were told the group went to his flat to rob him of money and drugs. They were armed with a baseball bat, a BB gun and a machete.

Feb 1 – Mary Page, 68, was kicked, punched and hit with a cabinet door at her home in Bilston, Wolverhampton. Her son Matthew Page, 40, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for six years. Page was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. His condition meant he acted in “extremely restrictive” patterns and change caused him “distress”, the court was told. His lawyer said he was “shrivelled by guilt and remorse”. He had been angered by her drinking, a court heard.

Feb 1 – Libby Squire, 21, a student, was last seen just after midnight in the centre of Hull. She is believed to have been murdered. Her body was found in the Humber estuary in March. Pawel Relowicz, 24. of Raglan Street, Hull, has been charged with voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary in an unconnected case. In Oct 2019 Relowicz was charged with her murder. He will go on trial in January 2021.

January 2019

Jan 31 – Mary Page, 68, was kicked and beaten to death at her home in Bilston, West Midlands. Her son, 40-year-old Matthew Page, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was jailed for six years and eight months. The trial heard Mrs Page was a heavy drinker who had locked herself into her bedroom after a row. Page broke into her room kicked and punched her and hit her with a cabinet door. He then went to sleep before ringing his brother to confess what he had done. Page had an autism spectrum disorder, likely Asperger’s, which was not diagnosed until after his arrest.

Jan 31 – Michael Liddell, 35, was found by paramedics with serious injuries at a house in Longlevens, Gloucester. They could not save him and he died a short time later. His mother, 65-year-old Joy Liddell, was charged with his murder but she died of heart disease in March 2019, while on remand. The inquest heard she stabbed him to death the day after they argued after she stole cigarettes from his parents.

Jan 30 – Ashley Walker, 31, died in hospital after being attacked at a house in Leicester. Three people were arrested and bailed but nobody was ever charged. A coroner later ruled that Walker’s death could have been due to head injuries he received on another occasion when he fell and banged his head. Walker used the drug mamba, otherwise known as Spice.

Jan 29 – Nedim Bilgin, 17, was stabbed to death in Caledonian Road, Islington, north London. Unsolved.

Jan 27 – Ian “Big O” Ogle, 45, was beaten and stabbed 11 times by up to five men near his home in Cluan Place, east Belfast. Ogle, a community worker in a loyalist area, was allegedly killed by a UVF gang. Ogle was reportedly standing up for a member of his family who was involved in a feud with UVF members. His daughter Toni broadcast footage on social media of Mr Ogle in a pool of his own blood with noticeable stab wounds. The distraught young woman can be seen wailing: “This is my daddy the UVF b******s stabbed.” Jonathan Brown, 33, Mark Sewell, 40, and Glenn Rainey, 32, have been charged with murder and, as of Nov 2020, still await trial.

Jan 27 – Kamil Malysz, 34, a Polish national, was killed in a HMO flat in Acton, west London. £20,000 reward offered. Patryk Makuch, also a 34-year-old Polish national, is wanted in connection with his murder. Makuch is believed to have travelled to Europe and a European Arrest Warrant has been obtained. £20,000 reward offered.

Jan 27 – Luke Jobson, 22, went missing after his family said he was “chased” by a group outside The Keys pub in Yarm, Teesside in the early hours of the morning. Six men, all aged 16 to 18, came forward following appeals for information about his disappearance. His body was later found in the river Tees. The youths were questioned on suspicion of manslaughter but released. In Sep 2020 Edwin Taha, 20, and Ali Abdulmajieed, 19, were due to go on trial for affray along with Ryan Alpay, 19, and Hammad Asif, 18. But on the day of their trial Taha and Abdulmajieed admitted the offence. Charges against Alpay and Asif, both from Stockton, were ordered to lie on file. Taha, who had come to the UK from France when he was four years, also admitted four counts of possession with intent to supply class A and one charge of possession with intent to supply class B. Judge Crowson sentenced Abdulmajieed to 15 months in prison suspended for 18 months. He also ordered him to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work. The judge sentenced Taha to 21 months in prison for the affray and four years and four months for the drug offences. He described them as a “pack of wolves”.

Jan 26 – Maggie Smythe, 29, a cleaner at a bus station and the mother of a three-year-old girl, was killed and her dismembered body dumped at the rear of a former pub, the Red Bridge in Breightmet, Bolton after she was lured there in the early hours. Ms Smythe’s leg was later found by a dog walker in Longsight Park but her head has never been found. Her ex-boyfriend Christopher Taylor, 39, was jailed for life (24 years) for her murder. His brother Brian Ottley, 29, was jailed for nine years for assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

Jan 26 – Billy Ernest, 43, Tanner Ernest, 17, and Summer Ernest, 20, were shot dead at their home in Livingston parish, Louisiana. Dakota Theriot, 21, was arrested in Richmond, Virginia, and he has been charged with the murders. Summer Ernest and Dakota Theriot were in a relationship and Theriot had been living with her family for a few weeks. He was also charged with murdering his parents Keith, 50, and Elizabeth Theriot, 50, of Gonzales. They were shot in their trailer. As of Nov 2020 Dakota Theriot is still awaiting trial. She faces the death penalty.

Jan 25 – Chad and Margaret Amato, both 61, and their son Cody, 31, were shot dead at their home in Florida. Cody’s brother Grant Amato, 30, was convicted on three counts of first degree murder but the jury waived the death penalty and jailed him for life without parole. It emerged during the trial that Grant had spent $200,000 of his parents’ money, on credit cards, on a Bulgarian webcam model called Sylvia Ventsislavova. The money was spent on lingerie and sex toys. The Amatos had paid for him to go into rehab for sex addiction in December but in January they discovered he was still contacting her. At the trial Grant Amato tried to claim that Cody had killed his parents and then killed himself.

Jan 24 – Five women – four employees: Debra Cook, 54, Marisol Lopez, 55, Jessica Montague, 31, Ana Piñon-Williams, 37 and one customer, Cynthia Watson, 65, – were shot dead at a branch of SunTrust bank in Sebring, Florida. Several other employees escaped. It was NOT a robbery. Four SunTrust employees and a customer were killed in the bank’s lobby. Zephen Xaver, 21, was arrested after a standoff with police and now faces five counts of premeditated murder. Xaver had called 911 and told dispatchers he had shot everyone inside the bank. Xaver recently quit his job as a prison guard trainee. In 2014 Xaver, then 16, said he had dreams of hurting other students in a classroom, when he lived in Bremen, Indiana. As of Nov 2020 Xaver is still awaiting trial. Prosecution will seek the death penalty.

Jan 22 – Annie Sowerby, 69, was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife at her home in Dearham, Cumbria. Her son Lee Sowerby, 45, was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was jailed for life (11 years). Sowerby had a history of mental health issues dating back to the mid-90s after taking drugs “as part of the rave scene”. The court heard he had been diagnosed with Paranoia Schizophrenia and had previously been the subject of two hospital orders by courts, including in 2008 when he was “millimetres away” from stabbing his brother’s ex girlfriend. He was given an absolute discharge in 2012 but by October 2018 his mental health was deteriorating as he refused to take his medication. Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust began an investigation into his care.

Jan 22 – Stephen O’Donnell, 33, was stabbed to death with a makeshift knife at Risley prison in Cheshire after stealing a DVD player from another inmate. Adrisse Gray, 23, admitted murder and was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. Gray, who suffered from ADHD and anger management issues.

Jan 21 Marco Yaqout, 49, a nightclub entrepreneur with links to the Kinahan cartel, was shot 15 times by a waiting assassin as he drove his distinctive UK-reg Bentley into the carport of his two-storey villa in Marbella, Spain. Rumours circulating on social media in the aftermath of the killing speculated that Daniel Kinahan had ordered the hit on the Moroccan-born millionaire. Yaqout was also said to be a cousin of Dutch-Moroccan gangster Naoufal “Belly” Fassih, 30, who was extradited to Holland in 2017 after being caught by Garda in a Kinahan-rented apartment in Dublin. Fassih is currently serving 18 years for the attempted murder of a gangland rival.

Jan 19 – Frank Sinclair, 61, was stamped to death in East Kilbride, Scotland. He suffered “internal decapitation”. A boy, who was 16, at the time was convicted of murder and jailed for life (11 years) in Jan 2020. Forensics experts bagged a bottle of Buckfast from a spot close to where the body lay. The boy attacked Mr Sinclair as he believed he had earlier pushed him outside a community hall.

Jan 17 – Zach Parker, 23, a drug dealer and “cardboard gangster”, was shot dead outside a gym in Swords, Dublin. The most prominent theory for why he was killed is that Parker owed €50,000 to a local Traveller gang that is closely aligned with jailed mobster Cornelius Price and who may have used a young Finglas-based criminal to organise the slaying. Unsolved.

Jan 17 – Tom Bell, 21, a boxer, was shot through a window at the Maple Tree pub, in Balby, Doncaster. Scott Gocoul, 29, a drug dealer from Bilton, near Hull, was jailed for life (33 years) for murder after a trial at Sheffield Crown Court, Joseph Bennia, 28, from Balby, was jailed for life (17 years) for manslaughter. Bell won six fights and was unbeaten but his last bout was in 2017.

Jan 16 – Alison Hunt, 42, was stabbed at a flat in Swinton, Greater Manchester. Her former boyfriend Vernon Holmes, 48, was jailed for life (25 years).

Jan 14 – Leanne Unsworth, 40, died of head injuries at a house in Burnley, Lancashire. Her boyfriend Shaun Sanders, 39, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. The court heard Sanders was suffering a paranoid schizophrenia episode at the time of the attack In 2001 Sanders, a former soldier, had been jailed for two years for glassing a man in a nightclub.

Jan 13 – Christy Walshe, 40, was shot in the face at her flat in Southend, Essex. Her boyfriend Michael Strudwick, 33, a taxi driver initially denied murder and claimed he shot her by accident but later pleaded guilty and was jailed for life (26 years). Basildon Crown Court heard Strudwick was drink and became jealous when she talked about a previous relationship with a soldier.

Jan 13– Mother of two, Luz Margory Isaza Villegas, 50, went missing from her home in Hemel Hempstead on 12 January. Police found her body in a suitcase on Northchurch Common, near Berkhamsted, five days later. She had been strangled and her body set on fire. Her husband Rodrigo Alberto Giraldo Tascon, 55, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder. He feared she was cheating on him. He had admitted preventing a lawful burial. Tascon, a former policeman from Colombia, took his three children and a two-month-old foster baby with him after killing her.

Jan 11 – Amy Griffiths, 51, a transgender woman, was beaten, strangled and stabbed at her home in Droitwitch, Worcestershire. Martin Saberi, 55, from Wallington, Surrey, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder. The pair met on a dating website. Saberi also admitted a non-fatal stabbing of another woman three days earlier. At the time, he was on licence after serving 16 years for armed robbery. The court was told Saberi had travelled to Ms Griffiths’s home from London after stabbing a 59-year-old woman in the neck outside a shop in Wallington in January 2019, leaving her needing 30 stitches. The prosecution said the morning following his attack, Saberi stole a laptop and an Xbox from the flat before returning to the English capital. Hours later he went to Stoke Newington police station, confessed to killing Ms Griffiths and was taken into custody.

Jan 11 – Asma Begum, 31, was stabbed more than 50 times at her home in Poplar, east London. Her husband Jalal Uddin, 47, was jailed for life (19 years) in July 2019. He killed her after she challenged him about gambling away all their money.

January 10 – Four people were shot dead during a 10-day robbery spree in northern Nevada. Wilber Ernesto Martinez-Guzman, 20, an immigrant from El Salvador, has been charged with all four murders and awaits trial. He shot an elderly Reno couple – Jerry and Sherri David – and three days later two women – Connie Koontz, 56, and Sophia Renken, 74, in neighbouring Douglas County. The case has drawn the attention of President Donald Trump, who says it shows the need for his proposed US-Mexico border wall. Federal officials said Martinez-Guzman is in the United States illegally but they did not know how or when he got there. Martinez-Guzman has told police he committed the robberies to fund his methamphetamine habit. In Aug 2020 his lawyers requested his trial be postponed indefinitely, arguing he did not have the intellectual capacity to participate.

Jan 10 – Przemyslaw Cierniak, 41, was stabbed in a car park in Boston, Lincolnshire and died after running into a nearby tanning salon. Dariusz Kaczkowski, 33, was jailed for life (23 years) and Mariusz Skiba, 32, was jailed for life (14 years). The jury heard the three men had gone down an alleyway in a car park in Wormgate in the town centre intending to take amphetamine and drink alcohol. A row then broke out after Cierniak asked for £1. The pair punched and kicked Cierniak. Kaczkowski then stabbed him multiple times with a seven-inch knife.

Jan 10 – Bashir Abdullah, 32, was stabbed to death at a block of flats in Easton, Bristol. His friend Jamal Sheik-Mohammed, 51, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility. In Aug 2020 he was jailed for life (minimum of two years). Police had questioned him shortly before the killing. Avon and Somerset Police said it had launched an inquiry. He had “openly threatened people… a number of times” and was “hearing voices”.

Jan 8 – Jaden Moodie, 14, was knocked off a moped by a car and stabbed to death in Leyton, east London. Ayoub Majdouline, 18, was jailed for life (21 years) in December 2019. His trial at the Old Bailey heard he was a member of the Mali Boys gang and they went hunting for rivals from the Beaumont Crew. Jaden dealt drugs for the Beaumont Crew. His mother had moved from Nottingham to London to get him away from a gang who were exploiting him there. Four other men in the car are still wanted by police. A murder charge against Yusuf Dubbad, 21, was dropped in the summer of 2019.

Jan 7 – Gavin Moon, 31, died from stab wounds at a flat in Washington, Tyne and Wear. Brian Goldsmith, 47, of Sunderland, was jailed for life (18 years) and Luc Barker, 28, was jailed for life (16 years). Both killers claimed Mr Moon had reacted angrily after returning home and discovering they had stolen drugs belonging to him. Barker’s lawyer claimed he had suffered an earlier brain injury and had limited verbal comprehension.

January 5 – Sarah Ashraf, 35, was stabbed to death at her home on the Isle of Dogs in London. Her brother Khalid Ashraf, 32, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. When quizzed by police Ashraf admitted choking his sister because he was “instructed by Satan and his Buddhist leader”.

January 4 – Lee Pomeroy, 51, an IT consultant from Guildford, was stabbed nine times in front of his 14-year-old son after boarding a train to London Waterloo for a day trip during the New Year holidays. Darren Pencille, 35, was jailed for life (28 years) for murder. He told Staines magistrates on his first appearance: “Innocent until proven guity. I’m paranoid. I’m hearing voices.” His girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, 27, from Farnham, was convicted of assisting an offender by helping Mr Pencille leave the scene and change his appearance. She was jailed for two years and four months. Pencille had a history of violence and a string of previous convictions, including one in 2010 for stabbing a man in the neck during another row. The defence claimed he was suffering from mental illness at the time of the incident. During the incident in January, witnesses said they heard both men taunting each other but CCTV of the train carriage had no audio, so it is not known what was said between them. The court heard that Pencille left the carriage after an exchange, repeatedly asking to be left alone, but was followed by Mr Pomeroy. Defence lawyers claimed Pencille was blocked at the end of the carriage with no exit route by a much larger man. Mr Pomeroy’s son, who was travelling with him but was in a different carriage during the stabbing, told the court: “My dad is very menacing because he is tall. The guy was taller than me, shorter than my dad.

Jan 3 – Salvation Army hostel resident David Capseed, 57, was beaten to death in Liverpool. Michael McConville, 38, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (16 years). Judge Andrew Menary QC said McConville had struggled with the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia and was desperate for drugs. He killed Mr Capseed because he believed he had cheated him. McConville had 37 previous convictions for various violent and drug offences.

Jan 1 – Tudor Simionov, 33, a bouncer, was stabbed by gatecrashers outside an exclusive party at Fountain House on Park Lane, Westminster at around 5.36am. Mr Simionov, a Romanian national who lived in Ilford, was a doorman who was trying to stop gatecrashers entering the venue. Mr Simionov’s girlfriend, Madalina Anghel, said they had planned to get married and start a family together in 2019. Ossama Hamed, 26, who is believed to have stabbed Simionov, remains a fugitive. Haroon Akram, 25, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for six years and nine months. Adham Khalil, 20, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 11 years. Nor Aden Hamada, 23, fled to Morocco but was extradited and was convicted of violent disorder but cleared of four of the wounding charges. He was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter in 2020 in a retrial and was jailed for seven years. Ahmed Munajed, 26, from Hammersmith, admitted violent disorder and was jailed for two years and nine months. Adham El Shalakany, 24, from Hammersmith, was cleared of violent disorder and Shaymaa Lamrani, 26, of Ealing, who was accused of throwing away the knife used in the attack, was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

January 1 – Charlotte Huggins, 33, was stabbed to death at 4.20am on New Year’s Day after returning to her home in Camberwell, south London from a party at her local pub, the Canterbury Arms. Her ex-boyfriend Michael Rolle, 34, from Dulwich, was jailed for life (20 years). The Old Bailey heard Ms Huggins had broken up with Rolle just days before the murder after he held a knife against her stomach and threw a meat cleaver at a friend on her birthday. Rolle turned up at her home and threatened a man, Jason Nelson, who was there with Charlotte. The trial heard she told police: “He stabbed me” before losing consciousness. Rolle lashed out in a jealous rage but then claimed she stabbed herself during a row. Charlotte’s family cheered the sentence. As he was taken to the cells one woman shouted: ‘Rot in hell’, while another called out: “This is the day your misery starts”.

Jan 1 – Brian Fox, 62, was killed after an incident at a taxi rank in Nethergate, Dundee city centre. Prosecutors say he was punched by two men. Mr Fox was found injured at 1.15am and died later in the city’s Ninewells Hospital. Wes Reid, 19, was acquitted of culpable homicide on the grounds of self-defence. Adam Valentine, 24, was jailed for two years for assaulting a woman, Sandra Baird, during the same incident.


December 2018

Dec 31 – Delvante Johnson, 19, and Toshaun Banks, 21, were shot dead at a party in Cleveland, Ohio. A third man, Devaughn Gibson, 23, died at the hospital. Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, has been charged with murder. He is the brother of US Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles. Biles-Thomas, a serving US soldier, was charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and perjury. He was arrested in Georgia and, as of Nov 2020, awaits trial.

Dec 31 – Paul Mitchell, 50, was fatally stabbed in the grocery store at which he worked in Jamaica. He had been deported from the UK. Unsolved.

Dec 31 – Hugh Bennett, 48, a shopkeeper, was stabbed to death in Jamaica. He was the first of five men deported from the UK who were killed in Jamaica upon their return.

Dec 30 – Linda McArity, 50, was strangled with a shoelace and a phone cable at her flats in Tower Hamlets, east London. Ian Kerr, 36, was jailed for life (17 years) in November 2019 after being convicted of murder, two counts of fraud and preventing the lawful and decent burial of a dead body. The court heard he was high on the drug Spice. He shoved a plastic bag over her head and grabbed her bank cards before locking the door.

Dec 30 – Stuart Roe, 34, a barber from Brierley Hill, was stabbed to death in the street in Halesowen, West Midlands. Martyn Turley, 57, from Tipton, West Midlands, admitted murder before his trial and was jailed for life. Mr Roe had visited The Britannia, a Wetherspoons pub in Rowley Regis, shortly before his death. CCTV showed Turley grabbing a metal bar from a skip, while Mr Roe armed himself with a rock. But police say the pair parted ways and went to separate properties before coming back out and onto the road where the stabbing occurred. The pair were complete strangers but both had been drinking.

Dec 30 – Jazmine Barnes, 7, was shot and killed in the car park of a WalMart store in Houston, Texas. Jazmine and her two sisters were in a car driven by Barnes’ mother, 30-year-old LaPorsha Washington. Washington was also shot but survived the attack. Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt and activist-journalist Shaun King has offered a $35,000 reward for the arrest of the gunman. The motive for the attack is unknown. Detectives are trying to determine whether the shooting was targeted or random. The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s with a beard. The vehicle was described as a red pickup truck. Eric Black jr, 40, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.

Dec 29 – Ngoc Nguyen, 51, a manicurist, from Garden Grove, California, was run over and killed by a car in the car park of a strip mall in Las Vegas. Krystal Whipple, 21, has been charged with murder and robbery. Police say Whipple tried to pay for a $35 manicure with a fake credit card. She then offered to get money from her car but started to drive off. Ngoc ran to the front of the car to stop her but was run over and killed. Whipple was arrested in Glendale, Arizona. As of Nov 2020 Whipple still awaits trial.

Dec 28 – Billy Livesley, 21, died after being hit on the head with a crowbar in a car park in Wigan. David Connors, 27, from Preston, was found guilty of murder at Manchester Crown Court and was jailed for life (17 years). His brother, Peter Connors, 32, was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter. Jimmy Price, 22, from Otley, West Yorkshire was jailed for 18 months for perverting the course of justice. He admitted at an earlier hearing to helping dump a van used in the attack away from police. During the trial, Connors claimed Mr Livesley was a ‘violent’ and ‘intimidating person’. He told jurors he once saw Mr Livesley with a knife and a CS gas canister at a nightclub in Ashton, that he saw Mr Livesley with a ‘Rambo knife’ and that on another occasion Mr Livesley ‘smashed a lady’s house up’ because her son owed him money for drugs.

Dec 27- Jake and Chloe Ford, 23-month-old twins, were drowned in the bath at their home in Margate, Kent at 3.35am. Samantha Ford, 23, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility at Maidstone Crown Court in August 2019 and was jailed for 10 years. She was then sent to a psychiatric hospital for treatment. Police went to the address after their mother’s Ford Galaxy car was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A299 Thanet Way between Whitstable and Herne Bay. She was treated in hospital for minor injuries. She drove without a seatbelt at about 100mph into the back of a lorry. She told police: “I’ve killed my babies. Please let me die.” The twins were declared dead at the QEQM Hospital. The court heard she had been angry about leaving her affluent lifestyle in Qatar in 2018. Her husband left her on Boxing Day.

Dec 27 – Daniel van Heerden, 61, the father of boxer Chris van Heerden, was shot dead in Meyerton near Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa. He was shot from behind after attempting to report a security guard for allegedly unlawfully offloading meat. As Mr. Van Heerden tried to take the security guard’s key to phone the police, he was accused of hijack and shot dead in cold blood. During the argument, Daniel can be heard on a subsequently released video chillingly telling the security officer he’d have to shoot him in order to stop him from being handed in. In a cruel twist of fate, that’s exactly what happened. After being shot, Daniel can be heard shouting, ‘I’m going to lock you up!’ when simply trying to make a citizens arrest. Sabelo Dlamini, 41, has been charged with murder but he was released on 5,000 rand (£350) bail. He worked for the Red Ants security company.

Dec 26 – Alena Grlakova, 38, a sex worker, vanished on Boxing Day and her body was found in a stream in Rotherham, South Yorkshire on 8 April 2019. In April 2021 Gary Allen, 47, went on trial accused of her murder. He is also accused of murdering another sex worker, Samantha Class, 29, whose body was discovered on a river bank in Hull in 1997. Sheffield Crown Court heard two audio recordings in which he shouted at Mrs Grlakova to get out of his flat. On the second day of the trial, jurors were told Mrs Grlakova, from Slovakia, arrived at Mr Allen’s home in Rotherham in the afternoon of 26 December 2018. In a recording made by the defendant and recovered by police, the jury heard Mr Allen shout “get out or I’m going to chuck you out”. “Every time you come here you cost me money.” Mrs Grlakova is later heard saying: “I’m coming here for you…” Mrs Grlakova’s dismembered naked body was found in the Old Slaugh by a police officer who could smell “decomposing flesh” coming from the stream.

Dec 26 – Joy Morgan, 21, a midwifery student at Hertfordshire University, vanished after going to a church service in Ilford, east London. Morgan’s mother, Carol, reported her daughter’s disappearance to police on 7 February, six weeks after she was last seen. Ajibola Shogbamimu, 40, from London, was jailed for life (17 years) for her murder. Shogbamimu, who had changed his name to Shohfah-El Israel after joining the Israel United In Christ church, initially lied to police and claimed he had dropped Morgan off at her student accommodation in Hatfield after a church dinner on 26 December. Israel later admitted to spending two nights alone with her in his flat in Cricklewood, north London. But he claimed she was alive when he left her. Joy’s body was eventually discovered in woods near Stevenage in October 2019.

Dec 24 – Soheil Rafipour, 33, was shot dead at his home in Richmond Hill, Toronto. Mohamad El-Zahawi, 38, and Abdelaziz Ibrahim, 23, of Hamilton, have been charged with first-degree murder. The killing is related to the war between tow-truck operators in the Toronto area. Police investigated a series of incidents, including shootings and arsons, involving the tow-truck industry. It is believed to be part of a turf war within the industry.

Dec 24 – Alena Grlakova, 38, a sex worker was killed in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Her naked body was found in a stream in Rotherham on April 8, 2019. In 2021 Gary Allen, 46, went on trial at Hull Crown Court accused of her murder. Allen was also accused of murdering Samantha Class in 1997.

Dec 22 – Wilham Mendes, aged 25, a Portuguese national who had lived in the UK since 2015, was stabbed to death during a robbery in Tottenham, north London. A boy, who was 16 at the time, was jailed for life (16 years) after admitting murder and robbery, another boy of the same age pleaded guilty to manslaughter, possession of a knife and robbery and was given 10 years. Another boy, who was 15 at the time, was jailed for two years for robbery and a fourth boy was given a community rehabilitation order. None of the killers were named due to their age.

Dec 18 – Richard Odunze-Dim, 20, was shot dead at a flat in Edmonton, north London. Detective Inspector Gary Holmes is the SIO.

Dec 17 – Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, a 24-year-old Danish student, and her Norwegian friend Maren Ueland, 28, who were on a month-long trip to Morocco, were stabbed to death and decapitated in the foothills of Mount Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains. The bodies of the two tourists were discovered at a campsite above the tourist village of Imlil, a well-known departure point for mountain hikes, where they had pitched their tent for the night. Fifteen men – including one Swiss national – were charged with their murder. At least four of the suspects belonged to a group inspired by Islamic State (Daesh) but none of them had contact with its members in Syria or Iraq, Morocco’s counter-terrorism chief Abdelhak Khiam said. Moroccan prime minister Saad Eddine El Othmani has described the murders as a “stab in the back of Morocco and Moroccans”. In July 2019 the group’s leader Abdessamad Ejjoud, a 25-year-old street vendor, was sentenced to death. He was seen in a video filmed a week before the murders in which the four main suspects pledge allegiance to a Daesh leader. Also sentenced to death were Younes Ouaziyad and Rachid Afatti. During the trial, it emerged that Ejjoud, 25, and Ouaziyad, 27, had beheaded the two women while Afatti, 33, filmed the murders on his mobile phone. Morocco has not executed anyone since 1993.

Dec – Diane Douglas, 56, a retired community psychiatric nurse, was killed and buried in the garden of her home in Colton, Norwich. Her extended family only contacted the police in October 2021and a missing persons investigation was launched. Her partner, Stuart Williamson, 56, was arrested in November 2021 on suspicion of her murder. He killed himself on remand in prison the following month. An inquest in August 2023 was told that Williamson told police, in a prepared statement, that in December 2018 while standing in the garden he “must have picked up a log and hit her with it” but claimed he had no memory of doing it. He said he put two plastic bags over Ms Douglas’s head, put her body in a wheelbarrow and pushed it into the garage, before burying her in the garden. The inquest heard the property where they were both living was “secluded” and surrounded by trees. Williamson used her phone to send messages to her relatives on Christmas and birthdays for almost three years.

Dec 12 – Laura Luelmo, 26, a school teacher, disappeared from the town of El Campillo, in Huelva, Andalucia, southern Spain. Her body was found five days later in scrubland by a volunteer taking part in the extensive searches to locate the schoolteacher. Bernardo Montoya, 50, a convicted killer, has been charged with murder. He had been released from prison earlier in 2018 and was living at his father’s home opposite Laura’s house. This case became a major cause celebre in Spain. Montoya was convicted of murdering an 82-year-old woman in the nearby town of Cortegana (Huelva) in 1995, according to the judgment of the Provincial Court of Huelva of November 1997, to which El País has had access. It was December 13, 1995, the day in which Bernardo Montoya entered the house of the victim, Cecilia Fernández Díaz, through the window, to which he stabbed several times with a large machete, which sectioned his carotid and jugular veins.Two years later he was convicted and sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of the woman, who was going to testify against him in an injury trial. The defense requested the acquittal of the accused, alleging that he was under the effects of the withdrawal syndrome, due to his addiction to heroin and cocaine at the time of the crime, a circumstance that was taken into account as mitigating. He served 17 years in prison for this crime. As of Nov 2020 Montoya still has not gone on trial.

Dec 11 – Jay Sewell, 18, was stabbed to death in the street in Alwood Crescent, Eltham, SW London. Daniel “Joe” Grogan, 20, was jailed for life for murder. Ann Grogan, 54, Robert Grogan, 57 and Charlie Dudley, 25, were all convicted of manslaughter. Francesca Grogan, 29, Jamie Bennett, 31, and Liam Hickey, 19, were convicted of violent disorder. Peter Grogan, 22, was acquitted of all charges. Robert and Ann Grogan are parents of Daniel and Francesca Grogan. Liam Hickey is a cousin of Daniel and Francesca. Bennett was a boyfriend of Francesca Grogan. Neighbours reported seeing youths armed with knives and baseball bats brawling in the street just before 10pm. Prosecutor Timothy Cray QC told jurors Daniel Grogan had threatened to kill Mr Sewell a number of times after he started a relationship with Gemma Hodder. Jay had travelled with some friends and his girlfriend to the Grogans’ home in Eltham with the intention of warning Daniel Grogan to stop threatening and harassing Gemma Hodder. Jay and his friends were ambushed by the Grogans, who were armed with knives, hammers, wood and an axe.

Dec 10 – June Jones, 33, was strangled and stabbed to death at her flat on the Charlemont Farm estate in West Bromwich. Her body was only discovered on Dec 31 when police broke into her flat at 2am. Her ex-boyfriend Michael Foran, 32, fled towards Liverpool. He was caught and admitted manslaughter. He changed his plea to guilty of murder shortly before going into the witness box at his own trial. He was later jailed for life (17 years). The judge said Foran’s guilty plea in 2014 to putting Miss Jones in fear of violence through harassment should have been a wake up call to the destructive life he was living. The judge said: “You ruined her life and then ended it.”

Dec 9 – Addison Packeer, 27, was shot in the head at a flat in Willenhall, Coventry. His close friend Jordan Bassett, 25, was jailed for 18 years for manslaughter and possession of a firearm. The court heard Bassett had been “fooling around” with the Luger 9mm handgun, that he believed was not loaded, when he unintentionally pulled the trigger. Basett was convicted of drug offences in 2012, 2013 and 2017, with the latter seeing him given a suspended prison sentence for producing class B drug and possession with intent to supply.

Dec 8 – Aron Warren, 18, stabbed to death in Topham House, a block of flats in Greenwich, SE London. Kamari Gordon, who was 16 at the time, was jailed for life (17 years) in September 2019. The jury was told he was envious of Aron’s lifestyle and took items including knives and a watch which he was pictured wearing five hours after the killing.

Dec 4 – Esam Ayad, 26, from Harlow, was shot in the face in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. Anthony Olive, 27, from Broxbourne, Rikki Constable, 27, from Borehamwood, John Bowie, 25, and a 17 year old boy from Broxbourne have been charged with murder. Michaela Olive, 47, has been charged with perverting the course of justice. As of Nov 2020 their trial has not started.

Dec 4Jim Donegan, known as JD, 43, was shot at least six times in the head and chest as he sat in his red Porsche outside St Mary’s grammar school on the Glen Road in west Belfast, where he was waiting to pick up his son. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery described the murder as a “barbaric assassination”. Donegan, who had relatives and friends in the Republic of Ireland, owned a haulage business and was quite wealthy. Donegan was a member of the Marbella Crew gang. Police have said they believe two republican paramilitary groups were involved in the murder. Unsolved.

Dec 1 – Grace Millane, 22, a British backpacker, disappeared in Auckland while staying at the Citylife Hotel on Queen Street. The body of the University of Lincoln graduate from Essex was found a few days later. New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was an “overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country“. Jesse Kempson, 26, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder. During his trial he claimed they had consensual rough sex but she died by accident. The couple had hooked up on Tinder. Kempson had written that Ms Millane was ‘beautiful and very radiant’ on Facebook 11 minutes before she was last seen. His grandmother described him as ‘a very confused young man’. Grace’s final Instagram post; a watercolour painting of a skull, carries the eerie caption; ‘Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead’. Kempson is believed to have been living in Sydney, Australia, for several years, and his grandparents said he had fathered a daughter while in Australia but that he is not in a relationship with the mother.

Dec 1 – Kamil Biecke, 34, a former goalkeeper, was last seen at 1.30am in Luton. Police investigating his disappearance say he moved to the UK in 2016 where it is believed he fell into a “heavy gambling lifestyle” and may have ended up “in trouble”. Biecke last played for Polish side Baltuyk Gdynia in 2013. A £10,000 reward has been offered.

November 2018

Nov 28 – Ahsanullah Nawazai, 20, a drug dealer known as Marshall, from Walthamstow, was stabbed to death in London Colney, Hertfordshire, after being robbed of money and cocaine. Anis Anderson, 20, from Cricklewood, was jailed for life (24 years). St Albans Crown Court heard he attacked Mr Nawazai in a car outside the home of co-defendant Carla Callum. Ms Callum, 30, was cleared of both murder and manslaughter. Anderson claimed Ms Callum had told him to rob Mr Nawazai or she would make him leave. Anderson had claimed he was attacked by Mr Nawazai and he was trying to defend himself. The trial heard Mr Nawazai was stabbed in his Nissan car but collapsed outside St Bernadette Catholic School. Inside the Nissan, police officers found blood and a black latex glove, with the thumbs and wrist sections missing, but no drugs. The victims’s blood was on the outside of the glove and Anis Anderson’s DNA was allegedly found on the inside.

Nov 27 – Sajed Choudry, 43, was attacked and suffered a fractured skull in a “large-scale disturbance” on Rhyl Avenue in Blackburn, Lancashire. His ears were cut off during the attack. They were surgically reattached in hospital but he died on December 13. His 24-year-old son, Ahsan, was seriously injured during the incident but survived. Sadaqat Ali, 36, his brother Rafaqat Ali, 38, their father-in-law Fazal Ilahi, 63, and another man, Syed Ali Akbar, 45, were all jailed for life in Aug 2019. The trial heard the family had been involved in a feud with Mr Choudry’s family since May 2018 and, on the evening of the attack, Sadaqat Ali had initially armed himself with a machete and tried to confront Ahsan. Sadaqat was given a minimum tariff of 32 years. Rafaqat was jailed for a minimum of 28 years and Ilahi and Akbar were jailed for a minimum term of 20 years. A boy who was 13 at the time was convicted of manslaughter and wounding and jailed for six years. He cannot be named.

Nov 27 – Carla Stefaniak, 36, an insurance agent and US tourist from Florida, disappeared on 28 November, the day she was due to leave from San Jose after a birthday trip with her sister-in-law. Her body was found dumped in a forest near the town of Escazu. She was stabbed when she resisted being raped. Bismarck Espinoza Martinez, 33, a Nicaraguan security guard, was convicted of murder and jailed for 16 years. Her family had demanded he get the maximum – 50 years. Her family is suing Airbnb and the Villa le Mas complex which employed Martinez.

Nov 24– Jaydon James, 16, known as JJ, was stabbed in Wood End, Coventry after going to a bowling alley with friends. Two of his friends survived. Abdirazac Hussein Abdi, 20, from Foleshill, was jailed for life (23 years) and Frank Kenfack, 18, was jailed for life (17 years). Bongani Ngozi, 18, from Hinckley, was acquitted. The trial heard the RB7 gang, which is based in Coventry city centre, was seeking revenge and members drove to the Wood End area looking for members of rival gang C2. Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said the killing was “as close to an execution as could be imagined”. He said the killers had abided by a “distorted and immoral code” in a gang which had extreme violence as its hallmark.

Nov 24 – Zakaria Bukar Sharif Ali, aged 26, was stabbed during a fight outside the Rolling Stock bar in Shoreditch, east London at 6.29am. He died from his injuries two hours later. Tyla Goupal, 21, was extradited to the UK from Cyprus in Nov 2019 and went on trial in Nov 2020. He has admitted manslaughter but denies murder. The trial heard two men – Lee Haydon and Mohamed Ahmed – were arguing in the street and Mr Ali was acting as a peacemaker. Suddenly Gopaul turned up and stabbed Mr Ali, Giving evidence, Gopaul said he went out “to make sure there wasn’t a fight and…to calm everyone down” but he said Mr Ahmed was “going crazy” and then Mr Ali got between them. He said he got out his knife but he claimed another man had knocked Mr Ali, who had “fallen onto the knife”. Destiny Bannerman, 18, from Ilford, has pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.

Nov 20 – Keith Caneiro, 50, his wife, Jennifer, 47, and their two children, Jesse, 11, and Sophia, 8, were killed at their home in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Keith and Jennifer were shot and the children were stabbed. Their bodies were found after a fire broke out. Keith’s brotherPaul Caneiro, 51, has been charged with murdering them and, as of Nov 2020, is still awaiting trial. He has also been accused of insurance fraud. Paul Caneiro, CEO of Square One, was about to be cut off from the technology company after money allegedly went missing from the firm. He is charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated arson and a weapons offence. He also faces counts of theft, misapplication of entrusted property and hindering his own apprehension. Paul Caneiro has pleaded not guilty. His attorneys have said their client loved his family, had no reason to harm them and had been “wrongly accused.” The couple’s oldest son, Jesse, 11, was a history and current events buff who loved playing the video game Fortnite or building with Lego. His sister, 8-year-old Sophia, was a Girl Scout whose “positive energy was contagious.”

Nov 19 – Sandra Parks, 13, was shot dead by a stray bullet which entered her home in Milwaukee. Two years before she wrote an award-winning essay about the murders in her city. Her mother, Bernice Parks, told police she had gone to bed early while her children watched TV. She woke to the sound of gunshots shortly before 8pm, and found her daughter bleeding on the floor. “She said, ‘Momma, I’m shot. Call the police. I looked at her. She didn’t cry. She wasn’t hollering. She was just so peaceful… She didn’t deserve to leave this world like that,” said Mrs Parks. Isaac Barnes, 26, was charged with murder and went on trial in June 2019. He changed his plea to guilty during the trial and was jailed for 50 years. Untrell Oden, 27, was jailed for five years for helping Barnes to hide the gun. Barnes’ ex-girlfriend said she was parked outside a home on 12th Street when Barnes approached her with a large AK-47-style firearm wearing a mask and started firing.

Nov 19 – Nedim Yasar, 31, a former gang leader who repented and wrote a book about his experiences, was shot by a lone gunman in dark clothes after he left a cocktail party in Copenhagen in connection with his book “Roedder” (“Roots”), which was due to be published the following day. Yasar, the former leader of the gang known as Los Guerreros, died in hospital. Criminal gangs are involved in feuds, violence, robberies, extortion and drug sales in Copenhagen. Two men, aged 24 and 25, were later jailed for life for murder. Alexander Findanis was convicted of firing the shots and his friend Martin Binni Svanberg was found guilty of driving the getaway car. The motive was never made clear.

Nov 17 – Carl Whitehead, 58, was hit over the head at a block of flats in Teddington, near Richmond, SW London. Daniel Cummings, 38, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 12 years. His death is believed to have been due to a drugs dispute.

Nov 17 – Jacqueline Allen, 65, died after a fire at a flat in West Malling, Kent. A child was treated for a leg injury and smoke inhalation. Her son-in-law Simon Childs, 52, was jailed for life (32 years) at Maidstone Crown Court. He was also found guilty of attempted murder. His estranged wife Amanda was not at the house at the time of the fire. Childs was described in court as a “jealous and obsessive man with a history of erratic behaviour” after his marriage breakup.

Nov 12 – Tanseen Sheikh, 62, was killed at her home in Balham, south London. Her husband Naseer Khan, 66, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order.

Nov 12 – Sana Muhammad aka Devi Unmathallegadoo, 35, died after a crossbow was fired into her abdomen at her home in Ilford, east London in front of her children. Her former husband Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, was jailed for life (33 years) for murder and attempted murder in December 2019 after a retrial. went on trial in 2019. Sana was heavily pregnant. Doctors performed an emergency caesarean to deliver her son, who survived. The trial heard Unmathallegadoo was embittered by her leaving him and finding love with her new (Muslim) husband, Imtiaz Muhammad. He bought the crossbows online and hid in the garden shed. He was waiting for the children to go to school before mounting his attack but by chance Imtiaz came to get something out of the shed in the morning.

Nov 11 – Kane Morris, 10, was stabbed to death on his bed at his home in Coupar Angus, near Perth, Scotland. His father Andrew Morris, 38, was jailed for 16 years after pleading guilty to culpable homicide. The court heard he stabbed himself and jumped from the roof of a house after killing Kane. He also admitted attempting to murder an eight-year-old girl. Morris told police: ‘I was taking them to a better place away from evil.”

Nov 8 – Hayden Mayers, a bread vendor, was shot dead in Bank Hall, St Michael, Barbados as he delivered bread. Kishmar Young, 20, Wayne Bryan, 17, Romario Daisley, 18, and Rashon Sealy 18, have been charged with murder and, as of Nov 2020, arestill awaiting trial.

Nov 4 – Ayodeji Habeeb Azeez, 22, from Dagenham, was stabbed 16 times in Anerley, near Bromley, south east London. Kevin Lusala, 21, from Orpington, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder. Chaise Grey, 23, from South Norwood, and Chloe Harkins-Turner, who was 16 at the time, were found guilty of conspiracy to rob. Grey was jailed for 10 years. It was a honey trap and Ayodeji had been tricked into thinking he was meeting up with Chloe, who had chatted with him on Snapchat and offered to “spend time” with him. But when he got there she ran off and he was attacked by a group of young men who were waiting to rob him of his BMW. Chloe was only named in 2020 after she breached a curfew and was found to be in breach of the community order which had been imposed on her. She was then resentenced.

Nov 3Gary Christodoulou, 33, an events promoter, from Walton, Liverpool, was shot several times as he drove from Larnaca to Ayia Napa, Cyprus. His body was found with gunshot wounds to his head and body in an acacia grove – more than 300ft from a ditch where his silver Mercedes had gone off the road. His sister Sofia appealed for help in solving the case a year later. It is believed to be linked to the Merseyside underworld. Unsolved.

Nov 2 – Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17, was stabbed near Clapham South tube station in south London following a confrontation with two men who were intent on fighting the group he was standing with after college. Tammuz Brown, who was 17 at the time, from the Abbey Wood area of Greenwich, was jailed for life (16 years) in 2019. Treynae Campbell, 19, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter but jailed for 28 months for possessing a zombie knife.

Nov 2 – Ann Marie Pomphret, 49, was beaten to death with a crowbar at stables she and her husband David owned in Warrington, Cheshire. David Pomphret, 51, admitted manslaughter due to a “loss of self-control” but was convicted of murder and jailed for life (20 years). Judge David Aubrey told Pomphret he was “an accomplished liar” who had woven “a web of deceit and lies”. In a statement read in court, Mrs Pomphret’s mother said: “He deserved a medal for putting up with Marie.” Carol Buckley added: “David was an angel. I could not have wished for a better son-in-law or dad for Megan.”

Nov 1 – Jay Hughes, 15, was stabbed to death as he waited for a friend outside a chicken shop in Bellingham, south east London. Nyron Baptiste, 17, from Penge, south London, was jailed for life (19 years). The trial heard that Jay was attacked at random and a witness told police they heard Baptiste say “I got one” and that Jay did not say or do anything to provoke the attack. The judge in her sentencing remarks stated that she was in no doubt that the “brazen, quick and ruthless attack” was planned and that Nyron had intended to kill the victim.

October 2018

Oct 31 – Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, 68, vanished from her home in Lørenskog, 12 miles east of Oslo, Norway. Her husband, Tom Hagen, reported her missing and said she had been abducted by a criminal gang seeking a ransom of 9 million euros. In April 2020 Hagen, 70, a wealthy tycoon, was charged with suspected “murder or complicity in the murder” of his wife. The couple had been married for 49 years. Hagen has an estimated fortune of 1.9bn kroner (£147m). He made his money by founding electricity supplier Elkraft in 1991 and currently holds a 70% stake in the company, which operates throughout Scandinavia. Hagen was finally charged in April 2020. He awaits trial.

Oct 31 – Rocky Djellal, 38, was stabbed to death in broad daylight in Southwark Park, south London. Stephen O’Rourke, 46, was convicted of murder in Dec 2020 but died in prison the following day. His brother Jason O’Rourke, 34, was charged with assisting an offender but took his own life in prison in April 2019.

Oct 30 – James “Whitey” Bulger, 89, the infamous former leader of the Winter Hill gang in Boston, was beaten to death on the day he arrived at Hazelton maximum-security penitentiary in West Virginia. Fotios Geas, 55, Paul J DeCologero, 48 and Sean McKinnon, 36, were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in August 2022. Bulger was captured in California in 2011 after a 16-year manhunt. He was serving two life sentences for 11 murders.

Oct 30 – Peter Seeclear, 45, was stabbed to death in Stadt Moers Park, Merseyside while angling. Nathan Muat, 45, was jailed for life (19 years) in June 2019. During an eight-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court, jurors heard Muat became Mr Seeclear’s friend and carer after they met in a mosque in 2009. Muat denied murder and manslaughter, saying he had acted in self-defence. He had earlier claimed Mr Seeclear had died from an epileptic fit. The judge told Liverpool Crown Court that Muat had used Mr Seaclear as a “punchbag” and “battering ram”.

October 29 – Dr Barry Hounsome, 54,a university lecturer was attacked in his home in Gosport. He suffered “catastrophic” head injuries as well as at least 35 stab and slash wounds after being attacked with electric drills, hammers and knives. A 17-year-old boy, from Gosport, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. Kerry Maylin, prosecuting, said the killer donned a stab vest and goggles before attacking Dr Hounsome in his study. His killer messaged a friend that day saying he had “done something terrible” after being “pressured” by a voice which adopted the accent of an Eastern European man. He later called the police, saying voices had made him kill the lecturer.

Oct – Toyah Cordingley, 24, died in a “frenzied and brutal and sadistic” attack on Wangetti beach near Cairns, Queensland, Australia. In Nov 2022 the Queensland government put up a A$1m reward for information. Rajwinder Singh was subsequently arrested in Delhi and faces extradition from India.

Oct 26 – Anthony Williams and Christopher Thomas Jr., both of Vero Beach, Florida, were shot dead at 4.35am. A friend, Cortlen Henry, 19, drove up to the Memorial Miramar Hospital with both victims in the vehicle and said he had been the victim of a drive-by shooting. YNW Melly, a rising Florida rapper whose real name is Jamell Demons, mourned the loss of his “brothers” in an Instagram post full of breaking heart emojis. But in February 2019 a grand jury indicted Demons and Henry for the pair’s murder. Police claim they killed Williams – aka YNW Sakchaser – and Thomas – aka YNW Juvy – and then staged a drive-by shooting. Both have pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and face trial. YNW Melly has more than a million social media followers, and his most famous song, “Murder on my Mind,” has more than 124 million views on YouTube. In May 2020 Henry was released on $180,000 bail pending his trial. Demons remains in custody. Both are due in court in Jan 2021 but the trial will be later that year.

October 26 – Martin Welsh, 47, was stabbed to death at his home in Hendon, north London. His wife Natasha Welsh, 43, was jailed for life (15 years) for murder. The court heard the couple were heavy drinkers and had a volatile relationship. On the night of the stabbing their adult son was at home. He was upstairs in his room playing a computer game and sending messages to a friend via his game console. At 11.13pm their son sent a message stating: “It’s kicking off how I ignore it even with my music playing.” A few minutes later he heard his father say he had been stabbed.

Oct 25 – Sheiku Adams, 49, died after falling from a third-floor flat following an aggravated burglary at Denyer House on the Dartmouth Park estate in Camden, north London. Neil Allen, 25, from Wolverhampton, was jailed for 11 years for aggravated burglary. Jamie Cohen, 33, was jailed for four years for burglary, Stephanie Haughton, 34, from Wolverhampton, was jailed for two and a half years for burglary. Allen, Cohen and Haughton were acquitted of manslaughter. Nicola Green, 32,was acquitted of all charges.The trial heard a group of people had gone to his flat and kicked open the front door and forced their way into their home, causing Sheiku to jump out of the window to escape. Sheiku’s wife and his teenage daughter were also present in the flat at the time of the incident. The intruders threatened the women, one attacker was holding a kitchen knife with both demanding the whereabouts of property before ransacking the flat.

Oct 23 – Mavis Bran, 69, died after suffering serious burns following an incident at the Chipoteria chip shop in Hermon, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Her husband Geoffrey Bran, 70, was acquitted of murder in Nov 2019. Mrs Bran suffered serious burns following an incident at the Chipoteria cafe on October 23 and she died of her injuries in Morriston Hospital in Swansea six days later. He told police his wife slipped and pulled a deep fat fryer over herself. She had told friends a few days before that she feared he was going to kill her. The trial was told the couple, who had been married for more than 30 years, had a volatile relationship with arguments and swearing and it deteriorated over the last few months of Mrs Bran’s life. The prosecution argued Mr Bran had thrown the oil at his wife after an argument over some burnt fish. Mrs Bran was a heavy drinker and was over the legal drink-drive limit for alcohol on the day of the incident. Mrs Bran called a friend, Caroline Morgan, telling her: “Geoff has thrown boiling oil over me, help me, help me, get here now. I am burnt to hell.”

Oct 22 – Ethan Nedd-Bruce, 18, from Charlton, was ambushed outside a chicken shop, chased and then shot dead outside a tower block in Greenwich, SE London. Unsolved.

Oct 22 – Nazia Ali, 25, was punched and strangled at her home in Bow, east London. Her husband Mohammed Anhar Ali, 32, was jailed for life (26 years). The trial heard Ali could not accept his marriage to Nazia had irretrievably broken down, so he waited for their two young daughters to go to bed before springing from a cupboard where he had been hiding for 10 hours to ambush Mrs Ali. She was a Muslim but wanted her girls and herself to live a more Western lifestyle – rejecting devout Muslim Ali’s strict rules on how she had to behave. Bloodied, he then got into bed to sleep next to his children, only alerting the police the next morning – when he greeted them holding a cup of tea.

Oct 19 – Anthony Williams, 21, and Christopher Thomas Jr, 19, were shot dead in Fort Lauderdale. Jamell Demons, 23, better known as rapper YNW Melly, was charged with murder and went on trial in 2023. The trial ended with a hung jury and he faces a retrial in 2024. The victims, known as YNW Sakchaser and YNW Juvy, were friends of Demons. Authorities suggest Demons conspired with fellow rapper Cortlen Henry, also known as YNW Bortlen, to stage the double-murder, and make it appear as if they were fatally injured in a drive-by shooting. Henry allegedly drove the victims to the hospital, in the car which he claimed they had been shot in, where they arrived dead.

October 18 – Desiree Mariottini, 16, was drugged, gang raped and then left for dead after going to buy drugs in a drugs den in an abandoned building in San Lorenzo, a poor inner city district of Rome. Mamadou Gara, 27, and Brian Minteh, 43, both illegal immigrants from Senegal, Alinno Chima, 40, from Nigeria, and Yusif Salia, from Gambia, have been charged with murder, sexual violence and distributing drugs. Their trial began in October 2019 and was not finished by Oct 2020. The main prosecution witness was Narcisa Leon, an Ecuadorian woman who squatted in the abandoned building. The four men are accused of giving the victim a cocktail of drugs before raping her in turn and leaving her to die.

Oct 17 – Ian Tomlin, 46, was hit over the head with a baseball bat in the foyer of a tower block on the Doddington Estate in Battersea, south London. Gary Beech, 48, was jailed for life (21 years) and Michael Swan, 45, was jailed for life (18 years). Mr Tomlin had frequently confronted the drug dealers who sold drugs in the foyer of the tower block.

Oct 12 – Moses Mayele, 23, was stabbed to death on his birthday in Hainault, Essex at around 10.20pm. Another man, 22, survived. Three suspects were seen at 3.46am on 13 October, walking with a petrol can along the pavement in Lord Avenue, Ilford, before turning into Lord Gardens. The getaway car, a black VW Golf, was later found burnt out in Park View Gardens. Ibrahim Mohamed, 19, was charged with murder but the case was dropped by the CPS in January 2019.

Oct 11 – Hashim Abdalla Ali, 22, from Hayes, was shot at 2.43pm as he sat in the passenger seat of a Mercedes in a road just off the Uxbridge Road, Hayes. The driver of the car, a 27 year-old man, crashed the car into parked vehicles in West Drayton Road as he tried to take him to Hillingdon Hospital. Juskiran Sidhu, 27, and Phillip Fashakin, 36, were both jailed for life (30 years) in May 2019. After the sentence was handed out Fashakin turned and attacked Sidhu in the dock, throwing a barrage of punches and spitting in his face, shouting: “You’re a coward, bruv.” The trial heard that after killing Ali – as a result of a drug dispute – the pair went to go and see the Michael Caine film King of Thieves at the cinema.

October 9 – Sarah Wellgreen, 46, vanished from her home in New Ash Green, near Dartford, Kent. She had been planning to marry fiancé Neil James, 45, but was still living with her ex-boyfriend Ben Lacomba, 38, a taxi driver. She had been trying to buy him out of the home they shared together. Police have searched the River Darenth looking for her body. Mr Lacomba was charged with murder in December 2018 and was jailed for life (26 years) in October 2019. The trial the couple had continued to live together despite splitting up in 2014. Ms Wellgreen had made plans to take out a new mortgage and it “appears that potential loss of that family home, that property, and his children motivated his actions.” Her son, Lewis Burdett, 23, said: “Today, as far as the law is concerned, justice has been served for Sarah. We hope he will never be released unless he admits his guilt and reveals the location of her grave.”

Oct 7 – Natalie Saunders, 33, died at her home in Brambles Farm, Middlesbrough following an “orgy of violence” during which she received over 50 separate blows to her body and 85 injuries. Her boyfriend Stephen Charlton, 24, from Gresham, Middlesbrough, was jailed for life (21 years) after a trial at Teesside Crown Court. The court heard Charlton subjected Natalie to “mental suffering” during their relationship and “habitually inflicted bruising and injury” during their “controlling” relationship that left her “terrified”.

Oct 6 – Viktoria Marinova, 30, an investigative journalist, was beaten, raped and murdered in a riverside park in Ruse, Bulgaria, where she had gone for a run. Severin Krasimirov, 21, was arrested in Germany, was extradited back to Bulgaria and in April 2019 jailed for 30 years for her rape and murder. His DNA was found on her body. He had a conviction for scrap metal theft. Police in Bulgaria said there was nothing to link the killing to her work investigating EU fraud.

Oct 4 – Joshua Bains, 28, was shot dead in the Upton area of Northampton, Jerome Smikle, 27, from Far Cotton, Northampton, and Kayongo Shuleko, 26, from Edmonton, north London, were both found guilty of his murder and jailed for life (32 years).The trial heard there was dispute over £40 when the pair tried to buy some £700 of drugs from him but underpaid him. Lewis Carmody, 22, was convicted of assisting an offender and jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for six years and six months. ” In February 2019, the two guns they used to shoot Joshua with, were found by a dog-walker in Preston Deanery Road in Quinton. Mr Bains’s partner said he was “an amazing man who was loyal, honest, respectful, and a joy to be around”. She spoke of the “impossible task” of having to tell their two children, a three-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter, of his death and how their son will ask: “Why is my Daddy dead?” February 2019, the two guns they used to shoot Joshua with, were found by a dog-walker in Preston Deanery Road in Quinton.

Oct 3 – Amriz “Major” Iqbal, 40, was run down and killed while walking along Sandford Road in Bradford Moor, West Yorkshire. The pair were hit by a Kia Sedona being driven by Bradford criminal Mohammed Nisar Khan, 41, from Tong – known as “King Meggy”. Mr Iqbal died from his injuries in hospital, while his friend Adnan Ahmed survived. Khan was jailed for life (26 years) for murdering Mr Iqbal, attempting to murder Mr Ahmed and two charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Tony Grant, 39, from Bradford, who was in the car with Khan, was also found guilty of the murder charge and the two conspiracy to pervert the course of justice offences. He was also jailed for life (17 years). Salman Ismail, 31, from Shipley, was found guilty of arson charge after he set fire to the car at a petrol station and the two conspiracy offences. He was jailed for 17 years.King Meggy had been involved in a drugs war in Huddersfield with a rival dealer, Yassar Yaqub, who was shot dead by police in January 2017.

Oct 2 – Jamal Khashoggi, 59, a Saudi journalist and commentator who wrote for the Washington Post, was abducted and murdered when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his wedding to Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. He was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-man Saudi squad inside the consulate, according to Turkish officials. His murderwhich Saudi Arabia originally denied, became a huge diplomatic incident. Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi government and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been accused of ordering him to be killed. Five unnamed people were sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia in December 2019 while three others were handed jail terms totalling 24 years over the killing. In Sep 2020 the death sentences were overturned and replaced by terms of 20 years in prison. The three others saw their sentenced reduced to seven years. In 2020 Turkish prosecutors charged in absentia 20 people with murder, including Saudi Arabia’s deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and the royal court’s media tsar Saud al-Qahtani. Eighteen other suspects – including intelligence operative Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, 47, who frequently travelled with the crown prince on foreign tours, forensic expert Salah Mohammed al-Tubaigy, 47, and Fahad Shabib al-Balawi, 33, a member of the Saudi royal guard – were also charged with “deliberately and monstrously killing, causing torment”. Mutreb, Tubaigy and Balawi had been among 11 people on trial in Riyadh. Western officials said many of those accused defended themselves by saying they were carrying out Assiri’s orders, describing him as the operation’s ringleader. Riyadh insists he was killed in a “rogue” operation. But the CIA, a UN special rapporteur and Ankara have directly linked the Saudi crown prince to the killing. Among those indicted by the Turkish authorities are Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hasawi, 31, who had been the Crown Prince’s bodyguard, Taher Ghalb al-Harbi, 39, Mohammed Saad al-Zahrani, 30, Naif Hassan al-Arefe, 32, Mustafa Mohammed al-Madani, 57, Mansur Uthman Abahussein, 46, Waleed Abdullah al-Shehri, 40, Turki Musharraf al-Shehri, 38, Saif Saad al-Qahtani, 45, Khalid Aedh al-Taibi, 30, Badir Lafi al-Otaibi, 45, and Ahmad Asiri, the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence agency. Another suspect, Meshal Saad al-Bostani, 31, died in a car accident in Riyadh in late 2018.

September 2018

Sep 28 – James Field, 35, was stabbed and bled to death on the roadside outside a house in Bugle, Cornwall. His girlfriend Lindsey Gabriel, 31, was jailed for life (14 years) in 2019. She told Truro Crown Court she could not remember what happened and believed he smashed down the door of her house and stabbed himself. She told the court Field, a recovering drug addict, had threatened to stab her and burn down her house in a phone conversation earlier that evening. Gabriel believed he was contacting other women on social media and on the day of his death, she cancelled his mobile phone and called his employer to tell him about his drug use.

Sep 28 – Przemyslaw Golimowski, 30, a drug dealer, was stabbed and beaten with a golf club in front of his girlfriend at his flat in Bedford, England. Taleb Hussain, 31, from Birmingham, Delpierro Mothersill, 20, from Bedford and Damien Rooney, 25, from Bedford, were jailed for life with minimum terms of 26 years, at Luton Crown Court. Jamal Jeng, 21, from Clapham, south London, and Philip Mendy, 23, from Bedford, were acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter. The trial heard Mr Golimowski was attacked the day after he stole drugs and cash from Delpierro Mothersill.

Sep 27 – Simon Clark, 54, was killed at Grove Caravan Park in Carmarthenshire, Wales. Steve Baxter, 53, was jailed for life in April 2019. Jeffrey Ward, 40, was acquitted. The trial heard Clark and Ward got involved in a row and Baxter then stepped in. Baxter, a Yorkshireman, who is also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, and had connections in south and west Wales and northern England, went on the run after the killing and hid in forests and caves and lived on seaweed. At this trial Baxter claimed during his evidence he tried to break up as he did not want attention drawn to them as they had cannabis in their caravans. Ward’s girlfriend Julie Harris, 46, was jailed for 14 months for perverting the course of justice. Baxter’s girlfriend Linda Rowley, 52, and Kirston Macklin, 52, were acquitted of assisting an offender.

Sep 24 – Sandra Zmijan, 32, was beaten to death with a hammer and found in the garden of her home in Hayes, west London. Her ex-boyfriend Wojciech Tadewicz, 26, was jailed for life (22 years). Tadewicz attacked the mother-of-two the day after she sent a text saying they could “only ever be friends”.

Sep 22 – Guled Farah, 19, was shot in Walthamstow, NE London. Delston Galloway, 25, was charged with murder and Andre Campbell, 27, was charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition. In September 2019, at Croydon Crown Court, the prosecution offered no evidence and the case against Galloway was dropped. Unsolved.

Sep 22 – Elyon Poku, 20, a DJ, was stabbed to death at a party in Stamford Hill, north London. An inquest at Poplar Coroner’s Court heard his killers escaped during the “carnage” as dozens of party-goers fled the scene. Det Sgt Dean Musgrove, told the inquest 10 suspects had been identified but the investigation had been hindered by a lack of identification of the perpetrators because of issues with witnesses and an absence of identifying forensics or CCTV.Unsolved.

Sep 21 – Kangusabi Ramanathan, 76, was beaten to death with a wooden stick at his home in Newham, east London, by his wife Packiam Ramanathan, 73. She denied murder and was acquitted but had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the ground of loss of control. She was jailed for two years. The trial heard that although he was disabled he had bullied her for years. The couple were originally from Sri Lanka and fled to the UK during the civil war. He used “filthy language”, and accused her of having an affair with a fishmonger.

Sep 19 – Alan Hogg, 64, a wealthy retired petroleum engineer originally from Edinburgh, was shot dead and his Thai wife Nod Suddaen, 61, was beaten to death with a spanner and they were both buried on their property in Phrae, northern Thailand. In May 2019 Nod’s brother Warut Rattanasatchakit, 63, Pia Khamsai, 63, and Kittipong Khamwan, 24, were sentenced to death for murder. Warut plotted the murders in order to take control of Hogg’s assets and sell some of them. Warut initially asked his neighbour, Seema Udpamoon, 60, to assist him in the murders but Seema refused after learning that Warut sought to kill his own sister. However, Suma was still paid for recommending the two men to do the job and was jailed for 25 years for assisting premeditated murder.

Sep 18 – Ali Al Har, 25, was stabbed to death at a house party in Stamford Hill, north London. Abdirahman Abdulahi, 24, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter on the grounds of self-defence but was jailed for 12 years for robbery and possession of an offensive weapon. He was told he would spend at least six years and eight months in prison. He was also convicted of after twice selling an undercover cop “exceptionally high quality” cocaine in Camden the month before. The Old Bailey heard Abdullahi robbed his “friend” Ali Al Har, for a “kilo” of cannabis at the point of a “fearsome” 30cm zombie knife. The victim died after chasing Abdullahi and allegedly “tussling” with him over the drugs, at which point he sustained two knife wounds to the leg, one severing his femoral artery.

Sep 17 – Celia Barquín Arozamena, 22, a Spanish golfer, was stabbed to death on a golf course at the Coldwater Golf Links in the city of Ames, Iowa. Ms Barquín won the European Ladies’ Amateur championship in July and was a top athlete at Iowa State University. She was stabbed in the head, neck and upper body. Collin Richards, 22, was convicted of first-degree murder and jailed for life without the possibility of parole. Richards, who was homeless, told another man he had “an urge to rape and kill a woman” the day before. Richards, who had a history of mental illness and drug addiction, showed remorse when he was sentenced.

Sep – Four women were murdered on the streets of Laredo, Texas. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz, 39, was convicted in 2022 after a jury trial and faces an automatic life prison term after prosecutors declined to seek the death penalty for the 2018 murders. Ortiz, a former intel supervisor, was arrested in September 2018 after a woman he had abducted at gunpoint escaped from his truck and notified authorities. Erika Pena testified that she was picked up by Ortiz on 15 September 2018 and got a bad feeling after he told her he was the “next to last person” to have sex with Ramirez, who had been found dead a week earlier. Ortiz later confessed to killing Melissa Ramirez, 29, Claudine Anne Luera, 42, Guiselda Alicia Cantu, 35, and Janelle Ortiz, 28. Two of the women were killed in the hours after the abducted victim had escaped. Three of the victims — Ramirez, Luera and Ortiz — were shot in the head, and the fourth died of blunt force trauma to the head. Ortiz said he had targeted the women because they were sex workers and he had been trying to “clean up the streets” of Laredo. Ortiz’s defence attorney Joel Perez had claimed at trial that the Navy veteran had suffered from post-dramatic stress disorder after a deployment to Iraq.

Sep 11 – Harvey Tyrrell, 7, was electrocuted in the beer garden of the King Harold pub in Romford, Essex at around 5pm. The landlord of the pub, David Bearman, 71, from Hornchurch, admitted manslaughter and abstracting £22,995.23 worth of electricity in March 2020. Colin Naylor, 72, from Rayleigh, has been charged with manslaughter. Naylor’s trial is due in Nov 2020. The inquest heard from a witness that Harvey stood on a garden light and and grabbed a railing above his head, and then appeared to “tighten up” and “straightened up” before letting go and falling over a wall, hitting his head.

Sep 6 – Memunatu Warne, 46, died in a house fire in Greenwich, SE London. Mrs Warne, a mother-of-two who ran a business college in her native Sierra Leone, died of smoke inhalation. She had been due to fly home after a holiday visiting family. Her hosts – Muhammad Kanu, 62, and Umuhawa Kanu, 52, were woken as their home filled with thick black smoke and escaped by jumping through a window. The attackers, riding a moped, hurled firebombs into the house. Mrs Warne was the 100th homicide of 2018. Billy Smith, 26, was jailed for life (32 years) and Elliott Robinson, 21, from Mottingham, was jailed for life (31 years). Kurtis Freeman, 21, from Mottingham, Matthew John, 19, from Shooters Hill, Martin McArdle, 28, from Mottingham, Kyle Kendall, 27, from Lewisham, were all acquitted of conspiracy to murder and arson. The trial heard Mrs Warne and her hosts were “completely innocent victims of this murderous attack” and the likely target was the Kanus’ son, Sa’id and a dispute had arisen over drugs.

Sep 3 – Mara Lee Harvey, 41, was stabbed as she returned to her home in the suburb of Bedford in Perth, Australia, from work. Her two-year-old twins Alice and Beatrix and three-year-old daughter Charlotte were stabbed to death as they slept. The following day Mara’s mother Beverley Quinn, 73, was killed when she arrived to see her grandchildren. The children’s father Anthony Harvey, 25, was jailed for life without the possibility of parole in 2019. The court heard Harvey had planned for weeks to kill his family, including writing in a journal about “eliminating” them. He remained with the bodies for five days, before driving about 900 miles north to the town of Pannawonica, where his parents live. Harvey had spoken about his anxiety and depression, but that it was difficult to say whether he had autism or narcissistic personality disorder.

Sep 3 – Ismail Tanrikulu, 22, was shot dead in Tottenham Cemetery in north London after a 999 call at 7.30am. He was shot in the arm and the bullet passed into his abdomen, causing fatal internal injuries. His former friend Musa Duru, 21, from Tottenham was acquitted of murder and manslaughter at a trial in 2019.

August 2018

Aug 26 – Raneem Oudeh, 22, who had a two-year-old son, and her mother, Khaola Saleem, 49, were stabbed to death in Solihull, West Midlands. The victims were both Syrian. Janbaz Tarin, 21, admitted murder and was jailed for life (32 years) in December 2018. Miss Oudeh married Tarin in an Islamic ceremony, but broke up with him when she discovered he had a secret wife and children in Afghanistan. Tarin “spent the day hunting” down Ms Oudeh and her mother who were on the phone to police when he attacked. He went on the run after killing them and was arrested three days later.

Aug 25– Shevaun Sorrell, 22, was stabbed in Deptford, SE London, late at night. Dana Powell, 29, was jailed for life (25 years) in March 2019.

Aug 22 – Gordon McGhee, 52, was stabbed to death at his home in Colchester, Essex. The house was then set on fire. Danny Bostock, 33, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder and attempted reckless arson. He was killed for his unique coin collection which included limited edition Beatrix Potter 50p coins.

Aug 21 – Thomas Gravestock, 35, was stamped, kicked and beaten to death, suffering 35 blunt force injuries, at his home in Corby, Northamptonshire. Sean Doherty, 24, was jailed for seven years for manslaughter in 2019. The trial heard Gravestock owed a friend of Doherty £20 and the killer took a photo with his foot on his head.

Aug 21 – Carole Harrison, 74, a widow with arthritis, was assaulted and died in a fire at her home in Teddington, SW London. William Kydd, 54, from Feltham, was jailed for life for murder. The trial heard Kydd had been living off her generosity and killed her when she refused to give him any more money. He set fire to the house.

August 21 – David Potter, 50, was stabbed to death at his flat in Tooting, south London. He was found lying face down in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds. Christopher McMahon, 48, was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter by reason of loss of control and jailed for 10 years. The trial at the Old Bailey heard that the pair were friends and drinking partners but McMahon became enraged when Potter, a convicted paedophile, began bragging about sexually abused a six-year-old girl. Potter pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court in February 2000 to gross indecency with a child. The trial was told that McMahon himself had been a victim of child sex abuse. McMahon was cleared in 2008 of the murder of Jill Grinstead, 63, who was beaten to death at her home in Wimbledon.

Aug 21 – John McCullough and his wife Lois, both in their 70s were last seen alive at their home in Chelmsford, Essex. The remains of their bodies were later found at a house in Pump Hill in the town on September 15, 2023. Their daughter, Virginia McCullough, 35, has been charged with their murders and awaits trial.

Aug 21 – Kevin Shepperson, 39, was bludgeoned to death with a dumbbell at his home in Willenhall, Walsall, West Midlands. He was discovered the following day by a friend with his hands and feet tied and a belt strap around his neck. His TV and PlayStation had also been taken. In July 2019 Camerron Mackenzie, 21, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life (19 years and four months). Wayne Kendall, 22, was found guilty of murder and robbery and was sentenced to life (23 years). Nazeem Kendall, 22, was also found guilty of murder and robbery and was jailed for life (21 years). West Midlands Police discovered Mr Shepperson’s bank card had been used to pay for a hotel stay hours after he was killed and Mackenzie had used his own details on the reservation form. Wayne Kendall – who lived in the flat below Mr Shepperson – was caught on CCTV climbing up from the neighbouring flat and clambering through a window. He proceeded to let Nazeem and Mackenzie in through the front door before the trio attacked Mr Shepperson. The three had been smoking cannabis. Two months before his death Mr Shepperson, a heavy drinker and drug taker, had been attacked by Shaun Addison, a complete stranger, on a bus in Willenhall. Addison later punched barman Matthew Powney, 31, killing him. Addison was jailed for five years for manslaughter.

August 18 – Eric Michels, 52, an American actor who had once appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall, died after being deliberately given an overdose of GHB at his home in Chessington, Surrey. Gerald Matovu, 25, from Borough, south east London, was jailed for life (31 years) for murder and administering a poison with intent to endanger life/inflict grievous bodily harm, Assault on a male aged 13 or over by penetration, Assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Possession of a class C drug (GHB), Possession with intent to supply a class C drug, theft and fraud by false representation. The trial at the Old Bailey heard Matovu and his lover, Brandon Dunbar, 24, targeted gay men using the Grindr app, drugged them and robbed them. Michels, who was divorced, was gay and was found in bed by his 14-year-old daughter. Matovu had been involved in supplying GHB to serial killer Stephen Port.

August 18 – Leroy Edwards, 66, was stabbed to death during a bungled robbery at his home in Catford, SE London at 4am. His great-niece Kerry Donovan, 29, from Southend-on-Sea, was jailed for life (27 years) for his murder. Her cousin Aaron Woolcock, 30, of Lewisham, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for manslaughter. The trial at the Old Bailey heard the pair drank and smoked crack before trying to rob Mr Edwards, who only had £20 on him. Donovan was in financial difficulties and was a habitual user of Class A and B drugs. Donovan admitted she wielded the knife and she and Woolcock later dumped their clothes and phones after the killing. The judge said Donovan, who sometimes earned by money by cleaning for her great-uncle, had been involved in an “inappropriate and unwise” sexual relationship with him as an adult in the years leading up to the murder.

Aug 17 – Gary Amer, 63, a plumber, was stabbed to death in Walworth, south London, while working on a boiler. William Treadwell, 67, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was jailed for 10 years. Treadwell was arrested shortly after the killing when he called the police from the Fox on the Hill pub in Dulwich. Mr Amer was found with two knives in his chest.

August 15 – Simonne Kerr, 31, who appeared on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent, was stabbed 70 times at her home in Battersea, SW London. Her boyfriend Desmond Sylva, 40, was jailed for life (21 years). He was an Iraq War veteran who claimed he was suffering from depression which impaired his judgement. During the trial the jurors heard a recording to a 999 operator where he could be heard saying: “Can I have police please, I’ve just committed a murder. I’m ex-Army and I’ve got lots of mental health issues.” Asked why he had done it, he said: “She’s just get on my nerves, man, trying to fight me and take my money so I had to defend myself.

Aug 15 – Barbara Davison, 66, was smothered to death at her home in Redcar, Teesside. Paul Plunkett, 62, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder. He initially claimed that he did not mean to kill Ms Davison but was only trying to silence her during an argument. On the first day of his trial at Teesside Crown Court he changed his plea and accepted he had murdered her. It emerged after his conviction that Plunkett had been released from prison after being jailed for the manslaughter of Jacqueline Asprey in Middlesbrough in 1995. She was strangled. There were alarming similarities between both cases.

Aug 13 – Shanann Watts (nee Rzucek), 34, who was 14 weeks pregnant, and her daughters Bella, four, and Celeste (known as Cece), three, went missing from their home in Frederick, Colorado. Her husband Chris Watts, an oil well operative, told police he had left for work at 5am and was only aware she was missing when he got a call from her friend. But three days later he eventually confessed to his father. But he initially said Shanann had smothered the children with blankets and he had then killed her in anger. He said they had a row after he confessed to having an affair with a woman called Nikki. Watts would later amend his confession and admit to strangling Shanann and then taking the children out to an oil well owned by Andarko Petroleum, where he smothered them. He buried Shanann’s body in a shallow grave and put the children’s bodies in an oil tank. He did a plea bargain to avoid a death penalty and in November 2018 admitted first degree murder and was jailed for life without possibility of parole. He is currently incarcerated in Dodge correctional institution in Waupun, Wisconsin. Chris and Shanann were both originally from North Carolina. The case was later featured on a Netflix documentary, American Murder: The Family Next Door.

August 10 – Constable Robb Costello, 45, and Constable Sara Burns, 43, police officers, were shot dead in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Also killed were Bobbie Lee Wright and Donnie Robichaud. Police were called at 7am to reports of shots fired. They exchanged gunfire with Matthew Raymond, 48, who was taken into custody around 9.35am. He was taken to the intensive care unit at Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital for surgery for “gunshot wounds to the abdomen”. He was later charged with the murders and went on trial in Oct 2020. He admitted the shootings but said hebelieved he was under attack by demons.Raymond described sawing off a “post” in his rifle which increased its capacity from five bullets to 10, then shooting seven people he believed were “beings” with a different DNA from humans.Raymond, who at that time believed God had given him the power to identify the demons, also described shooting at a window because he believed he saw a pentagram on it. His defence lawyer showed the court a photo of a window with bullet holes and a snowflake decoration on it.His defence team is arguing he was not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder.

Aug 7 – Joel Urhie, seven, died after fire broke out at his home in Adolphus Street, Deptford, south-east London, in the early hours of the morning. It later emerged that Joel’s brother Samuel “Skeems” Urhie, 21, was a drug dealer involved in a gang feud. Urhie had recently left the family home in Deptford fearing reprisals. Urhie was released from prison in February 2018 after being jailed for four years and four months in 2016. He had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply. The father of one was separately given an eight-month sentence for affray in 2016, and having criminal cash. Three men were arrested in connection with Joel’s death in August 2020 but were not charged.

Aug 5 – Malik Chattun, 22, was stabbed to death during a 10-man brawl on a housing estate in Kingston-upon-Thames, SW London. Finley Ahwan, 19, from Worcester Park, and Kyle Hillman, 19, were charged with murder. Charges were dropped against Ahwan in January 2019. Hillman was acquitted after a trial in September 2019. In Oct 2020 Ahwan was convicted of offences in relation to an incident in Kingston in Feb 2020 in which Archie Beston was killed by Ahwan’s friend, Tyrone Bryan. Ahwan was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Aug 2 – Karen Peter was strangled at her home in Romford, Essex. Her husband Thomas Peter, 50, was jailed for life (25 years) and also convicted of arson. He committed the crime while his three daughters were still in the family home. The daughters were awoken to what sounded to them like a muffled scream from their mother, coming from their parents’ bedroom. One of the daughters entered the bedroom and saw Peter on the floor. He kicked the door shut and locked it, saying he was naked and had hurt his knee. He also said he had wet the bed. When asked where Karen was, he said she had gone for a walk – a lie he repeatedly told that morning. The girls said their father was convincing and they called their mother’s mobile phone. However, they became suspicious when they heard it ringing in the bedroom. Karen endured years of violence, controlling behaviour and Peter being unfaithful and filed for divorce in 2010. But they remarried in 2012. He had taken out life insurance for him and his wife a month before the murder, which meant he would receive £310,000 if she died, the Old Bailey was told.

Aug 1 – Christopher Lewis, 24, was shot in the head of the doorstep of his home in Chapeltown, Leeds. He was a member of a gang known as The Flock. Steven Grey, 39, from Armley, was jailed for life (32 years) and Jonathan Gledhill, 38, from Roundhay, was jailed for life (31 years). Denzil Browne, 24, from Gipton, Owen Clarke, 27, from Yeadon, and Grey’s cousin Lewis Pearce, 27, were jailed for four years for assisting an offender. The Flock were at war with a rival gang. The killing is linked to the 2017 murder of Raheem Wilks, also a Flock member.

Aug 1 – Siddique Kamara, 23, a drill rapper also known as Incognito and SK, was shot dead in Warham Street, Camberwell, south London. He had been cleared at the Old Bailey in January 2018 of murdering Abirahman Mohamed in Peckham in June 2017. The Met said “one line of inquiry is this being gang-related”. Kamara was also friends with fellow rapper Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton who was shot dead in Warham Street in May. Kenneth Umezie, 25, was acquitted of murder on the grounds of self-defence in Feb 2019. Umezie claimed he pulled out a lock knife after his watch was stolen.

July 2018

July 28 – Dragoslav Ognjanovic, 57, a lawyer, was gunned down in front of his apa apartment building in Belgrade, Serbia, in a gangland-style killing. He had been part of the legal team which defended Slobodan Milosevic at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. His 26-year-old son was injured in his right arm. Milosevic died in 2006 of a heart attack before his trial was completed. Since then, Ognjanovic has defended some of Serbia’s leading underworld figures. Members of the Serbian and Montenegrin mafias have been involved in a war over illegal drugs over the last two years and a number of them have been killed. In 2017 only four of 83 murders that appeared to be gang-related had been solved in Serbia and Montenegro. Unsolved.

July 27 – Mikhail Khachaturyan, 57, an Armenian mafia boss, was stabbed to death in his sleep at home in Moscow. His daughters Krestina, 19, Angelina, 18, and Maria, 17, were charged with murder in June 2019 and awaits trial. Investigators determined that the sisters were beaten almost daily by their father, who also forced them to perform sexual acts. He had physically abused them on the day of the fatal attack, locking them in a room and assaulting them with pepper spray. The girls’ mother, Aurelia Dunduk, said Mikhail Khachaturyan regularly beat her, including with a baseball bat, before throwing her out of the house in 2016. In May 2020 the prosecutors refused to drop the case. The defence claimed the sisters acted out of “necessary self-defence”.

July 27 – Samantha Eastwood, 28, a midwife, vanished after returning home from a night shift at a hospital in Staffordshire. In August her body was found in a shallow grave near Caverswall, wrapped in a duvet cover and with tape around her eyes and face. Michael Stirling, 32, was jailed for life (17 years) in December 2018. He was the brother-in-law of her former fiancé. The court heard she was smothered and strangled at her home hours after finishing a nightshift at Royal Stoke University Hospital. The pair had been having an affair for three years. Stirling, a landscape gardener, According to the police, the lovers would meet regularly after she finished her nightshifts at the hospital. His QC said there was an argument between the pair about the future of their relationship and “he then lost all his self-control”.

July 26 – Simegnew Bekele, 53, the chief engineer of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, was shot in the back of the head and left in his car at Meskel Square in the capital, Addis Ababa. CCTV cameras in the square had been suspiciously switched off only a few days before due to “road construction”. Conspiracy theories abound about who killed him. Among the suspects are Egypt’s President Sisi, because of Egypt’s opposition to the dam, which they feared would affect the flow of the Nile river. Others claim Ethiopia’s President Abiy Ahmed was behind it, or the former government of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front. Police later said he committed suicide. Mr Simegnew’s fingerprints had been found on the gun and the doors of the vehicle were all locked from the inside. Police said the engineer had left messages for his secretary and child explaining that he might be going away for a while. In Sept 2018 the police claimed he had taken his own life.

July 25 – Latwaan Griffiths, 18, was stabbed in Denmark Road, Camberwell, south London at 6.55pm and died in hospital just after midnight. He was a drill music rapper with the group Harlem Spartans. Detectives believe he had been targeted by a rival gang in revenge for footage of him goading them being circulated online. His friend Sidique Kamara, 23, was later stabbed to death nearby. Unsolved.

July 24 – Sheila Thomas, 69, was stabbed and hit with a piece of wood at her home in Herne Hill, south London. Her estranged husband David Thomas, 73, was jailed for life (15 years) in Jan 2019. The court heard how David Thomas had insisted that Sheila Thomas move out of the family home at Casino Avenue in June 2018 when their marriage broke down. Thomas began to make enquiries about obtaining a gun and told a relative that he had visited Nunhead cemetery to find a place to dispose of his wife’s body. On the morning of the murder, Sheila Thomas had arranged to collect some of her belongings from the family home but he attacked her and then stabbed himself.

July 22 – Nia Wilson, 18, was stabbed to death at a BART rail station in Oakland, California. Her sister Letifah Wilson survived. John Cowell, 27, was convicted of murder and attempted murder in July 2020 and was jailed for life without the possibility of parole. Cowell had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but the judge ruled he was sane. Because Cowell was a white man and the victims were black, the crime originally appeared to have been a hate crime. There was also speculation the victims may have been Muslim, which they were not. Cowell, who suffered from schizophrenia, testified that he believed Nia Wilson and her two sisters, one of whom was not injured, were aliens and part of a gang that had kidnapped his grandmother.

July 21- Mateusz Woznicki, 22, was stabbed in the back and side at his home in Chellaston, Derby. His brother Marcin, 27, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter and assault occasioning actual bodily harm on Piotr Wasicki, 21. During his trial it was heard the stabbing happened at a housewarming party being hosted by Mateusz Woznicki and his girlfriend. The brothers had a “sibling rivalry and jealously” that ultimately led to one brother attacking the other at the party.

July 21 – Mzamo Dlomo, 34, and 10 other taxi drivers were ambushed and shot dead in between the towns of Colenso and Weenen in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa as they returned from a colleague’s funeral. Ten of the victims were taxi drivers from Ivory Park, near Johannesburg. One man has been charged with possession of AK-47 ammunition but has not been named. The killings are believed to have been part of a feud between minibus taxi drivers.

July 20 – Dwaine Haughton, 24, was shot dead in Park Village, Wolverhampton. Dwain Smith, 25, from Dudley, and Kurrum Guild, 22, from Tividale, were jailed for life in 2019. Smith, who fired the shots, was jailed for a minimum of 28 years, as was Guild. Montell Gray, 42, and Seamus Williams, 23, from Wednesfield, were jailed for 15 years each for manslaughter. Smith and Guild were also jailed for four years for stabbing a man while out on police bail. Haughton was in the passenger seat of a stationary Peugeot 207 next to his cousin Barrington Clarke, who was behind the wheel of the car, when a stolen grey Audi A7 loomed into view from the other end of the street. It pulled up alongside the pair and a shotgun filled with buckshot cartridges was fired at point blank range through the open passenger window up to three times. Haughton was hit in the face, head and shoulder causing appalling injuries. The motive remains unknown.

July 20 – Caroline Fisher, 52 from Eastwood in Nottinghamshire, died after a fight at the Buzz Bar in the seaside resort of Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire. Hayley Fletcher and Leon Wadsworth, both 31, from Sheffield, were acquitted of murder and manslaughter on the grounds of self-defence. Wadsworth admitted causing actual bodily harm to a man, Michael Wilcox, and was jailed for 10 months. During the trial, he admitted punching Ms Fisher but told the court he “wouldn’t have touched her” if she had not attacked Ms Fletcher, who is his partner’s cousin.

July 19 – Lilia Djairine, 24, was found unconscious outside her family’s Italian restaurant, L’Oro di Napoli in Hanwell, west London. Paramedics tried in vain to save her life. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as hanging. She had a four-year-old daughter, Yasmine, who stayed with her father, Rafik Bouteldja, from Feltham, after her death. As of 2020 an inquest is still pending.

July 18 – Brett Lowe, 43, was attacked with a sharp implement made from plastic cutlery, and also strangled with hands and a ligature made from shoelaces in his cell at HMP Nottingham. Brett was on remand on suspicion of burglary and robbery. Ferencz-Rudolf Pusok had tried to strangle Mr Lowe with shoelaces during the night. He was jailed for life (20 years). The court heard Mr Lowe reported Pusok had tried to “throttle” him as he slept, but neither inmate was moved and both were told to “calm down” by a senior prison officer.

July 17 – Raymond Ward, 51, was found dead under a pile of blankets in a disused social services building used by homeless people in Scunthorpe. Dion Hendry, 24, was jailed for life (18 years) at Hull Crown Court. The court heard he was a heroin addict who had argued with Ward, who was also homeless, about some missing drugs.

July 17 – Shaun Lyall, 47, a heroin addict and small-time dealer, was tortured and beaten to death at a house in Cleethorpes. Craig Whittle, 42, a drug dealer from Grimsby, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. The judge said it had the “hallmarks of extreme violence” and was a “ferocious and sustained attack, and a brutal and protracted crime of murder.” Police say another dealer, Abdi Ali, 28 – nicknamed Madman – from Sheffield, is believed to have returned to his native Somalia.

July 14 – Alfred Carpenter, 78, and Pauline Carpenter, 79, of Wichita, Kansas, were stabbed and shot to death at a fairground in Great Bend, Kansas. They had gone to the Barton County Fair to sell handicrafts. Their bodies were buried in shallow graves in the Ozark National Forest in Arkansas. In July 2020 Michael Fowler Jr, 54, from Lake City, Florida, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and was jailed for life (100 years before parole). Also awaiting trial are Kimberly Younger, 52, of Aransas Pass, Texas; Rusty Frasier, 35, of Aransas Pass, Texas; and Christine Tenney, 37, of Santa Fe, Texas, who have been charged with murder. Younger allegedly posed as a carnival mafia member named “Frank Zaitchik” and texted others last month to kill the Carpenters on the fairgrounds at Great Bend, Kansas, where the couple were vendors. She is due to face trial in the summer of 2021. Investigators said the killings were initiation into a carnival mafia. Younger and Frasier are being held on $1 million bond. Tenney is being held on $250,000 bond. All have pleaded not guilty.

July 12 – Katerina Makunova, 17, was found stabbed to death in a block of flats in Camberwell, south London. Her boyfriend Oluwaseyi Dada, 21, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for two years and three months. On hearing the sentence at Southwark Crown Court, a relative of Ms Makunova shouted: “Are you serious?” Other family members broke down in tears while further shouting could be heard outside the courtroom. The court heard the pair exchanged heated and threatening texts ahead of the confrontation, which “was expected to be so serious” that Ms Makunova arrived with a knife in her handbag. Dada claimed he pushed her during a struggle and she fell onto the knife, which was still in her handbag. The court was told police had become involved “no less than six times” in the last months of the couple’s relationship. Five police officers were investigated over their handling of a previous assault accusation by Katerina.

July 12 – Sean Schellenger, 37, a real estate developer, was stabbed on a street in Philadelphia. Michael White, 21, an Uber Eats bicycle delivery man, was originally charged with third-degree murder but was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter in Jan 2020. White was a student at Baltimore’s Morgan State University. Police say White stabbed Schellenger about a block from the city’s swanky Rittenhouse Square. Police say Schellenger was with two other men in a Mercedes and exited the car when it got stuck in traffic. White arrived on his bike and an argument ensued. White claims he acted in self-defence because Schellenger – a former Penn State quarterback – tackled him. White was given two years probation after being convicted of evidence tampering, in that he had thrown the knife away.

July 9 – Amber Meadows, 19, a drug addict, was kidnapped, held hostage at a Travelodge in Beckley, West Viriginia and eventually shot. Jonathan Bird, 22, Davide Hudson, Jr., 24, Tyrique Pearl, 23, and Antonio Williams are each charged with three counts of kidnapping, first degree murder, and conspiracy. As of 2020 they are still awaiting trial.

July 8 – Daniel Kennell, 27, was stabbed to death in the street in Walsgrave, Coventry. Ryan Preston, 27, was jailed for life (22 years). Preston had claimed he acted in self-defence and at school was bullied by Mr Kennell. But the trial heard the pair were in fact friends. His mother Tracey Preston, 54, who lived with the defendant in Wyken, Coventry, was cleared of a charge of assisting an offender.

July 7 – Scott Tarrant, 28, was stabbed to death outside the home of Rebecca Supple in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Steven Butcher, 24, was jailed for life (22 years) in 2019. The jury heard how the pair – former friends – had been embroiled in a long-standing feud after Butcher slept with Mr Tarrant’s partner, and mother of his child, Rebecca Supple.

July 6 – Edwin Bradley, 65, was beaten over the head at a house in Walsall, West Midlands. He was found buried under furniture in the flat. His friend Darren Barnes, 48, was jailed for life (18 years).

July 5 – Samantha Toms, 47, was suffocated to death at her home in Maresfield, East Sussex. Her boyfriend Ralph Fairman, 51, was convicted of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and ordered to be detained at Broadmoor high-security psychiatric hospital under the Mental Health Act for at least nine years.

July 3 – Danny Gee-Jamieson, 18, was stabbed in the leg and bled to death in Belle Vue Park, Gateacre, Liverpool. Owen Cousins, 17, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter and sentenced on 15 March 2019. The court heard the pair met in a park for a “straightener” fistfight but Cousins pulled out a knife after losing the fight.

July 1 – Ruya Kadir, 3, was stabbed to death when a man ran amok at a child’s birthday party in Boise, Idaho. Timmy Kinner, 30, has been charged with murder and with injuring six adults and several children. Kinner is American, and the victims were members of refugee families from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia. The suspect had recently stayed at the apartment complex, home to many refugee families, but was asked to leave Friday over bad behaviour. Thousands of people turned out at a vigil honouring members of refugee families targeted in the stabbing. Police insist it was not a hate crime. Kinner is due to go on trial in September 2021. He has been ruled to be sane.

June 2018

June 30 – Ugo Wilson, 27, from Barnet, was stabbed to death outside the Kalypso nightclub on Zrce beach, Novalja, on the Croatian island of Pag, when an “altercation” between his friends and another group of young British men broke out around 5.30am. Douglas Cane, 25, from Greenwich, SE London, was jailed for 25 years for murder in May 2020. Wilson had been jailed in 2013 for smash-and-grab raids on phone shops in London.

June 28 – Five people, all employees, were shot dead at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. They were assistant editor and columnist Rob Hiaasen, special publications editor Wendi Winters, writer John McNamara, editorial page editor Gerald Fischman and sales assistant Rebecca Smith. Crime reporter Phil Davis, who took cover under a desk at the height of the melee, described the scene to The Baltimore Sun, which owns the newspaper, as “like a war zone.” Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, has been charged with murder. He pleaded guilty by way of insanity, a plea that has not yet been accepted. Ramos had a long-standing grudge against the paper over their reporting of a case involving him. In 2012 he sued for defamation but lost. He is due to go on trial in December 2020.

June 27 – Ishak Tacine, 20, from Enfield, was stabbed during a fight in Edmonton, north London, between young men armed with baseball bats. Three men aged, 18, 18 and 20, were arrested but never charged.

June 23 – Jordan Douherty, 15, from Grays, was stabbed to death in Collier Row, Romford, east London, after a fight at a 16th birthday party at 9pm. The incident happened at a community centre in Clockhouse Lane. A bus driver aged in his 50s was also treated for a head injury at the scene. A boy, who was 16 at the time, was jailed for life (15 years) for murder but was not named because of his age. Jordan was pursued and chased by a large group of young men, with a smaller group surrounding him, punching, kicking and standing on the victim when he fell to the ground.

June 18 – Abdallaha Chadi, 19, Abdallaha Nabil, 27, and Abadi “Kaka” Omar, 29, were shot dead at the Galaxy cyber cafe in the centre of Malmo, Sweden. The intended target, Amir Mekky, was shot in the leg but survived. He has since been arrested in Malaga, Spain, and awaits trial for drug trafficking. The murders were part of a feud between Mekky’s gang and another organised crime gang, headed by Daniel Johanson Petrovski. In retaliation for the murders Mekky’s gang attacked Naief Adawi in August 2019. He survived but his girlfriend Karolina Hakim was killed. Then in December 2019 they killed Flamur Beqiri in London.

June 18 – XXXTentacion, a rapper – real name Jahseh Onfroy, 20, was shot dead at a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Michael Boatwright, 22, Trayvon Newsome, 20, Dedrick Williams, 22, and Robert Allen, 22, have been charged with first-degree murder with a firearm and armed robbery with a firearm. Boatwright and Newsome are believed to be the two men who were actually armed in the ambush of XXXTentacion. According to the indictment, it was Boatwright who actually fired the fatal shots into the 20-year-old rapper. Williams was the alleged getaway driver. All four are due to go on trial in Feb 2023. The victim was awaiting trial for attacking his pregnant girlfriend.

June 13 – Luke ‘Tank’ Graham, 31, a drug dealer, was shot dead at a crack house in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. Anton Verigotta was shot in the leg and survived. The gunman, Wade Cox, 32, was jailed for life (36 years) in 2019. In 2022 Callum Halpin, 31, was arrested in Vilamoura, Portugal, and extradited back to England and in Feb 2023 he was jailed for life for murder (30 years). The trial heard it was a drugs turf war and Cox and Halpin wanted to get rid of Graham and Verigotta, who were the competition.

June 11 – Joshua “SJ” Boadu, 23, was stabbed outside a block of flats in Bermondsey, south London. He died of his injuries in hospital on June 18. His attackers were a group of black men who arrived in a blue Peugeot SUV. They had a separate fight with men in a silver VW Golf 20 minutes earlier. Denillson Davis, 20, from Hemel Hempstead, was jailed for life (21 years) and a 16-year-old boy from Southwark was jailed for life (15 years).

June 9 – Edmond Jonuzi, 35, was beaten to death in Green Lanes, Haringey. His brother Eraldi Preci suffered a fractured skull but survived. Bilal Mumin, 20 was jailed for life (18 years) for murder, violent disorder, and possession of an offensive weapon. Saydomar Mohammed, 21, from Tottenham was found guilty of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.Five other men were all found guilty of violent disorder. Ismail Mohammed, 21, from Enfield, was sentenced to three years in prison, as was Rayan Saleh, 24, while Eldar Iliazi, 21,of Wood Green, got 30 months. Also sentenced were Tenzin Massiah, 23, and Abdul Mohamed, 22. Mr Jonuzi was Albanian.

June 7 – Miguel “Migz” Reynolds, 21, a rapper from Manchester known as Lil Gwop Boy, was shot dead when he went to Netherton, Liverpool to buy a stolen Audi S1 car for £2,000. Liam Watson, 22, was jailed for life (30 years). Kyle Sanders, 21, who helped lure Mr Reynolds to the scene, was sentenced to 21 years for manslaughter. Liverpool Crown Court heard Reynolds was met by a gang, who robbed the pair at gunpoint of £2,000 and told them to leave in “no uncertain terms”.

June 5 – Taras Nykolyn, 49, a Ukrainian national, was slashed with home-made weapons and almost decapitated and strangled with a ligature made from a bed sheet in the exercised yard at Woodhill prison. Stephen Boorman, 34, Jibreel Raheem, 27, and James Brabbs, 33, were jailed for life. Boorman was given a minimum tariff of 35 years. Raheem was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years and nine months and Brabbs was sentenced to life with a minimum of 10 years. The men carefully planned the killing, using rolled-up clothing – which was not searched by prison guards – to smuggle their weapons into the prison yard. The attack took place in front of the prison guards and was captured on CCTV and handheld cameras. They attacked Taras Nykolyn because he was “foreign” and had mental health issues. They then refused to leave the prison yard, preventing 49-year-old Nykolyn from being given medical treatment for about 40 minutes. Nykolyn, was himself serving time in jail after admitting killing his cellmate with a television convicted of manslaughter by diminished responsibility in 2016 after he smashed a television over the head of his 66-year-old cellmate, Wadid Barsoum, in Wandsworth prison in London.

June 4 – Sports and keep fit enthusiast Bobby Messett, 50, was shot dead at Bray Boxing Club in County Wicklow, Ireland. The boxing gym was founded by Irish boxing champion Katie Taylor’s father, Peter, 57, who was reportedly the target of the gunman. Mr Taylor sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries in the attack near Dublin. A third man, 35, was also hurt. Gerard Cervi, 31, from Dublin, has been charged with murder and, as of Nov 2020, is still awaiting trial.

June 4 – Bill Taylor, 69, a farmer, was killed at Gosmore, near Hitchin, Hertfordshire. His body was found in the River Hiz on 13 February 2019. His wife Angela Taylor, 53, and her lover Paul Cannon, 54, were jailed for life (22 years) for murder in Nov 2019. Another man, 60-year-old Gwyn Griffiths, from Folkestone, was acquitted of conspiracy to murder. The trial heard details of WhatsApp exchanges between Mrs Taylor and Cannon. He told her he would “get rid of him” to sexually arouse her. Several days before he went missing, Mr Taylor’s Land Rover was seriously damaged by fire after a diesel-soaked towel was set alight inside it. Cannon and Griffiths also deny arson. The trial in St Albans Crown Court heard Mrs Taylor said she felt like “beheading” her husband in one WhatsApp message. In the weeks and months before the disappearance of Mr Taylor the lovers shared many violent and sexually graphic messages, the court heard. Mr Cannon told the jury: “We got off on that sort of stuff. Violence and sex, that was our fantasy world, it has no boundaries. You can do whatever you want in a fantasy.” He said their violent exchanges provided Mrs Taylor some respite from the unhappiness in her marriage.

June 4 – Rodrigo Alexander Naged-Ramirez, 59, and his son Jhon Naged, 30, were shot dead at their apartment complex in Avenida Cabilda, Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina by a hooded gunman. Naged-Ramirez’s lawyer Julieta Estefania Bonanno, 29, was charged with helping the hitman, believed to be a sicario from a Mexican drugs cartel. At the time of his killing, Naged-Ramirez was under house arrest, awaiting trial in Argentina on charges connected to a massive Canadian drug bust. The Canadian operation is called Project Hope. Tonnes of cocaine were seized in Toronto, Stoney Creek (near Hamilton), Montreal and Argentina. Ontario Provincial Police said they found 1,062kg of 97% pure cocaine with a street value of C$250 million. The arrests came after a traffic stop on Highway 410, near Toronto. Three people have been charged with drugs importation in Canada – Mauricio Antonio Medina-Gatica, 36, Luis Enrique Karim-Altarmirano, 52, and Iban Orozco-Lomeli, 45. Estefania Bonanno is due to go on trial in Nov 2020.

June 2 – Tavis Spencer-Aitkens,17, was stabbed 15 times and hit over the head with a glass bottle in a gang-related attack in Ipswich. Isaac Calver, 19, Aristote Yenge, 23, Adebayo Amusa, 20, and Kyreis Davies, 17, were convicted of murder at Ipswich Crown Court in March 2019. Callum Plaats was found not guilty of murder, but convicted of manslaughter. Leon Glasgow was acquitted of both murder and manslaughter. During the trial, the jury heard Tavis was killed in revenge for trouble that flared between two rival gangs. Tavis was friends with a group that called themselves Neno or The Three – after the IP3 postcode of east Ipswich’s Nacton estate. His attackers were from a gang known as J-Block in west Ipswich, the court heard. Prosecutors said the two groups had a heated rivalry and dislike for each other, which they would reference in music videos they posted on YouTube.

June 1 – Andra Hilitanu, 28, was stabbed to death at her home in Neasden, NW London. Ioan Campeanu, 44, her Romanian boyfriend, was jailed for life (26 years) for murder. Andra was pregnant at the time with his child. He was also jailed for 14 years for destruction of a child, to run concurrently. The jury heard that they were heavy abusers of Class A drugs, in particular crack cocaine. Shortly after midnight, Campeanu called his daughter who lives in London and said: “I got rid of her, take care of yourself.” Campeanu’s daughter told the court that she was aware from previous conversations that her father and Andra were using drugs. He had told her that they were making him confused and destroying him. She was also aware that the relationship between the two of them was not good and that her father had not wanted any more children.

May 2018

May 30 – Mark Fontaine, 41, from Walthamstow, was stabbed to death in Chelsea, west London. A boy from Putney who was 14 at the time was found guilty of his manslaughter. He, along with Adesina Fashina and Christian Murphy, both 18, were also convicted of conspiracy to rob.

May 29 – Keelan Wilson, 15, was stabbed 43 times in the back of a taxi in Merry Hill, Dudley, near Wolverhampton. Brian Sasa, 20, Nehemie Tampwo, 20, and Tyrique King, 19 – were sentenced to life (minimum of 18 years’ imprisonment). Zenay Pennant-Phillip, 19, was jailed for life (17 years). Wilson hadswapped from Wolverhampton’s V3 gang to the V2 gangand paid for it with his life. The court heard Keelan’s murder followed a day of escalating tensions between Wolverhampton’s W2 and W3 gangs, including a shooting on Legge Street and machetes being brandished in the city centre.

May 26 – Bethany-Maria Beales, 22, an aspiring actress, fell to her death from a 19th storey flat in a 36-storey tower block, the Heron building in the City of London. Her body was found in an open area of the Heron Building complex, close to Barbican and Moorgate Tube stations. A man and a woman, both 38, were arrested on suspicion of murder but never charged. An inquest heard she died while taking selfies on the balcony after consuming drink and drugs at a party.

May – Burulai Turdaaly Kyzy, a 20-year-old medical student, was kidnapped and then stabbed to death in a provincial police station in Jayil district, Chui region, Kyrgyzstan, as she waited to give a statement to police. She wanted to become a paediatrician and marry her long-term boyfriend. The 30-year-old suspect carved the young woman’s initial and that of her sweetheart into her chest. At least 23 police officers have been either disciplined, suspended or sacked for negligence after her suspected kidnapper allegedly stabbed her to death as she waited to give a witness statement against him. It was part of a longstanding but illegal Kyrgyz practice known as “bride kidnapping.”

May 22 – Taimoor Zaheer, 22, was shot dead in Birmingham. Anib Khan, 23, who was caught on CCTV firing into the car driven by Zaheer, was jailed for life (32 years). Harras Khan, 25, who police said handed his brother the weapon in Handsworth, was jailed for life (29 years). Nahima Begum, who drove the younger brother, her boyfriend, to Dover after the shooting, was jailed for 15 months for assisting an offender. The Khans, from Handsworth, will also serve concurrent sentences for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The trial heard the killing was as a result of a drugs feud.

May 21 – Erin Tomkins, 1, died in hospital after suffering head injuries at her home in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield. Martin Johnson, 19, was jailed for life (19 years). The trial heard he met Erin’s mother Kira in April 2017, and after the birth of their daughter in Dec 2017 he moved in. On 13 March 2018 Erin suffered a broken arm and between March and April she suffered four fractured vertebrae. He claimed she broke her arm when she fell from the sofa as he changed her nappy.

May 21 – Marcel Campbell, 30, was stabbed to death outside an ice cream shop in Islington, north London. Reece Williams, 22, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. Marcel, had been out assisting a friend who worked as a delivery driver. When his friend had completed his last delivery just after 5pm, Marcel had asked him to drive the van they were in towards Islington to meet with an acquaintance. He was driven to a block of flats in Killick Street where he met with Williams. Williams got into the van and all three men drove to Upper Street. A short time later an argument took place between Marcel and Williams inside the van, which turned violent. Marcel’s friend witnessed Williams punching Marcel repeatedly. The van came to a halt outside a shop in Upper Street at around 6.30pm, with Williams and Marcel exiting the vehicle. Marcel told his friend he had been stabbed. Williams told police he had not intended to kill Marcel and had arranged to meet him to buy drugs. He alleged that it was Marcel and not himself that had pulled out the knife and he stabbed him in self-defence.

May 20 – Sophie Cavanagh, 31, was strangled at her home in Bromley, Kent. Her estranged husband Martin Cavanagh, 35, was jailed for life (16 years). He was described in court as a “jealous and controlling” man who murdered her after she refused to sleep with him “one last time” for £100.

May 20 –Arunesh Thangarajah, 28, a Sri Lankan national, was stabbed in Mitcham, south London, at 3:29am in Mitcham, south London. Selliah Manimaran, 44, was found guilty of manslaughter, and possession of an offensive weapon in December 2018 and jailed for 16 years. Manimaran lured the victim – Arunesh Thangarajah – and his friend to his shop on the premise of a friendly drink. When they arrived, he was waiting for them in a nearby alleyway with a three inch knife. He was angry after being told that the victims had allegedly thrown a rock at his blue Vauxhall Corsa and shattered the windscreen the previous afternoon.

May 18 – Ten people were shot dead at Santa Fe High School in Texas. The victims ranged in age from Kimberly Vaughan, 14, to teachers Cynthia Tisdale, 63 and Glenda Ann Perkins, 64. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 18, is charged with capital murder and awaits trial. As of Oct 2020 he was not mentally fit for trial. His mental health awareness has not recovered. On April 30, Pagourtzis posted a photo of a shirt with the words “Born to Kill” on his Facebook page.The Facebook page also included photos of his black coat with several buttons on it, with an accompanying caption: Hammer and Sickle = Rebellion. Rising Sun = Kamikaze tactics. Iron Cross = Bravery. Baphomet = Evil. Cthulu = Power.

May 17 – Abdulrahman Nassor Juma, 23, was chased down and stabbed 18 times in the street in Barking, east London. Abdulrahman, in an attempt to escape his attackers, had kicked off his flip flops and run barefoot through the street but was pounced upon and stabbed with Rambo-style knives. Iki Mohammed Ali, 23, and Syed Fahad, 22, both from Barking, were jailed for life (23 years) for murder in August 2019. Jonathan Mulangala, 21, from Tottenham, was jailed for life (32 years) and given a concurrent 18 year sentence for an attempted murder on April 7. Warwick Carson, 25, from Dagenham, was jailed for life (26 years) in April 2021.

May 16 – Dan Archibald, 37, from Squamish, and his friend Ryan Daley, 43, from Jordan River, vanished after going out on their yacht, Astral Blue, from Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada. Their bodies were found less than a month later on a rutted decommissioned logging road about 12 kilometres from the harbour. It is thought they may have been killed by Hells Angels and the murders may be linked to a cocaine shipment which went missing. The DEA in the US is believed to be involved in the investigation. The Vancouver Sun reported in 2019 thatChad Wilson — a friend of the Hells Angel behind the cocaine shipment — had been tasked with taking care of “the problem” in Ucluelet. Wilson himself was murdered in Nov 2018.

May 15 – Abdul Rahman Abubaker, 24, was fatally shot at a street barbecue in Highgate, Birmingham. Abdirahman Dirie, aged 19, Fahmi Daahir, Omar Elmi and Abdirahman Yusuf, all aged 22, and Mustafa Omar, aged 20, were charged with murder in August 2020 and await trial.

May 15 – Rosina Coleman, 85, a retired seamstress, was beaten over the head with a hammer at her bungalow in Romford, Essex. The body was found by handyman working at the property. That handyman Paul Prause, 65, was jailed for life for murder in Nov 2018. His motive was theft – he stole a £7,000 diamond ring. A finger from a latex glove caught in the door handle of a wardrobe in Coleman’s bedroom matched the handyman’s DNA profile and that of his victim. The opened packet of latex gloves was found in Prause’s car. Having initially denied responsibility, Prause then told detectives he became angry after Coleman made a jokey comment about him needing to grow up and responded by attacking her with a hammer he was holding. But police and the prosecution said he killed Coleman when she confronted him as he attempted to steal her jewellery.

May 15 – Osman Shidane, 20, from Ruislip, was stabbed to death at 9pm in Victoria Road, Ruislip, Middlesex. Lewis Simpson, who was 16 at the time, was acquitted of murder but jailed for six years for manslaughter. The court heard Shidane had gone to buy cannabis off the boy in an alley but a dispute broke out. In 2020 two jurors were given suspended sentences after it emerged they had researched the meaning of manslaughter online.

May 14 – Jessica Patel, 34, was found tied up at her home in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. She had been strangled. She worked at a pharmacy in the town which she owned with her husband Mitesh Patel, 36, who was originally from Leeds. He was jailed for life (30 years) in 2019. The trial heard he was secretly gay and killed her by injecting her with insulin and strangling her and then putting a Tesco bag for life over her head. He staged it to look like a burglary. But the police discovered he was planning to cash in on a £2m life insurance policy and move to Australia with his lover Dr Amit Patel, who he had met through the Grindr app. He wanted to move to Australia to be with Dr Patel and the pair had planned to raise a child conceived by Mrs Patel through IVF. She had undergone three courses of IVF and the last cycle resulted in three embryos being created, but she was murdered before they could be implanted.

May 13 – Onees Khatoon, 71, was strangled at her home in Hayes, Middlesex. Her son Majid Butt, 51, was jailed for life (15 years) for her murder. He pleaded guilty. The Old Bailey heard he confessed at a police station 30 minutes after he killed her with an electrical cable. He killed her when she told him he had to move out of the house.

May 7 – Christopher Reid was shot in Etobicoke, Toronto, Canada and died in hospital three days later. Richie “Stitch” Blackwood, 43, is the prime suspect. He fled and, as of Oct 2020, he remains on the run.

May 6 – Naheed Khan, 43, from Thornaby on Teesside, vanished after using a cash point outside a pizzeria in Middlesbrough. A murder investigation was only launched in January 2019 and was scaled back in June 2020. Five men were arrested but never charged. Unsolved.

May 5 – Tim Pasa, 50, died and his body was found at his home in Centerville, Iowa after a fire. An autopsy determined his death was related to an injection of an anaesthetic, propofol. Barbara Pasa, 47, was convicted of arson and first-degree murder and in November 2019 was jailed for life without possibility of parole. The trial heard she had bought a $200,000 life insurance policy on him. He also told relatives he believed she was poisoning him. Pasa appeared in a BBC documentary, presented by Stacey Dooley, in 2020 in which she had just arrived at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women and insisted she was innocent.

May 5 – John Kinsella, a gangland enforcer, was shot by a man on a bicycle while he and his partner were walking their dog on a path in woods near the St Helens Linkway near the M62 in Merseyside. Kinsella had been described as a mob fixer who once stopped a gangster threatening former Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard. Mark Fellows, 37, a hitman known as The Iceman, was jailed for life (whole life) and his accomplice Steven Boyle, 35, was jailed for life (33 years). Fellows was also convicted of murdering Paul Massey in July 2015. Kinsella had been one of Massey’s pall bearers. Both victims were “notorious” criminals, and were murdered as a result of a feud between rival gangs in Salford. One gang – known as The A Team – was led by Stephen Britton, who saw Massey, 55, as his underworld mentor. The other firm – sometimes known as The Anti A Team or Double A Team – was led by Michael Carroll.

May 1 – Leon Maxwell, 38, a 20 stone bodybuilder and former drug dealer, from Watford, was shot dead outside Queensbury tube station in NW London at 9.02pm. Detectives investigated links between him and a 26 year-old man who is believed to have suffered a gunshot injury in Essoldo Way before attending hospital at 9.08pm. In 2004 Maxwell was convicted of killing Patrick Fitzharris, 22, after an argument about £75 worth of drugs. He was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 12 years. Maxwell was known by the street names of “Sykes” and “2Swift”. Irwin Constable, 19, from Watford, Abdi Karama, 18, from Leyton, Saharded Hassan, 27, from Harrow, Rajae Heslop, 20, from Neasden, Armani Ogilvie, 18, from Harrow, and Kaleel Nyeila, 18, from Orchard Gate, Greenford, and a 17-year-old boy have been charged with murder and await trial in Jan 2021.

April 2018

April 24 – Ten people died when a van wasdriven into crowds of shoppers on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Sixteen people survived. Alek Minassian, 25, was charged with murder and went on trial in Nov 2020. A Facebook post later emerged which seemed to suggest Minassian, a software developer, hated women. The post in question first surfaced on the message board 4Chan, where someone anonymously shared in an image of a mobile phone showing Minassian’s alleged manifesto. “Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161,” it reads. “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Elliot Rodger killed six people in a stabbing and shooting spree in Isla Vista, California, in May 2014. Before he turned the gun on himself, the 22-year-old posted a “retribution” video to YouTube and emailed a lengthy autobiographical document to almost two dozen people he knew. An online community known as the “involuntarily celibate”, or incels, who blame women for their sexual failings, fastened upon the document.

April 22 – Hollie Kerrell, 28, vanished from her home in Knucklas, near Knighton, Powys, Wales. Her estranged husband Christopher Llewellyn Kerrell, 35, pleaded guilty to her murder at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court. He was jailed for life (25 years). The trial heard he hit her with a hammer before drinking a cup of tea and preparing lunch for his children. He then drove the body to his mother’s farm with his children in the car before burying her in a shallow grave. Shortly after, he started sending “concerted and cynical” messages to Mrs Kerrell’s friends and relatives acting as though she had left him and the children.

April 22 – Four people – Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; DeEbony Groves, 21; and Akilah DaSilva, 23 – were shot dead at a Tennessee Waffle House in Nashville. Travis Reinking, 29, was charged with first degree murder and is due to go on trial in 2021. He was nearly naked, wearing only a green jacket, when he opened fire with an assault-style rifle. Police credit a quick-thinking restaurant patron, James Shaw, who wrestled the rifle away from the gunman. The case was put on hold for months after the attack while Reinking was treated for schizophrenia. A judge later deemed him fit for trial and he was indicted in 2019 on 17 counts, including four counts of murder.

April 21 – Kwasi Anim-Boadu, 20, was stabbed to death at 3am at a house party on the Andover Estate in Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham, north London. Kwasi was known among friends by the nickname “Lavish” and “Junior”. Brayan Tchenda, 21, was charged with possession of an offensive weapon but nobody has been charged with the murder. An inquest in Jan 2020 heard that detectives had “exhausted all lines of inquiry”. Two men who had been at the scene were asked to answer questions at the inquest. Jason Abraham refused to take part in the inquest while Tchenda said he himself had been stabbed during the incident.

April 20 – Julie Hunt, 47, was stamped and kicked to death by a complete stranger after getting off a bus in Thurrock, Essex. Florin Ion, 32, from Birmingham, was jailed for life (18 years) at Chelmsford Crown Court. The court heard he kicked her “like he was taking a free-kick”. Witnesses said he used mother-of-two Ms Hunt as a “human punch bag” when he bumped into her at 8.30am near the Lakeside Shopping Centre where she worked. He had been on a bus from Birmingham to his native Romania which had stopped at services in Thurrock, where he got off. Ms Hunt, from Rainham, Essex, had got off a different bus nearby on her morning commute when she was confronted by Ion. The court was told five psychiatrists had assessed Ion and found he had not been suffering from any known psychiatric disorder at the time of the attack.

April 19 – Aaron Springett, 32, was kicked in the chest during a fight with a stranger outside the Paddy Power betting shop in London Road, Morden, at around 9.55pm. Joseph Ankrah, 31, was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Kingston Crown Court in October 2018 and was jailed for seven years.

April 17 – John Woodward, 47, a builder, was attacked at work on the roof of Pressman Mastermelts in Hatton Garden, central London, at around 2pm. He had been beaten over the head. He is believed to have been attacked by a co-worker. The suspect, described as a white male, aged in his mid 20s and wearing a navy blue fleece jacket, blue jeans and brown work boots, was seen heading from Hatton Garden to Chancery Lane tube station shortly afterwards. A 24-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Elton Sefa, 22, was arrested in Durres, Albania, in March 2019 and extradited to UK where he is due to go on trial on 23 Nov 2020.

April 16 – Sami Sidhom, 18, was stabbed in the back outside his home in Forest Gate, east London. He was attacked as he returned from watching West Ham United draw 1-1 with Stoke City at the Olympic Stadium. He was a student at Queen Mary University. Nobody has been charged. Unsolved.

April 15 – Natasha Hill, 18, was found dead at a flat in Abbey Wood, south east London. Her boyfriend Scott Clifford, 33, was jailed for life (17 years). Natasha was found at the scene, with Clifford claiming that she had fallen down the stairs after feeling ill, following a day of drinking. Clifford had said that she had thrown up multiple times before going upstairs to bed; after she allegedly fell, Clifford claimed to have carried her back up and put her to bed. Natasha was fostered for three years by Caroline Shearer, of Clacton, Essex. Mrs Shearer’s foster son Jay Whiston was killed outside a house party in 2012.

April 15 – Raul Chiriac, 26, a Romanian, was stabbed to death at home in Colindale, north London. His girlfriend Simone Fergus, 34, was jailed for five years for manslaughter.

April 12 – Viktorija Sokolova, 14, was raped and beaten to death in West Park, Wolverhampton. A 16-year-old boy. Aymen Aziz, was charged with murder and later jailed for life (19 years). A serious case review was ordered after the trial. Viktorija was originally from Lithuania and had lived with her mother and stepfather in the UK for seven years. She went to live with her father in Belfast at the end of December 2017 but returned to Wolverhampton in February 2018. Concerns had been raised about her in the months leading up to her death, the review said, noting frequent periods of her going missing. Various agencies were involved as concerns had been raised about her being seen with older males and her association with a child known to be at risk of child sexual exploitation. Her relationship with her mother and stepfather deteriorated, and they were unhappy about her boyfriend, who was the same age as her, and said they believed her behaviour had changed after meeting him.

April 4 – Henry Vincent, 37, was stabbed when he burgled a house in Hither Green, south east London. Richard Osborn-Brooks, the 78-year-old owner of the house, was arrested but was never charged because he claimed self-defence and said he had been defending his wife. Billy Jeeves, 28, was arrested on suspicion of taking part in the burglary but was never charged. Mr Osborn-Brooks reportedly never returned to the house because he feared retribution from friends of Vincent in the underworld.

April 4 – Israel Ogunsola, 18, was stabbed to death in Hackney, east London. Jonathan Abora, 18, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. The court heard Abora and his friend John Paul Mokonzele, 19, were linked to the London Fields gang while Mr Ogunsola was linked to a rival gang in the E9 area of Hackney.

April 2 – Tanesha Melbourne-Blake, 17, was shot dead in Chalgrove Road, Northumberland Park, Tottenham, north London, on Easter Sunday night. Detectives believe she was hit when shots were fired from a car into a group of people. Nobody has been charged but the shooting was part of a feud between N17 (Tottenham) and N22 (Wood Green) postcode gangs.

April 2 – Amaan Shakoor, 16, was shot outside Walthamstow Leisure Centre in north east London. He died in hospital the following day. A 15 year-old boy was also stabbed during the same incident. Two men aged 18 and 19 were arrested during the murder investigation but nobody has been charged. A £20,000 reward has been offered. Unsolved.

April 1 – Devoy Burton-Stapleton, 20, was stabbed to death after leaving a bar in Earlsfield, south London. Billy Botton, 24, from Wandsworth, was charged with murder and was due to stand trial at the Old Bailey but it is not clear what has happened to him.

April 1 – Bo White, 29, was found dead in Lerona, West Virginia. He had been bludgeoned to death and decapitated. In December 2019 Roena Mills, 43, was found guilty of first-degree murder and jailed for life without parole. Mills, a former stripper, was introduced to Bo White by his father, James, a truck driver who had a yearslong sexual relationship with her while she worked as an exotic dancer at the Southern X-Posure club. She traded sexual favours in exchange for drugs and money. Bo White, who was obsessed with Star Wars, was living off disability pension and was prescribed medication

March 2018

March 31 – John “Jack” Williams, 67, was killed at his home in Pentrechwyth, Swansea. Jonathan Donne, 41, a heroin addict from Bonymaen, was jailed for life (31 years) for murder and robbery in November 2019. Gemma Owens, 31, and Simon Cairns, 46, both from Swansea, were cleared of robbery, manslaughter and murder Gemma Owen, 31, and Simon Cairns, 45, from Brynmelyn, have all been charged with murder. Faisal Kadir, 57, from Swansea, was charged with harbouring an offender in connection with the murder investigation. The trial heard Donne had robbed the house because he knew Williams grew cannabis and planned to rob him of the drugs and also money. Donne had been convicted of manslaughter before – in 2007 he killed his then girlfriend Michelle Harkett. After killing Michelle, Donne had reached inside her body to remove a packet of heroin she had secreted inside. Mr. Justice Saunders sentenced Donne to 14 years in jail in March 2008 but he was released after just over eight.

March 30 (Good Friday) – Leyla Mtumwa, 36, was stabbed to death at her home in Haringey, north London. Her husband Kema Salum, 38, a Tanzanian immigrant, was charged with murder but appeared in court without a barrister due to the strike over legal aid fees. Salum arrived in the UK three months earlier on a six month visa, and has no other family in the country apart from a 12-year-old son. In November he was jailed for life (23 years). The court heard that whilst handcuffed at the scene, Salum told officers: “This is my wife and we fight.”

March 29 – Reece Tshoma, 23, from Barking, was fatally stabbed in Plumstead, south east London. He died in hospital. Nobody has been charged. Unsolved.

March 25 – Danny Shaw, aged 28, was found with gunshot injuries to his chest in Tile Hill, Coventry. Johnny Robbins, aged 33, went missing four days earlier and detectives believe he was kidnapped and tortured at Shaw’s house. It’s thought Johnny was murdered but his body has not been found. Police said they believed the prime suspects Ryan Hobday, 29, and Ben Whyley, 29, may themselves be dead. Hobday was later detained in Spain but not charged. Police said in March 2020 they knew who killed the two men but said the community in Tile Hill was “too frightened” to come forward with evidence.

March 25 – Abraham Badru, 26, was shot dead in Dalston, east London, as he got something out of the boot of his car. He had been awarded the National Police Bravery Award in July 2009 after he intervened to stop a rape. Mr Badru attained a BSc in sport science and an MSc professional practice in sports coaching at the University of Gloucestershire, and had been hoping to get a PhD. Unsolved.

March 19 – Balbir Johal, 48, from Slough, was stabbed in the street in Southall, west London. Hassan Mohamed, 24, from Southall was found guilty of murder and jailed for life (26 years). Yaasiin Yussuf, 21, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter.

March 20 – Beniamin Pieknyi, 21, a Romanian who lived in Milton Keynes, was stabbed in a Subway diner at the Stratford Centre in east London after going to meet a friend after work. The pair were “minding their own business” when they were attacked by a group of men. Vlayslav Yakymchuk, 23, pleaded guilty to Mr Pieknyi’s murder and was jailed for life (24 years). Kevin Duarte, 18, and Moses Kasule, 20, were convicted of manslaughter and violent disorder and both were jailed for 12 years. Alexis Varela , 19, and Mario Zvavamwe, 18, were cleared of manslaughter but convicted of violent disorder. Varela was jailed for 40 months and Zvavamwe for 30 months.

March 18 – David Dragičević, 21, went missing in Banja Luka in the Serbian part of Bosnia-Herzegovina. His body was found six days later. The police investigation ruled the death as accidental but Dragičević’s parents claimed their son was brutally murdered and the Bosnian Serb police and prosecutor’s office were trying to cover-up the case. It has since emerged that he was involved in a fight with several other youths in a café in the town centre. David’s father says the killer is a well-known figure and police officers are trying to protect him. Dragičević’s mother said that he, on the night he disappeared, sent her an SMS that read “if anything happens to me, the perpetrator will be F. Ć.” There have been demonstrations against the police in Banja Luka about the case. Unsolved.

March 18 – Tyrone Silcott, 42, stabbed to death in Hackney, east London. Rowmando Lewis, 28, from Enfield, was jailed for life (21 years). The trial heard Lewis and Mr Silcott had been at a house party where Mr Silcott had got into an argument with a woman over a microphone and Lewis got involved. The argument continued outside where witnesses said Lewis and Mr Silcott had pushed one another before Lewis produced a case from his waist containing the knife before stabbing Mr Silcott in the neck and shoulder.

March 17 – Russell Jones, 23, a student at the University of Hertfordshire, was shot in the face and stabbed 11 times near Ponders End station in Enfield, north London around 1am. A second man, also 23, survived being stabbed. The killers were four men in hooded tops. The victim was said by friends to have been “in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Bilkan Bilkaner, 20, and Duke Quainoo, 20, from Enfield, were jailed for life (29 years). The trial heard Russell and several friends were out for a meal at a restaurant in Green Lanes, when after they finished eating, one of his friends wanted to collect his van from outside some shops in Ponders End. The group drove to the van and when they arrived they began smoking and talking.After the murder Quainoo wrote the rap lyrics: ‘I bored up a p***y and bored up his friend. And one of them ni**as turned ghost’ in reference to the murder. Kallum Martin, 24, a bus driver, was cleared of murder and manslaughter. He had ferried the murderers to the scene in his Mercedes A Class but insisted he had no idea what the other two had planned. After the verdicts were returned Bilkaner and Quainoo rained punches on him in the dock before being dragged off.

March 16 – Naomi Hersi, 36, a transgender woman (born Mohammed), was killed at a hotel near Heathrow airport. Jesse McDonald, 25, a university dropout, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder. He had claimed he had been raped by her after taking GHB. It was a lie. He met her on a swingers website called Fabswingers where he asked for ‘edgy, risky sex’ After killing her he called his Polish girlfriend, 18-year-old Natalia Darkowska, to the scene of the attack and they spent eight hours cleaning up. She was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

March 15 – Hope Barden, 21, a care worker and webcam girl from Burton-upon-Trent, was found asphyxiated after an online relationship with a pub landlord called Jerome Dangar, who was later jailed for possession of extreme pornography.Staffordshire Police said it had submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service to consider charging Dangar, 45, from north Cornwall, with manslaughter over the death of Ms Barden but he died at HMP Dartmoor on 15 April 2019. Her mother Kate Barden said it would have been a landmark case had Jerome Dangar, arrested in connection with the death, still been alive. She said her daughter was “left to die”. Dangar was convicted of possession of extreme pornographic images in January 2019 and jailed for 15 months.

March 14 – Marielle Franco, 38, a black lesbian councilwoman, and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were shot dead in Franco’s car while returning home from an event in the Centro neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Forensic examinations indicate the bullets used were part of a federal police consignment stolen in 2006. Some of these stolen bullets were used in a 2015 massacre of 17 people by police officers in greater São Paulo, leading to speculation of police involvement in Ms Franco’s murder. The case is unsolved. The left-wing Party for Socialism and Liberty (PSOL) she was a member of had chosen her as its candidate for the post of deputy governor of Rio de Janeiro state in October’s election. In March 2019 two former police officers were charged with the murders – Ronnie Lessa, a retired military police officer, and Élcio Vieira de Queiroz, a policeman who was expelled from the force. They await trial. Lessa and his daughter were also charged with international arms trafficking. They bought guns from China and sent them to the US.

March 14 – Joseph Williams-Torres, 20, was stabbed to death in Walthamstow, NE London. He was a victim of mistaken identity. The real target was a man who wore a similar beanie hat. In January 2020 the killers were jailed – Hamza Ul-Haq, 21, was jailed for life (28 years). Loic Nengese, 19, was jailed for life (21 years) and a 16-year-old boy was jailed for life (18 years). The trial heard they were members of the Mali Boys gang who were involved in a feud with the Higham Hill gang, sometimes known as the Priory Court gang. The killing was in revenge for the murder of Elijah Dornelly in May 2017.

March 13 – Julian Joseph, 36, was punched, kicked and stamped on after an argument on the 53 bus just after midnight in New Cross, SE London. He died 11 days later. Kirk Wright, 33, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder. During the trial Wright, a drug dealer, said he believed he recognised the victim as one of two men who robbed him two weeks before the murder. An audio recording of the attack captured Mr Joseph repeatedly saying “I ain’t robbed you”.

March 14 – Lyndon Davis, 18, was stabbed in an alley near his home in Chadwell Heath, east London. Jordan Worrie, 17, and Tyler Faubel, 17, of Hainault, were jailed for life (16 years). Connor Corcoran, 17, and his 16-year-old brother Michael Corcoran, both from Hainault, and Jordan Muinglui, 17, from Wanstead, were jailed for life (14 years). Ali Ali, who was just 14 at the time, from Ilford, was jailed for life (11 years). The trial heard Davis was targeted for his involvement with a rival gang.

March 11 – Nikolay Glushkov, 68, a former Aeroflot executive who had fled Russia, was killed at his home in New Malden, south west London. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as compression to the neck. Mr Glushkov had been due to testify in a civil case against the Russian government. The inquest heard Mr Glushkov’s daughter Natalia Glushkova said she and her father’s partner Denis Trushin turned up at his home at around 10pm after he failed to get in touch with her since the previous evening. The inquest heard paramedics who arrived at Mr Glushkov’s home on March 12 immediately raised concerns that he had been killed because of the way suicide paraphernalia appeared to be deliberately placed. A post-mortem examination report concluded he “died at the hands of a third party, due to compression of the neck, followed by the staging of a scene”. Unsolved.

March 8 – Kelvin Odunuyi, 19, was shot dead outside the Vue cinema in Wood Green, north London. Mr Odunuyi, whose family lived in Harrow, was pronounced dead soon after arrival at hospital. A 21 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but never charged. The killing was one of three which were part of a feud between gangs from Wood Green (N22) and Tottenham (N17). Unsolved.

March 6 – Fiona Scourfield, 54, was hit over the head with an axe and then struck with a samurai sword at her remote farmhouse, Broadmoor Farm, near Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, Wales. She was a volunteer with the German Shepherd Rescue UK and has been described as a “lovely” and “genuine” person who cared a lot for animals. Her stepson Rueben Brathwaite, who was 16 at the time, admitted murder and was jailed for life (15 years). After killing her he tried to upload pictures of her body to the internet. The court heard the teenager developed an interest in watching online videos of beheading, suicide and mass murder in the run up to the murder. When police asked him why he had murdered Ms Scourfield, he said he was “fed up of life” and saw killing his stepmother as a “way out”.

March 5 – Kelva Smith, 20, was stabbed to death with a 15 inch zombie knife in Croydon, south London. Tyrone Farquharson, who was 19 at the time, was jailed for life (21 years). A 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, both of whom cannot be identified for legal reasons, were found not guilty of murdering Mr Smith. A trial heard he was killed in a row about a motorbike.

March 4 – Dewayne Robinson, 37, known as Little Wicked, was shot dead at a shop in Torrington Park, west Kingston, Jamaica. He was a member of a gang called The Upsetters and his killer is though to be from a gang called The Superstars.

March 1 – Chris Beaumont, 42, was stabbed to death at a flat in Hammersmith, west London. His brother Steven Blake, 33, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Blackfriars Crown Court in August 2018 and was made the subject of a Hospital Order under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and a Restriction Order under Section 41 meaning that Blake will remain incarcerated within a secure facility indefinitely due to the risk he poses to the public or until deemed otherwise by health authorities. He had a history of mental illness. Mr Beaumont lived in Spain with his wife and two children. He was visiting the UK for work purposes, and staying at the address where his mother and Blake lived.

February 2018

Feb 25 – Jan Kuciak, 27, an investigative journalist with Aktuality (part of Axel Springer Group) and his girlfriend Martina Kusnirova were shot at his home in the village of Velka Maca, 50 miles east of Bratislava, Slovakia. He had been investigating a Slovakian businessman who invested in property in Malta. The Slovakian prime minister, Robert Fico, was forced to resign in the wake of the scandal as it emerged that Kuciak had been investigating links with the ruling party. In March 2019 entrepreneur Marian Kocner was charged with ordering the murders. In September 2020 he was acquitted. Former soldier Miroslav Marcek was jailed for 23 years after admitting to carrying out the killings and his cousin Tomáš Szabó, a former policeman, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for participating in the murder.

Feb 23 – Jordan Carter, 18, was stabbed to death in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, after a girl recruited two boys to give him “a slap”. Jordan was attacked as he walked home from a shop with ingredients to make pancakes. The girl was angry about the way they had fallen out and wanted to teach him a lesson, Blackfriars Crown Court heard. Two 15-year-old boys from Watford received detention orders after admitting manslaughter. The court heard the pair, who were 14 at the time, chased after Jordan before one punched him to the ground and kicked him. The other stabbed him in his upper right thigh, intending to humiliate him with a wound to his buttock. The boy who stabbed Jordan was sentenced to a six year detention order while the other was ordered to be detained for five years. The 16-year-old girl pleaded guilty to conspiring to assault Jordan and cause him actual bodily harm as well as assisting an offender by hiding a knife after the attack. She was sentenced to an eight month detention and training order, but was yesterday released due to the time spent in custody while on remand.

Feb 20 – Abdikarim Hassan, 17, and his brother Sadiq Adan Mohamed, 20, were stabbed to death in separate but related incidents in Camden, north London. One brother was attacked near a block of flats on Aldenham Street at about 8pm. Half an hour later Mr Hassan was found with fatal injuries in Bartholomew Road. At 10.15pm officers found Mr Adan Mohamed, dying from his injuries. Isaiah Popoola, 18, and Ben Drummond, 18, were jailed for life (28 and 23 years minimum respectively) and also causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and attempted GBH against two other men the same night. Christian Thomas, 18, has been acquitted of murder of Abdikarim Hassan. JJ Fatuga, 19, has been acquitted of murder of Sadiq Mohammed. Anuoluwa Temenu, 18, was acquitted of the murder of Abdikarim Hassan in January 2020. Godwin Lunghy, 19, was jailed for life (21 years) for the murder of Sadiq Mohamed.

Feb 20 – Amir Ellouzi, 24, was shot dead near the Peabody estate in Westminster, London. Adam Khan, 23, has been charged with murder and went on trial in July 2019.

Feb 19 – Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26, was stabbed to death in Southall, west London. His half-brother Mark Tyrone Thomas, 39, from Ealing, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was detained “without limit of time” under sections 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act, 1983. The killer said he went for his brother “like Freddie Krueger” after getting delusions he was sleeping with his girlfriend, the Old Bailey was told. Thomas, who was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, was placed in solitary confinement after he attempted to assault another inmate by pouring boiling water over his head.

Feb 18 – Lewis Blackman, 19, from Camden, was stabbed at a party in Kensington, west London. Blackman, whose street name was Dotty, had arrived uninvited at the party, which was held at a flat rented via Airbnb, jurors heard. In Feb 2019 four teenagers, who were 16 at the time of the attack, were convicted of killing Lewis. Demario Williams, who played a “pivotal role”, was convicted of murder and jailed for life with minimum term of 20 years. Lawrence Nkunki-Linongi and Paul Glasgow were convicted of murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years. Thierry Edusei, was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 11 years. Two other teenagers were acquitted. Jurors were told the birthday girl circulated invitations on Snapchat, being careful to only invite guests from Hackney, east London, and avoid boys from Camden because of “history” between the groups. The murder led to a tit for tat attack two days later.

Feb 17 – Jozef Boci, 30, an Albanian, was beaten to death with a baseball bat after coming out of the South Pole nightclub in Greenwich, SE London. Ibrahim James, 21, and Andrew Adekoya, 22, were convicted of manslaughter and were jailed for 16 and 22 years respectively. Oluwatimilehin Oniyitan, 20, from Eltham, Dominic Brown, 29, from Woolwich, and Abaraye Campbell, 21, from Plumstead, were cleared of all charges. Jozef was part of a group that had become involved in a minor dispute inside the nightclub at around 1am with the other group. Bouncers threw out Adekoya’s group. But they waited outside until after 2am and then attacked Boci as he left on his own.

Feb 16 – Sarbjit Kaur, 38, was strangled at her home in Wolverhampton. Her husband Gurpreet Singh, 43, went on trial in 2019. She was found covered with chilli powder, possibly used to “incapacitate” her or give the impression there had been a botched robbery, the trial heard. The trial at Birmingham Crown Court also heard he had offered to pay a hitman, Heera Singh Uppal, to kill his first wife Amandeep Kaur in 2013. David Mason QC said the prosecution was “not in a position to say” if Amandeep Kaur was murdered. Her death certificate concluded she died of a brain haemorrhage in Punjab, India. Mr Singh denied murder and soliciting to murder and the jury failed to reach a verdict in June 2019. He faces a retrial on 30 Nov 2020.

Feb 15 – Mark Smith, 48, was killed at a flat in Garenne Court, a tower block in Chingford, NE London. His neighbour Carol Campling, 39, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder in June 2019. The trial heard she used a smashed ash tray, knife and pair of scissors to kill him. The Old Bailey heard Mr Smith and his killer had been praying together at the True Life Baptist church the night before she murdered him but on the night he died she was drunk. Campling said she had nothing to do with it and instead blamed 64-year-old Robert Parsons, who also stood trial accused of Mr Smith’s murder but was cleared. Defence counsel Sarah Elliot read a letter from Campling, who blamed the killing on an “alcohol blackout”.

Feb 14 – Lord Promise Nkenda, 17, was hit by a car and then stabbed to death in Canning Town, east London. The killers used a black BMW estate which was stolen from Stratford. Shemar Dawes, 18, from Forest Gate, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. Anton Muir, 18, from Forest Gate, was sentenced to 17 years’ detention in a young offender institution or prison. Ephraim Idris, 18, from Barking, was sentenced to 16 years’ detention in a young offender institution or prison. Ahmed Musa Abdille, 18, from Forest Gat was sentenced to 18 years’ detention in a young offender institution or prison. A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to 14 years’ detention in a young offender institution or prison, less time served on remand. The court heard the motive for the attack remained a mystery, although it was suggested it could have been a case of mistaken identity.

Feb 13 – Saeeda Hussain, 54, a seamstress, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer and a machete at home in Ilford, Essex. Her husband Muhammad Javed, 58, was jailed for life (20 years) for her murder. Javed, a former pilot in the Pakistan military, was described as being “controlling and paranoid”. They moved to the UK in 2004 but he became increasingly dictatorial and abusive to his wife – preventing her from leaving the house without one of their adult children. During the trial, the Old Bailey heard that Ms Hussain had been granted British citizenship in 2011 but her husband had never even been given leave to remain. Her children said she was too scared to report the abuse in case her husband – who could not work legally in the UK – was deported.

Feb 12 – Danielle Richardson, 24, was stabbed 15 times in a second-storey flat in Swan Street, Ancoats, Manchester. Michael Marler, 37, from Oldham, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder, attempted robbery, assault and damaging vehicles. At 7.30am the next day Marler was seen jumping from a window of the Swan Apartments and then attacking people in their cars during the morning rush hour. The trial heard the couple had been out to the cinema and shopping before returning to a flat in Ancoats, where they were staying while her house was being redecorated. They had both smoked cannabis and taken crack cocaine before he turned on her.

Feb 12 – Bulent Kabala, 41, from Enfield, was shot death at 11.44pm at the junction of Mount Pleasant and Edgeworth Road in Barnet. He was driving a silver Mercedes car, which he had been using in his work as a taxi driver. He got out of his car having started to negotiate a roundabout when a number of suspects got out of a blue van and several shots were fired, fatally wounding him. It is thought to have been a Turkish gangland hit. Bulent’s brother Ilhan Kabala was also fatally shot outside of a nightclub in Turkey in 2014. His cousin Cafer Aslan was murdered in Enfield in Aug 2017. Unsolved

Feb 11 – Sabri Chibani, 19, was stabbed to death with a potato peeler at a flat in Streatham, south London. The Italian teenager had come to the UK to find work a few months earlier. His flatmate Ronny Padilla, 23, was jailed for life (16 years). Padilla, who was from Ecuador, claimed it was an accident but police found no sign of any potatoes being peeled.

Feb 6 – Hannah Leonard, 55, was stabbed 55 times and stamped to death at a flat on the Chalcots estate in Belsize Park, north London. Lucy Casey, 43, was jailed for life (22 years) for murder in November 2018. James Whitaker, 28, was acquitted. There was a shout of “rot in hell” from the public gallery as Casey was sentenced for a murder which the judge said had an “element of sadism”. Casey had been out socialising and drinking with Ms Leonard at the Sir Colin Campbell pub in Kilburn on the evening of February 5. Casey, Mr Whitaker and Ms Leonard then returned to the victim’s tenth floor flat. Ms Leonard was then stabbed to death.

Feb 7 – Rahman Begum, 46, was stabbed to death at her home in Rochdale. Her son-in-law Muhammad Tafham, 31, was jailed for life (21 years). The trial heard he he stabbed her before trying to make it look like suicide. The court previously heard that the mother-of-five had been trying to help her daughter Aysha Gulraiz, 25, escape her arranged marriage to Mr Tafham, a Pakistani national, and return to her long-term boyfriend in Bradford. Tafham feared he would be deported if the marriage ended.

Feb 4 – Esmond Bradley Martin, 75, was found in his home in Langata, Nairobi, Kenya with a stab wound to his neck. The former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was known for his undercover work investigating the black market in ivory. The US citizen had recently returned from a research trip to Myanmar. Police claimed it might have been a botched robbery but the suspicions are that he was killed by poachers or those involved in the black market. Unsolved.

Feb 3 – Hasan Ozcan, 19, was stabbed to death in Barking, east London. Kareem Lashley-Weekes, 21, was jailed for life (24 years) in 2019. and a 16-year-old boy was jailed for life (19 years). Kamaal Modest, 22, from Merton, was jailed for 25 months for violent disorder and Jonathon Efionayi, 21, was also jailed for four years for violent disorder.

Feb 3 – Kwabena Nelson, 22, a youth worker, was stabbed to death in Tottenham, north London. Neron Quartey, 20, was convicted of murder as well as aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance. He was jailed for life (26 years) at the Old Bailey. The court heard that immediately before the murder, a black Honda Civic driven by Quartey, deliberately crashed into a grey Honda Civic being driven by Kwabena, in Kemble Road. The occupants, carrying poles and knives, got out of the vehicle. Kwabena either got out or was forced from his vehicle, and he was attacked before the suspects ran off.

January 2018

Jan 31 – Lily-Mai Hurrell Saint George, 10 months, suffered a head injury at home in Barnet, north London. She died in hospital two days later. Her parents Lauren St George and Darren Hurrell, 25, deny murder. The trial heard Lily-Mai also suffered 18 rib fractures and a leg fracture. The trial heard social worker Theresa Ferguson, of Haringey Child and Family Services, was allocated the case after concerns were raised over Saint George and Hurrell’s ability to care for Lily-Mai as parents. But a decision was made to discharge the baby after a meeting Saint George stormed out of due to “anger issues.”

Jan 31 – Khader Saleh, 25, was killed at Wormwood Scrubs prison in Shepherds Bush, west London. Three other inmates – Kalif Dibbassey, 21, and Enton Marku, 20, were cleared of murder by a jury in November 2018. Ahmed Khyre, 21, had earlier been cleared on the judge’s directions. Dibbassey denied he himself was in a gang but said two of the most prominent gangs in the prison were the Stonebridge Thugs and the rival Church Road Soldiers, both from north west London. Dibbassey said Khader Saleh was part of a gang of “Somali boys” who often caused trouble on C Wing.

Jan 29 – Juan Olmos Saca, 39, died six days after being stabbed in Peckham, south London. A 27-year-old man also suffered stab wounds to his head and abdomen but survived. Alvaro Mendoza Sillerico, 28, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder. The court heard Sillerico, a Bolivian also known as Uziel Mendez, got into a drunken argument with the victim over a woman.

Jan 28 – Brandon Regan, 17, was stabbed to death in the garden of a house in Speke, Merseyside. Steven Jones, 24, a drug dealer from Netherley, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. Lewis Gibbons, 26, from Halewood, was also jailed for life (25 years) for murder. Jack Butterworth, 22, from Widnes, was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter. Ryan Buckley, 33, from Speke, was acquitted of all charges. The trial heard there had been a minor dispute over a bicycle.

Jan 28– Yaya Mbye, 26, from Hackney, was stabbed to death at 11.30pm on the George Downing Estate in Stoke Newington, east London. Mbye told police people were “after him because he lost £1,000 that didn’t belong to him” two days before he was stabbed to death in Stoke Newington, an inquest in Jan 2020 was told. A toxicology report showed Gambian-born Yaya was most likely high on cocaine and possibly heroin at the time of his death. In a statement read out at court, Sgt Nichols Kane of Hertfordshire Police, said Yaya was found inside, and had been dropped off by three men known only as “Matt, Gav and Mash” to sell drugs, according to a witness. Unsolved.

Jan 24 – Ramniklal Jogiya, 74, was bundled into a van outside his jewellery shop in Leicester and tortured in a plot to steal almost £200,000 of gold jewellery. He was dumped in a country lane in Stoughton, Leicestershire, and died of exposure. Thomas Jervis, 24, and Charles Mcauley, 20, were convicted of murder and given life sentences with minimum terms of 33 and 30 years respectively. Callan Reeve, 20, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 16 years. Jervis went back to the shop to open the safe while wearing a burka disguise and pushing a shopping trolley to carry the jewellery, but was defeated by a 12-hour time-lock.

Jan 24 – Seyed Khan, 49, disappeared after leaving his home in Thamesmead, south London, for work at the A-Z Furniture and Carpets shop in Ilford, Essex. His car was found on Jan 28. His body was found at Ilford cemetery on Feb 1. He had suffered head injuries. Imran Muhammad, 30, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder and perverting the course of justice. Muhammed had previous convictions for dishonesty and was an over-stayer in the country, giving him a motive to kill. During the trial Muhammad denied murder, maintaining Mr Khan owed him money and had made sexual advances towards him. But police suspect he had stolen money from Khan, who was threatening to report him to the authorities and get him deported to Pakistan.

Jan 21 – Ella-Rose Clover, 22 months old, was punched repeatedly in the stomach at a flat in Wythenshawe, Manchester, and died due to “internal bleeding and cardiac arrest following the deliberate infliction of blows”. Michael Wild, 31, was jailed for life (22 years) at Liverpool Crown Court in June 2019. The child’s mother Pagan Clover broke down in tears. She had left Ella with the girl’s godmother, Sharleen Hughes, who then left Ella-Rose with her boyfriend, Wild, while she did errands. Hughes, 36, was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice and was jailed for five years. She had lied about leaving the child alone with Wild.

Jan 15 – Lexi Draper, three, was suffocated at her home in Rugby, Warwickshire. Her sister Scarlett Vaughan, 17 months old, died 18 days later. Their mother Louise Porton, 23, was jailed for life (32 years) in 2019. The trial heard Porton was heard “laughing” at a funeral parlour two days before killing Scarlett on 1 February. Jurors heard Porton accepted 41 friend requests on a dating app just a day after Lexi died. The trial heard her daughters “got in the way of her sex life”. Passing sentence at Birmingham Crown Court, Mrs Justice Yip described the murders as “evil” and “calculated”.

Jan 13 – Cassie Hayes, 28, a travel agent, had her throat cut at the Tui store in Southport, Merseyside. Andrew Burke, 31, from St Helens, was jailed for life (26 years) in April 2018. He had been convicted the day before of harassing his former partner Laura Williams, who had begun a lesbian relationship with Cassie. The judge described Ms Hayes’s death as a “cold-blooded execution in public”. Burke pleaded guilty to murder and having an offensive weapon, namely a knife, in a public place and was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.

Jan 12 – Shane Gilmer, 30, was killed with a crossbow at his home near Driffield, East Yorkshire. His pregnant girlfriend Laura Sugden survived. The killer was their neighbour Anthony Lawrence, 55, who blamed them for him facing eviction. Lawrence was found dead in a layby in North Yorkshire a fews days later. He had killed himself. The inquest heard he had installed a device to listen to their conversations through the wall of the semi-detached house near Driffield after the couple complained to his landlord and police about loud music and the smell of cannabis seeping into her asthmatic daughter’s bedroom.After the inquest in 2021 Laura and her daughter Ella launched a petition to get crossbow sales restricted.

Jan 11 – Leslie Hebblewhite, 63, was attacked by a thief at his home in Northumberland Park, Tottenham, north London. He was found by paramedics with a cut to his left foot in his bedroom. The room had been ransacked, with items thrown around. Mr Hebblewhite told a witness he had been attacked by a Polish man at around 7am. He died in hospital and a pathologist concluded the wound to the top of his left foot was caused by a blade. CCTV cameras captured a man with a scarf covering his face entering and leaving the property several times. A bank statement revealed the victim’s bank card was being used after his death on 14 January. CCTV captured the same suspect withdrawing cash. Eugeniusz Ciwinski, 32, from Tottenham, was arrested while carrying the victim’s bank card. Ciwinski was convicted of theft and manslaughter and jailed for 14 years.

Jan 8 – Daniel Frederick, 34, was stabbed to death in Stoke Newington, NE London. Kacper Karasinski, 18, was jailed for life (20 years) and a 17-year-old boy was jailed for life (17 years). A 16 year-old boy who pleaded guilty to murder was jailed for life (10 years). Yigiter Gok, 18, was acquitted of murder but jailed for nine years for manslaughter. A 17 year-old boy was jailed for eight years for manslaughter. Daniel, who has no gang affiliations, had spent the day at hospital with his pregnant partner who was expecting their fourth child. He returned home shortly before 5.30pm and he had arranged to meet a friend who lived nearby to play computer games. He was waiting in Shakspeare Walk when a group of five youths wearing hoods and face coverings attacked him from behind. The court heard suggestions that one of the suspects had set out to ‘violate’ someone after hearing that his friend had been beaten up in prison – and that Mr Frederick was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’. Karasinski fled to Norway after the attack and Gok travelled to Turkey via France.

Jan 5 – Terrie-Ann Jones, 33, was murdered by her ex-partner John Lewis at her home in Cimla, near Port Talbot, south Wales. Lewis, 56, was convicted of murder at Swansea Crown Court in July 2018 and was given a life sentence, with a minimum term of 19 years. The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating a complaint about South Wales Police’s handling of a domestic violence incident in August 2017.

Jan 3 – Elisabeta ‘Alina’ Lacatusu, 44, was stabbed 19 times as she arrived home in Ilford, east London. Her former boyfriend Genu Armeanu, 45, was jailed for life (28 years) after a three-day trial. The Old Bailey jury took just 15 minutes to reach a unanimous verdict. Alina moved to London from Romania about two years before her death. She had three daughters and two grandchildren. Armeanu was from the same city in Romania as Elisabeta and had known her since childhood. Their paths crossed again in 2015 when Elisabeta’s daughter lived in a shared house where the rent was collected by Armeanu. By the late summer of 2017, Elisabeta’s family became aware that she had begun a relationship with Armeanu. Her family were not happy and Elisabeta agreed to end the relationship. However, when the victim repeatedly tried to end it Armeanu sent a host of text messages, at first threatening to kill himself and then threatening to kill her.

Jan 3 – Yosuke Sasaki, 24, was stabbed in the back in Dundalk, Republic of Ireland. He worked at the National Pen call centre in the town. Two Irish men were also attacked – a 22-year-old was stabbed on Coes Road shortly before 9.30am and a 23-year-old man was attacked a few minutes later with a pole at Seatown Place. Both men sustained non life-threatening injuries in the attack. Mohamed Merai, 18, an Egyptian national who is believed to have travelled to Dundalk from Northern Ireland, was charged with murder. During his first court appearance he was in an agitated state during the hearing and shouted repeatedly in Arabic and English, “I am no gay”, “I am no Muslim” and “I am no Pakistani” in the courtroom. In Dec 2019 Merai was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was ordered to be detained in the Central Mental Hospital in Dublin. During the trial consultant psychiatrists Dr Brenda Wright and Dr Paul O’Connell told the jury that Mr Morei was suffering from acute symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the stabbing. He told psychiatrists he was hearing voices in his head and believed he had been poisoned by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. After the trial Mr Sasaki’s older sister Shiori Sasaki said in a written statement that she could not understand “why a mentally unstable foreign national, whose origin was unknown, was allowed to be in the town”.

Jan 3 – Harun Jama, 16, from Birmingham area, was stabbed to death near a children’s playground in Friars Wharf, Oxford at 19:55. Craig Ford, 33, of Luther Street, Oxford, was charged with murder, robbery, possession of a bladed article and possession with intent to supply class A drugs. But charges were dropped against him in Feb 2019. Alice Ashcroft, 25, was convicted of possession of Class A drugs after she was found with 31 wraps of heroin on her in a homeless hostel in Luther Street. Judge Ross sentenced Ashcroft to a three year community sentence and supervision order for the charge of possession. Harun’s murder remains unsolved.

Jan 1 – Steve Narvaez-Jara, 20, was stabbed to death in the early hours of New Year’s Day at a house party on the Redbrick estate in Stoke Newington, NE London. Another 20-year-old survived. Mr Narvaez-Jara, who was born in Ecuador, was studying physics and aerospace at the University of Herefordshire. Daniel Lena, 19, a drill rapper better known as Unknown T, was acquitted of murder and violent disorder. The rapper appeared on BBC Radio 1’s playlist and reached 48 in the UK singles chart, teamed up in 2019 with AJ Tracey for the single Leave Dat Trap. He was also brought on stage by Drake during his opening London show at the O2 in April 2019. Ramani Boreland, 21, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter. Mohammed Musse, 21, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter but given a suspended jail sentence for violent disorder.

Jan 1 – Ashley Cochrane died of head injuries after a fight at a hostel in Byker, Newcastle. Lee Annis, from North Shields, who denied his murder, died in HMP Durham in Feb 2018 on his 40th birthday. Sean Histon, 32, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 30 years for murder while George Dixon, 38, was sentenced to 17 years for manslaughter. After dragging his lifeless body into an unoccupied room at Catherine House, they left him for dead and went to party the night away at Dixon’s mother’s home. Newcastle Crown Court heard Histon and Dixon wanted money for drugs to celebrate the New Year, and found Mr Cochrane slumped on the doorstep of Catherine House in a “drunk and vulnerable state”. Jurors were told he was subjected to a ferocious attack, including being stamped on, stabbed and having his head slammed through a plasterboard wall as the pair tried to get his PIN from him.

December 2017

Dec 31 – Meschak dos Santos Cornelio, 18, was stabbed to death in Enfield, north London. Gaille Bola, 22, a gangster known as Ghost, was convicted of manslaughter. He was jailed for 21 years at Blackfriars Crown Court after a retrial. Bola introduced Cornelio to drug dealing and lured him into the Get Money Gang, or GMG, when he was 15 after the teenager moved to Enfield, north London, from Tulse Hill, south London, and wanted to make new friends. Cornelio had been selling Class A drugs on behalf of Bola but had set up his own operation, which Bola resented. He stole his drugs when he stabbed him. When Gary Hopkins went on trial for murdering Abdi Ali (see 31 December 2017) he claimed the teenage drug dealer had been killed by Bola. It was a lie. But Abdi may have been working for Bola.

Dec 31 – Kyall Parnell, 17, from Thornton Heath, was stabbed to death in Tulse Hill, south London, at 10.43pm on New Year”s Eve. Denique Newell, 19, was charged with murder in February 2021 and awaits trial.

Dec 30 – Jamel Powell, 37, died following an incident at the Blue Mountain Club in Bristol at around 3am. Ian Power, 39, of Gloucester, was jailed for life (27 years) and Errol Anderson, 55, of Bristol, was jailed for life (21 years). The trial heard there was a “historic feud” between Power and Powell. Juliette Campbell was convicted of assisting an offender.

Dec 25 – Michael Eaton, 72, was stabbed more than 120 times with a steak knife at his home in Balby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. His stepgranddaughter Lindsey Fletcher, 39, also beat him with his walking stick. She claimed he tried to sexually abuse her like he did when she was a child. She was jailed for life (12 years) for murder at Sheffield Crown Court in June 2018. During the trial the jury heard Fletcher, a drug addict, stripped Mr Eaton’s body naked and doused it with bleach. She then took her 12-year-old daughter with her to dispose of his clothes. The court heard Fletcher “loathed” the retired delivery driver, talked about killing him and researched poisoning on the internet.

Dec 24 – Iuliana Tudos, 22, a barmaid originally from Cyprus, was killed in a building in a park in Finsbury Park, north London. She vanished on Christmas Eve as she made her way to a friend’s house in Enfield where she was due to spend Christmas. Her body was found on December 27. Iuliana, who was also known as Julia and Lili, was of Russian and Greek origin and worked at the World’s End pub in Camden. Kasim Lewis, 31, from Friern Barnet, was jailed for life (29 years). His trial heard he had cable ties and probably planned to abduct her and sexually assault her.

Dec 22 – Scott Fricker, 48, and his wife Buckley Kuhn-Fricker, 43, were shot dead at 5am outside their home in Reston, Virginia. They had forbade their 16-year-old daughter from seeing a 17-year-old boy, Nicholas Giampa, after they discovered a Twitter account they believed was linked to the teen had retweeted tweets praising Hitler, making derogatory comments about Jews, calling for “white revolution,” and picturing an image of a man hanging from a noose beneath a slur for gays. The boy, who also painted a large swastika on a fence, has been charged with two counts of murder but remains hospitalised in critical condition after turning the gun on himself. As of August 2022 he still has not gone on trial.

Dec 21 – Brandi Mells, 22, Shanta Myers, 36, and Shanta’s children Jeremiah Myers, 11, and Shanise Myers, 5, were bound, gagged and stabbed to death in a basement apartment in Lansingburgh, near Albany, New York state. James ‘Jay Dub’ White, 40, from Schenectady, went on trial in 2020 but the trial ended in a mistrial. He faces a retrial in 2021. Justin Mann, 26, was the prosecution’s star witness. He testified that White placed pillows beside the victims’ heads and plunged a knife through their necks. White later testified that it was Mann who killed the victims and that he was outside the whole time unaware of the bloodshed. The evidence against White includes DNA of two victims found inside his gloves. White testified that he and Mann switched gloves twice over the course of the night — in part because White’s gloves were black and red and he said Mann fancied himself a member of the Bloods street gang, which wears red. Mann, also from Schenectady, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree murder. The motive was robbery.

Dec 21 – Jodie Willsher, 30, was stabbed to death at the Aldi supermarket in Skipton, North Yorkshire, where she worked. It happened at 3.30pm in front of horrified shoppers, some of whom tried to intervene. Neville Hord, 44, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder in March 2018. Hord was the ex-partner of Jodie’s mum Nikki Dinsdale. He blamed Jodie for their relationship breaking up.

Dec 18 – Marie Scott, 57, vanished from her home in Hale, Greater Manchester. In November 2018, a dog walker reported seeing an object in the River Irwell in Pendleton, two miles to the north-west of Manchester city centre, which was subsequently identified as one of Ms Scott’s legs. The rest of her body was found in the Manchester Ship Canal near Frodsham, Cheshire, in December 2019. Unsolved.

Dec 16 – Suzanne Brown, 33, was stabbed 173 times at her home in Braintree, Essex. Her boyfriend Jake Neate, 36, unemployed, was charged with murder but was mentally unfit for trial. A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court heard a trial of the facts and agreed he had killed Suzanne. Neate, who is in Rampton Hospital, was given an indefinite hospital order. Both Neate and his parents had repeatedly raised the alarm about his deteriorating mental health in the days and hours before the killing. The family also contacted their local MP, James Cleverley, but he did not see key emails until after Brown’s death.

Dec 16 – Oshane “Ganda” Duhaney, 28,a gangster and leader of the Waltham gang, was shot dead in Quarry, St James parish, Jamaica. Shots were fired at his funeral in January 2018 and one man – Michael Bernard – was killed. The shooter fled.

Dec 11 – Abdi Ali, 18, vanished after a family wedding at his home in Enfield, north London. His body was found at a house in Hartmoor Mews, Enfield in August 2018. Gary Hopkins, 36, was jailed for life (22 years) and his girlfriend Stacey Docharty, 28, was jailed for 27 months for perverting the course of justice, having been cleared of murder. The pair were drug addicts and Hopkins killed Ali, who he said had been dealing drugs out of their home, and then hid his body in the loft.

Dec 10 – Patryk Jezmanski, 23, a Polish labourer, was stabbed to death in Bilton Road, Perivale, west London. Adrian Kompinski, 24, of Rydal Crescent, Perivale, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 17 years in July 2018. Kompinski had fled to Edinburgh. Police believe he had planned on flying to Germany en route to Poland. When officers searched through Kompinski’s phone once it had been entered into evidence, they found a highly incriminating text send to his mother admitting to his involvement in the killing of Jezmanski, instructing her to keep silent and telling her that a friend was helping him to get away.

Dec 8 – Alex Vandepuye, 24, was stabbed to death in Hackney, east London. In 2007 when he was 13 years old he was part of a gang, known as the Kingzhold Boys, who gang-raped a young girl in Hackney. He was jailed for six years.

Dec 7 – Jacob Abraham, 15, was tortured and stabbed to death in a service road behind his home in Hurst Drive, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire at around 9.30pm. Earlier The he was caught on camera buying bread in Iceland on the High Street in Waltham Cross. He then went home to help his mother make sandwiches before the pair went to their church in Edmonton and distributed the food among homeless people. Kai Fisher-Dixon, Shuayb Mahomud, Tremayne Gray, Omarion Stephens and Abdulqaliq Mohamed, all aged 15 and from Enfield, were convicted of murder and jailed for life after a five-week trial at St Albans Crown Court. They could be named after the judge Mr Justice Edis lifted anonymity orders. Jacob had been involved in a number of fights and got into an argument with the AP gang. After posting an online challenge, he was stabbed in an alleyway behind his home.

Dec 1 – Davit Saralidze and Levan Dadunashvili, both aged 16, were killed in a brawl between students from two different schools in Tbilisi, Georgia. In May 2018 one of them was found guilty of murdering Dadunashvili, while the second was convicted of attempting to murder Saralidze. The court acquitted them on one charge, of taking part in a murder with other people, sparking a protest in which a crowd of people brandishing posters reading “Don’t kill!” marched from the chief prosecutor’s office to the Georgian parliament. Georgia’s chief prosecutor Irakly Shotadze eventually resigned after thousands of people gathered outside his office in Tbilisi to protest his handling of an investigation into the deaths.

November 2017

Nov 28 – Mohammed Hersi was killed at a café in Finsbury Park, north London. Ahmed Hashi, 18, was jailed for nine years for manslaughter in June 2018. After a minor disagreement with another man, Mr Hersi was leaving the premises to go home. As Mr Hersi paused at the door, Hashi picked up a chair and pushed it with force towards Mr Hersi’s face, causing catastrophic injuries to Mr Hersi’s left eye and brain. While Mr Hersi was lying defenceless and unconscious on the ground, Hashi stamped on Mr Hersi’s throat and body before running away.

Nov 22 – Piotr Woroeneicki, 32, from Poland, was asphyxiated after being held in a headlock in Parma Crescent, Clapham Junction, south London. He is believed to have been killed by an organised crime syndicate. The case was originally treated as unexplained but a new autopsy in July 2018 concluded cause of death was compression to the neck. A reward of £10,000 was offered. Unsolved.

Nov 22 – Joe Daniels, 58, was shot dead in his pub, The Red Cow, in Folkestone, Kent. Eli Smith, 25, from Canterbury, was charged with two counts of selling a prohibited weapon, possession of a firearm without a certificate, possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate and converting an imitation firearm into a firearm. Robin Ling, 25, was charged with two counts of selling a prohibited weapon, being concerned in the supply of class B drugs and conspiring to supply class B drugs. But neither man has been charged with murder.

Nov 21 – Arthur Gumbley, 87, died in hospital three weeks after he was attacked during a burglary in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. Jason Wilsher, 20, from Bagworth, Leicestershire, was jailed for life (33 years) in March 2019. The court heard Wilsher and another intruder raided the home and stole a watch and jewellery. Wilsher’s criminal history was detailed by the judge and included a similar attack on an 86-year-old man in his home.

Nov 18 – Jason Isaacs, 18, was stabbed to death in an alley in Newnham Close, Northolt. Joel Amade, 18, from Rayners Lane, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder after a trial at the Old Bailey. Kaleel Nyeila, 18, from Greenford, was acquitted of murder. The trial heard Jason was targeted after he went to rival gang’s territory in Rayners Lane and posed for an Instagram post. Amade had the picture on his phone when he went looking for Isaacs, who was chased down an alley by two men on a moped and stabbed.

Nov 16 – Kacem Mokrane, 18, was stabbed by members of the Mali Boys during a fight in Walthamstow, NE London. He died four days later in hospital. Several teenagers were arrested and four were eventually convicted. Hamza Ul-Haq, 23, was jailed for life (36 years) for murder. He is already serving a life sentence for the murder of Joseph William-Torres. Following Kacem’s murder, Ul-Haq fled to Pakistan where he remained for four months. Within five days of his return to the UK he killed Joseph, along with two others, one of them a 16-year-old boy. Also convicted of Kacem’s murder were Luca Griffiths, 19, who was jailed for life (14 years), Abdirisak Ali, 26, jailed for life (17 years) and Kamil Kazmierski, 23, jailed for life (16 years). Christopher Wilson, 20, and Shadab Abdul-Karim, 23, were acquitted. The murderers were associated with the Mali Boys gang, which had been engaged in a bloody feud with the neighbouring Priory Court or Higham Hill gang. The Priory Court gang had killed Ul-Haq’s friend, Elijah Donnelly, 17, in May 2017.Kacem’s murder is believed to have been a revenge attack following an incident two days prior in St James’ Street, Walthamstow, during which two of the gang’s associates had acid thrown in their faces in a pizza shop. Simultaneously, in a food outlet next door, Ul-Haq was part of a group also attacked, resulting in one man receiving a stab wound to his chest. One theory is that the group mistakenly thought Kacem was a member of the rival gang who had turned up at the site of the acid attack earlier that day asking for Ul-Haq. On 19 April 2018 detectives investigating Joseph’s murder carried out a search warrant at Ul Haq’s home address where they recovered a ‘kill list’ containing street names of rival gang members. Detectives believe that included within that list were Kacem and Joseph, however Ul-Haq had coded their names with other characters indicating that he had already murdered them when the list was created.

Nov 15 – Catherine Burke, 55, a former council worker, was stabbed to death at her home in Muswell Hill, north London. She was originally from Ireland. Heronly son Nial was studying at Brighton University. Police said she had been bound and gagged and suspected it may have been a bungled burglary. In July 2019 Kasim Lewis, 32, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life (40 years). He was already a serving a life sentence for the murder of Iuliana Tudos on Christmas Eve 2017. In May 2018 police executed a search warrant on of the property of a former friend of Lewis, where Lewis had originally been arrested back in January. As a result of this, they found a mobile phone belonging to Cathy that Lewis could be proved to have stolen and used after killing her; A Kindle tablet belonging to her university student son taken from his bedroom was also found. A pair of trousers also recovered from Lewis’ own home address also provided a confirmed forensic link to Catherine Burke. The tests found a chance of 1 billion that the DNA did not belong to Lewis. Although there was never a proven sexual assault in the case of either Catherine or Iuliana, detectives believe that both crimes were sexually motivated due to the nature of the injuries and aspects of the two crime scenes, which had significant similarities. Both women were stabbed multiple times, and subjected to particularly brutal and prolonged attacks.

Nov 14 – Kaan Aslan, 20, an Uber Eats delivery driver, was stabbed to death by members of the Niners gang armed with knives and samurai swords on the Nightingale estate in Hackney, east London, around midnight. Bruno Pateco-Te, 24, from Homerton, was jailed for life (27 years). The trial heard Mr Aslan, who was not part of any gang, and was simply “in the wrong place at the wrong time”. Bruno took part in retribution for a gang attack on his brother Joao three months earlier. Joao was charged with affray for fighting members of the rival N16 Stokeys gang at the Notting Hill Carnival in August. After signing for bail conditions at Stoke Newington police station, his girlfriend’s car was rammed and he was stabbed six times. Charges were dropped against members of the Stokeys so Bruno decided to take action.

Nov 12 – Sandel Serbu, 31, a Romanian national, was ambushed and brutally beaten to death with garden shears and pick axe handles in a revenge attack in Ilford, east London. Razvan Vladescu, 27, and his brother Araman-Nardi Stoica, 25, were found guilty of murder and possession of an offensive weapon. Ionut Vasile, 28, of South Park Road, Ilford, was convicted of manslaughter. Vladescu was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 26 years for murder. Stoica was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 23 years for murder. Vasile was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for manslaughter.

Nov 11 – Khalid Abdi Farah, 26, from Greenford, was shot dead in the early hours in Lady Margaret Road, Southall, west London. His killers escaped in a black VW Tiguan SUV, which had been stolen in Uxbridge a few days before and was dumped in West Drayton a few hours later. The motive for his murder is unclear but it is believed to be possibly drug-related. A £10,000 reward was offered. Malique Thompson-Hill, 21, and Jermaine Paul, 22, were jailed for life (30 years). Joshua Folorunso, 27, from Loudwater, was convicted of perverting the course of justice. He had helped burn the getaway car.

Nov 9 – Ruxin Wang, 74, was shot dead while retrieving his trashcan outside his home in Nashville, Tennessee. Ruxin Wang and his wife moved to Nashville from China after retirement in search of a better life. Myeisha Brown, 16, was charged with murder but was released after raising the bail money using a crowdfunding site. In 2019 Brown was arrested again and charged with vehicle theft and two counts of drug possession. She awaits trial.

Nov 8 – Jordan Ajobo, 21, a boxing coach, was stabbed to death close to the London City Airport in Canning Town. A 21-year-old man was charged with murder after being arrested in Leeds but the case against him was discontinued. Police also said they wanted to speak to Christaiano Filipe, aged 21 and Ibrahim Giwa, aged 21, but both were released with no action taken after being interviewed. Unsolved.

Nov 7 – Gaia Pope, 19, from Langton Matravers, vanished while staying with friends in Swanage, Dorset. Gaia, who died of hypothermia, had severe epilepsy. She was last seen by Rosemary Dinch at an address in Manor Gardens in Swanage. Three people were arrested in connection with her disappearance but no charges were ever brought against anyone. Her family believe she died due to failings by police and mental health services following an allegation of rape. An inquest is due to be held in May 2021.

Nov 5 – Samir Draganovic, 23, a commuter, was stabbed 40 times in a frenzied machete attack at Knockholt train station in Kent. Jamie Simmons, 37, a drug addict, was jailed for life (26 years). CCTV footage captured Mr Draganovic desperately looking over his shoulder as he was pursued by Simmons before both men disappeared over the far end. The men were complete strangers and Simmons has never said why he attacked him.

Nov 3 – Mike Okombe, 27, a rugby player with the Kenyan national team, was stabbed to death at a house in Nakuru, Kenya. His girlfriend Maryanne Mumbi was charged with his murder after the couple had a row. Another rugby player – Calvin Okoth, was also charged. They await trial. Two others – Erik Mochache and Vincent Omondi – were also arrested. Okombe last played a test match for Kenya against Hong Kong in Nairobi in August 2016.

Nov 3 – Sophia Peters, seven, was strangled with a ligature at her home in Raynes Park, SW London. Her father Robert Peters, 56, an antiques dealer, was jailed for life (24 years) in April 2018. He had pleaded guilty to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility but that was not accepted. The trial heard – at 8.01am a police operator received a 999 phone call that stated “there’s a murder” and the male caller went on to say a child had been murdered. When the caller was asked, “who’s killed them?” the caller replied, “I have.” Officers arrived five minutes later and found the front door of the house open. When they entered they were met by Peters who said: “She’s upstairs, I’ve strangled her.”

Nov 2 – Michael Jonas, 17, was stabbed to death in Betts Park, Penge, south London. Six juveniles were charged with murder but the charges were later dropped. Unsolved.

October 2017

Oct 30 – Julian Aubrey, 55, an LGBT campaigner, was killed at his home in Kensington, west London. He was a former head of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea LGBT liaison group. His ex-boyfriend Enrique Facelli, 48, a Uruguayan national, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility in August 2018 and was sent to a psychiatric hospital under the Mental Health act.

Oct 28 – Alexia Daval, 29, a banker, went missing after going for a morning jog. Her partially burnt body was found in woodland near the north-eastern French town of Gray, not far from Dijon. It was covered by branches in a forest far from her usual jogging route. Her husband Jonathan Daval, 34, was arrested in January but denied any involvement in his wife’s murder. His lawyer said he had “expected this test” and his late wife’s family supported him. Women honoured the jogger with symbolic runs in cities across France after her death. The case has become a long legal saga but as of 2020 Daval has not been charged.

Oct 27 – Stephen Frith, 58, was found beaten to death at a flat in West Worthing, Sussex. Detectives have been unable to identify DNA found on several Rothmans cigarette butts discarded around the property. Four people have been arrested but nobody has been charged. Unsolved.

Oct 27 – Randy Kang was shot in Bolivar Park in Surrey, British Columbia. Kang’s brother Gary and associate Camilo Alonso survived. Tyrel Nguyen Quesnelle went on trial for murder in Oct 2022. The trial heard that less than three weeks before gangster Randy Kang was shot to death, his family hosted a Thanksgiving dinner which Quesnelle attended. Quesnelle is also accused of murdering university student Jagvir Malhi in Abbotsford in Nov 2018. The trial heard that Quesnelle and Kang were both members of the Brothers Keepers gang but Quesnelle was paid $100,000 to kill him.

October 26 – Jillian Howell, 46, was stabbed to death at her home in Brighton. The word “bully” had been written on her forehead. David Browning, 52, admitted killing her but claimed it was manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.After a trial at Hove Crown Court he was convicted of murder and jailed for life (28 years). Browning went for dinner at her home and reacted with “anger and violence” when she rejected him. The married father of two from Seaford, East Sussex, formed an intense attachment to his boss in the payroll department at the University of Brighton, and confided in her about his emotional problems, the jury heard. Prosecutor Alan Gardner said Browning became “possessive, controlling and jealous” and planned the killing for months. He applied for a firearms licence, bought a shotgun and knife, hired a van, and took a change of clothes to the crime scene.

Oct 24 – Lee Holt, 32, was shot in the chest at a house in Oswaldtwistle, near Accrington, Lancashire. Matthew Moseley, 49, was jailed for life (26 years) for murder. His son Thomas, 14, was originally suspected of murder but only because Moseley tried to make him take the rap for it. Holt’s partner Kate Phelan’s 15 year old son Wesley Metcalfe was involved in a dispute with Thomas which ended with Moseley shooting him.

Oct 21 – Sam Cook, from Crosby, was stabbed in the basement of the Empire Bar in Liverpool as he celebrated his 21st birthday. Carl Madigan, 22, from Garston, was jailed for life (28 years) for murder. Madigan was on licence for attacking another man with a machete when he was 17. Lewis Langfield, 20, from Anfield, was charged with assault but it was later dropped. Louis Langfield punched Mr Cook in the face just seconds before Carl Madigan stabbed him through the heart.

Oct 19 – Bethan Colebourn, 3, was found dead at the family home in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. Her mother Claire Colebourn, 36, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder after a trial in March 2019. She had searched for websites about suicide and drowning before the death, Winchester Crown Court heard. She denies murder. She was in another bedroom and was found to have injected herself with 306 units of insulin that day – nearly 10 times her normal dose. The trial heard the defendant had an “unfounded” belief that her husband Michael, a company chief executive, was having an affair with his financial director at their marine interiors firm Trimline. He told the court Mrs Colebourn became “obsessed” with his ex-partner who was his Facebook friend, causing him to close down his account.The jury heard she then drowned her daughter, telling police: “I wanted to fight myself but I couldn’t. She didn’t fight… She had complete trust in me.” The defendant told friends she then tried to kill herself by hanging herself, stabbing herself in the stomach and taking a fatal overdose of insulin.

Oct 16 – Omid Saidy, 20, was stabbed in the neck in Parsons Green, south west London after he chased two teenage drug dealers from outside his house. He went after the pair with his friend Oluwafemi Omotosho, who was on a moped. Mr Omotosho came off his moped and was stabbed in the chest as he lay on the ground. Charlie Hurd, 17, was jailed for eight years for manslaughter. Shafiq Smith, 19, was jailed for six years and one month for wounding Mr Omotosho with intent and possession of a knife. Hurd appealed his sentence at the Royal Courts of Justice. The appeal was dismissed and it was ruled that reporting restrictions were lifted with immediate effect. Omid’s father, Majid Saidy, said: “Hurd’s appeal has simply added to our trauma but I am pleased that the reporting restrictions have been lifted so now everyone can see the face of the person who took my beloved son from us. He is an evil individual who needs to be in prison.I feel if you are man enough to carry a knife, let alone use it on another human being, you should do a man-size sentence. Once these people get to court they present as if butter wouldn’t melt, the complete opposite to how they behave on the street. It is madness that knife carriers are not going to prison for a first offence, let alone a second offence. Shafiq Smith who was also jailed for his part in Omid’s death had been caught with a knife only four days before my son’s killing – I ask myself had the court kept him in prison, would my son be hear today?”

Oct 16 – Abdul Samad, 28, was stabbed to death during a robbery in Maida Vale, west London. Nathan Gilmaney, 19, was jailed for life (27 years) and Troy Thomas, 18, was jailed for life (22 years). They were moped robbers embarked on a robbery spree.

Oct 16 – Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, a Maltese journalist and blogger, was killed when the rental car she was driving blew up shortly after she left her home in Bidnija, Malta. One of her sons heard the explosion and rushed outside. Ms. Caruana Galizia had accused Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat and his wife Michelle of being involved in corruption. She produced a document claiming US$1 million from Leyla Aliyeva, the daughter of the President of Azerbaijan, had been paid into an offshore account belonging to Michelle Muscat. Her Running Commentary blog was full of scandal (see link). George Degiorgio, 55 and his brother Alfred 53, and Vincent Muscat, 55, have been charged with murder and await trial. Maltese businessman Yorgen Fenech is suspected of hiring the hitmen.

Oct 15 – Moosakhan Nasiri, 28, an Afghan refugee, was stabbed to death in Plashet Park, Forest Gate, east London. Hirjat Nazzary, 25, Benyamin Ghaderi, 18, Azeem Shafi, 22, and a 16-year-old boy were acquitted of murder and manslaughter in May 2018. The prosecution claimed Moosakhan was attacked because he owed £10 for some drugs. The trial heard the evidence indicated the fatal stab wound was inflicted by Javid Ahmadzai, who fled the country after the attack. In June 2022 Ahmadzai was extradited from France and in August 2023Ahmadzai, by then 28, was jailed for life (28 years) for murder and vilent disorder. Prosecutor Lisa Wilding KC said the brutal attack took place because the victim owed £10 for some drugs which he could not pay back immediately.

Oct 14 – Reagan Asbury, 19, was stabbed to death during a brawl outside Walsall Town Hall in the West Midlands. The brawl was between fans of rival boxers. Walsall Town Hall was hosting an IBF lightweight title fight between Luke Paddock, from Walsall, and Myron Mills, from Derby. The bout was won by Mills following a split decision. Tyrone Andrew, 21, from Derby, was acquitted of murder but jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. Ryandeep Sidhu, 22, from Derby, was jailed for 30 months for perverting the course of justice. Declan Kemp-Francis, 23, from Derby, got 30 months for the same offence. Lavelle Patrice, 22, from Derby, was cleared of all charges. Lee Hickinbottom, 42, from Bloxwich, was jailed for 18 months for violent disorder, while Smith, of Harrison Street, while Phillip Smith, 51, from Bloxwich, was given an eight-month term suspended for a year with 150 hours unpaid work and a two-month curfew for violent disorder. Video of the brawl inside the venue was uploaded onto Youtube.

Oct 8 – Kamil Metler, 31, was beaten to death in an alley in Hounslow, west London. Vitalie Daikov, 26, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter after being acquitted of murder. Detectives established that a few hours before his death, Kamil had been in the Yates’ Wine Lodge pub on Bath Road. He left the pub and was seen on the street outside talking with a woman before they, and a man, moved along Lampton Road to the alleyway. The woman turned out to be a prostitute and Daikov claimed at his trial he thought Metler was planning to rob him and he overreacted.

Oct 6 – Saif Abdul Majid, 18, was stabbed to death in Neasden, north west London. Two boys, both aged 14, were found guilty of murder and detained for life (minimum of 14 years). A 15-year-old boy was acquitted. The trial heard Saif had been involved in a fight with the three the day before. He returned to the scene the following day and was stabbed.

Oct 2 – Rodney Parlour, 51, was stabbed to death at a house in Rainham, Essex. Mark Croxson, 47, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder. The trial heard Parlour, an alcoholic, was drunk when he squared up to Croxson, who inflicted 67 different injuries to “every part of his body”. Croxson’s previous 69 conviction and 156 offences date back to the 90s and include robbery, battery, attempted sexual assault, racially aggravated crimes and assaulting a police officer.

Oct 1 – Adrian Fannon, 39, and Mark Pawley, 25, died from “multiple stab wounds” at a flat in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Raymond Morgan, 52, was jailed for life (19 years) for murdering Mr Pawley but was acquitted of killing Mr Fannon. The trial heard that all three men were crack cocaine addicts.

September 2017

Sep 30 – Garry Twist, 54, who worked at Jaguar Land Rover, was beaten, kicked and stamped on in Hall Green, Birmingham, after an argument. Simeon Corry, 32, a former soldier, was jailed for life and will serve at least 20 years before he will be considered for release. He screamed as he was led away from the dock at Birmingham Crown Court to begin his sentence. Corry, from Acocks Green, Birmingham, also attacked Mr Twist’s girlfriend Rosemary Garvey with a wine bottle after following them from the College Arms pub. He was drunk. Staff at a nearby Indian restaurant alerted police after Corry ordered a curry later that night still with blood on his hands from the attack.

Sep 30 – Lamar Stewart, 21, was stabbed, punched and stamped on at a birthday party in Bow, east London. Salman Ahmed, 23, was jailed for life (22 years) in June 2018. Ahmed, who was drunk, became involved in an argument and was stabbed in the buttocks. He later returned with others and attacked Stewart, who he believed was responsible but almost certainly was not involved. After the attack Ahmed fled to Southend, where he was arrested in December 2017.

Sep 29 – Andrew Groves, 47, a businessman from Avonmouth, died of multiple blows to head and was found in a burning flat in Lawrence Weston, Bristol. on Friday night. Michael Dommett, 38, was jailed for life (16 years) and Russell Oakey, 41, was jailed for life (18 years). They claimed they left Groves sleeping. But they had in fact beaten him to death and then set the flat on fire to cover their tracks. The motive remains unclear.

Sep 29 – Tony Parsons, 63, a cyclist and retired Royal Navy petty officer, was hit by a car on the A82 near Bridge of Orchy in the Scottish Highlands. His body was buried nearby. Alexander McKeller and his twin brother Robert McKellar, 30, were charged with murder but in Juy 2023 murder charges were dropped and they admitted defeating the ends of justice by burying him. They are accused of assaulting Mr Parsons and failing to seek medical attention for him following the collision with “wicked and reckless disregard” for the consequences of their actions. It is alleged that they abandoned him at the side of the road during the hours of darkness while they went to Auch Estate, then returned in another vehicle and transported him and his bicycle to the estate where they concealed him under a tarpaulin or similar covering and abandoned him. They later dug a grave on the estate, depositing his body there, covering it with animal remains and bleach and burying him. The body was found in Jan 2021. Parsons was reported missing while on a charity cycle from his home in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, to Fort William, Highlands.

Sep 28 – Christopher Grover was shot dead at his apartment in Poughkeepsie, New York. His girlfriend Nicole “Nikki” Addimando was jailed for 19 years to life in March 2019 but it was reduced on appeal to 7.5 years. The couple had two children. She said the killing was in self-defence after years of physical and sexual abuse. The prosecution claimed she shot him when he was asleep. Grover and Addimando, both gymnastics coaches, met and started dating back in 2008. They began living together in 2012 after Addimando became pregnant with their son who was born later that year. In 2015, she gave birth to their daughter. Addimando’s case was one of the first to test a new law in New York called the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act. It allows a court more discretion in sentencing crimes involving domestic violence survivors if the abuse was determined to be a significant contributing factor to the defendant’s criminal behaviour. The judge in the criminal trial ruled that Addimando’s case did not fit within the law’s criteria; however, an appellate court found otherwise, and wrote in their decision that “The abuse history was not ‘undetermined.’ Instead, the defendant established, through her lengthy testimony, photographs, and other evidence that Grover repeatedly abused her physically and sexually.” She is due to be released in 2024.

September 28 – Detective Leanne McKie, 39, was strangled and found in a lake in Poynton Park, Stockport, near Manchester. She was described as a “tireless worker” and “popular figure” among colleagues in Greater Manchester Police. Leanne was a mother-of-three who worked in the sexual offences unit and sought justice for victims. Her husband, Inspector Darren McKie, 43, was charged with murder and went on trial in 2018. He admitted manslaughter towards the end of his trial but was convicted of murder and jailed for life (19 years). The trial heard he had debts of £115,000 which his wife did not know about. The court heard McKie left work at Stretford police station abruptly at about 11.30am on the day of his wife’s death, after receiving a text message from her revealing she had discovered he had made a loan application for £54,000 without her consent. The court heard McKie put his wife’s body in the boot of her red Mini and drove it a short distance away, returning to the car later that night after continuing the day as normal and putting their three children to bed and taking her body to Poynton Lake.

Sep 24 – Jane Hings, 72, was raped and smothered to death with a pillow in the village of Fleckney, Leicestershire. Craig Keogh, 26, was jailed for life (32 years) in March 2018. The trial heard he had taken cocaine on the night of the murder. He was described as being aggressive by two pub workers, who told jurors he had offered to sell them the drug. Mr Keogh, a factory worker who lived in a caravan but pretended to be a wealthy playboy, knew Jane Hings because he had walked her dog. Keogh’s DNA was found on swabs taken from Ms Hings’ body and on a tongue piercing bar recovered from her body during a forensic examination. Keogh bought a new tongue bar after Miss Hings’ death, having told a friend he had swallowed his old one. He denied murder, burglary and two counts of raping her.

Sep 24 – Jude Gayle, 30, was stabbed to death in Lambeth, south London when he went to a shop to buy ketchup. Jonathon Haynes, 35, from Mitcham, Leon Bishop, 30, from East Dulwich, and Tarelle Bishop, 23, were acquitted of murder at a trial in March 2018. Jude’s partner Rachel Goodchild, 30, later said she was robbed of the chance of telling him she was pregnant with their son Juelz, now 15 months old. The couple already had a daughter, Serenity, aged four. A £20,000 reward has been offered.

Sep 21 – Archie Spriggs, seven, was strangled and smothered at his home in Wall-under-Heywood, Shropshire. His mother, Lesley Speed, 44, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder in March 2018. During the course of the trial jurors heard how Speed and Archie’s father, Matthew Spriggs, were involved in a “bitter and acrimonious” custody dispute over where the youngster should live. The judge accepted Speed, who was convicted of murder, had a “chronic” mental illness. She made a vain attempt to kill herself after murdering her son. Mr Spriggs claimed the authorities dismissed his concerns about his son’s safety and missed opportunities to prevent his death.

Sep 15 – Emma Kelty, 43, a Bristol University graduate and former teacher in Surrey, was robbed and through into the Amazon river in Brazil. Her body has not been found. Ms Kelty was 44 days into her attempt to row from the 4,000 miles from the source of the Amazon river in Peru, through Brazil to its mouth at the Atlantic. Evanilson ‘Baia’ Gomes da Costa, 24, was one of seven men police said were involved in the murder. He confessed to killing her before going on the run and was gunned down by rival criminals at his sister’s house and died in hospital. Five other men were charged in absentia with the murder. They included Jardel ‘Kael’ Pinheiro Gomes, 19, Ronaldo Magalhaes, 18Thiago Santos Rios, 17, Arthur Gomes da Silva, 29, and Erinei ‘Aflinete’ da Silva, 26All were members of a gang of river pirates known as the Water Rats. Gomes, Magalhaes and Rios were shot dead by police in August 2020. Arthur Gomes da Silva and Erinei da Silva were arrested and now await trial.

Sep 13 – Anthony ‘Fif’ Soares, 33, from shot several times at close range in the lobby of a highrise apartment building in Scarborough, near Toronto, Ontario. The shooting at 2:54 am was caught on CCTV cameras in the lobby. Soares, whose street name was Fif, was a member of the OVO Crew and a friend of celebrated Toronto rapper Drake. Soares was in a relationship, the father of a young child. The shooting is not believed to be gang-related. Unsolved

Sep 8 – Pradyuman Thakur, eight, was killed in the toilet of the Ryan International School in Gurgaon, near Delhi, India. Initially a bus driver, Ashok Kumar, was accused of the crime, possibly on the grounds of prejudice. Eventually, in November, he was cleared and a teenage schoolboy was arrested and charged with the murder, having allegedly confessed. The Ryan International Group’s founding chairman Augustine Pinto, as well as his wife and managing director Grace Pinto, were accused of safety failures, in that most of the school’s CCTV cameras were not working, and there was no CCTV camera in the area of the incident. Pradyuman’s death became a huge story in India. As of 2020 the boy has not gone on trial.

Sep 5 – An 18-year-old man, known only as Victim 13, was stabbed to death and decapitated before being buried in a shallow grave in Wheaton Regional Park, near Washington DC. His heart had been cut out and thrown into the grave. The attackers were from the MS-13 gang. Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, was jailed for 25 years for first-degree murder in 2020. Later Doris Esmeralda Giron-Jimenez, 24, and d Albaro Armando Rosa-Moreno, 22, were also charged with murder. They still await trial. MS-13 are believed to have killed 18 people in the Washington area.

Sep 4 – Mohamed Aadam Mohamed, 20, was stabbed in Camden, north London. In 2018 Erick Ekam, 19, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder. The court heard how at around 11:45am Ekam approached Mohamed on Hampstead Road before a short confrontation ensued and Ekam stabbed him in the lower back. In an attempt to get away from Ekam, Mohamed ran across Hampstead Road before collapsing in the street. A plain-clothes officer, who witnessed the incident, chased after Ekam, who discarded the knife used in the attack before being detained. The knife was later found on a nearby railway track.

Sep 4 – Patrick Oyeri, 29, from Feltham, was stabbed to death in Hounslow, west London, after a fight between two groups. Daniel Qureshi, 18, was acquitted of murder but jailed for four years for violent disorder. His brother Zane Qureshi, 24, was acquitted of all charges. Abbas Issa, 18, was jailed for three years for violent disorder.

Sep 4 – Corey “CJ” Davis, 14, was shot in the back of the head with a shotgun near a playground in Forest Gate, east London. His friend Jamal Reid, 17, survived. CJ was the youngest of a small group of friends sat in the housing estate. He is understood to have been part of a group targeted by a rival gang in retaliation for the stabbing of an 18-year-old during a mass brawl at the nearby Westfield shopping centre in Stratford. Locals claimed the shooting was the result of a tit-for-tat dispute between the E6 postcode gang and the rival Woodgrange gang. It is claimed the E6 gang, based in Beckton, east London, arranged the attack on their rivals, who operate around Forest Gate’s Woodgrange Road, following last week’s brawl at Westfield. Unsolved.

Sep 1 – Jordon Wright,19, was stabbed to death in Shooters Hill, south London. His friend Paul Akinnuoye, 19, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was jailed for life (21 years). Akinnuoye and Wright traded “gay” insults on a group WhatsApp chat on 19 April 2017 before the argument escalated into a fight.

August 2017

Aug – Nine people were murdered between Aug and Oct 2017. Takahiro Shiraishi, aka The Twitter Killer, was sentenced to death in 2020. Shiraishi, 30, pleaded guilty and said he would not appeal his death sentence. Police arrested Shiraishi in October 2017 after finding the bodies of eight females and one male in cold-storage cases in his apartment in Zama, Tokyo. He admitted he had approached all of the victims on Twitter after they had talked about feeling suicidal. His Twitter profile was The Hangman. The victims were Hitomi Fujima, 26, Akari Suda, 17, Aiko Tamura, 23, Kureha Ishihara, 15, Mizuki Miura, 21, Natsumi Kubo, 17, Hinako Sarashina, 19, Kazumi Maruyama, 25, and Shogo Nishinaka, 20.

Aug 30 – Sterling Koehn, who was four months old, died at his home on Hilltop Avenue in Alta Vista, Iowa. His decomposing body was found in his powered swing as his sister played in the room next door. Maggots were found in his nappy and he was massively underweight. His mother Cheyanne Harris, 20, was convicted of child endangerment and first-degree murder in February 2019 and jailed for life. His father Zachary Koehn 28, was also jailed for life for murder after pleading guilty. Both parents were drug addicts.

August – Sophie Lionnet, 21, a French au pair from Troyes, France, went missing in London. Her burned body was later found in the garden of a couple in Southfields, Wandsworth, south London. Sabrina Kouider, 34, and her on-off boyfriend Ouissem Medouni, 40, were jailed for life (30 years) for murder in April 2018. Kouider was a former girlfriend of Mark Walton, former a member of the band Boyzone. The trial heard Kouider became obsessed with the idea that Sophie was helping Walton abuse her children, but it was a figment of her imagination. They blamed one another for drowning Sophie in the bath, each saying they were asleep at the time. The trial heard Kouider was the driving force behind it and Medouni, a former banker, went along with it to please her.

Aug 28 – Nigel McGurk, 63, was stabbed to death at a flat in Long Eaton, Derbyshie. Jeffery Beers, 46, an alcoholic, who lived in the same block, was found guilty of murder at Nottingham Crown Court in March 2018 and jailed for life (15 years).

Aug 27 – Maëlys de Araujo, 8, was last seen alive in the early morning at a wedding in Pont de Beauvoisin, Chambery region of SE France. Her remains were found on 14 February 2018 when a former soldier, Nordahl Lelandais, who admitted to killing her, led investigators to the area where he had disposed of the body. On 21 December 2017, he was charged with the killing of Arthur Noyer, a 23-year-old soldier who vanished after hitchhiking from a disco. Lelandais is due to go on trial for the murder of Maëlys in May 2021.

August 25 – Abdul Mayanja, 19, was shot dead as he sat on a wall in Maryland, east London. Sean Obazee, from, Hammersmith, was jailed for life (30 years) and Braeden Henry, from Silvertown, was jailed for life (31 years) in 2019. Their sentences were initially marked by sobs from the public gallery before Henry, 25, told the judge: “I’m innocent, mate,” while Obazee, 24, sarcastically said: “Yeah, this is justice?” Alex Simos, 20, and his cousin Marvin Simos, 22, were acquitted of murder. Alex Simos, who identified Obazee and Henry as the men responsible, nodded and smiled at the verdicts, while Marvin Simos laughed and stuck his tongue out. Jade Thrower, 23, and Kieron Aransibia, 23, were cleared of perverting the course of justice.

August 25 – Megan Dix, 33, was shot as she sat in her car in Brockport, New York. Holly Colino, 31, was charged with murder. In 2018 she admitted shooting Megan but pleaded “not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect.” Colino made a series of YouTube videos in which she accused strangers of “robbing, imitating my hair, eyebrows and or lips” and following her. Police say Colino was arrested three days later after she pointed a gun at someone outside Sticky Lips, a barbecue restaurant. As of Oct 2020 Colino has not yet gone on trial.

Aug 24 – Nashon Esbrand, 27, was stabbed to death in Islington, north London. Jhon Berhane, 18, and Dillon Zambon, 20, were both jailed for life (20 years) and a 16-year-old boy was detained for a minimum of 12 years after admitting murder. The court heard Esbrand had been visiting his parents with his girlfriend and his two week old baby girl. After dropping his girlfriend and baby back at their home, he then set off to return to his parent’s address to pick up his car. But he was then chased and attacked. The trial heard Nashon had been threatened after he went to the police about a previous incident. Zambon was part of a smash and grab moped robbery of a jeweller’s in Norwich in August 2015. He was sentenced to three years in a young offender’s institution in October 2015. Jhon Berhane, 18, and Dillon Zambon, 20, were jailed for life (21 years each) for murder and a 16-year-old boy was jailed for life (12 years) for murder. The boy had pleaded guilty while the others had denied it.

Aug 23 – Cafer Aslam, 54, from Enfield, was shot dead at 9.10pm in Bounces Road, Edmonton, north London.Two men were arrested but nobody has been charged. It is believed to be a Turkish mafia murder. Unsolved.

August 20 – Dimitar Petrov, 29, was stabbed 18 times in Manor Park, east London. Emil Hristov, 40, was jailed for life (21 years) Hristov, had minor injuries to his legs and arms, which a pathologist determined were most likely self-inflicted.

Aug 19 – Dickie Percival, 71, was hit on the head with a hammer 40 times at his home in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside. Cameron Cruddace, who was 17 at the time, was jailed for life (19 years). The trial heard he burgled the house and stole £620. Cruddace then bragged to friends that he was a “psycho” who would kill again.

August 18 – Andrew Thompson, 30, was stabbed 11 times in Atlantic Road, Brixton, south London. Alando Bolt, 45, has been jailed for life (21 years). After his arrest Bolt was interviewed and made no comment. But in the run up to his trial Bolt admitted he killed Mr Thompson but claimed it was self-defence after an argument. The jury rejected this defence.

August 16 – Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, a student, was shot dead in Caloocan City, Manila. Three policemen – Arnel Oares, Jeremias Pereda and Jerwin Cruz – were convicted of his murder and jailed for life without the possibility of parole in 2018. The victim was described in a police report after his death as a drug courier. But police accounts of his death differed from witness accounts and CCTV footage. The teenager’s funeral procession became a protest led by the influential Catholic Church and activists who denounced Mr. Duterte’s drug crackdown. About 4,000 people accused of being drug pushers and addicts have died since Mr. Duterte took office in 2016, according to police statistics. Philippine rights groups and Human Rights Watch say the number is much higher — about 12,000 people.

August 16 – Wayne Lotter, 51, a prominent elephant conservationist, was shot dead after his car was ambushed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lotter was shot as he was being driven from the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport to his hotel when his taxi was blocked by another vehicle. His killing is thought to be linked to elephant poaching. Eighteen people were charged in connection with his death and are due to go on trial in 2021. They include Khalid Mwinyi, alias Banyata, 35, a banker, and his sister, Rahma Mwinyi, alias Baby, 37, a businesswoman, along with a cleaner, Mohamed Maganga, 61. Also charged are several Burundians – Habonimana Nyandwi, aka Ogistee, Nduimana Zebedayo, aka Mchungaji, businessmen Godfrey Salamba, Innocent Kimaro, Chambie Ally and Allan Mafuwe, bank officer Robert Mwaipyana, Somali national Ismail Mohamed aka Machips, and Abdallah Bawaziri, who comes from Dodoma. Also charged are Leonard Makoi, Amini Sham, Ayoub Selemani, Joseph Lukoa, Gaudence Matemu and Abuu Mkingie, who are all businessmen. Four more people were charged in August 2020 – Almasi Swedi, Emmanuel Sonde, Kelviun Soko and Samia Hujat.

August 14 – Quyen Ngoc Nguyen, 28, was raped and murdered and dumped in her burning Audi car in Shiney Row, near Sunderland. Stephen Unwin, 40, of Houghton-le-Spring and William McFall, 51, originally from Northern Ireland but living in Blackpool, were both given whole life sentences. Unwin was found guilty of murder and rape while McFall was also convicted of murder, but cleared of rape. The pair first met in jail while serving life terms for separate murders, Newcastle Crown Court heard. The court was told that after they were released from prison the pair got back in touch and McFall started working for Unwin, who maintained properties for landlords. It was through his work that Unwin met Ms Nguyen, who had moved to Killingworth, North Tyneside from Vietnam in 2010, and was helping her sister run a nail salon in Gateshead. Unwin tricked her into coming into his home, where McFall was waiting. She was then subjected to what the court heard was an “unimaginable four hour ordeal”. The jury heard the killers had met at HMP Swaleside in Kent and got in touch via Facebook after they were both released on licence. McFall had murdered an 86-year-old woman with a hammer in Greenisland, Carrickfergus, in May 1996, when she disturbed him during a burglary. He admitted murder and was jailed in April 1997 and released on licence in October 2010. In April 2018 both men were given whole life sentences.

Aug 12 – Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal, was killed when she was run over by a car while protesting against the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. 19 others were injured. James Fields, 20, from Ohio, was jailed for life – plus 419 years – for murder. He had expressed sympathy for Nazi Germany while a student. This was a hugely significant case as President Donald Trump was condemned for not criticising the white supremacists and their violence.

Aug 11 – Laurent Volpe, 49, a French engineer and tourist, was stabbed in the stomach in a street in Eltham, south London. He died in hospital on August 14. Nicholas Foye, 38, from Catford, was jailed for life (17 years). The trial heard the Volpe family rented a house in Eltham for a brief holiday. They visited Tower Bridge, had lunch at Southwark and then took a boat to Greenwich to visit the Observatory. The family returned to Eltham at around 5pm and it was decided Mr Volpe would go out to the nearby Co-op for food while his partner made plans for the next day. It was just his bad luck he was attacked at random by Foye, who had been drinking and taking cocaine after finishing work as a delivery driver. Foye was wearing only pink shorts at the time of the attack.

Aug 11 – Leah Cohen, 66, and her daughter Hannah, 33, were stabbed to death at their home in Golders Green, north London. The Cohen family run Beigel Bake, a 24 hour bakery in London’s Brick Lane. Joshua Cohen, the son of Leah and sister of Hannah, was arrested the following day in Golders Hill Park. He was charged with both murders but Judge Hilliard ruled he was unfit for trial due to his paranoid schizophrenia. But after a trial of issue he ruled that Cohen was responsible for both deaths and he was given an indefinite hospital order and sent back to Broadmoor.

Aug 8 – Jermaine Goupall, 15, was stabbed to death outside a Costcutter shop in Croydon, south London by a gang wearing balaclavas who got out of a car. Several others ran off. Adam Benzahi, 21, was jailed for life (22 years). Samuel Oliver-Rowland, 18, was jailed for life (20 years). Junior Simpson, 17, was jailed for life (18 years). Saskia Haye-Elliot, 18, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. Daniel Luke, 18, was cleared of all charges. The killers were from the CR0 (Croydon postcode) gang and they apparently thought Jermaine was from the rival CR7 gang.

Aug 8 – Daniel Namanga, 19, a rugby player, was stabbed to death after a row at the Afrikiko nightclub in Peckham, south London. Dickson Tangu, 22, was jailed for life (23 years) at Inner London Crown Court. Mr Namanga, of Morden, south London, was hit with a bottle in an exchange of blows before tripping over a car tyre in a bid to get away. Tangu stabbed him and ran away, while Mr Namangu managed to get up and tell a friend “I have been stabbed” before collapsing. Namanga played for Kingstonian FC and wanted to go to university to become an animator. In 2020 the Afrikiko was closed down after it flouted the coronavirus restrictions by hosting a wedding with 200 guests.

August 8 – Sait Mboob, 18, was stabbed to death in Moss Side, Manchester. Emil Bell, 17, from Levenshulme, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder in February 2018. The killing came amid rivalry between Manchester gangs, Bell’s trial heard. In August 2018 Laif Morgan, 22, Lequornne Morgan, Requan Brown, and Ryan Isaacs, all 19, Husam Ghazanfar, 18, were convicted of Sait’s murder. All eight were handed minimum terms ranging from 14 to 19 years. They were all members of a gang called 7M, which came from Longsight and Ardwick. Also convicted were two boys – Kiahus Baddoo, who was 16 at the time of Sait’s death, and Shayne Stewart, who was 15, they were also given the youth equivalent of life sentences.

August 6 – Graham Thurston, 54, from North Shields, was found unconscious around 5.40am behind the Powerhouse, a gay nightclub in Newcastle. He had been punched once but had fallen heavily and hit his head. In 2018 Thompson was convicted of manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court and jailed for six years. He was told he would be released after two-thirds and will be on licence until 2027. The trial heard he left the club at 5.30am, after drinking alcohol and taking cocaine. Thurston became abusive to an Eastern European man and Thompson defended the man, punching Thurston. The court was told Thompson “enjoyed fighting” and often carried a knuckleduster.

August 6 – Callum Lees, 20, was stabbed in the neck in the early hours after attending a house party in Kingshurst, Solihull, West Midlands. He was found collapsed in nearby Haselour Road. James Atherley, 21, was arrested in Newcastle and was later jailed for life (26 years).The trial heard Callum had previously made a statement to the police after being attacked by an armed man, and that led to him being portrayed as a “snitch” by Atherley, a “weak weirdo” who was in thrall to local drug dealers.

Aug 5 – Soban Khan, 19, was run over as he rode his moped in Enfield, north London at 3am. Bradley Clifford, 24, was jailed for life (23 years). The court heard Clifford, who was driving a Ford Mustang, had become enraged after arguing with Mr Khan’s group of friends outside Bar Form in Enfield a few minutes before the attack. As the moped overtook Clifford’s car, Mr Khan smashed a bottle against the bodywork.

Aug 5 – Peter Wrighton, 83, was stabbed 45 times in the neck and head as he walked his dog in woods near East Harling, Norfolk. Alexander Palmer, 23, from Bawdeswell, was jailed for life (28 years) in 2018. Palmer, a former soldier, was mentally ill and harboured a fantasy of attacking strangers. In January 2017, Palmer, who lived in Cringleford near Norwich, told his GP he was experiencing voices telling him to hurt people and had bought a hunting knife and a machete.

Aug 5 – John Pordage, 34, was shot outside a BP petrol station in Great Baddow, Essex. In December 2018 Bradley Blundell, 19, from Boreham, was found unanimously guilty of murder and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice at Woolwich Crown Court and was jailed for life in January 2019. The court heard he was angered by flirtatious comments the victim or his friend were alleged to have made towards one of the teenager’s friends, Ella Colgate, including that she “had a nice bum”. Blundell was on the run for 239 days but handed himself in at an Amsterdam police station on March 31, 2018.

Aug 1 – Ralph Cross, 55, was shot in the back at his home in Wilson City, Missouri. Brittany Curry, 28, Ponesha Taylor, 23, Johniesha Simmons, 19, and Lauteshia Dotson, 23, all strippers or escorts from Memphis, Tennessee, were charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. They had been invited back to his home after he bought them a tyre when they broke down with a puncture. In Oct 2019 Curry pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was jailed for 16 years. The other three, who had turned themselves into police, gave evidence against Curry and did no jail time.

July 2017

July 29 – Guzman Shannan, 49, a Swedish national, died of head injuries after a fight at a place in central London. Antonio Chiakka, 21, from Enfield, was jailed for six years for manslaughter. Mr Shannan had been visiting relatives in London.

July 29 – Chris Msando, 30, the head of the electronic voting system at Kenya’s IEBC, was tortured and shot dead in Nairobi, Kenya. His girlfriend Carol Ngumbu, 21, a medical student, was also killed. Msando was married. Several men were arrested but nobody has been charged. The killing happened a week before the Kenyan general election, which opposition candidate Raila Odinga claimed was hacked. Unsolved.

July 24 – Raj Kumar, 50, a property dealer, was shot multiple times by up to 10 armed assailants in Sector 67, Gurgaon, near Delhi, India. Kumar had left his office in his car when the accused allegedly opened fire on his car. Although the property dealer managed to escape and take refuge in a nearby house, the attackers soon broke in and shot him dead. Two men have been charged. They are Deepak Prakash and Lalit Prakash. Their father Brahm Prakash was killed by Kumar and gangster Dharambir Gujjar in 1994. Gujjar was shot dead in February, 2006 in a Gurgaon district court while being taken for a hearing. He faced several criminal cases, including murder and attempt to murder. The trial of the Prakash brothers has not happened, as of 2020.

July 21 – Yee Hung Chin, 33, better known as Roland Chin, was shot in Chilliwack, near Vancouver, British Columbia. Chin had recently moved to the area from Calgary, where he had an extensive criminal history. He was a member of the FOB gang in Calgary and his brother Roger was killed in 2008. More than two dozen deaths were connected to a long-running gang war with their rivals, the FOB Killers. Unsolved.

July 19 – Florina Pastina, 36, a primary school teacher originally from Romania, was stabbed to death at home in Croydon, south London. Lucian Stinci, 34, was jailed for life (20 years) in March 2018. The court heard Stinci had developed an ‘obsessive’ infatuation with the victim, buying her presents and always trying to please her, although the two were not ever in a relationship and his advances were not reciprocated. On the day of the attack he was up all night drinking cider, taking cocaine and watching extreme porn, including rape scenes. At 7am a 25-year-old man who also lived at the house was woken by a noise and went to investigate. He found Stinci walking from the kitchen, short of breath and sweating. He said ‘there’s something wrong with Flo, you may want to check it out’. As the man went to the kitchen, Stinci approached him from behind and assaulted him with the hammer. As the two struggled, a fellow resident, a 25-year-old woman, came down the stairs and tried to intervene. Stinci pushed the end of the hammer into her stomach before she managed to hit him with a wine bottle and take the hammer before fleeing out into the street where she shouted to neighbours to call police.

July 19 – Celine Dookhran, 19, was raped and murdered after being tasered, bound and gagged and taken to a £1.5m property on Coombe Lane West, Kingston-on-Thames. A 21-year-old woman managed to escape the property after being slashed across the throat. Celine’s uncle, Mujahid Arshid, 33, was jailed for life. Arshid’s employee, Vincent Tappu, 28, was cleared of kidnapping charges. Arshid tried to flee to Pakistan, via Frankfurt, but was arrested at a Holiday Inn in Dover. Arshid, who lived in Mitcham, was also been convicted of sexual assault charges against the second woman between 2008 and 2010. Arshid ran a building firm and had been hired by the owner of the house, Mohammed Ismail, to convert it into luxury flats.

July 15 – Danny Pearce, 31, a builder, was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife after a bungled mugging by two men on a moped in Greenwich, south London. Mr Pearce had just left a jazz bar in Greenwich with his girlfriend, Stephanie Holland, and some friends when two men drove up and demanded his £7,000 Rolex watch. A gun was also fired during the incident. Jordan Bailey-Mascoll, 25, from Dartford, was jailed for life (35 years) at Woolwich Crown Court. The second assailant – known as Ghost – has never been found. In May 2020 David Egan, 23, was charged with murder and awaits trial.

July 15 – Justine Ruszczyk Damond, 40 was shot dead in Minneapolis. Mohamed Noor, a police officer, was convicted of murder in April 2019. The trial heard Justine had called 911 to report that she thought she heard a possible sexual assault happening in the alley behind her home. Noor argued at trial that he fired a single shot when Damond approached his squad car because he feared for his partner’s life. In 2020 the Minneapolis Star Tribune challenged a judge’s decision to keep sealed the names of jurors who convicted him. Noor was Somali-American.

July 13 – Steven Coulter, 59, was stabbed at a shared house for vulnerable adults in Heaton, Newcastle. Jason Downey, 45, a heroin addict, was jailed for life (25 years) for murder. Downey was a nightmare neighbour who played loud music in his flat. Tension arose between him and Coulter. The killer, who repeatedly shook his head as he was sentenced, sarcastically clapped as Mr Justice Goss told him how long he will serve, saying: “25 ******* years for nothing mate. Whatever mate, some judge you are. Stitched me right up”.

July 11 – Liam Harman, 28, a crack addict, was stabbed 16 times in the stairwell of a block of flats in Harold Hill, Romford, Essex. He was stabbed with such severity that a rib was shattered and his intestines were left hanging from his body. Cedric “Scales” Kiyago, 21, a drug dealer, was jailed for life (29 years) in 2018. Nathan Charles, 22, Kamal Hamilton-Albert, 21, and Gleneson Mark, 22, were cleared of both murder and manslaughter. The trial at the Old Bailey heard that Harman was in the habit of robbing dealers in Harold Hill and this came to the attention of Kiyago, who employed most of those dealers. Detectives found a message on the victim’s phone that read: “Your (sic) a dead man”.

July 6 – Ilona Czuper, 62, was beaten with a paving slab and stabbed 60 times at her home in Mitcham, south London. Her grandson Kordian Filmanowicz, 21, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. The court heard he gouged out her eyes and smashed her head with a paving slab. He went on to crush the heads of the family’s pet cat and dog before calmly walking away from the house. He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.

July 1 – Kevin Malthouse, 24, a footballer with Tilbury FC, was stabbed to death in a street in Grays, Essex. Mason Aldwinckle, Ricky Gould and Wesley Gray, who also played for Tilbury, survived. Jack Taylor, 18, and Dusan Samardzija, 23, were cleared of murder, manslaughter and GBH. The court was told that after an altercation outside The Treacle Mine pub, Taylor went home to get a bag of weapons. He said a rival group had threatened to kill him and rape his girlfriend and mother. Taylor’s DNA was found on a “commando kit” of weapons – including a meat cleaver and kitchen knives – at the scene, but he denied it was his property.

June 2017

June 29 – Mahad Hussein Ali, 18, from Crouch End, was stabbed to death at a warehouse party in East Acton. Police were called to a huge brawl at 2.35am. Sakariya Gasar, 20, from Wembley, was charged with murder but the CPS dropped the charges in January 2018.

June 29 – Yury Vlasko, 20, a Russian freestyle wrestler, was beaten and stabbed to death by a mob in the village of Goryachinsk on the shores of Lake Baikal in the Russian republic of Buryatia. The athlete and his friends were on vacation in the South Siberian region when a brawl ensued between them and a handful of men believed to be local criminals. During the fighting, Vlasko was stabbed in the chest and hit on the head with a rebar. Vlasko was the son of the late Vladimir Vlasko, known in criminal circles under nickname Volodya Khokhol. The father was involved in illegal jade mining and controlled the transport routes in the Narodny market before being assassinated in 2010. In 2019 Yevgeny Munkuev, 35, was sentenced to 17 years in prison; Anton Sanzhiev, 30, was handed a 16.5 year sentence, and Yevgeny Badmaev, 33, will face 12 years of imprisonment.

June 28 – Molly McLaren, 23, was stabbed 75 times and had her throat cut in a car park at the Dockside shopping centre in Chatham, Kent. Her boyfriend Joshua Stimpson, 25, from Rochester, was jailed for life (26 years) for murder. The trial heard Stimpson, who had been in a seven-month relationship with Ms McLaren before she ended it two weeks before her death. After the relationship finished, Stimpson posted derogatory messages about Ms McLaren on social media. On the day of the murder he turned up at the gym she was in and waited for her to get into her car before he launched his attack. As well as the murder weapon, police recovered two Stanley knives and a pick axe from Stimpson’s car at the scene. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility but the court heard he was not mentally ill, although he suffered from narcissism and reacted very badly to rejection, partly a result of his parents breaking up when he was a child.

June 26 – Alfred Purcell, 34, was stabbed to death in the street in East Ham, east London. Keith Nelson, 51, was jailed for life (23 years). The court heard both men regularly drank alcohol in the park but had recently fallen out. Mr Purcell had recently started seeing Nelson’s ex-partner and believed Nelson had disrespected one of his friends. Nelson went home and armed himself with two knives. Nelson came across Alfred and the second victim in White Horse Road. Nelson ran at Alfred and attacked him, fatally stabbing him in the chest and injuring the second victim.

June 26 – Lee Hatley, 29, was stabbed to death at a flat in Islington, north London in the early hours of the morning. Bradley Wood, 25, was jailed for life (28 years). He was also found guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm against a 22-year-old woman, and sentenced to 15 years to run concurrently. Lee left behind a young son, Nicky.

June 26 – Quhey Saunders, 20, a traveller and male escort, from Essex, was beaten to death with a plasterer’s whisk after a row at Cobham service station on the M25 in Surrey. Simon Baker, 22, a traveller, from Outwood, Surrey, and Mikey Coyle, 21, from Barnes, were acquitted of murder on the grounds of self-defence after a trial in 2019. Lawyers for Mr Baker said he “just wanted to talk” to Mr Saunders to “clear the air” after a long-running family dispute. CCTV footage showed Baker backing away from Saunders, who was allegedly taking the fight to him. On the day of the incident, Quhey was travelling back from a wedding in Wales with his aunt and uncle, Lizzy and Patrick Connors.

June 23 – James Brindley, 26, was stabbed through the heart in the High Street, Aldridge, West Midlands as he walked home around midnight. Ammar Kahrod, 17, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder. His elder brother Aaron Kahrod, 20, was acquitted of murder. The court heard Mr Brindley was stabbed in a 35-second gap between two phone calls he had with his girlfriend at 11.30pm.

June 17 – Dionne Clark, 27, was attacked, sprayed ammonia in her eyes, tied and gagged her and then left her to die at her home in Ansley Common, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Dominic Wallis, 28, was jailed for life (18 years) and his girlfriend Elizabeth Ellis, 20, was jailed for life (14 years). Both denied murder, initially blaming a third party before turning on each other to apportion responsibility. Wallis suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Wallis’s parents Karen and Kingsley Wallis were jailed for 15 months and 18 months in prison respectively for perverting the course of justice.

June 16 – Ellen Higginbottom, 18, a psychology student, was found stabbed to death at Orrell Water Park near Wigan. She had been reported missing after failing to return home from college. Her body was found at 2.30am. It was in the middle of a heatwave. Mark Buckley, 51, from Preston, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life (31 years). The trial heard it was a pre-meditated and sexually motivated attack. He stole her laptop and mobile phone, which he sold on.  Her family asked people not to label her killer as an “animal”. They said: “Ellen loved animals and the psychology student in her would tell you it takes the complexity of a human mind to conjure such exquisite evil.” Dean Speakman, 30, was jailed for 20 months for handling stolen goods and perverting the course of justice. His girlfriend, Vicki Calland, also 30, and from Billinge, was given a suspended jail sentence. Their barristers told the court how Speakman is under protection in prison after ‘serious threats’ were made against him, and that Calland has had to move house because of ‘feelings running very highly’ in Billinge, where the couple lived. David Steele, 47, was also given a suspended jail sentence for burning Ellen’s laptop.

June 14 – Joseph McKeever, 54, was subjected to “extreme torture” in a four-hour ordeal before being strangled with a ligature and dumped in a burning Ford Focus car in Everton, Merseyside. His death was linked to £130,000 of missing cannabis. He had suffered two broken kneecaps, broken ribs, broken eye sockets and a severe head injury. Jamie Grimes, 22, was jailed for life (27 tears) for murder. Darren Colecozy, 23, and Karl Kelly, 32, were both jailed for 22 years for manslaughter. Dylan Owen, 23, received six years for assisting an offender. During the assaults, Colecozy, a self-styled rapper also known as Capz, texted a friend and likened the violence to that seen in TV crime dramas, the court heard.

June 13 – Sergeant Christopher Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue, were shot dead during an escape attempt by prisoners in Georgia. Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose were captured in Christiana, Tennessee, several days later. They were taken into custody after a car chase. They had broken out of a prison truck on state Highway 16 in Putnam County, southeast of Atlanta, as the two officers were driving 33 inmates between prisons. The two men escaped about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday after they overpowered and disarmed the guards on a bus. One of them fatally shot both guards, and then they jumped out and carjacked a driver who pulled up behind the bus on a rural highway and fled in his car. The two inmates got a head start by taking and tossing the Honda driver’s cellphone and locking the other 31 prisoners inside the bus. They were captured by an armed homeowner and face trial for murder. As of Oct 2020 that trial has not taken place.

June 13 – Adam Chambers, 30, a drug dealer, was stabbed with a combat knife at the rear of a block of flats in Woolwich, south London. Dval Doh, 15, from Charlton, and Felou Abadja, 19, from Eltham, were convicted of manslaughter in Feb 2018. Doh was jailed for 12 years and Abadja for 18 years. Abadja had recruited and exploited Doh, who had already been excluded from school for carrying a knife, but the boy acted with “a degree of enthusiasm” in the events on the day of the killing.

June 11 – Mark Nesmith, 35, a tattoo artist, was attacked on the forecourt of a BP petrol station in Spon End, Coventry. He was taken to hospital in a critical condition after the attack and died the following day.  Tyler Smith, 21, was jailed for life (22 years) for murder. He became a father on the day he was jailed. Uzair Hussain, 24, from Radford, was jailed for three years for violent disorder and Sebastian Vastaki-Barsby, 18, from Coundon, both in Coventry, was jailed for 30 months for violent disorder. During a row between two groups Vestaki-Barsby dragged one of the women from Mr Nesmith’s group into Smith’s car on the petrol forecourt for around 25 seconds. Mr Nesmith’s friend, Warren Perry, was then pushed to the floor and kicked by Vestaki-Barsby, before Mr Nesmith tried to intervene. He was then stabbed.

June 11 – Philip Carter, 30, was pushed in front of a moving tram at Victoria station, Manchester and was crushed to death. Charrissa Brown-Wellington, 31, from Blackley, was originally charged with murder but her plea of guilty to manslaughter was accepted and she was jailed for five years in October 2017. The court heard Brown-Wellington was drunk and under the influence of drugs when she became involved in an argument with Mr Carter, who had also been drinking. The court heard she had a lengthy criminal record of 65 offences, many of which involved violence. On her release, Brown-Wellington will be subject to an extended licence period of three years as a dangerous offender.

June 9 – Zhang Yingying, 26, a PhD student from China, vanished from the University of Illinois in Champaign. Her body has never been found. In 2019 Brendt Christensen, 30, a former physics student, was jailed for life without parole after a jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on whether he should be given the death penalty. Ms Zhang’s parents and fiancé attended the trial in Peoria, during which Christensen admitted he had abducted her by posing as an undercover police officer, took her back to his apartment, beat her with a baseball bat and decapitated her. Three weeks after the murder Christensen had attended a memorial walk for Zhang with his girlfriend, Terra Bullis. Detectives found he had used the Fetlife website and visited the Abduction 101 forum.

June 9 –  Tinodiwanashe ‘Tino’ Makwanya, 24, was shot dead in Croydon, south London. Tino was a passenger in a Volkswagen Golf when a motorbike, with a pillion passenger, pulled up alongside the car and shots were fired on the A232, the Croydon flyover, at the junction with Park Lane. While a motive for the attack remains unclear, detectives strongly believe Tino was not the intended target. Mahad Ibrahim, 27, was jailed for life (32 years) in July 2018. He had been the pillion passenger (and gunman). The motorbike is believed to have been ridden by Stephen Weatherley, 39, from Thornton Heath, who died in prison at HMP Thameside on February 24, 2018 while awaiting trial. Dashcam footage captured the bike pursuing the Golf as it sped through a red light to take Mr Makwanya to hospital. Joshua Taylor, 22, was also arrested at one point but was never convicted.

June 8 – Kritika Chaudhary, 23, a model and actress, was found dead in her apartment in Andheri West, Mumbai, India. She was a struggling actress in the film industry. Kritika had worked in Kangana Ranaut-starrer ‘Rajjo’. She had also worked in few Balaji production TV serials. She was last seen with two men. Shakeel Khan, 33, and Basu Das, 40, were charged with her murder. She owed them 6,000 rupees for methamphetamines.

June 6 – Derick Mulondo, 38, was stabbed to death on the Cambridge Estate in Kingston-upon-Thames. Shauna Doyle, 23, was jailed for seven years for manslaughter. Eric Wertz, 45, from, New Malden, was jailed for three years and four months for attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

June 6 – Osman Sharif, 16, was stabbed to death in Tottenham, north London. Abdulrahman Ali, 16, from Tottenham, was detained under HM Pleasure (15 years) for murder. It was later claimed the fight started after footage of girls fighting was shared over Snapchat.

June 4 – Greg Naidoo, 57, his wife Melanie, 51‚ and her daughter Rakiel, 23, were kidnapped from their home in Northcliff in Johannesburg, robbed and then killed. Their bodies were found burnt on the veld. Their Mercedes-Benz was stolen. Lesley Mokgadi, Robert Maluleke, Japan Malatjie and Lechani Mlambo have all been charged with murder and robbery and await trial. As of 2020 that trial has not happened (or not been reported).

June 3 – Desmond O’Beirne, 51, was attacked in Trafalgar Square, central London, after asking passers-by for a cigarette. Lucas Antunes, 22, was jailed for three years and nine months after admitting manslaughter. He had fled to the US and was extradited. Luis Abella, 22, pleaded guilty to attempting to cause actual bodily harm and was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment suspended for two years. Desmond, who lived in Pimlico, had been out for the night and fallen asleep on a grass area outside the National Gallery.

June 3 – Joanne Rand, 47, died 11 days after being splashed with sulphuric acid in Frogmoor, High Wycombe. Xeneral Webster, 19, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 17 years. Reading Crown Court heard he was arguing with another man  when he took out a bottle of acid which splashed Mrs Rand from head-to-toe. She was sitting on a bench after visiting her daughter’s grave. Webster, from Westway, west London, had admitted manslaughter. The acid was knocked from his grasp by another man during a scuffle over a bicycle. After the corrosive liquid hit Ms Rand she screamed in pain and ran to a nearby restaurant to douse herself with water.

June 2 – Yusuf Sonko, 18, was shot in the head at 8.30pm by a gunman on a bicycle in Toxteth, Liverpool. Nobody has been charged with the murder but police say they are looking for Jason Curry. A 16-year-old boy, from the Toxteth area, was sentenced to three years in a young offenders institute in December 2017 for throwing a pushbike at Kane Omar, knocking him from a motorbike he was riding as a passenger, a few minutes before the shooting. Curry and Omar were both convicted in Nov 2016 of throwing bricks at a shop during a gang incident in Toxteth.In 2020 Curry was still on the run. He is known to have connections in North Wales and Cumbria.

June 2 – Dawn Rhodes, 38, was stabbed in the throat at her home in Redhill, Surrey. Her husband Robert Rhodes, 43, was acquitted of her murder. He said she “flipped like the Hulk” during a furious row and he claimed self-defence. The court heard Mr Rhodes had learned his wife was having an affair with a married colleague the previous Christmas and the pair had decided to divorce.

June 2 – Abdirahman Mohamed, 17, was stabbed to death in Peckham. Kevin Aka-Kadjo, 18, of Kipling House, Elmington Estate, Southwark, and Sidique Kamara, 21, of John Ruskin Street, Camberwell, were both charged with murder in June 2017. They went on trial at the Old Bailey but were cleared of murder on 10 January 2018. The prosecution claimed Mr Mohamed was attacked in revenge for ‘disrespecting’ Aka-Kadjo a few days earlier by mocking him for being arrested by police in possession of a samurai sword in May 2017. Kamara and Aka-Kadjo were members of a drill music crew called Moscow17 that posted music videos ‘bragging’ about the use of knives.

May 2017

May 31 – Seyyed Mir-Feyzi, 24, a student, was run over by a car in the car park of the Great North Leisure Park in Finchley, north London. Haaris Rana, 22, from West Drayton, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder. Yasir Ibrahim, 22, from East Finchley, was jailed for eight years for attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

May 29 – Bosco Kwok Wai-nok, 20, a trainee air conditioning technician, was stabbed and then pushed to his death on Black Hill during a night hike on the Kwong Tin Estate in Lam Tin, Hong Kong. His body was found with a white gunny sack covering his head and tied around his upper chest. Benard Chow Ching-yin, 23, was convicted of murder and jailed for life and Martin Yim Yu-hang, 29, was convicted of manslaughter by negligence. They owed him money for war gaming gear. They were all members of a Midnight Outing Group on WhatsApp. In one message Yim wrote: “If Benard goes to the checkpoint first, I will probably finish him at the second highest point of Black Hill.” A third wargamer, Jack Wong Wai-ho, 21, was acquitted of charges of perverting the course of public justice and handling stolen goods.

May 28 – Colin Horner, 32, was shot dead by a lone gunman in front of his three-year-old son outside a supermarket in Bangor, County Down. Four men pleaded guilty to murder. Alan Wilson, 30, from Newtownards, was jailed for life (16 years) and Ryan Smyth, 31, was jailed for life (15 years). Joseph Blair, 35, from Newtownards, was jailed for life (15 years) and Robert Ralph, 47, from Newtownards must serve 15 years of a life sentence.Police have linked the killing to an ongoing south east Antrim UDA feud in which Geordie Gilmore was killed in Carrickfergus in March 2017 and to social media exchanges. Adrian Price, 48, and Terrie Aicken, 24, were given suspended sentences for withholding information about Horner’s murder.

May 26 – Mohanna Abdhou, 20, known to friends as Montana, from Hayes, was shot as she chatted with friends near Dickens House, Malvern Road, on the South Kilburn Estate in Kilburn, NW London. She was not the intended victim. Two teenagers on bicycles shot at the group and then rode off. The killing was believed to be a dispute between rival gangs. Mohammed Tawfik, 19, from the Mozart Estate, and Kylann Grannum, 21, were acquitted of murder in 2018. A 17-year-old boy was acquitted of murder mid-way through the trial on the directions of the judge. The Mozart Estate is the home turf of the Harrow Boys, or HRB, who had a long-running dispute with a gang known as Killy or SK from the South Kilburn Estate. Prosecutor, Anthony Orchard QC, said Tawfik and Grannum were linked with HRB. Tawfik told jurors he and his co-accused were smoking a joint at his mother’s house at the time of the killing.

May 26 – Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and Ricky Best, 53, an Army veteran, werre stabbed to death on a MAX train in Portland, Oregon. They had stepped in to try and protect two Muslim girls who were being harrassed by a man who was saying “all Muslims should die”. In June 2020 Jeremy Christian, 35, a racist and convicted felon, was sentenced to life without parole. At his sentencing hearing Christian said: “I do regret that two people died, but I don’t regret the actions that led up to their deaths. It was not hate speech on the MAX. It may have been designed to show the knee-jerk reaction of liberals.…It was designed to gain a reaction. Not to murder anyone, but to say that I have the right to free speech.”

May 26 – Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both 83, were stabbed at their home in Portadown. Thomas McEntee, 40, from Kilkeel, County Armagh, was jailed for life (10 years) for murder. He was a paranoid schizophrenic.

May 25 – Emma Day, 33, a hospital worker, was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife as she walked her children home from school in West Norwood, south London. Her child’s father, Mark Morris, 39, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder in December 2017. The pair had been in an eight-year relationship which ended in 2016, the court heard. Morris had repeatedly threatened to kill Ms Day if she did not cancel a £2,000-a-year child maintenance claim. In a text message Morris had told Ms Day: “I’ll go to prison before you get a penny from me.” Morris had claimed that he was over £6,000 in debt, and paying for child maintenance would force him to become homeless. During an argument between Morris and Ms Day he told his daughter, “I’m really sorry”, before the children were sent away. He then stabbed her.

May 18 – Hosam Eisa, 20, was stabbed to death after confronting a group of youths in a car park at the Brewery Shopping Centre in Romford, Essex. Che Pullen, 19, and a 17-year-old man were cleared of murder on the grounds of self-defence in November 2017. The trial heard Eisa was stabbed when he appeared to reach for a knife during a confrontation after he came out of the cinema with his girlfriend.

May 14 – Megan Bannister, 16, was found dead in the back of a car after a car crash in Leicester. Police said her injuries were not consistent with the car crash. The men in the car with her, Adam King, 27, and Jason Burder, 28, were arrested by police. Megan had been due to take her first GCSE exam. In her last post on Twitter on March 3 she said: “Another person to take me for a mug.” Another tweet in October said: “My life is so emotionally unstable like stop.” In Nov 2017 Burder and King were cleared of the gross negligence manslaughter. Both were convicted of supplying her with MDMA (ecstasy). Burder was jailed for eight years and King for four years.

May 14 – Sinead Wooding, 26, a mother-of-four, was stabbed six times at her home in Potternewton, Leeds. Her body found dumped in woodland at Alwoodley Crags, outside Leeds. Her former boyfriend Akshar Ali, 27, was jailed for life (22 years) as was his accomplice Yasmin Ahmed. Ali was described during the trial as a “woman beater” who had badgered another woman for sex days before his wife’s murder. Vicky Briggs, 25, was found guilty of assisting an offender and sentenced to four years in prison. The court heard she helped Ali and Ahmed clean up and burn material after the murder. Ali’s mother and brother were acquitted by the jury of assisting offenders.

May 13 – Joao Ricardo Gomes, 18, was stabbed to death during a fight at 10.30pm in Hertford Road, Enfield, north London. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with murder, violent disorder, grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a blade. Another boy, 17, has been charged with conspiracy to rob and violent disorder. Dean Townsend, 19, from Enfield, and a 16-year-old boy have been charged with conspiracy to rob and violent disorder. Their trial was due to start in April 2020 but was delayed by COVID-19.

May 13 – Brenton Roper, 41, was shot dead in Bow, east London. Mohammed Shaid, 27, was jailed for life (30 years). Three others were found guilty of manslaughter—Monzur Ahmed, 27, was given nine years, Foyzur Rahman, 28, from Stepney Green, was jailed for 10 years, and Shah Rahman, also 28, from Dagenham, was sentenced to 12 years.

May 11 – Patricia Finnie, 64, vanished after visiting a friend in Southend, Essex. The circumstances of her disappearance were reviewed by specialist detectives and Essex Police later treated the case as a homicide. In June 2023 a man in his 70s was arrested, interviewed, and released on bail.

May 7 – Elijah Dornelly, 17, was stabbed in the stomach in Walthamstow, NE London. Ezra Abeka-Soares, 18, from Southall, was jailed for life (19 years) and Morgan Mockford, 18, was jailed for life (17 years). The trial heard the pay hid behind a phone box and attacked Elijah. It later emerged that he was linked to the Mali Boys and his murder was avenged in March 2018.

May 7 – Tracy Kearns, 43, a former supermarket manager, went missing in Kinmel Bay, North Wales and her body was found on May 11. Her partner, Anthony Bird, 48, was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 13 years. Bird went on to hide her body in a children’s play house in the garden of their Cader Avenue home, before putting her body in a trailer and covering it with rubble and debris. He left it in the grounds of the Kinmel Bay club where they had both worked, but did not alert police to it when they arrested him just yards away. He had even assisted in the search for Ms Kearns while all the time knowing she was dead.

May 6 – Kyle Bowen, 23, from Hayes, was stabbed to death in Waterloo Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex. Neville Bowen (no relation), 24, from south east London was jailed for life (27 years) and Mohammad Khalid, 20, from east London, was jailed for life (21 years) after a trial at Kingston Crown Court. The trial heard that Kyle, a trainee electrician, went to Waterloo Road because his best friend wanted to buy cannabis from a dealer he knew as MMK. Kyle and his friend planned to rob MMK of his cannabis. But the robbery went wrong because MMK was with three other men, one of them was Neville Bowen. Kyle managed to stagger from the garden where he was attacked and banged on a door saying ‘I’m gonna die.’ He then collapsed. Kyle’s friend gave evidence at the trial and claimed to see Khalid (MMK) stabbing Kyle.

May 6 – Willie Normand, 80, was stabbed to death at his condominium in West Valley, Las Vegas. His body was found two days later. CCTV footage released police showed a young black woman who had been with him shortly before he died. She was a hooker, who was traced through a used condom. Shaunice McKinley, 25, was convicted of robbery and murder and jailed.

May 5 – Jchandra Brown, 16, committed suicide in a canyon 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City, Utah. Tyerell Przybycien, 18, was jailed for five years to life for child abuse homicide at his trial in 2018. He was acquitted of murder. Police found a receipt showing Przybycien bought the rope she used and tied a knot in it for her. Przybycien also told her at times that he would also kill himself. The two drove to the canyon where they tied the rope to a tree and fashioned a makeshift platform of rocks and wood underneath the tree. Brown stood on the platform with the rope around her neck while Przybycien recorded a cellphone video of her inhaling compressed air from a canister, giggling and stepping off the platform. He also received a five-year sentence for sexual exploitation of a minor for having child pornography on his cellphone.

May 5 – Dr Lina Bolanos, 38, from Colombia, and her fiance, British-born Dr. Richard Field, 49, were tortured and stabbed to death in their luxury penthouse apartment in Boston, Massachusetts. Bampumim Teixeira, 33, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The couple were said to have also had injuries consistent with being bound or cuffed. The message – He Killed My Wife – was scrawled on the wall. Teixeria had snuck into the apartment building through the garage. After being convicted Teixeira warned Suffolk County assistant district attorney John Pappas: “You better hope I never get out of jail. Your wife is getting f***ed.”

May 2 – Sean ‘Shey’ McMillan, 23, was stabbed to death in a row over drugs in Cowper Gardens, Southgate, north London. He died in Barnet Hospital. Jarrad O’Field, 20, was charged with murder but the charges were discontinued in October 2017. In March 2022 O’Field – by now known as Jarrad Spence-Robinson – was arrested as he arrived on a plane from Canada and was again charged with murder and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs. In July 2023 he was jailed for life (32 years) for murder. Spence-Robinson, a drug dealer, wore an expensive watch, designer clothing, travelled widely and lived in a flat with high security. He claimed he supplied Mr McMillan with a “nine (ounce) bar” of cannabis and he had been paid for some but not all of the drugs. Between March and June 2020, Spence-Robinson used the Encrochat handle “Resilientmind” to buy and supply cocaine and cannabis at a wholesale level, the court was told. The judge told the court Spence-Robinson would have received a total of £373,500 from the drug dealing, based on the figures set out in the Encrochat messages.

April 2017

April 30 – Isabel Addison, 18, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting as she waited at a traffic light in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2019 a complete stranger – Anton Hunter, 21, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. He was jailed for 25 years. Hunter shot Addison from the passenger seat of his girlfriend’s vehicle. Hunter’s girlfriend told police they had a “small verbal argument regarding french fries” shortly before the shooting, according to court records. The woman said she did not know why Hunter started shooting into the vehicle.

April 30 – Guy Hedger, 61, a marketing executive with Liverpool Victoria insurance firm, was shot dead in a raid at his home in Ashley, near Verwood, Dorset, in the early hours. Jason Baccus, 42, from Bournemouth, and Kevin Downton, 40, from Winterborne Stickland, were jailed for life (34 years) at Winchester Crown Court. Police said a breakthrough in the case came from DNA found on cigarette butts near the murder scene. Baccus and Downton were also found guilty of aggravated burglary, possessing a firearm and one count of burglary. Scott Keeping, 44, from Bournemouth, was found not guilty of murder as well as the other above charges. His wife Helen Keeping, 40, also known as Helen Cooper, was found not guilty of two counts of assisting an offender. In a victim impact statement, Mr Hedger’s husband Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper, known as Si, said the final moments of Guy’s life were “full of terror, fear and pain”.

April 28 – Hayder Qasim-Rushdi, 33, was stabbed in the neck in a bungled carjacking at a gas station in Mississauga, near Toronto, Ontario. A 17-year-old girl admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 21 months. A 16-year-old girl, who was pregnant, was jailed for five months for her part. A third was jailed for 15 months for attempted robbery. They were teenage escorts he had hired on the website Backpage. They tried to steal his Jaguar car. None of the girls could be named because of their age.

April 28 – Bilal Kargbo, 25, was stabbed three times in front of shoppers during a fight outside a mobile phone shop in Peckham, south London. Parrish Ofoeme, 23, from Greenwich, was jailed for life (21 years) for his murder at London Crown Court. Bilal had gone to the shop with a friend who was having his phone repaired. He encountered Ofoeme outside the shop, and a row developed between the two men over perceived disrespect and who may have been staring at whom. Ofoeme was arrested at a relative’s address in Enfield. Ofoeme claimed self-defence, and gave a false account insisting that he had taken the knife used in the attack from the victim. Eventually he was forced to admit that the knife belonged to him and that he carried it ‘for his own protection’ after a previous, unrelated attack on a relative.

April 27 – Archie Sheppard, 48, was stabbed to death on a 189 bus between Brent Cross and central London. John Doherty, 39, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. The court heard how Doherty had met up with Archie during the day. They met up in Willesden and spent the day drinking and riding buses before finally boarding a bus at Brent Cross at around 11.15pm. Both men went to the top deck of the bus and Doherty sat at the back while Archie fell asleep in a seat a few rows in front. Doherty stabbed him to death around midnight and then got off the bus. The body was found by another passenger who got on board the bus.

April 27 – Alan Maximiliano Dolz, 21, an undercover cop, was shot dead in San Martin, Buenos Aires. The Argentine government declared a day of mourning. The suspect was named as Adrián Blas Gómez Galarza, a cocaine dealer. He handed himself in to police but denied he was guilty. As of 2020 it is unclear if he has gone on trial.

April 25 – Renata Antczak, 49, was last seen near her home in Hull after dropping her daughter off at school. She has never been seen since and her body has not been found. Her dentist husband Majid Mustafa, 47, was convicted of conspiracy to administer a noxious substance to Mrs Antczak and was given a 12 month conditional discharge. He admitted trying to get a friend to obtain the “date rape” drug GHB so he could use it on his wife and unlock her iPhone with her fingerprint after suspecting Renata of having an affair. Mr Mustafa and Robert Lipinski, 45, were also charged with conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to Dariusz Kleinert but those charges were dropped. Mr Mustafa claims she has returned to her native Poland and joined a religious sect. Unsolved.

April 25 – Abdullah Hammia, 24, was stabbed to death near Wandsworth Common, south London, around 7pm after getting into a heated row with several men in a black VW Passat. Fabian Reid, 22, was jailed for 18 months for perverting the course of justice in Nov 2017. Tre Henry, 22, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice on the first day of his trial and was sentenced to five years and ten months’ imprisonment. Murder charges against Mr Henry and Kearn Johnson, 21, were dropped. Unsolved.

April 23 – Mahamed Hassan, 17, was stabbed to death at 1am in Wandsworth, south London. Tyriq Aboagye, 18, from Ilford, was jailed for life (27 and half years) for murder, violent disorder and perverting the course of justice. Donald Goate-Oueyeya, 18, from Lambeth, was jailed for life (19 and a half years) for murder and violent disorder. Kishon Allen, 19, from Mitcham, was sentenced to life (21 and a half years) for murder and violent disorder. Ralique Young, 17, from  Tooting, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. The murder was the latest in a series in a feud between rival gangs in south London which had already claimed the lives of Lewis Elwin and Malachi Brooks. The killers were from three allied groups known as the Tooting Trapstars (TTS), 417 and All ‘Bout Money (ABM). Mahamed is thought to have been from the rival SUK. The trial heard the killers took part in the filming of a video in a graveyard to taunt their rivals from the Stick ’em Up Kids (SUK) shortly before the killing.

April 23 – Keith Sinclair, 60, was stabbed in the chest at his flat in Tower Hamlets, east London. Patrick Dunn, 25, and Peter Tutton, 19, were both jailed for 18 years for manslaughter and wounding with intent after a trial at the Old Bailey. The trial heard Dunn and Tutton arrived at the flat and knocked loudly on the patio door. Both men appeared to be drunk and were carrying beer. They demanded Mr Sinclair go with them to rob a drug dealer with whom they were having a dispute. Mr Sinclair refused, and the men threatened to stab his friend if he did not assist them with the robbery. A heated argument erupted and Dunn spat on Mr Sinclair, who then tried to eject the pair from his flat. During a struggle he was stabbed. His friend was injured but survived.

April 23 – Jalen Johnson, 24, a father of three, was shot dead after being chased four miles from a Walmart near Clarksville, Tennessee.Five bounty hunters were acquitted of his murder. They were William L. Byles, 31; Antwon D. Keesee, 32; Roger D. West, 31; Prentice L. Williams, 34 and Joshua Young, 27. Two other bounty hunters Kenneth Chiasson, 38; and Jonathan Schnepp, 31, admitted to aggravated assault in plea deals. It was a case of mistaken identity. Johnson and his friends were entirely innocent. The man they were looking for was a convicted felon called Ellis. Joshua Young was convicted of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

April 23 – Mike Samwell, 35, a former Royal Navy officer, was killed when he tried to prevent his Audi S3 car being stolen from outside his home in Chorlton, Manchester. Ryan Gibbons, 29, was jailed for life (27 years) for murder. Raymond Davies was jailed for eight years for manslaughter. The trial heard he drove over Samwell and then reversed over him after stealing his car. The couple were woken in the dead of night by burglars who snatched the keys to Mr Samwell’s car from the kitchen table. Gibbons had been taking cocaine and drinking on the night. He went to buy some cannabis but came across Davies sat in his car with two other men he refused to name. They suggested burgling a house and stealing a car.

April 22 – Damien McLaughlin, 44, an Irishman living in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, was stabbed to death in Enfield, north London after parking his van while with his girlfriend. Eduardo Embalo, 18, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. Andre Joseph, 25, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter. Both men were found not guilty of murder. Omar Warner, 18, was acquitted of all offences. The trial heard that McLaughlin knew his killers. In 2006 McLaughlin was sentenced to 15 years behind bars for being the ringleader of a gang of violent robbers. He organised 45 north London robberies and aggravated burglaries. McLaughlin’s crew of hoods forced their way into the homes of elderly people late at night, ransacked their gaffs then nicked their jewellery, cash and bank cards. In others, the robbers sat around smoking crack cocaine while fellow gang members went off to cash machines to drain the pensioners’ bank accounts. McLaughlin had been “in trouble with police for most of his life.”

April 20 – Mathlomola Mosweu, 15, was killed on a remote farm in North West province, South Africa. Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte were jailed for life for murder. The trial heard they caught him stealing sunflowers. In March 2019 Doorewaard was jailed for 18 years and Schutte was handed a 23-year term. But their convictions were quashed on appeal in Nov 2020.

April 19 – Paul Tong, 54, a drug dealer, was robbed of money and drugs and beaten to death with a dumbbell at his home in Acton, west London. Chris McDonald, 34, from Croydon, was jailed for life (32 years) for murder and conspiracy to rob. Aliysa Ellis, 30, from Ealing, was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter and conspiracy to rob. The court heard Ellis and McDonald worked in partnership to plan the robbery. Messages on McDonald’s phone, recovered by police, sent to him by Ellis shortly before 9pm read “make sure you get the “P” –  slang for money.

April 19 – Jordan Wright, 19, was stabbed in the chest in a park in Blackheath, SE London. Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was jailed for life (21 years). The trial heard that although they were not friends, in the hours leading up to the assault, Wright and Akinnuoye had both been part of a group chat on ‘WhatsApp’ which developed into an argument between the two, escalating to the point that they made arrangements to meet for a pre-arranged fight to settle their differences. Wright was due to start an apprenticeship in the construction industry when he was attacked.

April 16 – Robert Godwin, 74, was shot dead while walking home from a lunch on Easter Sunday in Cleveland, Ohio. His killer Steve Stephens, 37, filmed the murder live on Facebook. He told Mr Godwin he was doing it for Joy Lane, his girlfriend, who he had just broken up with. He also threatened to kill others. Two days later he was spotted at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Erie, Pennsylvania. After a brief chase Stephens shot himself dead.

April 14 (Good Friday) – Brayden Dillon, 15, was shot in the head at close range as he slept in his family’s home in Glenfield, Sydney, Australia. Conrad Craig, 29, was jailed for at least 30 years in July 2020 for murder after admitting being the hooded gunman who burst into the teenager’s room and shot him as he slept. Brayden had been asleep in an upstairs bedroom of his family’s house just after 6am on April 14 when a masked intruder kicked down the front door of the house. Craig burst past Brayden’s mother, threatening her with a pistol before storming upstairs to her son’s bedroom. The gunman shot Brayden twice in the head and then fled. Brayden was known to be involved in gang activities. Abdul Abu-Mahmoud, 35, was jailed for life for hiring Craig to killer Brayden. The court heard he acquired a series of tattoos, before and after the shooting, including one saying “Revenge is a dish best served cold” and another in Arabic reading “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth and blood for blood”. His nephew Adam Abu-Mahmoud was stabbed to death in a Panania street brawl in July 2016. Joshua Dillon was charged over the death, but was ultimately found not guilty by a jury in October 2019. Abu-Mahmoud began focusing on Brayden to avenge his nephew’s death, after Joshua Dillon was kept in protective custody after his arrest over the street brawl.

April 13 – Katrina Evemy, 19, was stabbed to death in her flat in Llanelli, south Wales. Her on-off boyfriend, Dylan Harries, 22, was jailed for life (27 years) at his trial in October 2017. At the trial at Swansea Crown Court he claimed the reason he did not call emergency services in the 40 minutes he spent in the house was down to “panic”. Harries said he got in a relationship with Miss Evemy in November 2016. He explained there had been some bickering and childish arguments that were “sorted in a few hours”. They had plans to get engaged and he had even picked out a ring he wanted to buy her in Argos. Miss Evemy and Harries had been on a night out days before her death to try and set her sister up with someone, he explained. But Harries said the person was more interested in Miss Evemy and persisted after it had been pointed out she was with him. Harries walked off and told Miss Evemy he was not happy with it. The following day Miss Evemy’s phone kept ringing, he said, and she kept clicking cancel. Miss Evemy had told him she had kissed someone and exchanged numbers as she thought they had split up after he walked off. He told the court he felt betrayed but said Miss Evemy was remorseful, and he claimed they left it behind them. He took a copy of the number from her phone and added it to his own and began texting it, discovering it belonged to a man called Robbie Morton. He pretended to be Katrina in an attempt to find out what had happened between them, and was told it was a “kiss and a cuddle”. He later mentioned it to Miss Evemy during a conversation on the phone and he said she became upset and “did not want to be in a relationship where she was accused”. But he insisted he had nothing to do with her death and claimed he found her bloody body. The jury did not believe him. Mrs Justice Whipple told him: “You robbed her of her life, all her dreams, expectations and hopes.”

April 12 – Justin Llivicura, 16, Jorge Tigre, 18, and cousins Michael Banegas and Jefferson Villalobos, both 18, were shot and then dismembered. Their bodies were found in a park in Central Islip, Long Island, New York. Llivicura’s ear and at least one limb had been cut off. His family was originally from Ecuador. They were killed by the MS-13 gang, which are endemic in the area. Freiry Martínez, who was 15 at the time of the murders, was jailed for 50 years for murder in 2019. He was an undocumented migrant from El Salvador. Martinez, who was arrested in Maryland, was also known as Discreto and Sovietico. The mastermind of the attack, Josue Portillo, who was also 15 at the time,  was sentenced to 55 years in prison.

April 12 – Andreas Rodotheou, 61, was shot dead in Limassol, Cyprus by a contract killer. The murder is thought to be connected to the murder of Fanos Kalopsidiotis in Ayia Napa in July 2016.

April 11 – Abdullahi Tarabi, 19, was stabbed to death in Newnham Close, Northolt at 3.20pm.Abdullahi, from Greenford, died in hospital at 5.35pm. His streetname was Teewhiz and he was a member of the Ngang from Northolt. Two boys aged 16 and 17 were acquitted of murder at a trial in 2018. The 17-year-old was later identified as Tamba Momodou, aka Teerose, who was shot dead in Telford, Shropshire in Oct 2020. The murder was part of a turf war between Northolt and Rayners Lane gangs and Momodou’s murder was revenge.

April 11 – Syed Jamanoor Islam, 20, was stabbed to death in Mile End, east London. A 16-year-old boy was jailed for life (16 years) in Dec 2017. Nayeem Chowdhury, 18, was jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to commit ABH and driving offences while trying to evade arrest. Ismail Muhammad Uddin, 18, was jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to commit ABH and possession of an offensive weapon and Samiur Rahman, 19, was jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to commit ABH and perverting the course of justice.

April 9 – Micki Davis, 63, was murdered and decapitated in Wichita, Kansas. Her son’s ex-girlfriend, Rachael Hilyard, 37, was jailed for life for first degree murder in September 2020. Davis was attacked after she went with her 9-year-old grandson to a home to retrieve property belonging to her son. The boy ran away and called 911. Police found Davis’ body in a garage and her head in the kitchen sink.  At 2.25 am April 6 a post on Rachael’s Facebook page said: “Please dont let them cut my head off … anymore. An hour before that post, at 1:17 a.m. April 6, she wrote: “Well my Psychopathic Serial Killers for beginners in training class is over for the day …. ‘whew’ now for homework time or what kids?” Hilyard has undergone a mental health evaluation at Larned State Hospital, which said she was competent to stand trial. At her trial Hilyard claimed Davis fell during a struggle over a painting and that she carried out the decapitation because she thought Davis was dead, and she wanted to release her soul from her body. She told police who questioned her about the killing: “God was telling me to do it.”

April 9 – Silvina Nunez, three, was raped and beaten to death in the suburb of Florencio Varela in Greater Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her stepfather Mauricio Canosa Fratti, 26, was charged with murder and was due to go on trial in April 2020 but it was delayed by COVID-19. He killed her following an argument with the girl’s mother, Victoria Nunez, about the toddler crying in the house. Once she was dead washed the naked corpse with a hose. Nunez is accused of being an accessory after the fact.

April 7 – John King, 52, Jason Kelley, 35, Jimmy Ham, 56, and William Scruggs, 44, were lured to a cell at the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina and beaten and strangled to death. Denver Simmons, 38, and Jacob Philip, 28, were jailed for life for murder. All six were inmates at the prison. Simmons and Philip ironically carried out the murders in order to get the death penalty.

April 7 – Karim Samms, 16, was shot dead in North Woolwich, not far from London City Airport at 10.44pm. Another man in his 20s was found shot in nearby Claremont Close later the same evening and was taken to hospital. Police believe both were shot in the same incident nearby on Pier Parade just before officers were called. Several people were arrested but not charged. Unsolved.

April 5 – Boluwatife Oyewunmi, 22, was shot outside a Travelodge in Enfield, north London. He remained in a critical condition in hospital until he died on 11 July 2019. Cause of death was recorded as cardiac arrest, pneumonia and brain injury caused by a gunshot wound. A murder inquiry was launched in 2019. Unsolved.

April 4 – Sarah Halimi, 65, was pushed out of the window of her Paris flat by her  neighbour Kobili Traorewho shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) before he did so. In April 2021 the Court of Cassation ruled that Traore, a heavy pot smoker, should not be tried for murder. He was in psychiatric care since Halimi’s death. The court said he committed the killing after succumbing to a “delirious fit” and was thus not responsible for his actions. Mrs Halimi was Jewish and her murder stoked debate over a new strain of anti-Semitism among radicalised Muslim youths in predominantly immigrant neighbourhoods.French President Emmanuel Macron criticised the lower court’s insanity finding in January 2020, drawing a sharp riposte from the country’s top magistrates who invoked the separation of powers.

April 2 – Ahmed Deen-Jah, 24, died after being stabbed in the heart in what police say was an unprovoked attack at a convenience store in Freemasons Road, Custom House, east London during the afternoon. His brother Junior Jah was murdered in 2022. £20,000 reward offered. Both murders are gang-related. Unsolved.

April 2 – Wendy Bjorge and her husband Randall Bjorge, both 63, were shot dead at their home in Lawrenceville, near Atlanta, Georgia. Their granddaughter Cassandra Bjorge, 17, and her boyfriend Johnny Rider, 19, were jailed for life for murder. Cassandra, or Cassie, was a habitual runaway while her boyfriend was a drug addict. The couple had a party as the couple’s bodies decayed upstairs.

March 2017

March 31 – Anthony Banting, 57, was stabbed 50 times at a tram stop in Winson Green, Birmingham. The father of four died from multiple stab wounds shortly after getting off a tram at 4.40pm. A complete stranger, Alaeldien Ahmed, 26, was jailed for life (12 years) after being convicted of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. The court heard Ahmed, who was originally from Sudan, had been suffering from paranoid schizophrenic delusions. He arrived in Britain in the back of lorry after claiming he was tortured in his homeland. He spent three months in a secure unit in the UK prior to the attack and stopped taking anti-psychotic medication after his release.

March 30 – Tracey Wilkinson, 50, and her son Pierce, 13, were stabbed to death at their home in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Tracey’s husband, Peter, 47, survived. Aaron Barley, 23, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder and attempted murder. He escaped in the family’s Range Rover which crashed. Barley had been homeless and had also been supported by a local church after falling on hard times. Barley murdered the pair after a year in which he was given food, friendship and shelter.

March 28 – Augustus Fenton, 27, was stabbed in Featherstone Road, Southall, west London, and died in hospital the following day. Mohamed Abdillahi, was jailed for 18 years for manslaughter. Ilyaas Maalin, 23, fled to Holland and was arrested there in May 2019 and extradited back to the UK in March 2021. He pleaded guilty to violent disorder but following a trial at Kingston Crown Court, Maalin was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced at the Old Bailey to 10 years and nine months imprisonment. In April 2022 police appealed for information about Mohamed Abdulhi Abdi and Mohamed Abdi Mohammed and Mohammed Mohammed, 24, who are originally from Somalia.

March 28 – Malachi Brooks, 21, was stabbed to death in Battersea, south London, at 1.10am. Ashrafur Rahman, 23, was jailed for 35 months for arson and perverting the course of justice, Joel Preddie, 20, from Mitcham, was jailed for four years for perverting the course of justice and Abdul Popatpotra, 26, from Tooting, was jailed for 21 months for arson but acquitted of perverting the course of justice. A charge of murder against Mr Preddie was dropped. The trial heard Brooks was believed to have been killed by the south London gang Tooting Trap Stars (TTS). His attackers had driven to the scene in a stolen Nissan Micra which was dumped on an industrial estate in Wimbledon afterwards. The next day, it was set alight, destroying any potential forensic evidence including fingerprints and DNA. The Old Bailey heard CCTV showed that in the days leading up to the murder TTS gang member Joel Preddie was using the Micra.

March 28 – Jeremy Dickinson, 57, was hit over the head at his home in Seacombe, Merseyside. Lyndsey McCool, 37, from Tranmere, admitted murder and was jailed for life (17 years) in July 2017. Martin Wood, 34, from Egremont, Cumbria, was charged with assisting an offender but charge was dropped. The court heard McCool stole money from Mr Dickinson after killing him.

March 26 – Pedro Godinho, 22, was stabbed to death in a car park in Mowmacre, Leicester at 6am. Ezekiel Braithwaite, 19, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. The trial heard Braithwaite reacted after his 15-year-old was insulted in a passing remark at a party. His girlfriend Taome Stabanner, 21, from, Mountsorrel, Leicester, was acquitted of assisting an offender. She admitted driving him to a Days Inn at Woodhall services near Sheffield but said she had no idea he had killed someone.

March 26 – O’Bryan Spikes, 27, was shot dead and 15 people were injured in a shootout at the Cameo nightclub in Cincinatti, Ohio. Other patrons were diving to the ground to dodge bullets in what they described as a chaotic and terrifying scene. Some 200 people were inside the club near the Ohio River, east of downtown Cincinnati at the time. Deondre Davis, 29, and Cornell Beckley, 27, have been charged with murder but as of 2020 have not been on trial.

March 25 – Greg Kelly, 26, from New Arley, was hit with an axe and run over with a car in Atherstone, Warwickshire. He died in hospital on April 1. Phillip Picken, 55, and Robert Keavey, 39, were both jailed for life (18 years). Andrew Gay, 41, from Atherstone, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and sentenced to four years in prison. Nicholas Casey, 57, of Victoria Road, Tamworth, admitted the same charge and was jailed for six months. The trial heard there was a row after Kelly accused Picken of stealing £800 in cash from his wages as a fencing contractor.

March 23 – Denis Voronenkov, 45, a former Russian MP, was shot dead in the street in Kiev. His bodyguard survived and shot dead the assassin, Pavel Parshov, 28, who came from the eastern Ukraine. Voronenkov had fled to the Ukraine and was allegedly killed on the orders of the Kremlin.

March 23 – Nicholas Churton, 67, was bludgeoned to death with a machete and a hammer during a robbery at his home in Wrexham, north Wales. Jordan Davidson, 25, was jailed for life (23 years) but his tariff was later raised to 30 years. After the murder Davidson, who was on drugs, texted a schoolgirl he was obsessed with saying: “I’ve gone too far to turn bk. Wan way or another I gotta die. I’ve found my power. Today is guna be a day dat will be remembered.” While on remand he attacked a prison officer, Ian Moglione, at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, slashing him with a makeshift weapon made from disposable razors. It was in revenge for reporting Davidson for drugs five years earlier. Davidson shouted: “That’s for stitching me up with the parcel. He had it coming, for stitching me up with added days.” Mr Moglione needed 21 stitches to his wound and said the scar to his neck which was “a constant reminder of the traumatic incident”.

March 21 – Abdifatah Sheikhey, 19, from Poplar, was shot dead while sitting in the passenger seat of a black Mercedes saloon when a white BMW 4X4 pulled up beside his vehicle. The killers drove off any the BMW was found abandoned in Goodmayes, Essex. Sami Omar, 21, Suleman Mohamed, 21, and Jordie Kibusi, 21, were jailed for life in Nov 2017. Mr Sheikhey was shot dead in revenge for a knife fight with Omar the previous day at a chicken takeaway and that there was a background of drug dealing. Kibusi had rented the car under a false name.

March 20 – Tina Satchwell, 45, went missing from her home in Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. Her skeletal remains were found buried beneath a house in Youghal in Oct 2023. Her husband Richard Satchwell, 50, was charged with murder and awaits trial.

March 20 – Landen Lavarnia, two, was shot dead at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. His mother Wendy Lavarnia, 28, was jailed for 10½ years in prison for manslaughter and attempt to commit child abuse. Wendy told police her nine-year-old son had shot Landen as he played computer games. Police say they cleared up the scene in an attempt to fool investigators. Both parents were drug addicts. Police say Lavarnia’s husband, Kansas Lavarnia, showed up at the house after the shooting with a crudely bandaged gunshot wound on his upper arm, which looked to have been punctured multiple times, possibly with a screwdriver, to camouflage the injury. He claimed to be out shopping when the shooting happened and returned home after police arrived. Police accused the couple of delaying medical care for their son to clean up evidence in the house, noting that a lack of visible blood implied a long time had passed before they called authorities. Kansas Lavarnia killed himself on Father’s Day 2018.

March 20 – Timothy Caughman, 66, was stabbed to death in Manhattan, New York. James Jackson, 28, a US Army veteran from Baltimore, was jailed for life for murder. Jackson, who is white, prowled the streets of New York City looking for a black person to “assassinate”. He was charged with a terrorism crime, the first time it has been used since the statute was changed right after 9/11. Caughman, who was black, was collecting cans for recycling.

March 19 – David Adegbite, 18, was shot dead in Barking, east London. Several people were arrested but no-one charged. Unsolved.

March 18 – Nicola “Big Nick” Di Marco, 47, was found shot dead in Anjou district of Montreal, Canada. Di Marco was said to have been close to reputed Montreal mafia boss Giuseppe de Vito, who was murdered while in custody in 2013. Unsolved.

March 18 – Gabriel Sonu Bibekas, 1, was bludgeoned to death with a claw hammer at his home in Finsbury Park, north London. A little girl survived. His father Bidhya Sagar Das, 33, was given an indefinite hospital order after being convicted of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. The court heard Das had become consumed with jealousy over the unfounded suspicions that his girlfriend, a Romanian hotel cleaner Christinela Datcu, was having sex with other men. On the night of the killing, Das gave Ms Datcu a foot massage and told her “it’s going to be a special night”. As she got out of the shower, Ms Datcu heard crying and rushed into Gabriel’s bedroom “to find a scene that was the stuff of nightmares”.

Mar 14 – Danielle McLaughlin, 28, from Buncrana, County Donegal, was gang-raped and beaten to death in a hotel in Canacona, Goa, India. Vikat Bhagat, 23, was charged with her murder but as of 2020 has not gone on trial. Danielle’s mother, Andrea Brannigan, complained in 2019 about how long the legal process in Goa was taking.

March 13 – Sabrina Mullings, 38, was stabbed to death at her flat in Croydon, south London. Her former boyfriend Ivan Griffin, 24, was jailed for life for murder in October 2017. The court heard that the pair had been in a relationship for just four months after meeting while neighbours in the same residential block. Just hours earlier Griffin and Sabrina were dancing together at an impromptu celebration captured on the mobile phone of the victim’s daughter Hayleigh, 22, who together with her boyfriend Chaise Gore shared the flat. But a few hours later she was killed. Hayleigh testified that she heard her mother shouting for help, saying: “Hayleigh, if you love me you will call an ambulance, he’s stabbed himself and you need to save him.” Both she and her boyfriend desperately tried to reach Sabrina to help her, banging on the living room door and shouting to Griffin, but he had barricaded the door shut and refused to open it. They could hear Griffin making comments about “devil worship” and “having to cleanse her [Sabrina’s] soul.”

March 12 – Geordie Gilmore, 44, a former member of the UDA, was shot dead in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. Brian McLean, 35, and David McMaw, 28, were all acquitted of murder in May 2019. The killings were linked to a feud within the UDA or former members of it. They were linked to the murder of Colin Horner in May 2016.

Mar 11 – Shkelzen “Genny” Dauti, 21, an Albanian national, was stabbed to death in the street in broad daylight in Southampton, Hampshire. Lee Williams, 27, and Christopher Jones, 28, both from north Wales, admitted manslaughter and robbery and were each jailed for 20 years at Winchester Crown Court.

March 8 – Lewis Guest, 18, was stabbed to death in a block of flats in Denaby Main, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. His girlfriend Megan Sambrook, 18, was jailed for five years for manslaughter.

March 8 – Michael Widner, a prospect for the Hell’s Angels in Nanaimo, was reported missing near Sooke, British Columbia, days before his body was found. Bikers from across Canada rode in his honour on Vancouver Island. Case is unsolved.

March 2 – Drekeiston Alex, 19, was shot dead in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, during a robbery. Hakeem Griffin-White, 17, was jailed for 75 years for murder. His girlfriend Ashley Coleman, 27, was also jailed. The couple bragged about it on a Facebook live video. They call themselves “Bonnie and Clyde”.

February 2017

Feb 28 – Jeffrey Franklin, 16, a special needs child who was adopted, died in a fire at his home in Guilford, upstate New York. His adoptive parents Ernest and Heather Franklin were charged with murder. Heather pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, arson, and tampering with physical evidence and was jailed for 7-11 years. Ernest was convicted of murder, arson, and tampering with physical evidence and was jailed for 21 years to life. They started the fire two hours after watching the Oscar-winning film Manchester By The Sea. The Oscar-winning Casey Affleck picture is about a man who accidentally kills his children in a house fire.

Feb 28 – Shamus McNama, 17, was stabbed 10 times in the face, leg, chest and back at the family home in Lockleaze, Bristol. His half-brother Jazzie Watson, 20, was jailed for life (11 years). Bristol Crown Court heard Watson took exception to the way Shamus spoke to their mother, Paula McNama, when she told him off for taking her car. They exchanged punches and held each other in headlocks before they were pulled apart by their mother and a friend. The fight resumed downstairs and Shamus was fatally stabbed with a small potato knife. Watson was high on drink and drugs.

February 28 – Lea Adri-Soejoko, 80, was found dead in a shed at an allotment in Colindale, north west London.  Ms Adri-Soejoko – also known by her maiden name Hulselman – was reported missing. She was a prominent member of the allotment owners’ association. Rahim Mohammadi, 40, from Hackney, was jailed for life (19 years) in Nov 2018 after a retrial. Judge Richard Marks QC said opium user Mohammadi killed Mrs Adri-Soejoko in a “violent loss of temper”. Mohammadi, a Kurd, was originally from Iran but was granted asylum in UK.

Feb 26 – David Sorrie, 32, and Julie McCash, 43, were stabbed to death in Dundee. Rab Stratton, 42, was jailed for life (23 years) for the murder of Ms McCash and the culpable homicide of Sorrie, attempted murder of Wendy McKinney and assaulting his partner Lee Kinney.The killings occurred at a gathering to remember Ralphie Smith, 18, who fell to his death from cliffs at Arbroath. The trial heard drink and drugs were taken and a fight broke out, in which Lee Kinney was beaten up. She returned home and Stratton returned to the party with two knives and murdered Julie McCash and then Mr Sorrie. As he was convicted, Stratton turned to the relatives’ victims and said: “Are you happy now?” Court security guards then rushed him into the secure cell area as one woman shouted: “You f***ing murdering c**t.” In September 2018 Stratton attacked a fellow inmate, Easdale Campbell, at Peterhead prison and stabbed a prison officer, Gillian Connor, when she tried to intervene.

February 24 – Dean Anthony Pascale-Modeste, 21, a music producer from Barking, was stabbed to death on the Chinbrook estate in Grove Park, Mottingham, south London. Alex Scott, 18, and Corey Donaldson, 18, were both jailed for life (18 years). Uzoeme Emeofa, 18, was acquitted. An Old Bailey trial heard the fatal stabbing was part of an ongoing feud between the Lewisham-based B-Side gang and rivals from the Splash gang. Mr Pascal-Modeste was not a gang member himself but had links to the Splash gang through friends. Sentencing them, Judge Philip Katz QC slammed the teens for laughing and joking in the dock during their trial.

Feb 19 – Susan Howarth, 64, was shot dead but her husband Robert Lynn, 66, survived after they were tied up and tortured by masked raiders on their farm in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga province, South Africa. Ms Howarth, originally from Southsea, Hampshire, died after the ordeal. After being tortured, the couple were put in the back of a pick-up truck and left for dead in a ditch. Themba William Yika, Nkosinathi Yika and Lucas Makua have been charged with murder and robbery and, as of October 2020, they are still awaiting trial. Lynn testified about how shots were fired through their bedroom window, unknown to him at the time, hitting and injuring his wife. A severely injured Howarth was gagged, dragged to her own vehicle, thrown into the loading bin before being dumped in a ditch at the side of the R33 road. She later died in the Life Midmed Hospital.

Feb 18 – Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed to death in Kensington, central London, after he and his friends failed to gatecrash a 16th birthday party. At around 3.20am Lewis, who was known to his friends as Dotty, was fatally stabbed when he was chased down in the street by a mob armed with weapons. Demario Williams, 17, from Enfield, was sentenced to a life for murder with a minimum term of 20 years. Lawrence Nkunku, 17, was jailed for life (18 years). Paul Glasgow, 17, jailed for life for murder with a minimum term of 18 years. Thierry Edusei, 16, was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 11 years. Two other 18-year-old boys were acquitted of murder.

Feb 18 – Aseel Al-Essaie, 23, was shot dead as he sat in a car outside his sister’s engagement party in Upperthorpe, Sheffield. Matthew Cohen, 29, Dale Gordon, 33, and Keil Bryan, 32, were all convicted of murder and jailed for life (30 years). Jamie Good, 29, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice for setting the getaway car on fire. The trial heard there was a dispute over drugs between Cohen and an associate of Al-Essaie.

Feb 17 – Joseph Olopo, 21, were stabbed in Golders Green, north London. Jason De Sousa, 21, was acquitted of murder but jailed for manslaughter. The court heard that on the evening of Joseph’s death, he and two other men had arranged to meet with De Sousa, as they had in their possession documents belonging to each other. De Sousa in particular was keen to have his driving licence returned to him. In the days before this meeting, De Sousa had made veiled threats of violence against others and had given them an ultimatum to return his licence.

Feb 16 – Pascal Troadec and his wife Brigitte, both 49, went missing from their home outside Nantes in western France, along with their 20-year-old son Sebastian and 18-year-old daughter Charlotte. The following day Sebastian’s car was located in nearby Saint-Nazaire. In July 2021 Hubert Caouissin was jailed for 30 years for murder. The trial heard he killed them after a row over a family gold horde. Caouissin was in a relationship with Pascal and Brigitte’s daughter Lydia. Caouissin, who worked at the Brest naval yards, confessed to killing the family with a crowbar and then working “like a maniac” to cut up the bodies, burning some of the parts in an oven and scattering others around his farm in Brittany. He claimed that Lydia had been deprived her share of a trove of gold coins and ingots purportedly found by Pascal Troadec’s father had found while renovating an apartment in Brittany. The only question at trial was whether he was mentally ill. In France the case is known as L’Affair Troadec.

Feb 15 – Omer Raza, 23. a Selfridge wine salesman, from Walthamstow, was stabbed to death near Turnpike Lane station in Haringey after being taken there in a silver BMW. Akol Garang, 18, was jailed for life (19 years) and George Rodriguez Galean, 17, was jailed for life (15 years). The trial heard they lured him to his death to discuss car insurance, which Raza sold on the side. They then robbed him of his Armani watch and iPhone and stabbed him. Raza first met Garang, an Argos shop worker, after he answered his Gumtree advert for the sale of a £180 laptop, which he bought for his fiancee’s daughter.

Feb 15 – Humera Khan, 42, suffered catastrophic head injuries after being attacked with a hammer at home in Preston, Lancashire. She had been working on a sewing machine. She died in hospital. Her husband Jamal Khan, 52, was found guilty of murder at Preston Crown Court and jailed for life (16 years). Mrs Khan was attacked when her husband lost his temper because she had failed to make him a meal.

Feb 14 (Valentines Day) – Gary Heaven, 51, was stabbed to death in Tulse Hill, south London. Chi-Wah Cheung, 39, was jailed for life (28 years) in September 2017. Cheung and his ex-girlfriend Jamie Given were previously in a relationship for about nine years until 2015, and Cheung did not take their break-up well. The jury heard he had gone to the home Mr Heaven shared with the woman on several occasions in February and behaved in an aggressive and threatening manner towards them both.

Feb 13 – Abigail Williams , 13, and Liberty (or Libby) German, 14, vanished while hiking on the Monon High Bridge Trail in Delphi, Indiana. The so-called Delphi Murders received significant media coverage because a video and audio recording of an individual believed to be the girls’ killer were found on German’s smartphone. German recorded the man believed to be the killer ordering the pair “down the hill.” In 2022 Richard Allen, 50, the manager of a local pharmacy, was charged with the murders.

Feb 11 – Lauric Lebato, 22, a fashion student from Hackney, north London, was stabbed in Leicester city centre after being chased from a party. Sulaiman Sillah, 20, from New Parks, Leicester, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder. Sheriff Oluwa, 20, from Leicester, was jailed for 30 months for violent disorder.

Feb 10 – Denise Juarez, 17, and Stephanie Barrientos, 16, were shot dead at point blank range outside a nightclub in Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their friends Némesis (15) and Magalí (16) survived. Juarez’s boyfriend Luis Esteban Weiman was arrested but was later released. The killings became known as the Florencio Varela massacre. Unsolved.

Feb 10 – Noel Williams, 27, was shot dead at 1am in York, Ontario. Jasper Atienza, 28, was jailed for life for first degree murder. Laurie Phan, 22, an aspiring model who took part in Miss Asia Toronto pageant, was acquitted of being an accessory.

Feb 5 – Peter Colwell, 18, from Capel Uchaf near Clynnog Fawre, was shot dead in the car park of The Ship Inn in Llanbedrog, near Pwlhelli, north Wales. He was a keen hunter. His friend Ben Wilson, 29, a gamekeeper, of Ely, Cambridgeshire, was jailed for seven years for manslaughter on the grounds of gross negligence at Caernarfon Crown Court. Another friend, Ben Fitzsimons, 23, of Nanhoron, Pwllheli, who was cleared of the same charge but jailed for two years for possessing a shotgun in public. The trial heard five friends had been out hunting that night and stopped in at The Ship for a drink but Wilson left the loaded shotgun in the car and it went off.

Feb 2 – Aaron Lewis, 26, from Toxteth, was shot three times ina “cold-blooded, targeted attack” outside Anna Jungs, a chip shop in Wavertree, Liverpool. It was gangland-related. At about 7.40pm, a 19-year-old man went to hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper body. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening and detectives believe he had been with Mr Lewis. Unsolved.

January 2017

Jan 31 – Hang Yin Leung, 64, died in hospital 11 days after her home in Bolbeck Park, Milton Keynes was burgled. She was knocked to the floor and held to the ground by one of the men, who was armed with an ice pick. Items stolen include a 1991 Oyster model Rolex watch worth £8,000 and a long service medal from the Hong Kong police where Mrs Leung worked for many years. The case remains unsolved. At an inquest in Jan 2020 assistant coroner Adam Smith said: “She had been admitted to the hospital on 1 February 2017 having become unwell when giving a statement to the police about an assault she had suffered during a burglary the previous day. It is probable that the assault played a role in her death.”

Jan 29 – Shanika Grey, 15, vanished in Mount Salem, Montego Bay, Jamaica. She was found stabbed in Meadows of Irwin on Feb 1. Mario Morrison, 23, of Bamboo district, Hanover, and Gregory Roberts, 31, taxi driver of Maroon Town, St James, were charged with murder. As of 2020 they do not appear to have gone on trial.

Jan 28 – Nadine Burden, 36, a drug addict, was stabbed and beaten to death at a house in Toronto Road, Buckland, Portsmouth. Her body was found just before midnight. Victoria Arthur, 43, from Milton, Portsmouth, was jailed for life (23 years). Her lover Julie Palmer, 52, was jailed for two years for assisting an offender. The trial at Salisbury Crown Court heard Arthur threatened Burden over a £100 debt owed to Palmer.

Jan 27 – Christine Sullivan, 48, and Jenna Pellegrini, 32, were shot dead at a house in Farmington, New Hampshire. Timothy Verrill, 37, was charged with murder but his first trial in Nov 2019 ended in a mistrial. Prosecutors asked for permission from Amazon to check the Amazon Echo at the home in the hope it had unwittingly recorded audio of the murders. Sullivan’s boyfriend was Dean Smoronk, and Sullivan’s brother believed he hired Verrill to kill her. Smoronk had allegedly tried to hire someone to kill her in Florida. Smoronk has been jailed for 42 months for dealing amphetamines. As of Oct 2020 Verrill is still in custody awaiting a retrial.

Jan 27 – Tommy Baker, 44, from Everton, was shot in the head and chest at Stanley Meat Market in Old Swan, Liverpool, after leaving a gym at 8.15am after an early morning workout. His killer had waited in a car next to his black BMW. Gangland-related. Unsolved.

Jan 26 – Raheem Wilks, 19, was shot outside Too Sharps barbers in Harehills, Leeds. Jaydn Manners, 24, Keal Richards, 21, and Tremaine Wisdom, 29, were jailed for life (33 years) at Leeds Crown Court in Nov 2017. Keiran Hunt, 30, from Harehills, and Cornelia Benjamin, 21, from Chapeltown, were cleared of murdering Raheem, brother of Leeds United player Mallik Wilks. The court heard Raheem was a member of a gang called The Flock and was “specifically targeted” as a result. Moments after the shooting Richards was filmed on Snapchat watching a YouTube clip featuring C Biz rapping about a killing in a barbershop. Detectives had to persuade Snapchat to release the video so it could be used in the trial. Mallik Wilks made his debut in the FA Cup defeat against Sutton United a few days later.

Jan 24 – Tony Kenway, 39, originally from Southampton, was shot dead while sitting in the driver’s seat of his red Porsche Cayenne GTS at 2.10pm outside an exclusive sports club in Pattaya, Thailand. His Thai wife Pans Kenway, 32, was ‘devastated’ by what had happened. Mr Kenway’s wife gave birth to his fourth child in September. Police investigated links between Mr Kenway and foreign ‘boiler room’ gangs. Press reports claim the murder was masterminded by Toby Nelhams, 45, a British expat originally from Islington, the getaway driver was Miles Dicken Turner, 28, from Oxford, and the alleged gunman was Abel Candeira Bonito, 24, from South Africa. But nobody has been charged. In Oct 2020 Nelhams was arrested in Cambodia.

Jan 23 – Leon Barrett-Hazle, 36, from Smethwick, was stabbed in the neck on the top deck of the 11A bus in Handsworth, Birmingham. Kieran Gillespie, 25, was jailed for life (26 years) in July 2017. The trial heard the pair were complete strangers. Gillespie claimed self-defence but the jury decided he was unprovoked.

Jan 23 – Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, 15, was stabbed after he left the Capital City Academy in Willesden, northwest London, at 3.22pm. He was heard to shout ‘oh sh*t’ and ‘help help’ as he desperately run for his life towards the school gates and find safety. A 15 year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder at his home in Norbury, south London, on 24 January 2017. He was charged with murder on 26 January and went on trial at the Old Bailey on 9 June. He was convicted of murder on 30 June. On 4 September 2017 the killer was detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure for a minimum of 14 years before parole. The prosecution said the motive for the attack was unclear but may have been connected to a dispute on Instagram Live between the suspect and one of Quamari’s friends the day before the murder.

Jan 21 – Kyle Maher, 21, was repeatedly stabbed in a dispute over loud music in Tooting, south London. Richard Wilson-Michael, 29, was found guilty of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility as he was suffering from an abnormality of the mind at the time of the offence. A 17-year-old girl who had been visiting ran downstairs and witnessed Wilson-Michael repeatedly stabbing Kyle. As she tried to fend him off she suffered several knife wounds to her wrists and arm that required hospital treatment. The injuries have resulted in a restriction of movement in her hand.

Jan 20 – Djodjo Nsaka, 19, a student at Middlesex University, was stabbed to death in Wembley, NW London. Donald Davies and Mukeh Kawa, both 21 from Colindale, were jailed for life with a minimum of 26 years for murder. Ali Tas, 21, was acquitted of murder but found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison. Djodjo and his friends were attacked after they had earlier asked a female friend of Kawa’s why he had given them a “screw-face” expression. The dispute snowballed out of control.

Jan 16 – Kiran Daudia, 46, was struggled and dumped in a suitcase in an alley in Leicester. Her estranged husband Ashwin Daudia, 50, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. The trial heard he killed her on the day he was due to be kicked out of the family home. The couple, who had an arranged marriage in 1998, continued living together after their divorce in 2014. But their house was then sold to Kiran’s sister, who was due to move in on 16 January. At the trial he claimed he killed her in self-defence.

Jan 15 – Kenia Buckner, 26, was shot dead when she opened the door of her home in Bellflower, Los Angeles. Her ex-boyfriend Antowan Parker, 27, went on the run but was eventually convicted of murder and jailed for 75 years to life. Parker was the father of Buckner’s three children, ranging in age from 3 to 7 years old.

Jan 14 – Birna Brjansdottir, 20, was found dead on a beach south of Reykjavik after more than 725 volunteers took part in the biggest search and rescue operation in Icelandic history. Two Greenlandic sailors aged 25 and 30 were held in connection with her disappearance, which happened on 14 January after a night of drinking in Reykjavik’s bars. Surveillance footage around 5am showed her making her way through snowy and foggy streets by herself and buying a kebab. Her shoes were found in the port of Hafnarfjordur, south of Reykjavik, not far from the dock where a Greenlandic trawler, the Polar Nanoq, was moored. Video surveillance cameras also showed a small red car, a rented Kia Rio, parked near the vessel around 6.30am – identical to a vehicle observed near the spot where Brjansdottir was last seen. The Polar Nanoq lifted anchor a few hours after Brjansdottir went missing but members of Iceland’s elite police force, known as the Viking Squad, flew out to the ship by helicopter to question the crew. The ship returned to Reykjavik and two sailors were taken into custody. One of them, Thomas Møller Olsen, was convicted of murder in Nov 2018 and jailed for 19 years. Møller Olsen had sought to blame another sailor, Nikolaj Olsen. Møller Olsen had previously been acquitted of raping an unconscious woman in Greenland. Møller Olsen was also convicted of drug trafficking.

Jan 13 – David Butterfield, 43, was stabbed to death at home in Gomersal, West Yorkshire. His partner Michelle Spencer, 48, admitted murder and was jailed for life (13 years). She stabbed him in “a flash of temper” as they kissed and cuddled.She initially claimed not to know the attacker’s identity but later accepted responsibility for the killing. On the night of the murder Mr Butterfield had come back from the shops at about 6.25pm to find Spencer preparing a meal. When Mr Butterfield entered the room, Spencer had asked him whether he was going to cheer up, the court heard.

Jan 13 – Cleopatra Fletcher, 41, and Dawnette Shettleworth, 52, were shot dead at a hair salon in Catherine Hall, St James parish, Jamaica. Kasheen Lewis, 20, also known as “Borderline”, was charged with murder but as of Oct 2020 he has not gone on trial. He is the son of gangster Omar ‘King Evil’ Lewis, who was shot dead in Montego Bay in Oct 2017.

Jan 12 – Jan Jedrzejewski, 41, a Pole, was beaten to death in Newport, Gwent. Richard Wallis, 43, was jailed for life (16 years) for murder in September 2017. Callum Banton, 18, Shaquille Crosdale, 18, had murder charges dropped against them but were jailed for 16 months and 14 months for perverting the course of justice. The trial saw CCTV footage in a convenience store, known locally as the Red Shop, where an intoxicated Mr Jedrzejewski attempted to buy alcohol around 10pm. He had already had “five or six cans of Polish lager” at his sister’s house after leaving work at 3.30pm. He allegedly urinated on sweets in the shop and was attacked by the men outside. Wallis was encouraged to fight by others at the scene and was called “a coward and a pussy”.

Jan 10 – Kirby Noden, 32, was beaten to death with a rock and a metal pole at her flat in Marazion, Cornwall. Her body was cut up and flushed down the toilet. Her boyfriend Dean Lowe, 33, was jailed for life (28 years) for murder. He later told relatives on Facebook he “chopped [her] up and put [her] down the toilet”, Truro Crown Court heard. Prosecuting, Paul Dunkels QC said Ms Noden’s blood was on the weapons used to murder her as well as being spattered around the flat and “soaked into the bed’s mattress”. Lowe cleaned up “the worst of the blood” and carried on living in the flat until mid-May, he said.The couple, originally from Winsford in Cheshire, had known each other since childhood because their parents were friends, the trial had heard. Both were drug users. During the two week trial, Lowe insisted Miss Noden was still alive and living in South Africa.

Jan 10 – Eulin Hastings, 74, a retired midwife and churchgoer, was beaten over the head with a stone at her home in South Norwood, south London during a burglary. Aaron Fyle, 27, was jailed for life (31 years) for murder in January 2020. He was a prolific burglar. The trial heard he feigned mental illness after being arrested. The court heard he set fire to a pack of napkins in a bid to set her home on fire.

Jan 8 – Katie Rough, 7, was found dead ona football field near a cul-de-sac in the Woodthorpe area of York. She had lacerations to her chest and neck. Paramedics and police officers performed CPR on Katie in the football field. She was taken to York hospital and pronounced dead shortly afterwards. The court heard she had been stabbed with a Stanley knife. The incident took place a 10-minute walk from Katie’s parents’ home on the Foxwood estate. A 15-year-old girl admitted manslaughter (diminished responsibility) and was detained for life (5 years minimum)

Jan 8 – Kerri McAuley, 32, was beaten to death at her home in Norwich. She left behind two children. Her sadistic boyfriend Joe Storey, 26, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder. The trial heard he took a “blood-smeared selfie” after breaking every bone in Kerri’s face. Storey had been the subject of an order preventing him from contacting Ms McAuley in October last year – less than three months before her death. Storey, who has four previous convictions covering 11 offences, had been jailed for offences against previous partners. He was jailed for four years in 2011 for two offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against two previous partners including one who was thought to be pregnant, who he repeatedly kicked and punched in the stomach stating he “hoped he had killed the unborn baby”. A Domestic Homicide Review Report revealed by the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership later ruled that Storey had been wrongly assessed as “low risk” and was in fact incapable of being rehabilitated.

Jan 4 – Omario Caldwell, 41, a transgender woman known as Mesha, was shot dead in Canton, Mississippi. She was a well known hair and make up artist. Unsolved.


December 2016

Dec 31 – Cameron Logan, 23, died in a fire in Milngavie, near Glasgow. Blair Logan, 26, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder. He was also convicted of the attempted murder of his parents David and Cathy, both 54, and left Cameron’s girlfriend Bex Williams, 24, who were all left fighting for their life. The judge accepted court reports that he had “abnormal personality traits” and features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The court heard Cameron and Blair had a hostile relationship.

Dec 30 – Ernest ‘Alex’ Kalawa, 24, was stabbed to death in Peckham, south London. Derron Campbell, 24, was jailed for life (23 years) for murder. Klark Mangal, 21, was jailed for four years for attempting to pervert the course of justice but was acquitted of murder.

Dec 27 – Shaun Atkinson, 49, was stabbed to death at a house in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Barry Rewcroft, 51, a postman, was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter. Rewcroft’s son Ruben, 20, was found not guilty of both murder and manslaughter. Atkinson was Barry’s daughter’s partner.

Dec 27 – Carl Campbell, 33, from Bilston, was shot dead as he sat in a car in the High Street, West Bromwich, West Midlands. Mohammed Humza, 19, was jailed for life (28 years) for murder. Vikesh Chauhan, 24, and Jaspal Rai, 24, were both jailed for life (30 years). Mr Campbell was jailed in 2009 for causing the death by dangerous driving of Clarence Elwin in Tipton. His family said: “Carl was a young man at the time who had a full driving licence, tax and insurance. He just panicked and left the scene. “He was not a killer, it was an accident and he panicked so please don’t judge him on that incident alone.” The murder trial heard the three carried out the revenge attack after Campbell stole a diamond-studded luxury watch. Humza was the gunman.

Dec 27 – Terrell L Bruce, 33, a realtor, was shot in the head in Philadelphia as he drove through Germantown. His on-off girlfriend Martina Westcott, 27, admitted third-degree murder and was jailed for 22-44 years in 2018. She was sitting in the passenger seat. He lost control of the Ford Expedition SUV and crashed into another car. She fled to her mother’s house and turned herself in. It emerged that the couple had been arguing about whether to have a baby.

Dec 26 – Rayanni Christini Costa, 22, was lured to a house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, murdered and had her belly cut open. Thaina da Silva Pinto, 21, and her husband Fabio Luiz Lima have been charged with murder. They tried to steal her baby but the foetus died. They lured her to their home, promising to donate baby clothes to the poor mother-to-be. Police in Brazil believe they then planned to cut the seven-month-old baby from Ms Costa’s womb before killing the mother, but the baby also died after they cut through the woman’s belly. Police discovered that she had made contact with other poor, young mothers in Rio de Janeiro after joining WhatsApp groups for people wanting to donate baby items such as clothes, nappies and toys. As of 2020 the outcome of the couple’s murder trial has not been reported.

Dec 25 – Tricia McCauley, 46, an actress and yoga instructor, vanished in Washington DC. She had made a pie and prepared her signature Brussels sprouts to take to a holiday party with fellow members of the District’s theatre scene. At 4.30 pm she posted to Facebook that she was on her way. But she never showed up for dinner. Her white two-door Scion iQ car with its “Plant more plants” bumper sticker was later found. Adrian Johnson, 29, was convicted of first-degree felony murder and jailed for 30 years. It emerged that he was homeless and had been offered a lift by her. Police confronted Johnson, who had been spotted driving the Scion, in a nearby CVS store. An officer asked him for the keys, and he surrendered them. Her body was found in the back seat. She had been sexually assaulted, strangled and beaten. Johnson had a long string of arrests, mostly for theft and nonviolent crimes, in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Court files contain notations of possible mental illness, though he has been ruled competent in the past.

Dec 25 – Nick Medlin, 57, an off-duty prison officer, died after being punched outside the Rose Inn pub in Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Michael Hudson, 33, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for six years. The court heard he was the victim of an unprovoked assault but Hudson threw only one punch and he hit his head.

Dec 24 – Owen Kerry, 19, was stabbed to death in Cramlington Working Men’s Club, Northumberland. Brian Cahill, 35, from Dudley, North Tyneside, was jailed for life (26 years) for murder and his girlfriend Lyndsey Harper, 36, was jailed for life (18 years). Harper was also convicted of doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice by attempting to destroy evidence by soaking clothes in bleach. She admitted affray. Cahill and Harper were both drunk on the night of the attack.

Dec 24 – Danielle Brooks, 32, and Christopher Brooks, 38, were shot dead at an apartment in Anchorage, Alaska. The shootings were witnessed by their 5-year-old son who told police, “Ninjas came to my home and killed my family.” In Aug 2020 Lamarkus Mann, 22, was jailed for 109 years for murder and robbery. Savon Wiley, 26, was jailed for 76 years. Jaylyn Franklin was jailed for 100 years. De Anthony Harris, who was taken to hospital with a gunshot wound, was not charged. All three tried to rob Mr and Mrs Brooks of money and cannabis.

Dec 23– Eman Salehi, 28, a sports journalist for Bahrain’s state-run television broadcaster, was shot dead in her car in the city of Riffa, Bahrain, a community popular with members of the ruling Al Khalifa family and the military. Her six-year-old son was in the car at the time. A man shot Salehi once in the head, then immediately turned himself into authorities. She was a Shiite. The killer was allegedly a member of the ruling family but he has never been identified.

Dec 23 – Mohammed Abdurezek, 31, was stabbed to death and dumped in undergrowth in the village of Siston, south Gloucestershire. According to his Facebook page, Mr Abdurezek worked for UK charity Refugee Action and had also been a student at Gower College in Swansea. But the trial heard that the Ethiopian refugee was also involved in drug dealing and fell out with his associates. Karl Cullen, 42, was jailed for life (18 years) Abdiwahab Abdulahi, 22, was acquitted of murder but jailed for six years for supplying drugs. Cullen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug with Mr Abdurezek, Mickael Shishay and others unknown. Cullen also pleaded guilty to preventing burial of a body. Mr Shishay was not charged with any offence. It is believed Mr Abdurezek took a “drug phone” away, and the defendants tried to recover the phone – which has never been found.

Dec 22 – Chris Thompson, 32, a travel agent, from Stockport, suffered head injuries in a brawl outside Totties lap dancing club in Altrincham, Greater Manchester. Anton Oakes, 22, was jailed for five years after admitting manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court. His brother Aiden Oakes, 26, was jailed for three years for assault for “clobbering” a man, who was helping Mr Thompson, with a chair leg.

Dec 22 – Noel “Duck Egg” Kirwan was shot six times as he sat in his car in Crumlin, Dublin. He had been a friend of Gerry Hutch’s all his life but was specifically killed by the Kinahans because he was seen standing next to Hutch in a newspaper photograph of the funeral of Hutch’s brother, Eddie. Jason Keating was charged with murder but those charges were dropped and he was jailed for 10 years for assisting a criminal gang. He admitted he had been involved in retrieving a tracker which the Kinahans had put on Kirwan’s car. In April 2022 Declan “Mr Nobody” Brady and Martin Aylmer were charged with involvement in the murder. Michael Crotty was also charged with involvement. A European arrest warrant was issued in April 2022 for Sean McGovern, a senior Kinahan associate. He is believed to have fled to Dubai.

Dec 20 – Shanna Riddle Vandewege, 36, and her son Diederik, three months old, had their throats slashed at their home in Fort Worth, Texas. Shanna’s husband Craig, who found the bodies, has hired a lawyer. As of 2020 Craig Vandewege is still awaiting trial for murder.

Dec 19 – Clemuth Roberts, 58, was attacked in Dagenham, Essex. Ben Harper, 21, was jailed for to 12 years in Feb 2018. Harper pleaded not guilty to murder but offered a plea of guilty to manslaughter which was formally accepted at the Old Bailey.

Dec 17 – Mark Shaw, 29, was tortured and stabbed to death in a bedroom at his home in Grange Villa, County Durham. Kieran Adey, 18, and Zoe Warren, 20, were both jailed for life (17 years) for murder. The trial heard Adey was in a rage over £5 Mark owed him and because he had told the police about him smashing his windows days earlier, while Warren was furious he had spent her last £10 on drugs. Warren had 38 previous convictions and Adey had 58 previous convictions.

Dec 17 – Lisa Marie Naegle, 36, a nurse, was battered to death with a hammer and dumped in a shallow grave at a house in Inglewood, Los Angeles. Jerome Rogers, a nursing assistant, was jailed for 26 years to life for murder after confessing. He had been caught on CCTV leaving a party at a restaurant in Torrance. Naegle texted her husband Derek Harryman around 2.45 am to let him know she was grabbing food and then coming home. Two days passed without Harryman hearing a word from his wife. Naegle’s sister, Danielle Naegle-Kaimona, told ABC News Rogers said he was having an affair with Naegle. Naegle-Kaimona told the network that Naegle had told her Rogers was gay. Naegle finished fourth on Bridalplasty, a 2010 reality show about a group of women who moved into a mansion to compete for a dream wedding and plastic surgery.

December 13 – Sade Dixon, 24, who was three months pregnant, was shot dead at home in Pine Hills, Florida. She had two children, aged 5 and 7. Her boyfriend Markeith Loyd, 41, went on the run. In January 2017 he shot dead police officer Debra Clayton, 42, outside a Walmart in Orlando. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Norman Lewis died after being hit by a car while on his patrol motorcycle during search for Loyd on the same day. In October 2019 Loyd was jailed for life for Sade’s murder.

Dec 12 – Umida Eshboboeva, 29, was killed at a house in Thamesmead, south east London. Adkhamjon Tovasharov, 34, was charged with murder but died in custody in HMP Belmarsh while awaiting trial.

Dec 9 – Kerry-Ann Wilson, 33, was beaten to death with a hammer at her apartment in Crystal Towers complex in St Andrew, Jamaica. Her common law husband Phillip Brown, 35, later turned himself in and was charged with murder. Her body had been found wrapped in tarpaulin in a gully. In Dec 2017 Brown was jailed for 15 years for murder. It emerged that he had sex with Kerry-Ann before killing her. She was pregnant by another man.

Dec 8 – Nathan Oakley, 18, and Barry Street, 32, were stabbed to death at the West Meadows traveller site in Ipswich, Suffolk. Nelson Smith Jnr, now aged 18, has denied murdering the pair and having a bladed article in a public place. He went on trial in June 2017. There was another incident three days after the murder, for which several people were convicted. Swayley Smith, 24, Henry Harbour, 21, William Harbour, 32, and Ernest Oakley, 22, admitted violent disorder and were jailed for three years. Levi Harbour, 20, was given three years in youth detention after admitting the same charge at Ipswich Crown Court. A 14-year-old, who cannot be named, admitted violent disorder and was given a 12-month referral order.

Dec 8 – William Schumacher, 52, a UPS delivery driver, was shot outside a Walmart supermarket in Ithaca, New York. Justin Barkley, 38, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for 25 years. Barkley told the judge he waited outside of the store where he shot a man he believed to be President-Elect Donald Trump. He told the judge: “I shot and killed Donald Trump purposely, intentionally and very proudly.” Judge Rowley initially refused to allow Barkley to enter a guilty plea stating that Barkley needed to be examined by psychiatrists.

Dec 8 – Yasir “Loopy” Beshira, 21, was shot dead in Kilburn, NW London. The gunman, a boy who was 15 at the time of the shooting, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder. Sammi Tesfazgi, 21, was jailed for life (27 years) for murder. Rilind Tahiri, 22, was jailed for 14 for manslaughter. Ashley McFarland, 35, was jailed for five years for assisting an offender and Kim McFarland, 59, was jailed for three years.

Dec 8 – Martin Kok, 49, a convicted murderer-turned-crime writer, was shot eight times in Laren in the Netherlands. Christopher Hughes, 33, a Scottish gangster, was jailed for life at Glasgow High Court in May 2022. He was also convicted of involvement in serious organised crime between July 2013 and January 2020. Kok had set up a website exposing criminals in his homeland. During the trial it emerged Hughes met him at an Amsterdam hotel, then the Boccaccio sex club and alerted others to where he was. As the pair later left, Hughes stopped to pat a cat outside before Kok was gunned down as a “favour” for seemingly crossing Moroccan-based gangsters.

Dec 5 – Salim Coulter, 24, from White City, was ambushed and shot as he left Jerky’s chicken restaurant in Fulham, west London. The restaurant was popular with celebrities, including Alesha Dixon. Omar Hutson, 29, was jailed for life (32 years) for murder. The trial heard both men were drug dealers and were involved in a feud. After eating at the restaurant Coulter returned to his friend’s car and opened the front passenger door when a crouched, hooded man ran straight to his door and shot him in the head at point blank range. Ibrahim Abada, 22, from White City, Nawful Boukhari, 23, and Sofyan Kentafi, were charged with conspiracy to murder but these charges were later dropped.

Dec 3 – Francia Ruth Ibarra, 26, vanished from her home in Leon, central Mexico. Emmanuel Delani Valdez Bocanegra, 26, has been charged with her murder. Six kilos of human flesh retrieved from the bones have been DNA matched with the victim. Her clothes were found hidden in a bag inside the apartment. The pair had met through the dating app Tinder and had then met several times over the few months before Ms Ibarra disappeared. He allegedly dissolved her body in acid because she refused to have sex with him. As of 2020 his trial has not been reported.

Dec 3 – Kulwinder Kaur, 22, a pregnant dancer and choreographer, was shot dead as she danced on stage at a wedding in Bathinda, Punjab, India. Lucky Kumar was arrested. He reportedly shot her while drunk as he fired a gun while celebrating his friend’s wedding. But as of 2020 he has not gone on trial.

Dec 2 – Sarah Stern, 19, college student, last seen at home in Neptune City, New Jersey. Early the next morning her car was found on the shoulder of a bridge and she was declared missing, amid fears she had committed suicide or run away. Her former classmate, Liam McAtasney, was jailed for life without parole for first-degree murder, conspiracy, desecrating human remains, tampering with evidence and other charges.. Her former prom date, Preston Taylor, 19, was jailed for 10-20 years for desecration of human remains. He helped McAtasney dump Stern’s body in the ‘Shark River’. Prosecutors argued that McAtasney killed Stern for the thousands of dollars that had once belonged to her mother, who died of cancer in 2013. They claimed McAtasney planned Stern’s death for six months and his aim was to get money from her lock box, which he believed was stuffed with cash.

Dec 2 – Rebecca Johnson, 26, from Burntisland in Fife, Scotland, was stabbed to death in the village of Kuttanen in Finland. Her Czech boyfriend Radek Kovac, 36, aka Karel Frybl, a former soldier, was jailed for life for murder in Feb 2018. The pair were both seasonal workers, employed by a Santa themed resort in Lapland. He fled the scene by dog-pulled snow sled. The court earlier heard slain Rebecca told sister Victoria, 29, the brute battered her and dumped her on Facebook after she corrected the Czech’s English. He will serve his sentence at Pyhäselkä prison.

Dec 2 – Jack Barnes, 29, died after an incident in Manchester city centre on in which he was restrained face-down on the pavement following an altercation at a railway station. Paul Fogarty, 50, Brian Gartside, 59, Stephen Rowlands, 67, and Matthew Sellers, 29, who were staff members subcontracted by Metrolink at the time, were charged with unlawful act manslaughter in 2023. They await trial.

Dec 1 – Joseph Fluet, Steven Lamarsh and Rachel Wickenheiser were ambushed after they had agreed to meet a man in a field in Vaudreuil-Dorion, near Montreal. They were shot dead. In 2019 Richard Hunt, 41, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. He was jailed for life (25 years minimum). In October 2020 his girlfriend Melanie Binette, 38, went on trial for murder. She pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the first day of the trial. Fluet and Lamarsh were members of the Rock Machine biker gang, and Wickenheiser was Lamarsh’s girlfriend. The trio were lured to the field by Hunt after he claimed $850,000 had been buried there, Wichenheiser testified. Hunt had previously been convicted for having carried out an armoured car heist, and he owed the bikers money from having dealt drugs for them.

Dec 1 – Khalid Safi, 18, who came to the UK as a child refugee from Afghanistan, from Southwark, was stabbed to death at a coffee shop outside student flats in Acton, west London. Mr Safi had links to Wembley as well as Peterborough and Walsall. Fatima Khan, 20, from Ilford, was jailed for life (14 years) for murder. The trial at the Old Bailey heard Khan — who was nicknamed the “Snapchat Queen” by her friends because of her social media addiction, visited a Costa Coffee shop near North Acton underground station with Mr. Safi around 5pm. At around 6pm Raza Khan arrived and immediately went over to the couple and began stabbing Mr. Safi. She posted a video of him dying on the floor on Snapchat and captioned it: “That’s what happens when you f*** with me,” she captioned the Snapchat video. She was romantically involved with both men at the time. Khan has fled abroad and is wanted by police.

November 2016

Nov 30 – Davon “Day Day” Dozier, 23, and Troy “Flip” Smothers, 29, were shot dead outside a Stop 1 convenience store in Liberty Heights, Baltimore. Tennod McGlotten, Antwan Nelson, Eric Russell and Bernadette Boyd all survived. CCTV footage showed the murders. It is thought the killings were linked to the murders of Shawn Reid, 27, on November 15 and Jacob Hayes, 22, a week later. Damon Alexander was jailed for life for murder.

Nov 26 – Joel Guy Sr, 61, and Lisa Guy, 55, were stabbed to death at their home in West Knox County, Tennessee over the Thanksgiving weekend. Their son Joel Guy Jr, 31, was jailed for life after being convicted of their murders. He planned to cash in on a $500,000 life insurance police. He meticulously plotted his every murderous move in a notebook, detailing at great length how he would kill his mother and father, then how he would dispose of their remains, step-by-step. One notebook read: “Douse killing rooms (kitchen?) with bleach. Flush chunks down toilet, not garbage disposal … don’t have to get rid of body if no forensic evidence.”

Nov 25 – Wayne Bardsley, 51, and James Evans, 57, who were both rough sleepers, died when a disused warehouse in Chinatown, Manchester, was set on fire. Police believe it was arson and released CCTV images of a suspect. Andrew McGarry, who was homeless, was charged with arson but the charges were later dropped.

Nov 22 – Sergeant Colin Rose, 29, was shot dead near Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. De Angelo Davis, 31, was charged with murder but the charged were dropped a few days later. A reward of $15,000 has been offered.

Nov 20 – Alex Malcolm, five, was beaten to death in a playground in Catford, south London. His mother’s boyfriend, Marvyn Iheanacho, 39, was jailed for life (18 years). The court heard that Iheanacho had spent the day with his girlfriend and her son, Alex. Later that afternoon he said he wanted to go out to get a DVD and see a friend and would take Alex with him. They got on a bus and then walked towards Mountsfield Park. a witness heard Iheanacho shouting at Alex after he realised the boy had lost his shoe. Through the park gates she saw Iheanacho and described him as “raging” at Alex who was keeping very quiet. She then heard repeated booming noises and saw the gate vigorously moving as if it was being punched by someone. Iheanacho then lied to Alex’s mother and to the paramedics about Alex’s injuries.

Nov 18 – Hussein Ahmed, 19, a drill artist known as Sparkz, from Rayners Lane, was stabbed to death outside Kebabish kebab shop near South Harrow tube station in north west London around 5.10pm. Three boys were charged with murder. Philippe Sossongo, who was 14 at the time, from Edgware, was found guilty of murder, along with Vanquer Muanza, then aged 14, from Barnet. They were jailed for life with minimum terms of 14 and 16 years. The older boy was acquitted. Gang motive. Killers had links to the Grahame Park estate in Hendon. Hussein was not in a gang. Sossongo’s conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal and he was acquitted at a retrial. The trials heard that the killing was part of a tit-for-tat feud between Harrow and Hendon gangs. On August 30, 2016, Ahmed Cabdulgadir was stabbed in Harrow outside a McDonald’s restaurant. Then, two days before the killing, another youth from the defendants’ group was found unconscious with serious head injuries on the estate in Hendon. Muanza was caught on CCTV visiting the youth as he recovered in hospital shortly after Hussein was killed. The police are still looking for another youth, Ahmed Cabdulgadir, who was 16 at the time of the attack, but he has fled abroad, possibly to Turkey.

Nov18 – Lee Viloria-Paulino, 16, was stabbed to death and beheaded in Lawrence, Massachusetts. His classmate Matthew Borges, 15, was jailed for life (30 years minimum) in July 2019. Borges told a witness he had ‘done something bad’ and that he had ‘stabbed a kid and cut his head off’. Lee’s body was found along the banks of the Merrimack River by a dog-walker, with his head in a bag nearby. Investigators never recovered his hands.

Nov 17 – Shanice Anderson, 21, was shot dead and six other people were injured, including Lynjerius Ross, six, at a children’s 2nd birthday party in Memphis, Tennessee. Torius Russell, 29, was jailed for 50 years for murder. Lynjerius’s mother Nika said her son was very brave and was making a miraculous recovery. She said she knew Russell but had no idea what his motive was for the shooting.

Nov 16 – George Barker, an international drug dealer 24, from South Darenth, Kent, was stabbed to death at 9am at the Double K martial arts gym in Bexley, Kent. Charlie Riddington, 37, from Orpington, fled on a fake passport to Germany and South Africa and was eventually extradited from the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. He was jailed for life (19 years) for murder in Oct 2019. Police were told that after Mr Barker entered the gym, Riddington was heard to accuse him of “going behind his back” and then Riddington repeatedly punched Mr Barker. Witnesses said that Mr Barker was calling out for him to stop, but Riddington continued the assault and then pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr Barker around the head and body. He then pursued Mr Barker through the gym repeatedly stabbing him. Riddington, a former Millwall youth footballer who was a “family friend” of football pundit Jamie Redknapp, told the trial Barker became angry after he berated him for not paying his debts to “three big drug dealers”, who he refused to name in the trial. Witnesses told the trial they had seen the pair train together at the gym before. The Double K Gym was run by Kieran Keddle, who trained Thor and Luther star Elba, ahead of a professional fight in Thailand in October 2016. But Keddle sold up and moved to Canada after the murder.

Nov 14 – Pasquale Barbaro, 35, was shot dead on a footpath in Earlwood, Sydney, Australia. Four men with links to the Rebels bikie (biker) gang were charged with murder but as of Oct 2020 they still have not gone on trial. They areSiar Munshizada, 28, Abuzar Sultani, 27, Joshua Baines, 24, and Mirwais Danishyar, 23. Sultani, who was allegedly the brains behind the killing, lived in an upmarket apartment and studied a masters of business administration at Macquarie University while juggling the underworld. Barbaro, a notorious gangster, was buried in his native Melbourne. His father was notorious gangster Giuseppe Barbaro.

Nov 13 – Amy Allwine, 43, was shot dead in the bedroom of her home in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Her husband Stephen C. Allwine, 44, was jailed for life for first degree murder. He faked her suicide. Allwine wanted out of his marriage. He was having at least two extramarital affairs with women that were arranged through the Ashley Madison website. His wife’s life was insured for $700,000. Prosecutors said he went deep into the “dark web” and looked into hiring a hit man. An ethical hacker who found out about Allwine’s plans on the darkweb reportedly tipped off the FBI. Nine months before Amy was killed, in February of 2016, the FBI had contacted the Allwines and Cottage Grove Police to tell them agents had shut down a phony murder-for-hire operation on the so-called Dark Net called Besa Mafia. Someone with the name “DogDayGod” had transferred $12,000 in untraceable Bitcoin in an attempt to hire a hit man. The person represented themselves as a competitor of Amy Allwine’s dog training business. But the FBI apparently never considered Stephen Allwine a suspect. The break in the case would come when a computer forensic expert, Mark Lanterman, discovered a 34-digit Bitcoin address on Allwine’s computer. It matched the same address obtained when FBI agents shut down Besa Mafia. Prosecutors say Besa Mafia was a scam to begin with and there were never any hit men.

Nov 13 – Eliayu Cohen, 62, a former police officer from Israel, was killed and dismembered in Nonthaburi, near Bangkok, Thailand. Simon Beton, 52, another Israeli, was charged with murder. Police said Beton had confessed to murder, describing the motive as a “love triangle”. As of 2020 there have been no reports of Beton’s trial.

Nov 12 – Duran Kajiama, 17, a college student, wasstabbed to death after a trivial row outside a chicken shop in Dagenham, east London. His 16-year-old friend was stabbed three times in the neck, back and arm during the attack. They were on their way to a pizza restaurant before heading to a friend’s birthday party when the killer approached them outside Krishna’s Convenience Store in Church Street, Dagenham, and started to talk to them ‘aggressively’. A 16 year-old boy was cleared of murder but was convicted of the manslaughter of Duran Kajiama on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was jailed for 12 years in July 2017.

Nov 12 – John Mathers, 51, was beaten up at his home in Netherfields, near Middlesbrough. He suffered a fractured jaw and ribs and a fatal brain bleed, dying in December. His nephew Kevin Caddick, 36, was acquitted of murder at Teesside Crown Crown Court. He had admitted manslaughter. He was jailed for 8 years and 9 months. The trial heard Mathers was a child abuser, who had changed his name from Harry Oldfield.

Nov 8 – Francis Varney, 77, was shot dead near a polling station in Azusa, Los Angeles on presidential election day. Carlos Martinez, 45, the suspect, was shot dead by police. He was high on cocaine.

Nov 4 – Christopher Laskaris, 24, stabbed at his flat in Hyde Park, Leeds. Philip Craig, 38, a drug dealer, later returned to burgle the flat. He was jailed for life (25 years) in May 2017. The court heard Mr Laskaris, who had Asperger’s Syndrome and suffered from bi-polar disorder. The case against a second man – Dempsey Pattison, 22, from Leeds, – who was also charged with murdering Mr Laskaris was discharged in February.

Nov 4 – Elijah Moore, 17, was kidnapped and shot dead in Woodland, California. His friend Enrique Rios, 16, had been killed in October 2016. Prosecutors said Moore was killed in revenge after stealing 3 ounces (85 grams) of marijuana from three of the defendants. Rios was killed after he refused to give up Moore. Chandale Shannon, 25, of Winters, and Jesus Campos, 22, of Woodland, were jailed for life without the possibility of parole in 2022. “The crimes were evil. The families have been impacted terribly. And two boys are dead. I find that Mr. Campos and Mr. Shannon have forfeited their life to live in civilized society,” Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg said at the sentencing hearing, according to a statement from the county district attorney’s office. Jonathan Froste pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and testified against the other three defendants. He is awaiting sentencing and is expected to serve 15 years to life in state prison. David Froste was convicted of murder in 2018 and is serving a life sentence without chance of parole.Moore was kidnapped while leaving a barber shop in Woodland, 15 miles northwest of Sacramento. Prosecutors said he was forced into the trunk of a car and taken to Knights Landing on the Sacramento River, where he was bound and was denied pleas to call his mother and release him. Shannon, Froste and Campos and two other men beat him to death with tree branches, crushing his skull.

Nov 3 – Michael Blake, 28, a lorry driver, was shot in the back of the head in Westhoughton, BoltonNathan Daniels, 27, of Nottingham Avenue, Stockportwas jailed for life (30 years) in 2017. Nathan Quigley, 31, from Hulme, and Joe Wilson, 27, from Brinnington, both admitted manslaughter and were jailed for seven years and seven and a half years respectively. Brendon Fallon, 36, from Gorton, and John Edwards, 47, from Reddish, admitted assisting an offender by being involved in a bid to clean up the van afterwards. Fallon was jailed for 21 months whilst Edwards was sentenced to a 21 months, suspended for two years. The trial heard that Blake – known as “Blakey” – was killed over a drug debt.

Nov 2 – James Owusu-Agyekum, 22, a business administration graduate and part-time DJ who worked for his uncle’s shipping company, was speaking on his phone with his front door open in Harlesden, north west London when two men casually walked past and shot him in the back at 10.45pm. As he lay dying he reportedly told his mother Deborah: “I haven’t done anything to anyone.” Unsolved.

Nov 1 – Kayla Gomez-Orozco, 10, was abducted from a church service in Bullard, Texas, sexually assaulted and dumped in a well. Gustavo Zavala-Garcia, 24, a Mexican national, was charged with murder. He was married to Kayla’s cousin. His house was next door to the well. There is a 17 minute gap between when he says he returned and when his wife said he returned. Eventually, in Aug 2019, Zavala-Garcia accepted a plea deal and was jailed for life without parole.

October 2016

Oct 31 – Scotty Kouebitra, 22, was chased and stabbed to death in Croydon, south London, after setting off fireworks on Halloween. Jahliel Rose, 21, was jailed for life (25 years) and Jack Harvey, 17, was jailed for life (19 years). The trial heard that Scotty’s attackers wore Halloween masks.

Oct 29 – Promise Ndlovu, 40, was asphyxiated in a car park in Leicester. The victim’s brother-in-law was Peter Ndlovu, a former Zimbabwe international Peter, 43, played 176 times in the Premier League for Coventry between 1991 and 1997, scoring 39 goals. Kehar Hayer, 55, from Evington, and Kuldeep Singh, 37, from Leicester, were jailed for 13 years for manslaughter. Ramandeep Dhaliwal, 35, was convicting of conspiracy to falsely imprison and was jailed for eight years. The court heard Mr Ndlovu had visited Leicester’s Kapital building in Charter Street at about 13:30 GMT on 28 October with a group of Zimbabwean men who were involved in a financial negotiation with the defendants. The African men had brought with them a bag full of black paper, powder and a chemical, which the court heard was to be used in a so-called “black money scam“. The scam is used by fraudsters hoping to trick victims out of money by persuading them that piles of banknote-sized papers are actually genuine banknotes which have been dyed to avoid detection by authorities. To ensure the deal went through, Mr Ndlovu remained with Hayer and Singh as a “deposit”, the court heard, initially on a voluntary basis.

Oct 29 – Ellia Arathoon, 29, was murdered and dumped beside the M53 motorway in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Ellia’s son Reece Dunne, 8, wrotea heartbreaking letter to his mum after her death. The note reads: “To mummy, I love you a million times around the world. I wish you didn’t die. I remember playing with you and that made me happy. I know you are an angel now and you can see me all the time. “I feel sad but I’m going to be brave, love Reece.” Craig Proctor, 39, changed his plea to guilty on the eve of his murder trial. He was jailed for life (21 years). The pair, who were friends and crack cocaine users, had left a house party and returned to Procter’s home where he hit her with a glass. Procter told an ex-partner, Catherine Powell, he had killed Ellia five days before police found her remains near the M53 in Cheshire. He was captured on CCTV carrying a suitcase towards a canal towpath close to his home.

Oct 27 – Saros Endris, eight, and his sister Leanor, six, were smothered with petrol-soaked rags at their house in Birmingham and a gas explosion then blew up the house. Their mother, Penil Teklehaimanot, survived. Their father Endris Mohammed, 47, was convicted of murder and jailed for life. He was found sitting in his car in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, with severe burns after setting fire to himself. Mohammed had denied the murders, claiming diminished responsibility allegedly caused by a depressive disorder.

Oct 27 – A German woman called Lisa was killed in a block of flats in Freyung, Germany, near the Czech border. Her boyfriend, Dominik R, was arrested in Lloret de Mar, Spain, a month later with their 18-month-old son. He had a tattoo on him which was her name and date of death. He was extradited to Germany and in 2017 was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter.

Oct 27 – Mark Mason, 48, from Rhyl, north Wales, was stabbed 22 times and left in a car park in the town. James Davies, 20, was jailed for life for murder. Anthony Baines, 30, and Mark Ennis, 30, were convicted of manslaughter. Jake Melia, 21, had admitted murder at Mold Crown Court. Davies was sentenced to life with a 25-year minimum term, Melia to 22 years and six months minimum, Baines to 17 years for manslaughter – of which he will serve half – and six years for wounding to run concurrently, and Ennis to 14 years for manslaughter. The trial heard the killing was a result of a fight between two drug gangs. The defendants were members of the “Pensarn Crew”, sometimes called “Ste’s Crew”. Mr Mason was a member of “Mark’s Crew”, or “Marco’s Crew” – although it was not suggested that Mr Mason was the leader.

Oct 26 – Angie Barlow, 23, an exotic dancer at Club Rio in Indianapolis, vanished after going to a private party at the Landmark Apartments & Townhomes in the suburbs. Eight months later, on June 20, her body was found buried in the backyard of a home in the northeast side of Indianapolis. A surveillance camera caught Angela’s blue Pontiac G6 car leaving the complex at around 3:30am. Another car was following her. The prime suspects are Baron McCullough and his girlfriend Raven Miller. They have since moved away from Indiana. Unsolved.

Oct 26 – Mahendra Swain, executive of Hyderabad-based Seaways Shipping and Logistics Limited, was shot dead at point blank range by hired gunmen in Paradip, Odisha (formerly Orissa), India. Mahimananda Mishra, 63, managing director of Orissa Stevedores Limited that controls over 90% of the cargo handling operations at Paradip port in Jagatsinghpur district, was arrested in Bangkok in Jan 2017 along with Basant Bal. Swain’s brother Rajkishore named Mishra and three other executives of Mishra’s firm as having hatched the murder conspiracy. Mishra was extradited back to India and in Nov 2019 was given bail pending his trial.

October 23 – David Lamont, 50, a postman, was run over and killed by a car in Corley Rocks, near Coventry around 4am. His friend Kamaljit Dhaliwal, 54, was acquitted of murder but jailed for nine and a half years for manslaughter. Both men were part of the same amateur theatre group. Mr Lamont was also a cross-dresser. The motivation for the killing remains unclear after a trial in April 2017.

Oct 22 – Ionut Lazar, 28, was shot dead at a flat in Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, west London. He had arrived from Romania only two days earlier. In August 2017 four men were acquitted of murder and robbery – Hanad Mohamed, 18, from Slough, Sufyan Elbakali, 22, from Maida Vale, Yousef Mohamud, 21, from Notting Hill, and Nadir Munasar, 22, from the White City Estate, Shepherds Bush. The trial heard the flat was being used to store or sell drugs and had been raided by police the previous month. Mr Lazar was sleeping in the living room when five hooded men forced their way in through the front door to confront the occupants. The prosecution claimed Mohamud shot Mr Lazar in the chest after the victim resisted attempts to empty his pockets. Detectives are still appealing for information about Adam Adeniran, 23, from West Kensington.

Oct 21 – Steven Allford, 51, was found dead, tied to a bench outside Malaga airport in Spain. A slice of ham had been placed on each of his buttocks and his genitals shoved inside a tuna can. James O’Byrne, 59, Jussi Petteri Munck, 41, Mika Tapio Soininem, 48, were jailed for two and a half years each for manslaughter. Soininem was described as a ‘well-built giant’. All four men were homeless.

Oct 18 – Jamal Mahmoud, 21, was killed at HMP Pentonville.Joshua Ratner, 26, Basana Kimbembi, 34, and Robert Butler, 30, went on trial in Sep 2017. The trial heard Mahmoud was was murdered by three inmates in a violent feud over the control of a “lucrative” contraband route into the jail. Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC told the Old Bailey that Mahmoud “was killed with calculated brutality”. Mr Heywood said the group specifically targeted him and those with him. The three defendants deny murder and wounding another prisoner, Mohammed Ali, on the same day. Mr Heywood told jurors: “When it happened, both sides knew that it was going to happen and were prepared to engage in it.” The alleged killers “did so to make their point and to succeed in resisting the others and getting control of part of the lucrative contraband route onto that wing of the prison,” Mr Heywood told the court. The court heard Mahmoud was part of a group on G wing of Pentonville known as “the Somalis”, which included Ali. The pair had occupied key cells on G Wing from where they had power over phones, weapons and drugs as they were delivered to the prison by drone or other methods. By mid-October last year, a “serious dispute” had developed over this access to contraband, the court heard. The victim was seen by another inmate to visit Butler and Kimbembi in a cell, where Kimbembi threatened Mahmoud with a large combat knife and said “I am going to kill you”, the court was told. All three men were cleared of murder and manslaughter on 5 December 2017. Kimbembi was convicted of wounding with intent on a second prisoner Mohammed Ali and on 11 December was jailed for 12 years.

Oct 17 – Jodie Wilkinson, 27, who was homeless, was killed by a group of up to 11 men in Arthur’s Hill, Newcastle, near to the city’s football stadium. Dale Welsh, 25, survived after being stabbed. Wilkinson, who was homeless when she died, got into trouble with the police shortly after leaving school. She battled drink and drug problems in her early 20s and had spent time living on the streets before turning her life around and becoming a well-known volunteer with local charities. In 2010, Wilkinson was given a young achiever’s award by the Evening Chronicle newspaper in recognition of her work with young people. The same year she was also the recipient of a young person’s achievement award by Children & Young People Now magazine. David Waterston was acquitted of murder at a trial in 2017, which heard that trouble flared after Darryn Jordan barged into a friend of Jodie’s, Sharif Kalimba, and racially abused him. Kalimba – who was cleared of violent disorder – remonstrated with Jordan and there was a period of “aggressive posturing” during a stand off and Jordan went to the home of Bennett. Matters appeared to calm down until Kalimba returned to the scene looking for some legal highs he had dropped and hostilities were reignited, although Jodie was not involved and was waiting further up the street. Stewart phoned Waterston’s partner “summoning reinforcements to the scene of the trouble” and Young was first to emerge and sprinted through the estate, inviting one youth to “come and batter some smegheads”. Jordan, Shaun Young, Kyle Bennett and George Stewart were all jailed for their parts in the violent disorder. Young, who was also in breach of a previous suspended sentence, was jailed for three years, Jordan was locked up for 18 months, Bennett got 20 months and Stewart was sent to prison for 16 months.

Oct 16 – Bob Green, 56, a Hells Angel, was shot dead in Langley, near Vancouver after an all-night party. Jason Wallace, a member of the 856 gang, turned himself into police the next day and was charged with murder. In 2017 he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for seven years. Wallace said he did not think the Hells Angels will come after him because they know the shooting of Green was accidental. But Shaun Clary, 27, who brought the gun Wallace fired to the party, was found dismembered in a Surrey ditch 10 days later. His murder is unsolved.

Oct 16 – Maria Ladenburger, 19, a student and daughter of a senior EU official, was raped and strangled but drowned in the river Dreisam, near Freiburg, Germany. Hussain Khavari, 17, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, was arrested in December and jailed for life for murder in 2018. He may have also killed another woman, Carolin G. The case made big headlines in Germany because of the migrant crisis. It emerged that he had been jailed for 10 years in Greece in 2014 for attempted murder after pushing a woman off a cliff. But he was freed in October 2015 due to overcrowded prisons.

Oct 16 – Robert Everett Wilkson, 55, and Valeri Kay Willkson, 54, killed and nearly decapitated at their home in Luther, Oklahoma. The suspect, Michael Vance, 38, from Chandler, Oklahoma, then exchanged fire with police and drove off, while on Facebook live. He later died in a gun battle with Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers after he was shot. Police said the killings were linked to a charge he faced over sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. Reginald Laday Moore was jailed for 30 years for providing Vance with an AK47 rifle.

Oct 16 – Pardeep Kaur, 30, a housekeeper at a hotel in Heathrow, vanished after failing to turn up for work. She was last seen walking down Harlington High Street. Her body was later found beneath a motorway flyover in Hayes. Vadims Ruskuls, a Latvian national, sexually assaulted her and dumped the 30-year-old’s body under a sleeping bag covered with branches under te Harlington High Street flyover. He was jailed for life (30 years).

Oct 16 – Judge Vicente Bermudez Zacarias, 37, was shot in the head at point blank range as he jogged outside his home in Metepece, 43 miles from Mexico City. Zacarias was the judge who had rejected appeals from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman and Miguel Trevino. The shooting, which was caught on CCTV, prompted the Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto, to hold a news conference and vowing an investigation by his attorney general. In October 2019 the judge’s ex-wife Marisol Macías Gutiérrrez was arrested for her alleged participation in the murder. According to authorities, she masterminded the attack to receive money from his life insurance.

Oct 16 – Trinity Gay, 15, was shot dead at 4am during a shootout between rival gangs at a Cook Out restaurant in Lexington, Kentucky. Chazerae Taylor, 38, who was found guilty of wanton murder and four counts of wanton endangerment, was sentenced to 22 years in prison. D’Vonta Middlebrooks, 23, received a 15-year sentence in the shooting after the jury found he was a persistent felony offender. Taylor’s 21-year-old son D’Markeo was sentenced to 15 months time served and five years probation. Lamonte Williams, 23, was sentenced to one year time served. He had been found guilty on five counts of wanton endangerment. Trinity’s father was Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay and she was an aspiring athlete herself.

Oct 15 – Three men were shot dead in a Jamaican restaurant in West Adams, Los Angeles. Nine other men and six women were wounded and taken to hospital. A fourth person later died. Mowayne McKay, 33, and Diego Reid, 25, both Jamaican nationals, have been charged with murder. LAPD named a third suspect at Marlon Jones. As of 2020 they have not gone on trial. The shooting took place during a birthday party but was drug-related.

Oct 15 – Vince Spagnolo, 65, “a loyal lieutenant” of the late mafia boss Vito Rizzuto, was shot “multiple times” at his home in the Vimont district of Laval, near Montreal, Canada. Since Rizzuto died of cancer in 2013, the weakened organization he once headed has been under siege. Spagnolo’s son Nick, 41, as part of the “next generation” of local Mafia leaders. Unsolved.

Oct 14 – Sophie Smith, 17, was killed at her home in Beeston, Leeds, just before 5am. She was the mother of a five-week-old baby. Her boyfriend Morgan Banks, 18, was jailed for life (17 years). Banks, 18 attacked Sophie, beating a false confession out of her before killing her as he demanded to know names of men she was supposedly sleeping with. Banks had become paranoid that the couple’s month-old son wasn’t his and had thought Miss Smith was having an affair with his brother and cousin.

Oct 11 – John Smith, 52, died in hospital after being attacked outside a property in Misk Knowes in Stevenston, Ayrshire. Craig Munro, 30, was acquitted (technically charges were not proven) of murdering Smith but was jailed for nine years for attempting to murder his own nephew John McDade. The trial heard violence erupted when Munro claimed Farrah Gillespie (nee Fadli), a young mother from Ayr, had been stirring things up between him and McDade. Allan Robertson, 26, had been accused of murder too but the allegations were thrown out during the trial.

Oct 9 – Five people – three children and two women – died after gunmen sprayed their home with bullets in March Pen, St Catherine, Jamaica.The house was then set on fire. The victims were named as two-year-old Koyandra Wynter; nine-year-old Revaughn Evans; 14-year-old Marvin Campbell Jr; 22-year-old Venisha Bartley; and 24-year-old Salesha Evans. When police arrived they engaged in a shootout with the gunmen, who fled. Marvin “Fat Man” Campbell, 40, and Otis Austin, 33, were charged with murder. As of 2020 they have not gone on trial.Campbell had been trying to get the women and children from testifying against him in a case of incest. It is alleged that he issued several death threats to the girl and her family to dissuade them from pursuing the matter. One of the victims was Campbell’s own 14-year-old son. Campbell was an enforcer in the Klansmen gang in Spanish Town. Campbell is believed to be involved in a power struggle over leadership of the gang with Tesha Miller.

Oct 8 – Lucia Perez, 16, was abducted outside her school in Mar del Plata, Argentina, by a gang of men, drugged, repeatedly raped and penetrated with an object. Her body was brought to hospital by two men claiming she overdosed on drugs, but doctors soon noticed signs of violent sexual penetration. Two men have been arrested. The incident sparked huge demonstrations against ‘femicide’ in Argentina. In 2018 Matias Farias, Juan Pablo Offidani and Alejandro Maciel were acquitted of rape and murder. Lucia’s family called the trial “an embarrassment and a lie”.

Oct 8 – Victoria Bance, 27, was stabbed 20 times for speaking to another man on a night out. Her husband Robert Bance, 53, was jailed for life in Jan 2017. The trial heard that after killing her he called the police and said: “Hello, I just killed my wife.” Bance, who was drunk at the time, was jailed for a minimum of 15 years.

Oct 5 – Yang Liu, 36, a financial investor, from Salford Quays, vanished in Manchester. His body – minus the head and arms – was found just off the A628 at Tintwistle, Derbyshire. His friend Ming Jiang, 42, from Manchester, was jailed for life (33 years) for murder. The trial heard Ming had huge gambling debts and assumed the dead man’s identity to continue gambling at casinos. He even texted Yang’s mother and claimed to be him. Jiang lied to detectives and tried to convince them he and Mr Liu – who was divorced with an ex-wife – were gay lovers about to enter into a civil partnership. Ming claimed Mr Liu had been involved in a gambling dispute with a man who was a figment of Ming’s imagination.

Oct 4 – Carl Gregory, 20, was choked to death in Broadstairs, Kent. John Dickson, 27, was jailed for life (18 years) in April 2017. CCTV also showed him stamping on the stricken Carl’s unconscious head before coolly and callously walking away. Judge Williams also remarked how Carl’s ‘totally senseless’ death highlighted the dangers of social media, having been triggered by what she described as a ‘futile’ online row. Dickson and Gregory had never met before the attack in a shopping centre car park in October last year. But they came to blows after Gregory posted an insulting picture referring to his ex-girlfriend Chloe Lemare on Facebook. The couple had split two months earlier but remained friends and met on October 4 last year in Margate, Kent, to play the app in which gamers ‘hunt’ virtual monsters in real-life locations. But the evening took a dark turn when Miss Lemare felt insulted by the social media picture which depicted a woman leap-frogging over giant penis statues. She wrote on Facebook: “F****** Pokemon. He was killed for nothing… we are totally devastated… we can’t believe we will never see him again.” .

Oct 4 – Alice Ruggles, 24, originally from Leicestershire, was stabbed to death and had her throat slit “from ear to ear” in the bathroom of her home in Gateshead. Her ex-boyfriend Lance Corporal Trimaan “Harry” Dhillon was jailed for life (22 years) after a trial at Newcastle Crown Court in March 2017. Dhillon was a serving soldier with the 2 Scots with hopes of joining the special forces and who lived in barracks outside Edinburgh. The trial heard he was controlling and possessive. Miss Ruggles, originally from near Market Harborough in Leicestershire, had reported her ex-boyfriend Dhillon to the police a number of times before he cut the 24-year-old’s throat in October 2016. A review found Northumbria Police and the British Army had failed to recognise and act upon the former soldier’s jealous and obsessive behaviour. In Sep 2020 Alice’s parents said they feared he would be freed early if he was allowed to serve the rest of his sentence in India.

Oct 2 – Natasha Wake, 26, was stabbed 11 times at her house in Bournemouth, Dorset while her two children slept upstairs. Her boyfriend Jay Nava, 26, a former soldier from Plymouth, was jailed for life (21 years) for her murder. The couple got into a row after she discovered he had been investigated by the police for a sexual assault on another woman. One of her children heard a “scream” and came downstairs to find Nava with a knife and Miss Wake lying on the floor covered by a blanket. He told the girl it was a “game” and sent her to bed. The following morning Nava phoned his mother in Australia and confessed to the killing. Later that day, police found the former commando gunner at Hengistbury Head, Dorset, and resuscitated him when he attempted to take his own life as officers approached. A psychiatrist said he had an “underlying narcissistic personality disorder”.

October 2016 – Aygun Mucuk, boss of the Hell’s Angels Giessen chapter, was shot dead at the chapter clubhouse in Giessen, Germany. It was reportedly the result of a rivalry between the Giessen Hells Angels, whose membership is largely of Turkish origin, and the long-established Hells Angels chapter in nearby Frankfurt. Hundreds of Hells Angels members gathered to ride in honour at his funeral. Unsolved.

September 2016

Sep 30 – Myrna Nilsson, 57, was beaten to death in the laundry room of her home in Valley View, Adelaide, Australia. Her daughter-in-law Caroline Nilsson, 26, was arrested in 2018 andwent on trial in July 2020, accused of killing her and staging an ambush. The jury went out in Oct 2020. Caroline told police she was attacked, bound and gagged by two or three men “who looked like tradies” before escaping from the family home about three hours later and being found distressed by neighbours. Key prosecution evidence was from her AppleWatch.Data extracted from a phone belonging to the victim and from an Apple watch she was wearing at the time and which recorded her heart rate. Emily Telfer, prosecuting, said the accused’s phone data revealed that she sent two text messages to her husband Mark Nilsson at 6:57pm — about 15 minutes after the victim died.She said at 7:08pm, Ms Nilsson used the eBay application on her phone to buy bicycle tools for her husband.

Sep 28 – Zoe Morgan, 21, and her boyfriend Lee Simmons, 33, were stabbed to death near Matalan’s store in Queen Street, Cardiff around 6am after they completed their night shift. Her ex-boyfriend Andrew Saunders, 20, was jailed for life (23 years) for murder. The victims had struck up a relationship since starting work together.In the days leading up to the killings Saunders was discovered to have bought knives and latex gloves, and to have conducted Google searches relating to murder, including “the easiest way to kill a person,” “how long do murderers serve in prison” and “how to slice a neck”. The day before the double murder he bought an air rifle and 500 pellets. When she told Saunders their relationship was over, he responded by accusing her of cheating and vowing to “kill whoever it is”. Saunders later sent Miss Morgan a photograph of the back of her house. He told her he had contacted Mr Simmons on Facebook and threatened to kill him, saying he would “smash his f****** head in”.

Sep 25 – Ruben Moreno, 33, was shot dead in his Hummer at 11pm after he drove home from a Dallas Cowboys NFL game, in Cedar Hill, Dallas. A few minutes later Welton Betts, 44, was shot dead as he filled up his car with petrol. He then stole the victim’s SUV, forcing Betts’ wife out at gunpoint. Several other people were shot and injured in a rampage. The suspect, Silvestere Franco-Luviano, was later arrested by a SWAT team at an apartment in Austin, Texas. It was later revealed his real name was Juan Navarro Rios and he was a Mexican citizen who had been deported from the US three times. As of Oct 2020 he has not gone on trial.

Sep 25 – Raja Ali, 33, a drug dealer known as Jay, was stabbed 13 times and attacked with weapons including a hammer, metal poles, baseball bats and at least one knife in Dagenham, Essex. He had been lured to what he thought was a drug deal. His car was rammed from behind and then blocked in by another car. Several other men in the car ran off. It was a dispute between rival drugs gangs. Abubaker Omar-Bana, 27, from East Ham, was jailed for 15 years for manslaughter. Jordon Archambie, 21, from Forest Gate, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. Zakar Yunas, 22, from Stratford, was jailed for four years for violent disorder. Daniel Welch, 35, from Dagenham, was jailed for three years for violent disorder. Mussa Jalo, 22, pleaded guilty to violent disorder and received three years’ imprisonment. Yunas, Welch and Jalo were acquitted of murder and manslaughter. In June 2018 Navarda Rhooms, 26, from Ilford, and Haziq Raza, 24, from Ilford, were jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Sep 25 – Diane McIver, 64, was shot in the back as she was being driven back to her condominium in Atlanta, Georgia. Her husband Claud “Tex” McIver, 75, was jailed for life for felony murder in 2018. At the trial he claimed his gun had .38 calibre Smith and Wesson went off while she was sat in the passenger’s side seat of the couple’s Ford Expedition, which was being driven by a friend. He was sitting in the seat behind his wife with a loaded revolver in his lap. He said he had fallen asleep and the gun fired on its own after the car hit a bump. He said the shooting was simply a “horrible accident”. Mrs McIver died the next morning. He said he had his gun out because he was fearful of a “Black Lives Matter” protest in the area. But prosecutors said he deliberately shot his wife out of greed as he owed his wife hundreds of thousands of dollars. Both were wealthy business people.

Sep 24– Christopher Yost, 34, his wife Jennifer Goodwill Yost, 39, and their friend Arthur Boucher, 28, were shot dead at a house in Fullerton, California. Two of the Yosts’s daughters, ages 6 and 9, were home when police arrived. Josh Acosta, 21, an army mechanic, from Fort Irwin, was jailed for life for murder in 2018. As of Oct 2020 his co-accused Frank Felix, 25, of Sun Valley, is still awaiting trial. At the trial Jennifer’s eldest daughter, Katlynn Goodwill, said Acosta killed her stepfather and the others after she told Acosta her stepdad had been sexually abusing her. Katlynn, Acosta and the killer’s victims all met each other through the furry community, which sees adults dress up in cartoonish animal costumes. The younger girl alerted police by calling 911, saying their parents had died. Katlynn and Jennifer Yost, Acosta and Felix were involved in the Southern California furry community, a group of fans who congregate online and meet at conventions to dress in colourful animal costumes. Many don’t dress up at the events and instead wear badges with their characters displayed on them.

Sep 23 – A dismembered body was found in a freezer in Bangkok, Thailand. US nationals James Douglas Eger, 66, and Aaron Thomas Gabel, 33, were arrested along with a man originally identified as Peter Colter, a British national. They were said to be involved in a fake passport ring. Colter’s real identity turned out to beHerbert Craig La Fon, 63, an American who had been on the run from the FBI since 1979. He later admitted his role in the case and said dead man may have been Hungarian. In December 2017 at Phra Khanong Court La Fon was jailed for 43 years. Eger and Gabel were acquitted of murder.

Sep 23 – Luis Martinez, 62, was found face down in a burning pile of rubbish near Antioch cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Rebecca Bond, 37, was jailed for 50 years for murder. Stanton Pearce, 52, was jailed for 40 years for murder. Laurie Perry, 56, was jailed for 15 years for tampering with physical evidence. Pearce had a scarred face, having been burned previously, and had a conviction for arson.

Sep 22 – Zdenek Makar, 31, a Czech catering manager, was hit in the head with a bicycle lock after a row in a chicken shop near All Saints DLR station in Poplar, east London. Raymond Sculley, 29, was acquitted of murder on the grounds of self-defence. After the killing, Prime Minister Theresa May offered her condolences to her Czech counterpart amid fears the incident was due to post-Brexit violence. Sculley had spent the evening playing video games, smoking cannabis and chatting with friends before he went to Perfect Chicken. As Mr Makar lay dying in the street, Sculley stood over him and allegedly said: ‘Look what you made me do.’ As Mr Makar lay dying in the street, Sculley stood over him and allegedly said: ‘Look what you made me do.’

Sep 18 – Stephen Raynor, 25, was stabbed to death at his home in Hanwell, west London. His girlfriend Elizabeth Hart-Browne, 27, was acquitted of murder in April 2017. She told police: “I’ve just killed the man I love.”

Sep 17 – Michael Martin, 64, his brother-in-law Ricky Lee Anderson, 51, and Barry Swanson, 62, an ADT alarm company technician, were beaten to death with a baseball bat in Corona, Los Angeles. Martin and Swanson died at the scene, but Anderson lingered in a coma for two days before dying from his injuries. Martin’s son, Brandon Willie Martin, 27, a former baseball player with the Tampa Bay Rays, was convicted of murder in No 2020. Brandon was selected with the 38th selection in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and was compared to Derek Jeter but he failed to make the big breakthrough and was released in 2015. He fell by the wayside and had drink and drugs issues. He was biracial and racially abused his black father.

Sep 17 – Elizabeth Bowe, 50, was raped and murdered at a house in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. Her brother Charles Gordon, 52, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder. He placed a dressing gown around her neck and a bag over her head which did “restrict her breathing”. Gordon claimed he grabbed his sister by the neck after she threatened to claim he raped her. He was originally accused of raping her, but that charge was withdrawn. The Scottish police watchdog PIRC later ruled she could have been saved if police had responded earlier to her 999 call.

Sep 15 – Blake Brown, 30, from Croxteth, was shot dead near a bail hostel in Aigburth, Liverpool. Two men fled in a Range Rover. Lee Blowes, 31, a “dodgy” car dealer, was acquitted of murder in February 2019. He then launched into a foul-mouthed tirade, shouting “rats!” towards the police officers sitting in court. The trial heard Brown, who had been acquitted of murdering Paul Mooney in November 2004, had a £100,000 bounty on his head. Blowes was paid £250 to clone the plates on the getaway car, a Range Rover Evoque. Although he was repeatedly asked to provide the names of his “associates”, or those involved in the Blake Brown murder, he would only reply: “No, sir.” William and Joseph Hodgson have admitted perverting the course of justice in connection with the killing.

Sep 16 – An eight-week-old baby boy, Tyrone, died after being admitted to hospital in south London with unexplained injuries. His father Abdoul Boudabes, 39, from Plumstead, was acquitted of murder and burst into tears The trial heard Boudabes lost his temper with the child when he soiled his nappy as his girlfriend Henrietta Beugre took a shower at their flat. He was in a rush because he was due to meet his other lover Safi Totaud in Walthamstow. Boudabes claimed he had accidentally dropped the baby and insisted injuries must have been caused by paramedics and doctors when they tried to revive Tyrone.

Sep 15 – Bervil Ekofo, 21, and his aunt Annie Ekofo, 52, were shot dead at a flat in East Finchley, north London by a gunman who burst into the flat early in the morning. The flat was full of family members, including Annie’s husband Jean-Pierre. Psychology student Bervil was shot in a case of mistaken identity by a gang who intended to kill Annie’s son, Ryan Efey, who was involved in a feud on the Grahame Park estate. Obina Ezeoke, 24, was convicted of murder in 2020 after FIVE TRIALS and was jailed for life (40 years). The first trial collapsed when Judge Kramer was forced to retire due to a back injury. The next two trials ended in hung juries. The fourth trial collapsed due to the coronavirus crisis in March 2020.

Sep 14 – Ricky Hayden, 27, hacked to death with a machete outside his home in Chadwell Heath, north east London. His father Paul, 46, survived. Hayden was a council worker who also worked as a bouncer and as a bodyguard to stars including footballer Peter Crouch and model Abby Clancy. The killers escaped with a moped which they were stealing when the pair intervened. Tommy Roome, 20, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter after being acquitted of murder. Tarrell Hinds, 20, was found not guilty on all charges. The trial heard Hayden ran outside when he thought the pair were going to steal his brother’s scooter. The jury heard that Roome had been looking for two other brothers with whom he was involved in an ongoing dispute.

Sep 13 – Suhaib Mohammed, 19, was shot through an open window at a squat in Eaglestone, Milton Keynes. Mohamed Noor, 33, of Radworthy, and Albert Prempeh, 35, were found guilty of murder at Luton Crown Court and jailed for life (30 years). The trial heard Noor fired the revolver but it was Prempeh’s idea to go to the house looking for a man known as Hypes, who had robbed Noor earlier and was believed to have been involved in a £4,000 bookmaker robbery the previous day. The case was featured in a documentary in March 2022.

Sep 13 – Kendra Childs, 19, was shot dead on the balcony of Uvalde Ranch Apartments in north east Houston. She left behind a young daughter. She was found by her boyfriend when he arrived home. It was a drive-by shooting and the gunman drove off. Unsolved.

September 13 – Kayla Cuevas, 16, and her best friend Nisa Mickens, 15, were ambushed in Brentwood, Long Island, because she had been feuding with MS-13 gang members at school and on social media. The victims included two girls who were attacked with a machete and baseball bats. Thirteen members of the MS-13 street gang and its affiliates have been charged in relation to the murders. Ten were citizens of El Salvador or Honduras who were in the US illegally. Donald Trump mentioned the case during the US presidential election campaign. The bodies of Mickens and Cuevas were found during a terrifying six-week period for the community, during which police also discovered the remains of Oscar Acosta, 19, Miguel Garcia-Moran, 15, and 18-year-old Jose Pena-Hernandez. Hernandez was an MS-13 member who was lured to woods last June by fellow gang members he thought were friends, police said. They stabbed him to death. Alexi Saenz, 22, Selvin Chavez, 19, Enrique Portillo, 19 and two then-juveniles are accused of murder in the girls’ deaths. Saenz, the leader of the Brentwood chapter of the so-called Sailors Clique, was also involved in the October 2016 murder of Javier Castillo, who the MS-13 members believed to be associated with a rival gang. He was also attacked and killed by machete. His body wasn’t recovered for a year. Three days later, Saenz and several MS-13 members struck again and murdered Dewann Stacks, who they also suspected was in a rival gang. He was killed with a baseball bat and machetes. Saenz was charged with a sixth murder in July 2019 – the killing of Esteban Alvarado-Bonilla, who, once again, was suspected of being a rival gang member. In November 2019 Saenz was charged with a seventh murder, that of 29-year-old Michael Johnson. In July 2020 President Trump said his government were seeking the death penalty for Saenz. As of Oct 2020 Saenz is still awaiting trial.

September 12 – Todd Ferry, 49, was shot dead with a military assault rifle in Inkster, Michigan. He was inquiring about a motorcycle advert on Craigslist. Tremayne Alexander, 18, was jailed for 30-60 years in March 2017. He planned to rob Ferry of money when he came to buy the fictional motorbike.

Sep 11 – Tobi Animashaun, 25, ambushed outside the Sainsbury’s supermarket depot in Charlton, south London, where he worked and killed with knives and machetes. Jeremiah Lloyd Johnson, 23, of Walnut Road in Leyton, Codie Goodensimms, 22, of Fairthorn Road in Charlton and Antoin Gray, 22, of Troughton Road in Charlton, were all jailed for life (17 years). The court heard how Johnson and Goodensimms were part of a gang based on Charlton and the victim was a former member of a rival gang from Thamesmead. There was a history of violence between the two warring gangs, but Mr Animashaun had recently left, started work and began a new life for himself.

Sep 8 – Beauty Gomo, 36, was hit four times with an axe at her home in Mvurwi, Zimbabwe. Her husband Chrispen Zhuwaki, 40, a tobacco farmer, was charged with murder. He surprised her and her boyfriend, a businessman, when he returned home earlier than expected. They were having sex when he walked in on them, lost his temper and killed her.

Sep 3 – Gheorge Cozmiuc, 23, was stabbed 20 times at a house in Wolverhampton. His former housemate Sivan Amin, 37, was jailed for life (40 years) in April 2017. The pair had lived together in the Carter Road property over the summer of 2016, but Amin, an Iraqi Kurd asylum seeker, had moved out after a “breakdown in their friendship”. West Midlands Police said Amin “had only one thought – to kill” after becoming jealous of the victim’s other friendships. Amin had been convicted of murder in Sweden a decade earlier after shooting dead another ‘former friend’.

Sep 2 – Shadow McClaine, a soldier, was kidnapped and stabbed to death near Fort Campbell military base in Kentucky. Her body was found off Interstate 24 in Jan 2017. Charles Robinson III, another soldier, admitted kidnapping and premeditated murder and was jailed for 25 years in a military prison. He testified against McClaine’s ex-husband Sergeant Jamal Wiliams-McCray, who was jailed for life (10-75 years) in March 2019 for murder, rape and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said she was killed to silence her after she accused her ex-husband of rape. Sgt Williams-McCray hired Specialist Robinson to kill his ex-wife and promised to pay him $10,000 but ended up giving him only $200.

September 1 – Judith Ducker, 64, was beaten up during a robbery at a newsagents in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. She was left with a fractured skull, a fractured eye socket, multiple head lacerations and bruising to the brain following a “horrendous assault”. She stopped receiving treatment for breast cancer as a result and died from the disease in October. Paul Storm Blueitt, 36, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (27 years).

August 2016

Aug 30 – Junsuke Ishiyama, 45, a construction worker, was shot dead and three others were injured at the firm’s offices in Wakayama, Japan. Yasuhide Mizobata, 45, fired at police and was then involved in a siege before he shot himself in the abdomen and died two hours later. He was the son of the company’s boss. He was due to go to jail after a drugs conviction. It was the first gun-related murder in Japan in 2016.

Aug 29 – Wesley Lennon, 26, stabbed to death during a fight in Salford, Greater Manchester. Adam Akhtar, 18, from Eccles, was jailed for life (18 years) for murder. The court heard trouble started after two of Akhtar’s friends – Olabisi Oladeinde, 20, and a 16-year-old boy – got drunk on Bank Holiday Monday and ended up at a house party in Winton, Eccless. Both were found guilty of affray. Lennon was killed when he tried to intervene. The victim had recently changed his surname from Barnard.

August 28 – Arkadiusz ‘Arek’ Jozwik, 39, a Polish migrant, was hit with a “superman punch” outside a takeaway shop in Harlow, Essex. His 43-year-old friend survived, with hand and stomach injuries. The pair were allegedly attacked for being Polish and for talking in Polish. It is being treated as a hate crime. Jozwik and friends had been drinking vodka with in The Stow shopping precinct and had just bought a pizza when he was set upon shortly around 11.30pm. A 16-year-old boy was jailed for three years for manslaughter but cannot be identified. The incident happened during a spike of xenophobic violence in the wake of the Brexit referendum result.

August 27 – Steven Chadwick, 30, a taxi driver, was stabbed to death in Harpurhey, Manchester. Ryan Donnellan, 30, was jailed for life (25 years) in March 2017. The trial at Manchester Crown Court heard Chadwick was Donnellan’s estranged girlfriend’s new lover and he had pretended to offer him the “hand of friendship”. As the two men chatted Donnellan offered to shake Mr Chadwick by the hand only to pull out the knife and stab his love rival nine times – as Nicola McKeegan, 25, the mother of his seven year old son looked on in horror. The killer then fled and sent a text to Miss McKeegan saying: “I had to do it or he would have got our son. Make sure you keep our son safe. I have done my bit, now it is your turn.”

Aug 26 – Thomas Hulme, 23, from Tooting, died after a drunken incident in a minicab in Farringdon Street, City of London. His friend Alexander Thomson, 32, a City worker, from Wandsworth, was jailed for three years for manslaughter. The victim was travelling with four other passengers following a night out having got into the cab near to Farringdon station. The trial heard there was horseplay and Hulme threw Thomson’s shoe out of the window of the taxi. A furious Thomson then punched him once. Hulme, who was originally from Leeds, initially appeared to be fine and stepped out of the car to continue the argument with Thomson, but then collapsed on the pavement and died of a brain haemorrhage.

Aug 26 – Lee Brooks, 36, a “lovable rogue”, was beaten up with a claw hammer as he slept at a house in Stoke, Coventry and died on August 31. Drew Thorpe, 19, was jailed for life (12 years) for murder but the tariff was raised on appeal to 16, and Stephen Weeks, 48, was jailed for life (16 years).

Aug 25 – Shana Grice, 19, was stabbed at her flat in Mile Oak, Brighton, which was then set alight. Michael Lane, 27, a tyre fitter who lived nearby, was jailed for life (25 years) in March 2017. Shana, who had a boyfriend, Ashley Crooke, 21, had feared she was being stalked. Lane was her ex-boyfriend.

Aug 25 – Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, both 68, nuns, were stabbed to death at their home in Durant, Mississippi. Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life.

Aug 25 – Susan Ryan, 66, was strangled with a ligature at her home in Scarborough, near Toronto, Canada. Alexander Ryan, 29, and Chris Ryan, 42, died of neck wounds from a crossbow bolt. Their brother Brett Ryan, 35, was jailed for life for murder.

Aug 24 – Victoria Martens, 10, was injected with methamphetamine, sexually assaulted, strangled and stabbed before being dismembered in the bathtub at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The girl’s mother, 35-year-old Michelle Martens, her 31-year-old boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, and his 31-year-old cousin, Jessica Kelley, faced charges of child abuse resulting in death, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. Gonzales and Kelley were also charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor. In June 2018 Michelle Martens made a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse resulting in death. She was jailed for 12-15 years. Albuquerque Police Department announced that a fourth unidentified male suspect was sought in relation to the death of Victoria Martens based on unknown DNA found on the body. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez said the evidence proved Martens and Gonzales were not present when the murder and rape occurred. Subsequently, Torrez announced nine of the charges against Fabian Gonzales including second-degree murder and criminal sexual penetration were dropped. Torrez said Michelle Martens had falsely confessed to taking part in the rape and murder. In January 2019 Kelley pleaded no contest to child abuse recklessly caused resulting in death, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault and was jailed for 50 years. As of October 2020 Gonzales is still awaiting trial for child abuse resulting in death and tampering with evidence. His trial has been delayed pending a ruling by the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Prosecutors now say an unidentified man – dubbed John Doe – was retaliating against Gonzales when he went to Martens’ apartment and killed her daughter. She was not actually raped at all, say prosecutors. In Nov 2019 Gonzales was freed on bail pending his trial.

Aug 20 – Dawood Robinson, 25, was shot dead in the Big House 101 music recording studio in Sunnyside Road, Hornsey Rise, north London. On 16 February 2018 the inquest at the Old Bailey returned a verdict of unlawful killing. The court heard police had tried to bring charges against the manager of the studio, Aaron Williams, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was not enough evidence. Mr Williams refused to answer questions at the inquest and three other witnesses at the studio claimed they did not see the gunman. The victim’s friend Teshan Lewis also refused to give a statement to police. The inquest heard the bullets fired at Mr Robinson were fired from inside the studio.

Aug 17 – Police Inspector Wayan Sudarsa, 53, was beaten to death with a beer bottle on Kuta beach in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. David Taylor, 34, a British tourist, was acquitted of murder but jailed for six years for assault. His Australian girlfriend Sara Connor, 46, from Byron Bay, was jailed for four years. She told police she was too drunk to remember the incident. The crime took place only hours after Connor arrived in Bali on 16 August for a holiday and lost her handbag on the beach. Taylor, a DJ, suspected the officer of stealing the bag, which contained £184, and started frisking him, which led to a fight.

Aug 17 – Trevor O’Neill, 40, a Dublin City Council worker, was shot outside a supermarket in Costa de Calma, Majorca just after 9pm. Mr O’Neill’s partner and three children, aged five, seven and 10, were with him when the attack happened. He is believed to have been a victim of mistaken identity and the killers were trying to kill a member of the Hutch family, linked to the Dublin underworld feud. Two getaway cars were later found burnt out. Unsolved.

Aug 16 – Andre Aderemi, 19, from Chatham, Kent, was stabbed to death in Croydon, south London. Rodney Mukasa, 20, and Ali Zahawy, 19, was jailed for life (22 years) for murder. Fabio Cela, 19, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter.

August 15 – George Low, 22, an estate agent, from Dartford, was stabbed near a nightclub in Ayia Napa in Cyprus. Ben Barker, 24, survived after being repeatedly stabbed during the attack. Sali Ahmet, 43, a Bulgarian national, and Mehmet Akpinar, 23, fled to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. In 2019 Mr Low’s MP called for the suspects to be sent back to Cyprus for trial.

Aug 15 – Lance Walker, 18, was stabbed to death after being chased in Hayes, Middlesex in broad daylight, in front of several children. The killing took place near a halfway house for youths. Idris Hassan, 18, denied murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. Hassan was a schizophrenic who had not been taking his medication.

Aug 12 – Jairo Medina, 62, a professional carer from Chelsea, was kicked, punched and stamped to death near Speakers Corner in Hyde Park, central London after being robbed of cash and his mobile phone. Hani Khalaf, 21, was jailed for life (26 years) for murder. The trial heard Khalaf, an illegal immigrant from Egypt, was homeless and was on bail for shoplifting. Khalaf arrived in Kent in the back of a lorry in August 2014 and is eligible for deportation when he is no longer a Class A prisoner. Mr Medina, who was single and gay, had gone to the park to have sex with a younger man.

August 7 – John Boreland, 46, a member of the supposedly disbanded Ulster Defence Association (UDA) was gunned down in Sunningdale Gardens, Ballysillan, north Belfast. Stephen “Steeky” Robinson, an associate of UDA south Belfast commander Jackie MacDonald, was arrested but never charged. Darren McAllister, 33, from Carrs Glen, Belfast, Thomas Pearson, 61, from Cliftondene Park in the city and Thomas O’Hara, 29, from Brownhill Drive, Kilbirnie, Scotland, were convicted of perverting the course of justice and jailed. Mr Boreland’s family have put up a £10,000 reward.

Aug 9 – A two-year-old’s body was found in a duffel bag at the Mexican border. Mercy Becerra, 43, and Johnny Hartley, 39, from Whittier, California, were charged with sexually trafficking the mother, seizing her child, severely abused the girl and then killing her. They were arrested at San Ysidro Land Port of Entry as they tried to get into Tijuana on foot. Inside a bag carried by Hartley, customs agents found the little girl’s body. Both have pleaded guilty and face life sentences.

Aug 7 – Vanessa Marcotte, 27, a Google employee from New York, was sexually assaulted, strangled and then set on fire after going for a jog while visiting her parents in Princeton, Massachusetts. Her death came only days after another attractive jogger, Karina Vetrano, was killed in New York. Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, has been charged with murder but as of 2020 has not gone on trial.

Aug 7 – Michael Martin, 25, from Salford, was last seen running away from a petrol station in Kearsley, Greater Manchester at 7.30am. He climbed over a fence and vanished. Detectives say he was involved in the underworld that on the night before he vanished he collected several thousand pounds – from “taxing” people. Michael had mental health issues and was being used and exploited by an organised crime gang who preyed on his vulnerability. A £50,000 reward has been offered. Unsolved.

Aug 6 – Gary Weir, 24, died in hospital after he was stabbed outside a party at Shettleston Juniors’ football ground in Glasgow. Three of his friends; David Shannon, Gary Phinn and James Phinn were also stabbed but survived. Michael Gentles, 20, was acquitted of murder at his trial in November 2017. The prosecutor had earlier dropped charges against John Kelly, 21, Liam Stead 20, John Graham, 20 and Adam Williamson, 19. The jury heard that a fight broke out between revellers from a 21st birthday party at Shettleston Juniors Social Club and another group from the nearby Marquis Bar.

Aug 5 – Leoandro ‘Showkey’ Osemeke, 16, a rapper, was stabbed to death at a barbecue party in Peckham, south London. Famed rapper Giggs paid tribute to Showkey, saying he was a “fan” of the up-and-coming artist and pleaded for the end to the violence killing London’s youth. The youngster, who was due to pick up his GCSE results later this month, may have offended local gangs because of his lyrics. His friend, Myron Yarde, was murdered on April 3. Showkey was stabbed twice within 25 seconds of arriving at the party after an invitation on Snapchat went viral. At the time of his death, Showkey was to be a witness in the trial of three other teenagers who were later convicted of stabbing his friend, another aspiring rapper Myron Yarde, aka Mdot, four months before. A 15-year-old boy was acquitted of murder in Feb 2017. His defence lawyer had claimed he acted in self-defence.

Aug 3 – Darlene Horton, 64, an American tourist, was stabbed to death in Russell Square, central London last at night. Several other people survived being stabbed. Darlene was visiting with her husband, Florida State University psychology professor Richard Wagner, who had been teaching summer classes in London. The couple had been due to fly home the next day. Zakaria Bulhan, 19, an unemployed Somali-Norwegian who lived in south London, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was sent to Broadmoor.

Aug 2 – Karina Vetrano, 30, a caterer, was sexually assaulted and strangled while out jogging in Howards Beach, Queens, New York. Her mother Cathy made an emotional and expletive-ridden appeal after the killing. In April 2019 Chanel Lewis, 19, was jailed for life without the possibility of parole for her murder.

July 2016

July 30 – Gurinder Singh, 33, was killed in a revenge attack in Spikes Bridge Road, Southall, west London. He was ambushed by at least five masked men armed with knives, swords and baseball bats at 11pm. He died in hospital the following morning. Amandeep Sandhu, 29, from Southall, was jailed for life (26 years minimum) and Ravinder Singh Shergil, 30, from Tipton, West Midlands, was jailed for life (26 years) in June 2018. Visha Soba, 30, from Hayes, and Kuldeep Dhillon, 26, from Hayes, were both convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 16 years each. Palwinder Multani, 35, from Hayes, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on 10 November 2017 and was jailed for five years and nine months on 21 June 2018. He admitted his involvement, saying he was paid £300 to drive a number of people to the scene of the attack. He became the prosecution’s star witness. The Old Bailey heard the attack took place in the context of a series of confrontations between two rival groups in the Sikh community and a feud between Dhillon and Gurinder Singh. Dhillon and the victim were former friends and housemates but had fallen out in around 2013 over allegations that Mr Singh had slept with Dhillon’s wife, which she denied. On 16 July 2016, following two previous incidents of violence, the two groups clashed at a religious festival at Victoria Park in Smethwick. Mr Singh later boasted about assaulting Dhillon during the fight and Dhillon was determined to gain revenge.

July 29 – Luther Edwards, 31, was stabbed on the forecourt of a petrol station in Bethnal Green, east London. Detectives said he had become involved in an altercation after watching a friend compete at a boxing event held at the nearby York Hall. Marlon Thomas, 27, from West Norwood, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. He was the ex-boyfriend of Luther’s partner Emine Ibrahim. Jerome Osbourne, 33, from Chessington, was jailed for 12 years. Christopher O’Sullivan, 31, from Morden, and James Robinson, 29, were acquitted. The trial heard Luther insinuated to Marlon Thomas she was with a better man now.

July 27 – Bradley Moore, 43, died in hospital after an attack at a McDonald’s restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. His daughter, Alex, said: “He will be watching over me, my brothers, Reece and Jack, and my little sister Emma.” A 16-year-old boy was jailed for five years for affray. Jonathan Carter 44, of Armdale Road in Duckinfield, was sentenced to nine months, suspended for two years after being convicted of causing his death by careless driving.

July 25 – Ricardo Hunter, 34, from Coulsdon, was shot dead at 2.30am at a pool party in the village of Headley, Surrey. A 36-year-old woman was shot in the leg and taken to hospital while another man was treated for minor shoulder wounds. A man from London, 38, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and later bailed but never charged. A woman, 30, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender was released on conditional bail but never charged. The party was a £20 a head event organised by Jason White and Summerlyn Farquharson. Unsolved.

July 25 – Michael ‘Musk’ O’Hanlon, 45, aka Mr Scotland, was beaten to death at a garage on Moorpark Industrial Estate in Stevenston, Ayrshire. Steven Kirkwood, 43, was jailed for life (14 years) but the tariff was reduced on appeal to 12. Mr O’Hanlon won the National Amateur Body Building Association (NABBA) Mr Scotland title in March 2016. According to the NABBA website, he won the class two contest and the overall competition in 2016, having first won the title 23 years ago. Mr O’Hanlon ran the Musclebox bodybuilding shops. O’Hanlon’s girlfriend Eileen Kirkwood changed her name by deed poll after his death to Eileen Musk O’Hanlon. Kirkwood was her ex-husband.

July 22 – Hannah Pearson, 16, was attacked at a house in Newark, Nottinghamshire, and died in hospital. Her boyfriend’s friend, James Morton, 23, was acquitted of murder but jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. The trial heard he enjoyed dominating women, having watched the behaviour in pornographic films and experimented with at least one ex-girlfriend. He started to strangle Hannah Pearson – his friend’s girlfriend – without any warning or permission.

July 19 – Keith Taylor, 43, and Tracy Gabriel, 40, were stabbed to death outside their 12th floor flat in Tillydrone, Aberdeen. Their killer Hugh Gallacher, 56, then jumped to his death from the tower block. Friends of Keith Taylor and Tracy Gabriel revealed the pair had told them the 56-year-old was “after them”. Neighbours said Mr Gallacher had a “grudge” against his victims and was jealous of their friendship.

July 17 – Fiona Southwell, 59, was murdered at her remote farm near Seaton, East Yorkshire. Mrs Southwell was well known for her love of horses and artistic skills, was described by friends as a kind woman who “would not hurt a fly”. Daniel Edwards, 21, from Hornsea, was jailed for life (24 years). The judge said the term would have been longer but his learning difficulties had been taken into account. The trial heard Fiona was killed after she replaced Edwards as a stable hand after he was sacked.

July 15 – Qandeel Baloch, 26, one of Pakistan’s most famous and controversial social media stars, was strangled to death in a so called “honour” killing in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan. Her brother Waseem was jailed for life for murder in Sep 2019. Four others were acquitted. Waseem said he drugged and then strangled her to death last Friday “for dishonouring the Baloch name”. Her father, Muhammad Azeem, said his son should be “shot on sight”. Azhar Akram, Multan’s chief police officer, told CNN Baloch was killed by her brother in her family’s home after he had protested at the “kind of pictures she had been posting online.” Baloch had risen to fame due to the brazenly sassy, and increasingly political, videos that she had started posting on Facebook.

July 10 – Seth Rich, 27, Deputy Director of “Data-for-Voter Protection/Expansion” at the Democratic National Committee, left Lou’s City Bar in Columbia Heights, Washington DC at 1.45am, saying he was going to another bar. He was not drunk. At 4.20am he was shot in the back of the head a block from his home in Bloomingdale, Washington. A $25,000 reward has been offered. His belongings were not taken but police said there had been a number of robberies in the area. Because of his job the case has sparked conspiracy theories, including links to hacked Hillary Clinton emails. Unsolved.

July 9 – Nevalesia Campbell, 3, was sexually assaulted and hacked to death with a machete in Orange Hill, St Ann, Jamaica. Alexus ‘Dal Dal’ Newland, 21, was jailed for 20 years of hard labour for murder. Nevalesia’s mother Mahalia Poyser, a 24-year-old bartender and her common law husband 30-year-old Roy Dawes were charged with breaches of the Child Care and Protection Act. They were taken into custody after it was revealed that Nevalesia and her twin brother were alone at home when she was abducted.

July 8 – Travon Williams, 9, his father Travon Lamar Williams, 26, and a friend, Samathy Mahan, 25, were all shot dead outside a shop in San Bernardino, California. Travon Brown, 26, was charged with murder but charges were later dropped. Dramatic footage emerged of young Travon Williams’ mother beside herself with grief after the killing. The boy had gone to the shop to buy candy. The target was Mahan, who had gang affiliations.

July 7 – Five police officers were shot dead as they monitored a Black Lives Matters protest in Dallas, Texas. They were Dallas Police Department officers Corporal Lorne Ahrens, 48, Sergeant Michael Smith, 55, Officer Michel Krol, 40, and Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, and DART (transport police) officer Brent Thompson, 43. The killer was sniper Micah Johnson, 25, a (black) former soldier. He was killed by a remote controlled explosion after being cornered in a downtown car park. The killings came in the wake of several deaths of black people at the hands of mainly white police officers.

July 6 – Albertina Choules, 81, was hacked to death with a machete at her £2 million home in Marlow Bottom, Buckinghamshire, after police were called to a 999 call believed to have been made by Mrs Choules when she found a man in her home at 6.30am. Her body was found burning in the back garden. Ms Choules lived without electricity, a television or a washing machine. Tautuydas Narbutas, 23, from High Wycombe, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. Mrs Choules managed to call 999 during the attack, and Narbutas hit a police officer with a brick and was tasered several times before he was arrested.

July 5 – Anthony Dalton, 19, of Cedar Lake, Indiana, was shot dead by a 65-year-old homeowner after he and his accomplices tried to rob him at his home in Palos Township, Chicago. The homeowner was not charged with any offence but Dalton’s accomplices were charged and were held liable in his death because it occurred while they were committing a crime. Sarah Risner, 20, of Crown Point, Indiana, was convicted of first degree murder and jailed for life. Brandy Marshall, 19, of Crown Point, Indiana, her sister, Paige Marshall, 20, of Hobart, Indiana, and Tyler Gulli, 23, of Portage, Indiana, were charged with murder and home invasion but accepted lesser charges in a plea deal and were jailed for 15 years. Brandy Marshall had twice met the owner of the home where the shooting took place to have sex for money. The homeowner thought he was going to have a threesome with Marshall and Risner but they had other plans. Brandy Marshall and Risner planned to go into the home and then open the door for the other three in order to rob the victim. That night they went to the home in the area of Will-Cook Road and 118th Street, and at one point Risner told the homeowner she had to go out to the car to get condoms but was unable to open the door to the home. When the victim helped her open the door, he noticed a person crouching outside of his home near a planter, prosecutors said. The homeowner shut the door and went to the kitchen to grab his gun, prosecutors said. When he returned, all five were in the home’s foyer. Dalton and Gulli were armed with knives.

July 3 – Sabrina DaSilva, 19, was shot four times in New Bedford, Massachusetts after going out to get groceries. She was a single mother but was studying to be a court interpreter. One friend said that Dasilva could speak four languages. Her father, Brazilian citizen Walter DaSilva, 45, who was arrested Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, admitted killing her and was jailed for life.

July 3 – Folajimi Orebiyi, 17, an A Level student, was stabbed to death in Notting Hill, west London at 8.45pm. A 15-year-old boy was jailed for life (13 years) for murder at the Old Bailey in January 2017. A 16-year-old boy was acquitted.

July 1 – David “Dathai” Douglas, a zookeeper turned criminal, was shot dead in Dublin. In 2018 “Fat Freddy” Thompson was convicted of murder and jailed for life. Nathan Foley was jailed for six years for assisting an offender. Lee Canavan, 31, was extradited from the UK and charged with murder in May 2020. He was also charged with criminal damage to a Suzuki Swift, the alleged getaway car. The killing was part of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

June 2016

June 30 – Jordan Burling, 18, went into cardiac arrest weighing less than six stone. His body was found at his home in Farmley, Leeds. His mother, Dawn Cranston, 45, and his grandmother Denise, 70, were both convicted for manslaughter and jailed for four and three years respectively. Leeds Crown Court heard they had let him “rot to death”. His sister Abigail Burling, was found guilty of causing or allowing a vulnerable adult’s death, and was ordered to serve 18 months in prison. The judge told the three women it was “almost beyond belief” Mr Burling “should have been allowed to die in his own house in the bosom of his family”.

June 29 – Vicky Walton, 32, a heroin and cocaine addict, was found unconscious in a house in Belsize Park, north London, having been badly beaten up. She died the following morning at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. Several people were arrested but never charged. At an inquest into her death at St Pancras Coroner’s Court in August 2017, coroner Mary Hassell said the 33-year-old died of natural causes because of long-term ill health – but added that injuries caused by her being beaten up had contributed to her death. The inquest heard Miss Walton was using around £200 worth of crack cocaine and heroin every day and had a history of shoplifting and burglary to pay for the habit. Homicide officer Detective Chief Inspector Gary Holmes told the inquest: “Concerns were raised about the extent of her injuries. She was also found naked. (Barry) Clark was interviewed and replied no comment to every question.”

June 28 – Daniel Mitchell-Monroe, 37, was stabbed three times with a kitchen knife in Basildon, Essex. Joram Bakumanya, 22, was jailed for life (25 years) in April 2017. The trial heard he stabbed Mr Mitchell-Monroe when he tried to protect his niece from Bakumanya’s unwanted advances. Mr Mitchell-Monroe had been to get his haircut during a shopping trip with his 23-year-old niece. When she was alone, Bakumanya approached and began speaking to her.
He became aggressive and abusive when his advances were rejected. Fearing for her safety, she called her uncle. Mr Mitchell-Monroe became involved in an altercation with Bakumanya.

June 25 – David Haiman, 20, was beaten to death with a baseball bat, stabbed in the abdomen and decapitated with a machete in Deer River, Minnesota. His head was thrown into the woods in Itasca County. Joseph C Thoresen, 35, has been charged with murder. His girlfriend, KDG, has been charged with assault. Thoresen and his girlfriend confronted Haiman at their apartment after she said he had raped her. Haiman allegedly agreed to be tied up by the two before the K.D.G. punched and kicked him, breaking his nose. Thoresen joined in on the beating, according to police, and told Haiman he should not have raped “my girl.” They then smoked some meth and marijuana. At some point, a disagreement arose, and Haiman “repeatedly called them worthless pieces of shit and called her a slut”.

June 24 – Madison Sheats, 17, and her sister Taylor, 22, were shot dead at their home in Fulshear, near Houston, Texas. Their mother Christy Sheats, 42, has been charged with murder. She deliberately shot them dead in front of their father Jason because she wanted to make him suffer, allegedly. She had suffered from depression. As of 2020 she had not gone on trial but it may be due to her mental health.

June 23 – Fanos Kalopsidiotis, 51, a businessman and gangster, was shot dead along with Elias Hadjiestathiou, 46, his bodyguard, and Hadjiefstathiou’s wife Skevi, 39 at the Stone Garden restaurant in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. They were gunned down with an AK47 rifle and a Glock pistol in front of the bodyguard’s two children, aged 13 and 14. Yiorgos Charalambous – who was having dinner with Kalopsidioitis, and his other bodyguard, Panayiotis Kallitsionis, survived. One of the attackers, Jani Vogli, an Albanian, was also killed in the shootout. The other gunman, Aleks Burelli, escaped. Fanos’ father, Yiannos, was murdered outside his home not far from Ayia Napa in 2014. In August it was reported that a Cypriot policeman accidentally called the Serbian who was suspected of being behind the attack, while trying to call a police colleague. The day after the shooting, police were informed that Burelli, abetted by Charalambos Andreou, had been hiding in a flat in Aglandjia, Nicosia, owned by Sotira Neophytou, but police found nothing after raiding the apartment. Marios Christodoulou, 39, aka Benny, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life. His girlfriend Sophia Gregoriou, 28, also pleaded guilty and was jailed for life. In November 2018 Gary Boris Christodolou, who had been a witness in the trial, was shot dead in Ayia Napa.

June 20 – Tokiko Abey, 88, was robbed, killed and dismembered and dumped in a lake in Himonya Park, Tokyo, Japan. Yasunobu Ikeda, 29, was charged with robbery and murder. As of 2020 he had not gone on trial (or it was not reported). On June 23, 2016, police received a tip in the morning from a visitor to the park about what appeared to be a human body part floating in the lake. Ikeda’s claim regarding robbery contradicts what he said at the time of his arrest. During questioning by police, Ikeda said that his motivation in carrying out the crime was money. “Abe was lying there and I killed her,” he said. “I carved her up with a knife in the bathroom.”

June 21 – Matthew Kitandwe, 18, was stabbed to death outside his home in Battersea, south London. Matthew, a student at South Thames College who had played football for the Ugandan youth team, was pronounced dead at the scene at 5pm. Two teenage boys were arrested but never charged. A £10,000 reward has been offered by Crimestoppers. Unsolved.

June 20 – Three children died in a fire at their home in Flint, Michigan. Four-year-old Kayden Hull died in a bedroom that was locked from the outside with a padlock. The other victims were 13-year-old Onyah Starkey and a friend, 14-year-old Brianna Beaushaw. The mother of two of the children, Erica Starkey, was jailed for 18 years and her acquaintance, Rodney King Jr., was sentenced to 36 years. King set Starkey’s house on fire after an early-morning trip to buy crack cocaine in June 2016. The Flint Journal said both offered apologies during sentencing. Starkey pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and other charges related to the fire while King pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and arson.

June 20 – Sidonio Teixeira, 59, a convicted murderer, was beaten to death with a rock in his cell at HMP Long Lartin. Victor Castigador, 61, was jailed for life (whole life) in October 2016. He had taken the rock from a fish tank and hidden it in a sock. Teixeira had admitted murdering his three-year-old daughter and attempting to murder his son, aged nine, in 2007. Castigador, a Filipino nicknamed The Killer From Manila, doused four people with petrol and set light to them during a robbery in 1989. Two people died while the survivors were left horribly scarred. He died in jail in March 2017.

June 16 – Jo Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot with a sawn-off rifle and stabbed with a dagger in the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire. Thomas Mair, 52, who lived locally, was jailed for life (whole life tariff) in November 2016. The killing happened a week before the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EUShe was a Remainer.Bernard Kenny, 77, was stabbed in the stomach while trying to help Mrs Cox but he survived. She was elected in May 2015 and was married with two children. When Mair made his first appearance before magistrates and was asked his name he said: “Death to traitors, freedom for Britain.” Mair shouted “Britain first” during the attack, but the judge said the true “patriot” was Mrs Cox. Mr Justice Wilkie said the murder was carried out to advance a political cause of violent white supremacism, associated with Nazism.

June 13 – Karen Hales, 53, and her daughter Jade, 28, were found beaten to death with a hammer at their house in Anfield, Liverpool. Neighbours said that Jade looked after her mother as her full-time carer and was regularly seen walking her dog, Tyson, a Staffordshire bull terrier, that was also found dead. Jade’s boyfriend Anthony Showers, 42, was jailed for life (29 years) for murder. The trial heard he also raped Jade as she lay dying. He was already subject to a court order banning him from the address after subjecting Jade to domestic abuse during their on-off relationship.

June 12 – Lynford Brewster, 29, stabbed on a housing estate in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff. Dwayne Edgar, 29, of Llanedeyrn, Jake Whelan, 24, and Robert Lainsbury, 22, of Kidderminster, were all found guilty of his murder after a trial at Cardiff Crown Court. As he was jailed, Lainsbury told the judge “Merry Christmas to you too”, before spitting at a police officer as he was taken to cells. But their murder convictions were quashed as a police officer working on the case hid the fact she knew one of the trial jurors – her son’s girlfriend. At a retrial in 2019 at Bristol Crown Court they were convicted again and given life – Edgar got a minimum of 28 years, Lainsbury 26 years and Edgar 25 years. Both trials heard Edgar was a drug dealer who had had an altercation with Brewster. A retrial at Bristol Crown Court heard that Mr Brewster told his partner Samantha Brewster he was “popping out” to collect money he was owed. But when he called her at 6.30pm, his conversation was interrupted by the defendants and Mr Brewster said “the f****** have set me up”.

June 12 – 49 people were shot dead at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The assailant, Omar Mateen, 29, was shot dead by police after taking several people hostage. The club was an LGBT club and the event happened during a Latin LGBT night. Mateen, who was born in New York of Afghan parents, himself claimed allegiance to ISIS. But it later emerged that he was himself homosexual and was battling his own sexuality. He also might have had a grudge against Latin gay men after some sort of rejection. He used an AR-15 assault rifle. The FBI released a recording of a 911 Mateen made just before he was killed.

June 11 – DiAndre Barnes, 13, was shot dead when a gunman fired into a crowd in Baltimore, Maryland. Anthony “Trouble” Clark, 25, was jailed for 100 years. He was also convicted of shooting a 21 year old man and shooting at police officers. Clark eventually surrendered to police after a brief barricade situation on a roof on Fremont Avenue during which he slit his wrists. Police officers later received a warrant to search a home associated with Clark. There they found a .40-caliber handgun that was matched to the bullet that killed DiAndre.

June 10 – Ut Nguyen, 74, was stabbed to death at her house in Del Cerro, near San Diego, California as a SWAT team burst in to try and rescue her. A 50-year-old woman – a visitor from out of town – was raped in the same attack but survived when police arrived at the house after being tipped off by a neighbour. Nguyen’s daughter Thuan Doan survived unhurt. Eduardo Torres, 20, was jailed for life without possibility of parole for rape and murder. Torres said: “The legal system is wrong. They should have the right to kill me! This world is going to hell. There’s no such thing as heaven.”

June 9 – Cecelia Bravo Cabrera, 35, vanished after leaving the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, near Visalia, California. Her bigamous husband Francisco Valdivia, 37, and his Mexican wife Rosalina Lopez, 39, were charged with murder. Valdivia married Cabrera so he could get legal permission to remain in the US. He had just finished a 90-day sentence for cultivating marijuana when he was arrested.

June 9 – Liam McGerrigan, 27, was stabbed at in the street and died after staggering to his friend’s house in Coventry. Joseph Johnson, 25, was jailed for life (25 years) for murder. Michael Bullingham, 33, was acquitted. There was no clear motive as they were complete strangers.

June – Aaron Pajich, 18, who had Asperger’s syndrome, was stabbed to death and then buried in the back garden of a house in Perth, Australia. Jemma Lilley, 26, and her housemate Trudi Lenon, 43, were both jailed for life (28 years) for murder after a trial in Oct 2017. Ms Lilley – originally from Stamford in Lincolnshire, England – told the jury she had researched torture methods because she was planning to write a trilogy about serial killers. She denied any knowledge of why the victim’s name and address were in a notebook used by her at work and denied writing it. Ms Lilley also told the court about a fictional book called Play Zone which she had written originally as a computer game at the age of 16, while she was living in England.

June 7 – Sukhvir Singh Deo, 34, a cocaine dealer and gangster, was shot dead in the centre of Toronto, Canada. Deo was originally from Vancouver and was aligned with the Independent Soldiers gang. He moved to Ontario in 2013 and joined the Wolf Pack gang, which is formed of Hells Angels and some Red Scorpions. Deo was close to two original Wolf Pack members — Hells Angel Larry Amero and James Riach of the Independent Soldiers. Larry Amero and James Riach were targeted along with Red Scorpion leader Jon Bacon in a 2011 shooting in Kelowna. Bacon was killed, Amero and Riach survived. After the shooting, Wolf Pack members were in conflict with the Dhak-Duhre group. His father, Parminder Deo is wanted on an Interpol warrant on drug smuggling and a raft of other charges laid in India. Unsolved.

June 6 – Imran ‘Kalay’ Khan, 30, from the West Bowling area of Bradford, was shot following a disturbance in Round Street at about 8pm. Amjad Khan, 30, and Ismail Khan, 31, were both jailed for life (30 years). The jury in the trial heard there had been hostility between Amjad and Imran after they were both jailed for a joint offence of kidnap in 2007, but Imran had then subsequently been released from prison more than three years earlier. Ziaurahman Khan, 30, and Mohammed Faisal Riaz, 28, were acquitted.

June 4 – Grace Wangeci, 42, a Kenyan woman, was shot dead at a house in the upmarket Karen district of Nairobi, Kenya. Richard Alden, 53, a British businessman, was charged with murder but was cleared in 2017 after hiring a private investigator to prove his claim – that she was holding the gun and taking selfies and shot herself by accident. Prosecutors claimed Grace had a gunshot wound, fresh stab wounds and her fingers were also broken. Alden was a former chief executive of Wananchi Group, a communications firm providing internet and business services in East Africa. His wife was abroad at the time of the incident. He has always denied Grace was his mistress.

June 2 – Jaikare Rahaman, 8, Jeremiah Adams, 5, and Avery Robinson, two months old, were stabbed to death in a cupboard and a suitcase at her home in Phoenix, Arizona. Their mother Octavia Rogers, 29, faces three counts of first-degree murder. As of 2020 she still does not appear to have gone on trial. Police said the two oldest boys, Jaikare Rahaman and Jeremiah Adams, were found partially dismembered amid clothes and boxes inside the cupboard. Rogers was taken to hospital with what police described as self-inflicted stab wounds to her abdomen and neck following the incident. She is believed to have been taking a synthetic form of marijuana known as Spice.

June 2 – Anastasia Duval, 37, aka Ana Dadow, died when the Ford Explorer she was in crashed into a rock wall and plunged 200 feet onto a rocky shore off the Hana Highway in Maui, Hawaii. Her twin sister Alexandria Duval, was taken to hospital in critical condition. She was charged with murder but the charge was later dropped. Witnesses had said they saw the two women arguing while the vehicle was stopped and said the passenger was pulling the driver’s hair, Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa said. Then they saw the vehicle “accelerate forward and then take a sharp left over the cliff,” he said.

May 2016

May – John Davies was beaten up at his ex-wife Lynn’s home in Streatham Hill, south London. He died of his injuries, aged 56, in April 2019. Daniel Benitez, 31, was jailed for life for murder in Aug 2023. He had claimed he acted in self-defence and said someone else was responsible for the significant injuries Mr Davies suffered. The trial heard Benitez and Mr Davies’ daughter had a “volatile” relationship. They both blamed her parents when her young son was taken into care. Prosecutor Tom Little KC told the jury: “The rights and wrongs of the decision to take him into care are irrelevant but what is not irrelevant is that the defendant appears to have been angry about what he perceived to be an injustice and for which the deceased and his wife were in part to blame.” After beating up Mr Davies, Benitez attacked Mrs Davies and threatened her. He also took possessions, including bank cards belonging to the victims’ son.

May 31 – Tadashi Takagi, 55, a leading Yakuza with the Ikeda-gumi syndicate, was shot dead in the car park of a block of flats in Minami ward, Okayama city, Japan. Hideyuki Yamamoto, 32, a Kodo-kai member, turned himself in to police and has been charged with murder. In 2015 13 gangs defected from within the Yamaguchi-gumi to form the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi as a rival syndicate. Since then, a number of shooting and car-ramming incidents involving the two gangs have taken place. The Ikeda-gumi is allied to the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

May 30 – Janice Nam, 28, shot dead at her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She had predicted her violent death two years earlier in a series of restraining orders filed against the man authorities believe killed her. Her ex-boyfriend Glen Galloway, 44, was jailed for life for murder. Seven times in 2014, Nam said Galloway, her ex-boyfriend, made her fear for her life. She wrote repeatedly in court documents she was convinced he wouldn’t stop coming after her until she was dead. “I have no doubts about him killing me,” Nam wrote in her first protection order request, referring to a March 3, 2014, incident in which she asked Galloway to move out and he threatened to use a gun against her and her sister.

May 29 – Tavin Price, 19, was shot dead in Hyde Park, south Los Angeles. He was at a carwash at about 11 a.m. when he went to a nearby smoke shop to buy a soda and was confronted by two men who asked about his gang affiliation because he was wearing red shoes. He was mentally challenged and slow to respond. Kanasho Shadrick Johns, 29, and Kevin Deon Johnson, 26, were convicted in 2016 of one count of first-degree murder with gang and handgun-use allegations. A co-defendant, Dwight Kevin Smith, 31, had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in August. All three were Crips. Johnson and Johns face 50 years to life in prison; their sentencing is set for Nov. 30. Smith faces 12 years in state prison. His mother wore red shoes to court when they were convicted. Two men convicted of murder in shooting of 19-year-old over gang colors

May 29 – Joanes Charlot jr, 32, was shot dead in Greenacres, Palm Beach, Florida. Larry King III survived. Joshua “Killa” Simpson was jailed for life for murder. King said he was in a house with several others when they were confronted by a man with tattoos on his face, known to him by the nickname “Killa.” King said “Killa” was upset because a handgun was missing.

May 29 – Romeo Nkansah, 37, was stabbed to death on a night out in Camden, north London. In May 2018Zekeria Jama Quabdid, 29, was convicted of manslaughter (after pleading self-defence) and jailed.

May 29 – Peter Stuart, 69, and his wife Sylvia, 75, were killed at their home in Weybread, near Eye, Suffolk. Mr Stuart’s body was found at the house. His wife’s body has never been found. Ali Qazimaj, 43, an Albanian asylum seeker, went on trial in Feb 2017. The trial heard he killed them, thinking they were millionaires, to get money to pay off gambling debts .The trial heard he went on the run abroad after using 69-year-old Mrs Stuart’s bank card to take money from a cash machine. He ws later extradited from Luxembourg. The court heard a relative of the Stuarts by marriage, Sidney Paxman, was cared for by Mr Qazimaj near Grays, Essex. Mr Khalil told the court Mr Paxman had given the defendant “the best part of £10,000” over two years. In March 2017 Ali Qazimaj, 43, was jailed for life (35 years) at Ipswich Crown Court. Qazimaj, who was extradited from Luxembourg, had claimed he was an Albanian national called Vital Dapi.

May 27 – Karen Perez, 15, was raped and choked to death, her half-naked body hidden in a cabinet under a kitchen sink in an abandoned apartment in south Houston, Texas. Her boyfriend, Jesus Campos, 17, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (40 years minimum). When asked in court whether he killed her, the boy told prosecutors: “Yes I did. That’s all I’m saying.” He had threatened to kill her if she did not play truant and hang out with him. When her father demanded to know where she was he said “You won’t find her because she’s dead”. Police found videos on his cellphone of him raping her. She said “I don’t want to die”. Campos shared these videos with his friend.

May 27 – Ladarrius Gentry, 14, was shot dead while visiting a friend in an apartment complex in Nashville, Tennesse. Shatara Jones, 25, from Smyrna, was charged with murder. He gave himself up after speaking to his mother and a chaplain. CCTV footage showed Ladarrius speaking to someone in a van, who shot him, before it sped off. As of 2020 he does not appear to have gone on trial.

May 26 – Veronica Lopez, 15, was shot dead in Lincoln Park, Chicago as she travelled in a car driven by a 28-year-old gang member, Jose Alvarez, who was the uncle of a high school friend. She was one of six people killed in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend. Unsolved.

May 26 – Harry House, 2, died in hospital in Dorchester after being rushed from his home in Broadmayne, Dorset. A post mortem suggested he had suffered a ‘physical blow’ to his abdomen. Harry’s mother’s boyfriend Joseph Eke, 22, a heroin addict, was jailed for life (18 years). The court was told Eke had helped with Harry’s childcare and the boy called him “Daddy Joe Joe”.

May 24 – Gareth Hutch, 35, shot dead as he got in a car near his home in North Cumberland Street, Dublin. Jonathan Keogh was arrested in Romford, Essex, in June 2017. Hutch was the nephew of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch and the 8th victim of a feud between the Hutch and Kinahan families. Jonathan Keogh, 33, Regina Keogh, 41, and Thomas Fox, 31, were convicted at the Special Criminal Court in 2018 of murder and were given mandatory life sentences. It was the State’s case that a heated exchange took place between Jonathan Keogh and Hutch on the day prior to the shooting, that Keogh was heard expressing his intention to kill Hutch later that evening and that he was one of the two gunmen responsible for the murder. Mary McDonnell, 44, was charged with failing to disclose information that could assist police. McDonnell later became a key prosecution witness and told the trial she was encouraged by Regina Keogh, her “best friend” and neighbour of 16 years, to allow Jonathan Keogh use her flat “as a base” to wait for Mr Hutch prior to the attack as her kitchen window had a view into his flat.

May 23 – Saima Khan , 34, a care worker, was stabbed to death after being lured to a house in Luton. Her sister Sabah Khan, 27, was jailed for life (22 years). The trial in 2017 her Sabah wanted Saima’s husband Hafeez Rehman for herself and was having an affair with him. The younger sister carried out the brutal knife attack late at night when other members of the family, including the sisters’ elderly parents and taxi driver Hafeez, were at a funeral at a local mosque. Saima’s four young children were asleep in their beds upstairs. Saima suffered 68 separate sites of injury. Sabah’s internet history included “hiring a hitman for £200”.

May 23 – Nikki Collingbourne, 26, was battered to death with a chicken-shaped cermamic pot at her flat in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. Her half-sister Yvonne Caylor, 53, was jailed for life (20 years) after trial in December 2016. The trial heard she disguised herself with a goatee beard, wig, heavy framed glasses and a hi-vis jacket before the killing. The trial heard she bore a grudge after being evicted from the flat.

May 22 – Lyndsey Vaux, 30, was beaten to death at her home in Wigan. Her girlfriend Becky Reid, 32, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder and convicted of GBH against a previous lover, Samantha Newns. Her mother Gillian Reid, 56, was cleared of murdering Vaux but was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Newns. Vaux had been a happy and healthy woman before meeting Reid, described as a controlling bully, in 2011. Vaux was often sent by Reid limping into the streets in the rain to go begging and scrounging to get money for scratchcards, “smoke and cans” to feed her alcohol and cannabis habits. If she did not bring back enough money she would be beaten. She was half-starved and severely injured following years of beatings by Reid, after falling under her control and losing contact with her daughter five years ago. The judge told the 12-year-old girl, who was in court for sentencing: “I’m sure that deep down she still loved you. You must remember your mother did not abandon you, she was taken away by the actions of another person. Everything I have heard is: she was a really decent, kind, loving human being.”

May 22 – Natalie Hemming, 31, beaten to death in the lounge of their home in Milton Keynes as her children slept upstairs. He then dumped her body in woods at Chandlers Cross, Hertfordshire. Her husband, Paul Hemming, 43, was jailed for life (20 years) at Luton Crown Court in Nov 2016. The trial heard he killed her in a jealous rage after finding out she was having an affair.

May 21 – Gerard Quinn, 24, was stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle in the front garden of a house in Currynierin, Londonderry. His twin brother Michael was wounded. A 16-year-old youth, who cannot be named, was jailed for six years for manslaughter in July 2017.

May 21 – Nicole VanderHeyden, 31, was beaten and strangled with a cord in Ledgeview, Wisconsin. She was dumped in a field. George Burch, 40, was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide and jailed for life without the possibility of parole (Wisconsin does not have the death penalty). Burch inflicted 241 injuries on VanderHeyden’s body. Burch claimed he had consensual sex in his truck parked outside Nicole’s house around 3am after giving her a lift home. Burch claimed they were interrupted by her live-in boyfriend Douglass Detrie (who he did not know at the time) and he claimed Detrie attacked Nicole and forced him to take the woman’s bloodied body and dump it in a field. Burch said he escaped. He admitted he didn’t call 911 or tell investigators about what happened, but explained it was because of his fear of going back to prison. Detrie and VanderHeyden had gone to a Steel Panther concert that night but got separated. Detrie – who was originally a suspect – said they communicated over the phone that night, including texts in which she accused him of cheating on her and being “abusive.” He said he didn’t worry until she hadn’t returned home by the next morning. Nicole had a six-month-old baby, who is now being raised by Detrie, who was given an alibi by his Fitbit device.

May 20 – Obaida Sedqi, an eight year old boy, was kidnapped from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, raped and killed. His body was found near Academic City Road, in Al Rashidiya, Dubai. Nidal Eisa Abdullah, 49, a Jordanian, was convicted of murder and ordered to pay 21,000 dirhams (£4,000) to the victim’s parents. Abdullah was sentenced to death in August 2016. The trial heard he had been drinking alcohol and could not remember what he had done. But he had lured the boy by offering to buy him a scooter.

May 15 – Gwilym Jones, 73, was stabbed to death in a block of flats in Ogmore Vale, near Bridgen. A young mother, Bridie Jones, 21, was stabbed but survived. Andrew Seal, 49, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility, and was jailed for life (12 years) in December. The trial heard Seal, known to neighbours as “Fruitbat”, had written a “revenge list” on a note, which was headed “Sunday, Bloody Sunday”.

May 14 – Dana Hamilton, 44, was shot dead in Oxon Hill, Washington DC. Quincy Green, 34, aka Wayne Wright, was jailed for 17 years for murder. Green was on bail at the time of the murder. It turns out that a GPS tracking device which was supposed to be fitted to Green to make him obey a curfew was actually attached to his prosthetic leg. He took it off, put another one on and went outside.

May 14 – DeKayla Dansberry, 16, stabbed in the chest after a fight broke out in the Parkway Gardens neighbourhood, Chicago. A 13-year-old girl admitted second degree murder and was sentenced to the custody of the state Department of Juvenile Justice, which will determine how long to keep her in custody. She cannot be held beyond her 21st birthday. Her mother Tamika Gayden, 35, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to four years in prison. The mother provided the knife to her daughter.

May 14 – A 22-year-old Tajik man, a 42-year-old migrant and a third man were all killed in a mass brawl at the Khovanskoye cemetery in south west Moscow. The police recovered from the scene a Kalashnikov rifle, 51 empty cartridge cases of varying calibre, knuckledusters, knives, axes, sticks and metal bars. The Tajik man, who effectively lived at the cemetery, died from a gunshot wound in the chest. The others were run over by a car. The brawl which involved 200 people was over gravedigging and other services at the vast cemetery. Most of those involved were Chechens, Tajiks and other migrants. One of the gangs was led by Yury Chabuyev, head of the third territorial division of the ritual state burial service company. He was jailed for 11 years in Nov 2018. Chabuyev admitted he purposely invited a group of “athletes” so that they would help him to oust the illegal entrepreneurs and workers from Tajikistan from the cemetery area entrusted to him. Among the others charged was Lecha Yakhyayev and his brother.

May 13 – Rajdeo Ranjan, district bureau chief of a Hindi daily was gunned down in Bihar, India. Mohammad Shahabuddin, an MP with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD – National People’s Party), was jailed for the murder. Shahabuddin is a gangster who was given a life sentence in 2007 but was somehow freed in 2016.

May 12 – Kay Porter Ricks, 63, a railway worker, was kidnapped from Salt Lake City, Utah, driven to a remote location in Wyoming, beaten in the face and head, slashed his throat, dragged behind sagebrush and left to die. Flint Harrison, 51, and his son Dereck ‘DJ’ Harrison, 22, were arrested in Wyoming and charged with murder and kidnap. They took Ricks and his car toelude a Utah manhunt that was sparked by their alleged short-lived abduction on May 10 of a Centerville woman and her four teenage daughters — who all quickly escaped despite being bound with zip ties. The motive for the Centerville abduction and assaults, police have said, appears to have been meth-fueled paranoia that the mother had informed police on their drug activities. Flint Harrison hanged himself in July 2016 while awaiting trial. Dereck Harrison was jailed for life in July 2017.

May 12 – Patrick Clarke, 68, a nurse, was stabbed to death at the Southleigh Community Hospital, in Croydon, south London. Jimi Jedson, 40, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indenfinite hospital order. Inmind Healthcare Group, which runs the 25-bed facility for people with complex mental health problems, confirmed the victim was a volunteer member of staff working at the 25-bed facility for people with complex mental health problems.

May 12 – Abdul Hafidah, 18, was stabbed in the neck after being chased through rush hour traffic in Moss Side, Manchester. The attack was filmed on mobile phones by some motorists. Eleven men were jailed for his killing. The trial heard Abdul was a member of the ‘Rusholme Crips’ street gang. The killers were from a gang called ‘Active Only’, or AO. Devonte Cantrill, 20,was convicted of murder and jailed for life to serve a minimum of 23 years. Durrell Ford, 20, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 20 years. William George, 21, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 12 years. Durrell Goodall, 21, from Ashton-under-Lyne, was convicted of murder and jailed for life to serve a minimum of 16 years. Devonte Neish, 18, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for eight years. Remekell Samuels, 19, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for eight years. Reanu Walters, 19, was convicted for murder and sentenced to life (20 years). Nathanial Williams, 19, was convicted of murder and jailed for life(19 years). Trey Wilson, 19, was jailed for life (20 years). Delroy Wright, 18, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (19 years). A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in youth detention.

May 7 – Khabi Abrey, 30, who was pregnant, died in a fire on the ninth floor of flats in Westcliff-on-Sea, near Southend, Essex. Lillo Troisi, 47, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was detained under the Mental Health Act. Her unborn baby died two days later. Six other people were rescued by firemen. Troisi, who has paranoid schizophrenia, had not taken his medication for 18 months.

May 7 – Shai Shirazi, 32, an ex-convict and son of an Israeli crime boss was killed in a drive-by shooting in northern Tel Aviv. He is the son of crime boss Rico Shirazi, and had twice been in prison as a convicted accomplice in the deaths of three people. He was critically wounded by gunsots at his car and died shortly thereafter. A male passenger was lightly wounded. A preliminary police probe found gunfire was sprayed at them from another vehicle, as they drove near the Kiryat Shaul cemetery around 10:30pm. The assailants fled the scene. Police feared the slaying may ignite a new gang war. Unsolved.

May 6 – Gladys Tordil, 44, was shot dead outside High Point High School in Silver Springs, Maryland. Her estranged husband Eulalio Tordil, 62, an officer with the Federal Protective Service, was jailed for life for murder. He also shot a bystander who came to help Gladys. He eluded a manhunt and was suspected of shooting a woman and two men outside the Westfield Montgomery Mall in affluent Bethesda, Maryland. One of the men later died. He shot dead a woman about 30 minutes later at the Aspen Hill Shopping Center in Silver Spring. Tordil was on leave, having surrendered his gun and badge after his wife obtained a protective order to keep him away.

May 4 – Edward Wood, 50, was beaten to death outside a chip shop in Leigh, Greater Manchester. Dwayne Turner, 28, was jailed for nine years after admitting manslaughter. Kevin Darbyshire, 32, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter. He had more than more than 118 previous convictions including wounding and possessing a knife. The trial heard the pair, who were high cocktail of drink and drugs, then rifled through his pockets taking £5 and a bank card before cycling away leaving Mr Wood slumped on the floor.

May 3 – Iris Owens, 75, a retired university lecturer, was attacked with a chainsaw as she put out washing at her home in Ystrad Mynach, Gwent, Wales. Her son Robert Owens, 47, from Abercynon, was jailed for life (12 years) for murder.

April 2016

April 30 – Rukevwe “Peanut” Tadafe, 21, a youth club worker, was stabbed to death in Lewisham, south east London. Khalid Mustapha, 23, was acquitted of his murder. The trial heard the attack on Tadafe was in revenge for a pistol-whipping. Tadafe was a friend of Sam Urhie, who was a member of the 814 gang and was targeted in a target attack which killed his little brother, Joel, in 2018.

April 30 – Peter ‘Petey Crack’ Martinez, 28, was found dead, his body washed up on a beach in Brooklyn, New York. He was wearing ‘cement shoes’ – hardened concrete on his feet. He was wrapped in plastic bags and his arms were tied behind him. He was an associate of the G Stone Crips gang which is linked to Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda. Unsolved.

April 29 – Michael Freshwater, 49, a former boxer, was stabbed to death at a flat in Portswood, Southampton. London drug dealers Kevin Suika, Tristan Pope and Dantai Thompson, who claimed they acted in self-defence, walked free after murder charges dropped. The court heard Freshwater was armed with a sawn-off shotgun and was trying to rob them of drugs and money. The trio, along with Daniel Ferrett, 29, were sentenced for their parts in a £676,000 drugs conspiracy uncovered by inquiries into the death. Pope got eight years, Suika got six and Thompson two years.

April 29 – Cynthia Mullapudi, 24, and Joseph Anzolona, 26, were shot while inside a parked car at an LCBO in Scarborough, Toronto, Canada at 10 p.m. Harris Nnane, 24, was jailed for life (25 years) for murder. The Ford Fusion getaway car was owned by Nnane’s girlfriend Juliana Talevski, 24, of Toronto. She told police she had no idea what happened to the car. Anzolona was a known gang member.

April 28 – Keith Green, 27, vanished after going to a pancake house in Millbrae, near San Francisco, to discuss child custody issues with his ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Li. She was later acquitted of murdering him. Li, a real estate heiress whose family made a fortune from construction in China, had been on bail for $35 million. Li’s new boyfriend, Kaveh Bayat, walked free after the prosecution decided against a retrial after the jury was deadlocked on murderand conspiracy charges against him. Prosecutors said Li lured Green, her former boyfriend, to her mansion in Hillsborough, south of San Francisco, to discuss custody of their children. They say Bayat shot Green in the mouth and the two hired a friend, martials arts fighter Oliver Adella, to dispose of the body.
Prosecutors presented evidence Green’s blood was found in Li’s Mercedes and gunshot residue was discovered in her garage. Adella, who was due to be the prosecution’s star witness, never testified.

April 27 – Mark Hillman, 26, from Kirkdale, was shot dead in Lloyd Close, Everton, Liverpool. John Johns, 22, and Brandon Bilsborough, 19, rival drug dealers, were both jailed for life (25 years). The trial heard Hillman had been lured to a house to sell drugs and was shot twice in the back as he got out of his car. Johns admitted being at the scene but claimed Bilsborough and Connor Hunt – were the gunmen. Hunt was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of wounding the victim with a knife.

April 25 – Michael Barr, 34, a New IRA member, from Strabane, Northern Ireland. was shot dead at the Sunset House pub in Dublin. His death was part of the feud between the Kinahan and Hutch families. But his funeral in Strabane was flanked by dozens of men in paramilitary uniform and holding the Irish tricolour. Fourteen men were later arrested by the PSNI and in 2018 Eamonn Cumberton, 30, was jailed for life for Barr’s murder. Cumberton’s DNA was found on a baseball cap and a rubber Freddie Krueger mask used in the murder that were found in a partially burned-out getaway car.

He was murdered as revenge for providing the guns used in February’s Regency Hotel attack by the rival Hutch gang in which 34-year-old David Byrne – a Kinihan mob henchman – was killed. A New IRA gunman from Strabane nicknamed ‘Flatcap’, who was a close friend of Michael Barr’s, was pictured fleeing the scene of the slaughter holding a pistol.

Apr 23 – Ten people were killed when a van was driven into crowds of shoppers on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Sixteen people survived. Alek Minassian, 25, has been charged with murder and is due to go on trial in Feb 2020. A Facebook post later emerged which seemed to suggest Minassian, a software developer, hated women. The post in question first surfaced on the message board 4Chan, where someone anonymously shared in an image of a mobile phone showing Minassian’s alleged manifesto. “Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161,” it reads. “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Elliot Rodger killed six people in a stabbing and shooting spree in Isla Vista, California, in May 2014. Before he turned the gun on himself, the 22-year-old posted a “retribution” video to YouTube and emailed a lengthy autobiographical document to almost two dozen people he knew. An online community known as the “involuntarily celibate”, or incels, who blame women for their sexual failings, fastened upon the document. Minassian is due to go on trial on 9 November 2020.

April 23 – Golam Rabbi, 57, and his wife Shamima, 59, were shot dead at their home in San Jose, California. A note found beside the body read “sorry, my first kill was clumsy” as if it had been left by a trainee serial killer. Their son Hasib Bin Golam Rabbi, 22, was jailed for life for murder. Rabbi tried to blame his 17-year-old brother Omar. The couple were originally from Bangladesh and apparently disapproved of their eldest son’s homosexuality.

April 22 – Christopher Rhoden Sr, 40, and his son Christopher, 16; Clarence Rhoden, 20, Dana Rhoden, 37, Gary Rhoden, 38, Hanna Rhoden, 19, Hannah Gilley, 20, and Kenneth Rhoden, 44, were shot dead at four homes near Peebles in Pike County, Ohio. Josh Rhoden, 38, is accused of selling prescription pills in Pike County.Edward “Jake” Wagner, 26, has been accused of aggravated murder and is due to go on trial in Jan 2021. He was Hanna’s former boyfriend and father of her three-year-old daughter. His father George “Billy” Wagner III, 47, George’s wife Angela Wagner, 48, and his brother George Wagner IV, 27, have also been charged and await trial. Rita Newcomb, 65, of South Webster, mother of Angela Wagner and Fredericka Wagner, 76, of Lucasville, mother of Billy Wagner, are accused of perjury and obstructing justice for allegedly misleading investigators.

April 22 – Baptiste Paul White Eyes, 27, was shot in the head outside the Lucky Lady casino in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jared Stone, 20, went on the run afterwards and updated his Facebook profile claiming he acted in self defence. Stone fled the scene with 26-year-old Lachara Bordeaux, who claimed he held her at gunpoint, and drove 80 miles away to Le Mars, Iowa, where she managed to escape outside at a truck stop. Stone, who updated his Facebook page writing, ‘Sorry to all of you…If anything it’s self defense f**k all of you who doubt me’. He was later arrested and jailed for life.

April 21 – Mengmei Leng, 25, a Chinese international student, was bound, gagged, stripped, tortured and stabbed 30 times at a house in Campsie, Sydney, Australia. Her body was found in a blowhole at Snapper Point on the Central Coast, New South Wales. She was last seen shopping in downtown Sydney and then boarding a train home. Her uncle Derek Barrett, 27, was jailed for 46 years for murder. The court was told Barrett was a “sexual deviant” who had also pleaded guilty to other offences conducted in the lead-up to the killing, including secretly recording the victim and her cousin showering, and masturbating over them as they slept.

April 21 – Daniel Hatfield, 52, and his friend Matthew Higgins, 49, both died of multiple injuries. They were found wrapped in a duvet in the garden of a house in May Street, Hull. Hatfield’s housemate Phillip Simmons, 38, was jailed for life (36 years). Both were beaten, strangled, stabbed, and clubbed with a spade, with Simmons later telling prison staff “the head almost came off one of them”.

April 20 – Julie Tureson, 33, was killed and found inside a car at a storage unit in Colorado Springs, Colorado, US. James Woo, 38, was arrested as he boarded a plane at Seattle heading for Hong Kong. He was jailed for life without possibility of parole for first degree murder. Woo’s home, employment, and family were in the San Francisco Bay area, but he frequented the Front Range of Colorado. Woo was very active on the Tinder app andmet Julie through Tinder.

April 20 – Yusapha Susso, 21, a Gambian immigrant, was chased in the Ballero street market in Palermo, Sicily, and then shot dead in a side street. Emanuele Rubino, 28, a local mafiosi, was charged with murder. The killing was caught on CCTV. The local mafia allegedly ‘declared war’ on refugees.

April 18 – Terri ‘Missi’ Bevers, 45, a mother of three, was stabbed in the head and chest at the Creekside Church in Midlothian, Texas. Bevers was seen on surveillance video arriving at the church at 4:18 a.m. She was scheduled to teach a fitness class at 5 a.m. Less than an hour later, she was found dead. She had received a “creepy” LinkedIn message in the days before her death. Her suspected assailant was also seen on surveillance video walking the hallways of the church early that morning, using a hammer to break windows, while wearing a helmet and tactical gear. Less than three days before her murder, a friend told law enforcement, Bevers showed the friend a private Linked In message she had received. The message “was from a male unknown to them both, and they both agreed that the message was creepy and strange”. The friend told police she couldn’t recall the name on the account from which the message had been sent. The warrant also says police contacted a “person of interest” who admitted communicating with Bevers over LinkedIn — beginning in January up until the time of her death — in messages that “ultimately turned flirtatious and familiar.” Unsolved.

April 17 – Horace Williams, 36, was stabbed to death in an internet cafe in Smethwick, West Midlands. Douane Brown, 39, from Birmingham, was jailed for life (21 years). The trial heard both men were Jamaican and there was “history” between them.

April 16 – Will Smith, 34, a former American football player with the New Orleans Saints, was shot dead after a road rage incident in the Lower Garden district of the city. Cardell Hayes, 28, was jailed for 25 years for second-degree murder. Hayes’ Humvee crashed into the rear of Smith’s Mercedes at 11.30pm on a Saturday night.

April 15 – Darren McMinn, 48, went missing in Bolton, Greater Manchester. His body was discovered in the Yarrow reservoir in Hodge Brow near Rivington, Lancashire. Candido Pereira, 37, of Bolton, was jailed for life (24 years) for murder. Nicholas Hindle, 24, from Bolton, was jailed for four years for assisting an offender. The trial heard Pereira stabbed and strangled McMinn after a fight.

April 15 – Elizabeth Edwards, 49, a dinner lady, and her daughter Katie, 13, were stabbed to death at their home in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Her daughter Kim Edwards, 14, and her boyfriend, Lucas Markham, also 14, were jailed for life (20 years) for the murders. The tariff was reduced on appeal to 17 years. Markham, who admitted the killings, used a kitchen knife to stab both victims in the neck a total of ten times as they slept. Evidence heard in the trial revealed that the couple remained at the house in Dawson Avenue immediately after the killings where they had sex, shared a bath and watched the vampire-themed teen romance Twilight films.

April 14 – Martin O’Rourke, 25, an innocent homeless man, was shot dead in the centre of Dublin. He was hit in the head as the gunman sprayed bullets from an automatic weapon at lunchtime on Sheriff Street. One entered his left eye. Mayhem broke out on a packed tourist bus which was passing by the shooting. Paramedics tried to resuscitate tragic Martin while gardai cordoned off the area. The killer, who was on a bicycle, had intended to take out a Hutch hitman whom gardai believe was involved in the killing at the Regency Hotel but got the wrong man. It was part of the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

April 12 – Leigh-Anne Mahachi, 22, a bank worker, stabbed 40 times at her flat in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield. Her ex-boyfriend Tapiwa Furusa, 37, from Colchester, Essex, was jailed for life (22 years) for murder. Sheffield Crown Court heard Furusa fled the scene while witnesses tried to stop the bleeding with blankets and towels.

April 11 – Martin Luna, 41, his nephew Miguel Luna, 25, his niece’s boyfriend Urbano Santiago, 32, and a family friend Hector Gutierrez, 43, were killed after being lured to the Likquid Lounge bar in Chester, upstate New York, after a drug deal went wrong. Nicholas Tartaglione, 49, a retired New York police officer has been charged with murder after their bodies were found in the grounds of his home. He was also charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms and more of cocaine. Prosecutors say Tartaglione and his associates lured Luna to the bar, unaware he was going to bring the others. Luna was hit over the head and then strangled with a zip tie. Tartaglione and the others then brought the body – and the three men – to a property in Otisville where they were shot dead. Tartaglione, who ran a farm for rescue horses and dogs, told investigators that Martin Luna was among the Mexican day laborers he had employed. He said he knew Martin Luna was involved in drug trafficking, because a car Tartaglione had sold him had a cut out tyre commonly used to secrete money and drugs. He claimed Luna never came up with the money for the car so he took it back. Tartaglione is due to go on trial in 2020.

April 10 – Sahil Roy, 28, was stabbed in the throat in the street in Isleworth, Middlesex. Azeem Issa, 28, was jailed for life (20 years). The trial at the Old Bailey heard they were friends who fell out over a computer game. They then exchanged “your mum” insults before Issa stabbed Roy.

April 9 – Ingrid Lyne, 40, a nurse, was killed and dismembered in Renton, near Seattle. John Charlton, 38, was jailed for life for first degree murder in January 2018. He also admitted stealing her SUV.Charlton had been dating Lyne for about a month before she was killed. Her remains were found in a recycling bin in Seattle. Charlton told police the two had gone to a Seattle Mariners game the night before, then returned to Lyne’s home. He said he ended up spending the night on a street in Seattle but claimed he had been too intoxicated to remember how he got there.

April 7 – Adrian Greenwood, 42, an antiques dealer, was tortured and stabbed 16 times in the chest and neck in the hallway of his home in Oxford. Michael Danaher, 50, friom Peterborough, was jailed for life (34 years). Mr Greenwood was an Oxford graduate who had written two historical biographies and traded rare books as well as art. Danaher killed him so he could steal a rare first edition copy of The Wind in the Willows which was worth £50,000. The book was found at his flat and had been put up for sale on eBay at the “knockdown price” of £2,000. Danaher had become “obsessed” with famous people. Danaher was £13,000 in debt and had also searched for details on Eamonn Holmes, Michael Parkinson, Rio Ferdinand, Simon Cowell, Katie Hopkins and Greg Dyke. His intention was “to get money” by going to the houses of wealthy people and robbing them.

April 6 – Haruka Weiser, 18, a University of Texas dance student, vanished on the campus in Austin, Texas. Her body was later found near the heart of campus. It was the first murder on the campus since the infamous mass shooting in 1966  by sniper Charles Whitman. Weiser, from Portland, Oregon, was last seen at 9:30 pm leaving UT’s drama building but never made it to her dormitory. She had been sexually assaulted. Meechaeiel Criner, 17, a homeless man, was jailed for life for murder.

April 3 –  Myron Issac-Yarde, a 17-year-old aspiring musician and rapper known as Mdot, was stabbed several times during an altercation in New Cross, south London. An online fund to raise money to pay for Myron’s funeral approached £14,000 just six days after being set up. Fauz Richards, 19, Junior Lukelo-Mami and Lucus Risch, both 16, were all jailed for life for murder. Richards was sentenced to 13 years in youth detention while Lukelo-Mami and Risch were both sentenced to 12 years.  Jamie Kennedy, 31, and Charlotte Edmonds, 32, were both found guilty of perverting the course of justice and were sentenced to two years and three months each. The trial heard the killing stemmed from rivalry between New Cross and the Monson area, where the killers hailed from. Myron’s friend, Leoandro Osemeke – known to friends as Showkey – had ventured into Monson territory on a bike to get a pizza from Domino’s. The bike was stolen by the Monson boys and Myron tried to get it back. Osemeke was due to be a key witness in the case, but was himself stabbed to death at a house party in Peckham a few months later.

April 2 – Julian Weekes, 27, was shot dead outside the Fuse bar in Toronto, Canada. Michael Gibson, 30, a member of the Sic Thugs gang, fled to Aruba where he was arrested in 2017. He is awaiting extradition.

April 2 – Yuyun, 14, a schoolgirl, was abducted and raped on her way home from school in Kasiah Kasubun in Bengkulu province, in western Indonesia. Fourteen young men who were ‘drunk on wine’ have been charged with murder and rape and await trial.

April 2 – Norma Bell, 79, a widow who had fostered more than 50 children, was strangled at her home in Hartlepool. One of her former foster children, Gareth Dack, 33, a cocaine dealer, was jailed for life (33 years) at Teesside Crown Court in Jan 2017. The trial heard he tried to destroy the evidence in a gas explosion. He used a cable to strangle Mrs Bell, having stolen a boxed TV and £60, and repeatedly used her phone to call sex-chat lines.

April 1 – PC Gordon Semple, 59, vanished near London Bridge station in south east London. His remains were found in a flat on the nearby Peabody Estate in Southwark a week after he went missing. Stefano Brizzi, 49, was jailed for life for murder. PC Semple was gay and had a partner. Brizzi later killed himself in prison.

April 1 – Simon Carley-Pocock, 58, originally from Hertfordshire, was stabbed to death with a spear at a house in Alcoutim on the Algarve, Portugal. Eugenio Filipe Reicha, 20, a gardener and rent boy was jailed for 14 years. He told police he killed Mr Carley-Pocock after being invited back to the house for sex after meeting him in Faro. He then had a bath and a meal, before leaving the scene in the victim’s Audi. The body was discovered after Reicha was stopped driving the Audi without a licence, after which the young man confessed to the murder. The victim gave up his job as an accountant and moved to Portugal several years ago.

April – Susanne F, 41, was was held hostage and tortured a house in Hoexter, Lower Saxony, Germany after responding to a dating advert. Wilfried W, 46, and his ex-wife Angelika B, 47 were charged with manslaughter in May 2016. That case came to light when the couple allegedly tried to drive the badly injured woman to her home. But their car broke down and as they waited for a taxi, the woman’s health deteriorated. They called an ambulance, but the woman died later in hospital, where suspicions about her injuries arose and the police were warned.They were also accused of killing Annika W, 33, who died in August 2014. Her body was dismembered.They await trial.

April 1 – Madala Washington, 25, an inmate, was stabbed to death at HMP Coldingley in Bisley, Surrey, a category C prison. Washington, from Wimbledon, was serving a sentence for selling cocaine and heroin. King Jahzel Lewis, also known as Jahzeer Lewis, 24, was acquitted of murder in 2017.

March 2016

March 29 – Ali Nasrollahi, 22, was stabbed to death in the street in Woodside Park, Barnet, north London, in broad daylight. Bright Osei, 21, from north Finchley, was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter due to loss of control and jailed for 10 years.Nelphy Lelu, 22, from Golders Green, John Opoku 27, and his half-brother Francis Osei Appiagyei, 24, were all acquitted. The court heard Ali was killed over a £120 debt.

March 27 – James Knight, 26, stabbed in the chest at their home in Leicester. His girlfriend Emma-Jayne Magson, 23, was jailed for life (17 years). During the three-week trial in November 2016, the court heard that the couple had been involved in a drunken row in the run-up to the fatal attack at Magson’s home. The court listened to a recording of a 999 call Magson made some time after she attacked Mr Knight, saying he had collapsed but failing to mention he had been stabbed. When told an ambulance might be delayed, Magson said: “No, that’s fine, don’t worry about it.” He had two children – four-year-old Ruby and Evie, six – with another woman, Becki Waite. In 2019 Magson appealed. She has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified) which is characterised by impaired social and communication skills.

March 27 – Joe McMinn, 28, was killed and left in a stream in a wooded area known as Devil’s Den near the Goodwyns housing estate in Dorking, Surrey. Richard Taylor, 21, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder.

March 24 – Asad Shah, 40, a shopkeeper, was stabbed, punched and stamped on outside his convenience store in the Shawlands area of Glasgow on the day before Good Friday. Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in West Yorkshire, was jailed for life (27 years). It was originally suggested Mr Shah was killed after he put out a Facebook message wishing Happy Easter to his Christian customers. But Ahmed, a Sunni Muslim, confessed to confronting and then attacking Shah because the newsagent was an open adherent of the Ahmadi branch of Islam, which believes the prophet Muhammad was not the final Muslim prophet.

March 23 – Lynne Freeman, 46, and Jodie Betteridge, 30, were stabbed to death in Redcar, Teesside. Alan Bennett, 34, was jailed for life (32 years) in July 2016. Teesside Crown Court heard how he stood like a “crazed maniac” over Ms Betteridge, his ex-partner, after violently stabbing her 132 times outside her home. Their three children were seen in the garden standing and screaming over their mother in the aftermath of the attack. Just minutes earlier he had cruelly stabbed his current girlfriend Lynne Freeman at her Redcar home.Bennett and Lynne Freeman, with whom he had been in a relationship since last year, had been drinking that day and witnesses said Bennett was “aggressive, hyper and confrontational”. They had caught the number 63 bus home, where passengers heard him threatening Ms Freeman. A neighbour said Bennett stood over Jodie with the look of a “crazed maniac” and after his arrest he told police: “I have done what had to be done.” Officers were told that Bennett was upset after being told he could only have supervised access to his and Jodie’s three children.

March 23 – Joanna Trojniak, 29, a manager of a Nando’s restuarant, was stabbed to death at her home in Addiscombe, Croydon, south London. Her boyfriend Pawel Sroka, 33, was jailed for life (23 years). The trial heard she was killed when she spurned him. He was described as controlling. He falsely claimed self-defence.

March 23 – Noel “Kingsize” Duggan, 56, was shot several times as he sat in a car outside his home on the Old Mill estate in Ratoath, County Meath, Ireland. He was a close friend of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch and is believed to have been the victim of an ongoing gang feud. A career criminal who at one time was Ireland’s biggest cigarette smuggler, earning him the nickname ‘Mr Kingsize’, he had only returned to Ireland a few days before after spending time in England. He had been in fear of his life believing that he would be targeted by the Kinahan gang. Unsolved.

March 22 – Hilary Bower, 60, a British lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was stabbed to death and then dismembered in Dongguan, China. His girlfriend, Xu, and two other men were arrested for murder.

March 19 – Paige Doherty, 15, was last seen in Clydebank, Scotland as she travelled to a Saturday job in a hairdressing shop in Kirkintilloch. She was last seen buying a roll and sausage from the Delicious Deli, near to her family home and a short distance from where her body was found. She had been stabbed 61 times. John Leathem, 31, who ran the Delicious Deli, was jailed for life (27 years) but his tariff was reduced on appeal to 23 years. Leathem claimed to have “panicked” after Paige threatened to report him for sexual assault after she applied for a job. When Leathem appeared for a preliminary hearing Paige’s grandfather, William Munro, 54, who had criticised the police search for the shouted: “You killed my grand-daughter”, before he was led away in tears.

March 17 – Nika Kholodenko, 5, and Michela Kholodenko, 1, were smothered to death at their home in Fort Worth, Texas. Their mother Sofya Tsygankova was charged with murder but was found not guilty by reason of insanity. She was the estranged wife of pianist Vadym Kholodenko, a winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He found the bodies when he arrived at the home to take them to school. Tsygankova was kneeling on the floor wearing a blood-stained nightgown and “rocking back and forth”. She had wounds on her wrist and chest, and a butcher knife was found near the home’s patio. At one point she asked investigators: “Did I do anything bad to my kids?” An empty bottle labeled with her name and the anti-psychotic drug Quetiapine was found on the kitchen counter. Authorities later learned she had visited a mental health facility the day before.

March 17 – Kenichi Phillips, 18, was shot dead in the back seat of a Seat Leon car in Ladywood, Birmingham. He was about to become a father. Disharn Downie, 18, was jailed for life (21 years) in December. Dean Silvera, 37 and from of Dial Close, Druids Heath, was jailed for seven and a half years for assisting an offender. Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “I am satisfied this was a shooting carried out by way of an enforcement or control of drug dealing in an area of Birmingham where it took place. It had obviously been planned.

March 14 – Sinoxolo Mafevuka, 19, was raped and murdered and left half-naked in a communal toilet 200 yards from her home in Khayelitsha township near Cape Town, South Africa. Xolisa Mafilika, 26, and his cousin Athabile, 21, were acquitted of rape and murder in 2017. Their fingerprints and DNA did not match the killer’s. At a preliminary hearing the cousins alleged they had been assaulted and tortured by police.

March 14 – Mujaahid Wilson, a rapper better known as Tiny Sneaky, 20, was stabbed in the heart during a fight in a pizza shop in Thornton Heath, south London. Ashley Newman, 18, was charged with murder but was acquitted at his trial in December 2016 on the grounds of self-defence. He was jailed for 12 months for possession of an offensive weapon but was released immediately due to time served.

March 14 – Robyn Mercer, 50, an antiques dealer and specialist, was beaten to death outside her home in West Molesey, Surrey. Six people were arrested as part of Operation Zebu but never charged. A fresh appeal was made in December 2019. Ms Mercer’s ex-partner Robert Webb, 54, was jailed for eight months in 2017 for forging her will.

March 13 – Shilan H, 21, was shot dead during a wedding party in Hannover, Germany. Her father Ghazi H posted a picture of her lying in a pool of blood on his Facebook page and demanded justice. She had rejected an arranged marriage to her cousin and had paid for it with her life. The cousin, Sefin Nahmann, 22, went on the run and ended up in Dohuk in the Kurdish autonomous region of Iraq. There is no extradition treaty. The victim and her family were Iraqi Kurds living in Germany.

March 12 – Brian McKandie, 67, a retired mechanic, was hit 15 times over the head at his remote cottage home in Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire. The case featured on Crimewatch UK in September 2016. Steven Sidebottom, 25, a handyman, was jailed for life (21 years) in 2019 for murder and robbery. The trial heard that Mr McKandie had £200,000 in cash hidden in tins and shoeboxes at his home. The main elements of the prosecution case included evidence of Sidebottom suddenly having what appeared to be “thousands” of pounds around the time of the murder, and that he had “lavished” gifts on his student girlfriend.

March 12 – Rory Anderson, 25, was stabbed in the back and chest at a flat in Hotspur Road, Northolt. Alex Azadbakht, 25, was jailed for life (20 years) and also found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Jermaine Lewis, 21, of Northolt and Stephan Bassily, 20, of Northolt, were found guilty of perverting the course of justice, having intentionally destroyed evidence relating to the victim. Both were jailed for four years. CCTV captured Mr Anderson leaving the premises and collapsing outside. He called 999 but having only been able to ask for help, he left the line open to the police operator. The murder weapon, Mr Anderson’s mobile phone and clothing have never been found.

March 11 – Luke Jeffrey, 18, from Bognor Regis, was stabbed to death in Chichester, West Sussex. Samuel Morgan, 19, from Chichester, was acquitted of murder but jailed for four years for possessing a knife.

March 9 – Oliver Tetlow, 27, was shot dead Harlesden, north west London, in suspected case of mistaken identity. He was killed in Conley Road when the gunman got out of a dark coloured car and opened fire at around 9.58pm. Seven suspects have been arrested, four on suspicion of murder and three on suspicion of robbery. Oliver’s mother Pamela Humphrey said: “It wasn’t a killing, it was an execution…My son was an innocent bystander and was ‘accidently shot“. The gunman fired at him before jumping back into a black Ford Kuga which sped away from the scene, jurors were told. Jahmico Trott, 29, from Manchester, and Romarne Young, 22, from Kilburn, north-west London, were found not guilty on the direction of the judge in Dec 2016. Following lengthy legal argument in the absence of the jury, rapper David Osadebay, 30, from Harrow, known as CBiz, and Mohamed Siamino, 20, from Acton, were also acquitted in Jan 2017.

Mar 4 – Adrian Ismay, 52, a prison officer, suffered injuries when a bomb went off beneath his van in east Belfast. He died of a heart attack in hospital 11 days later. Christopher Robinson, 50, was jailed for life (22 years). Robinson was also found guilty of possessing an improvised explosive device. Robinson knew his victim from their time volunteering together for St John Ambulance. Mr Justice McAlinden told Belfast Crown Court that Mr Ismay’s murder had been “perpetrated in pursuance of a twisted republican terrorist ideology”.

March 4 – Wayne Baxter, 44, was stabbed after an incident at a wake in Croft, near Skegness, but died later in hospital. Sean Booth, 25, and his wife Sarah Booth, 36, both of Croft Bank, were acquitted of murder but jailed for 10 years each for manslaughter.The trial heard Mr Baxter was not part of the funeral wake but was drinking at the same pub and became involved in what began as “banter” in the bar, Lincoln Crown Court was told. Mr Baxter, a friend of the Booths, later drove his 4X4 straight at Sarah Booth in the pub car park narrowly missing her. He damaged her car and was then stabbed.

March 3 – Clint Simms, 39, was stabbed to death in Ely, Cardiff. His neighbour Stephen Pike, 58, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder. The pair had a long-running feud.

Mar 3 –Stephen Carson, 28, was shot dead while eating a takeaway dinner at his home in the Ormeau Road, south Belfast, with his fiance Naomi Smyth and nine-year-old son. Michael ‘Spud’ Smith, 40, and his cousin David ‘Dee Dee’ Smith, 35, both from west Belfast, were jailed for life (20 years) for murder. Another cousin – Francis Smith – was jailed for seven years for his role after the murder, which included allowing the murder weapon to be stored in his flat. During the trial the court heard the motive for Mr Carson’s murder dated back to a violent incident in Turf Lodge in 2010, when Michael Smith sustained a significant wound to his arm. Involved in this altercation were Mr Carson, Kieran McManus and a third man. Mr McManus26, was shot dead outside a Domino’s Pizza in west Belfast in March 2013. During sentencing it emerged that Mr Carson’s son has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He was threatened at gunpoint and pepper-strayed during the attack.

March 2 – Jaeseok Lee, 40, was killed at a house in New Malden, Surrey. His wife Hyojung Lim, 43, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter after her trial heard her husband raped her almost daily. The pair moved to London after fleeing North Korea. Prosecutors alleged she killed him in revenge after he got his lover pregnant, saying she had text him ‘If you do that, you will die all of a sudden’. Lee met his lover Yuni Choi, a Korean woman from Leeds, on social media, the court heard. The jury at Wood Green Crown Court heard Lim knifed her husband in the throat and chest with such force the tip of the blade snapped off and embedded in his spinal cord. Lim told a flatmate after the killing: ‘I have revenged him for the past 13 years’.

February 2016

Feb 29 – Julie Archer, 49, died of 70% burns after a petrol bomb was thrown at her at a house in Newton Heath, Manchester. Her brother Stephen Archer, 50, was jailed for life (27 years) for murder. Archer had claimed his sisters Julie and Gillian poisoned their dad Jeffery, leaving the women with his money and flat – and him with nothing – so he burned Julie alive.

Feb 29 – Nastya Meshcheryakova, 4, was killed and then beheaded in Moscow. Her Uzbekistan-born nanny, Gyulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, then took her head and walked through the streets with it. The horrific pictures of her was headline news around the word. It later emerged that she was schizophrenic but kept it a secret and was ‘kicked on to the streets’ after a divorce. Bobokulova had been registered at a psychiatric clinic in her homeland Uzbekistan – and her condition had been deteriorating in recent months. She had claimed she wanted to avenge Vladimir Putin for bombing Muslims.

Feb 29 – Vinnie Ryan, 25, was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Finglas, Dublin. He was the brother of Real IRA leader Alan Ryan, who was himself gunned down in 2012. Jeffrey Morrow, 36, from Coolock, was jailed for 11 years for assisting the killers. Paul O’Beirne, 37, from Ballyfermot was jailed for nine years. The court heard they provided and destroyed a stolen Volkswagen Golf that the gunmen who shot Mr Ryan used in the “drive-by” shooting. The hitman has not been identified or captured.

Feb 25 – Julie Hill, 57, was drowned in a bath and Rose Hill, 75, was strangled at their home in Shirebrook, Derbyshire. Christopher Whelan, 21, was jailed for life in December 2016 after admitting manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. The trial at Nottingham Crown Court heard he killed his aunt and grandmother after hearing the ‘voice of Satan’ when his cannabis use ‘exacerbated’ his violent urges. The court heard that her son Liam Parker, 22, took his own life in April after finding his mother’s body.

Feb 24 – Stefania Dubrovina, 17, a model, was stabbed 189 times and had her her severed in a flat in St Petersburg, Russia. Her sister, 19-year-old Elizaveta, was jailed for 13 years. Police in St Petersburg revealed the two sisters and an unknown man had a “great party” on the night of 23 February. The trio ran out of alcohol and the man left to buy more. But as soon as the man shut the door behind him, Elizaveta attacked her sister with a knife, gouging out her eyes and mutilating the body. Elizaveta was jealous of Stefania’s looks.

Feb 21 – Anthony Delgado, 16 months old, was tortured and beaten to death at home in Staten Island, New York. Babysitter Gloria Fields, 31, was jailed for 23 years to life murder. The child suffered two days of stomach-churning torture leaving him with multiple skull fractures and internal bleeding. The helpless toddler endured horrific abuse at the hands of Fields during his final hours, according to court documents. She inserted a pencil into his anus and left it there for 36 hours, prosecutors claim. Fields – a junkie who was high on heroin and weed while caring for Anthony – strapped the toddler into his buggy before slamming him face-first into the ground. Anthony’s mother, Marta Delgado, 25, had left the toddler with Fields to concentrate on moving to a new apartment. On Sunday evening, she got a text from Fields saying the baby had fallen during a trip to Manhattan.

Feb 20 – Tyler Smith, 17, and his father Richard Smith, 53, were shot at a Kia car dealership in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Four hours later Mary Jo Nye (60), Mary Lou Nye (62), Dorothy Brown (74),and Barbara Hawthorne (68) were shot dead outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in the town. A 14-year-old girl who was with the four women at Cracker Barrel was shot in the head but survived with serious injuries. Jason Dalton, 45, an Uber driver was jailed for life without the possibility of parole for all six murders. He had picked up taxi fares between the shootings.

Feb 13 – Maria Byrne, 35, a stockbroker with Lloyds TSB, was killed at her home in Theydon Bois, Essex. Her husband Darren Byrne, 39, a City trader, was jailed for life (24 years). He killed her after discovering she was having an affair.

Feb 13 – Nicholas Hawkins, 19, was shot and dumped in woods near Dora, Alabama. Corey Conner, 28, was jailed for life for murder. Joshua Reese, 25, was jailed for 30 years. Danny Jarvis, 22, was jailed for 15 years. Hawkins was murdered after he had called his mother to tell her someone was trying to kill him and his phone cut out. Hawkins, who was gay and lived with his grandparents, had been walking home from a beauty pageant on February 13 when he made the call to his mother at 8pm.

Feb 12 – Leanne Wall, 36, was headbutted and then strangled with hands and a belt at her home in Whitefield, near Bury, Greater Manchester. Her boyfriend William Mack, 39, was jailed for life (16 years) for murder. He was arrested on the hard shoulder of the M60 motorway shortly after the alarm was raised at 7.50am. Mack, who regularly smoked cannabis, was paranoid that she had cheated on him at a party and murdered her in “a callous pre-meditated and planned killing”.

Feb 12 – Jessica McGraa, 37, part-time prostitute, was murdered at a flat in Aberdeen. Bala Wadzani Chinda, 25, was jailed for life (18 years). McGraa was married to a Scottish oil worker, Gareth, 56, and lived in London. Jessica, who also went by the names Ebony Bianca, Kelly West and B Bianca, wrote that she offered the ‘ultimate girlfriend experience’ on the Adult Work website.

Feb 9 – Sebastian Zuchlinski, 39, a cagefighter, was attacked with a machete by a group of men in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Tomasz Bubrowski, 37, from Bolton, was jailed for life (31 years) for murder.

Feb 8 – William Lound, 30, a student, was stabbed to death in Salford. Lee Arnold, 37 was jailed for life (23 years) in 2016. The court heard he was placed into the community despite telling doctors he could not cope. Arnold, who has paranoid schizophrenia, pleaded guilty at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court. Mr Lound was gay and occasionally cross-dressed and Arnold considered his victim to be “a weirdo”. Victim’s mother, Maureen Lound, from Southport, said she “blamed the system”.

Feb 7 – Maylyn Couperthwaite, 52, was stabbed to death in Bury, Greater Manchester. Her mother Audrey, 80, survived. Oliver Faughey, 63, was jailed for life (10 years) for manslaughter and attempted murder.

Feb 5 – David Byrne, 33, from Crumlin, was shot dead at a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. Six gunmen, including a woman, using combat weapons attacked the venue. The attack was initially claimed by the Continuity IRA but this was later denied. The target was Daniel Kinahan, of the Kinahan crime family, who had flown in from Spain for the fight. The attackers are believed to have been associates of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch. Hutch’s nephew Gary had been shot dead in Spain in September 2015. Patrick Hutch, 24, was later charged with murder. He is Gary Hutch’s brother. But in 2019 his trial collapsed after the senior investigating officer in the case, Detective Superintendent Colm Fox committed suicide by gun at Ballymun police station.In July 2021 books of evidence were served on four men in connection with the murder. Jonathan Dowdall, 43, a former Dublin Sinn Fein councillor from Cabra, was charged with the murder of David Byrne. His father, Patrick Dowdall, 64, was accused of making a room available at the Regency Hotel to the gang. Paul Murphy, 59, is charged with supplying logistical support to a six-man team suspected of carrying out the murder. Jason Bonney, 50, of Portmarnock, is charged with by providing access to individual motor vehicles to the gang. In August 2021 Gerry Hutch was arrested in Spain and extradited. He has been charged with conspiracy to murder. All await trial.

Feb 5 – Ali Kayum, 69, a Turkish businessman, was shot dead in his car on a quiet street in Ankara, Turkey. The shooting was caught on CCTV. The killer was a man wearing all black who marches up to the window with a gun and shoots several times. The assassin, his face concealed by a black hat and black scarf, shows no mercy as he points the gun directly at the man and kills him. Unsolved.$category%20p$1

Feb 5 – Brian Lewandowski, 18, Michelle Littlefield, 19, and Scott Treadway, 52, were killed in a car crash on a highway in Los Angeles. Streetracer Dealio Lockhart, 35, from Whittier, was jailed for 22 years on four counts of reckless driving on a highway causing a specified injury. He was racing his Dodge Challenger with another driver shortly after midnight Saturday near downtown Los Angeles. One of the vehicles lost control and slammed into a UPS truck, causing the big rig to go airborne, according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck, driven by Mr Treadway, flipped over the central reservation into oncoming traffic near Washington Boulevard. Mr Lewandowski, the son of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department homicide detective, and his girlfriend, were on their way back from Disneyland.

Feb 4 – Caroline Andrews, 52, was killed at her home in Benenden, Kent. Her husband Stuart Andrews, 54, an IT consultant and former adviser to the Bank of England, was jailed for life (15 years) for murder. Armed police boarded a train at Gillingham station while looking for him. Mr Andrews was formally arrested, three days after being detained on suspicion of killing his wife. Andrews went on the run and checked into a London hotel with a blonde woman, some condoms and a bottle of Prosecco before attempting to take his own life. In April 2016 Andrews admitted murder at Maidstone Crown Court. He also pleaded guilty to the theft of £267,096 from his dementia-suffering father-in-law, over whom he had power of attorney. He was jailed for life (15 years).

Feb 6 – Riley Siswick, six, died a “slow and painful” death two days after being hit at home in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. His bowel was ruptured. Riley’s mother, Kayleigh Siswick, 27, did not seek help despite her son being in “unremitting and significant pain”, the trial at Leeds Crown Court heard. Her boyfriend Kyle Campbell, 27, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (20 years). Siswick was given a seven-year term after jurors found her guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child. In October 2019 three police officers faced a misconduct hearing over Riley’s death. The hearing heard Det Ch Insp Mark Swift, Det Insp George Bardell and PC Oliver Scoones failed to treat a toddler’s death as suspicious, despite 14 bruises and marks on the boy’s body.

Feb 3 – Bethany Hill, 20, was stabbed in the neck in Stratford-upon-Avon. Her ex-boyfriend Jack Williams, 21, and his girlfriend, Kayleigh Woods, 23, went on trial in January 2017 at Warwick Crown Court. Miss Hill was a former girlfriend of Williams and had a “volatile” relationship with Woods, a transgender woman with whom she had planned to have a child. Williams and Woods were both jailed for life (26 years).

Feb 3 – Shenol Erol Ali, 32, a Bulgarian national, was stabbed to death in a flat above the Bill Nicholson pub near White Hart Lane stadium in Tottenham, north London. His girlfriend Gyuldzhan Hadzhieva, 37, was jailed for life (16 years). The trial heard she feared he was going to leave her. She was pregnant at the time and also received knife injuries. The pub was popular on match days at Spurs games.

Feb 3 – Akhtar Javeed, 56, owner of Direct Source 3 Limited, was shot dead during a robbery at the company’s warehouse in Digbeth, Birmingham. Suraj Mistry, 26, from Leicester, was jailed for 23 years for manslaughter and Lemar Wali, 18, from Derby, was jailed for 7 years for conspiracy to rob. Sander Van Aalten, of Kyrwicks Lane in Birmingham, described as the “inside man” in the robbery and who admitted the same charge, received six years and eight months. Asif Aurangzaib, from Derby, was acquitted of all charges. Tahir Zarif, from Derby, fled to Pakistan. The trial heard he was the alleged shooter.

January 2016

Jan 31 – Elidona Demiraj, 25, had her throat slit at her home in a tower block in Islington, north London. Her husband Arben Rexha, 32, almost decapitated her. Ms Demiraj had only come to the UK from Albania three months before her death. Job centre worker Rexha had become obsessed about his wife’s her virginity and whether she had an abortion before she met him. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was sent to a psychiatric hospital.

Jan 27 – Nicole Lovell, 13, went missing from her home in Blacksburg, Virginia. She was later found stabbed to death 90 miles away in North Carolina.Virginia Tech engineering students David Eisenhauer, 18, was jailed for 50 years for murder in 2018. His girlfriend Natalie Keepers, 19, was jailed for 40 years for disposing and concealing the body of Nicole. Nicole had met Eisenhauser through the app Kik. They were having a secret sexual relationship. Keepers’ motive was said to be that she was “excited to be part of something secretive and special.” The pair went to a Cook Out restaurant in the days before the girl’s disappearance to talk about the plot to kill Nicole.

Jan 25 – Giulio Regeni, 28, a PhD student at Cambridge University who was originally from Italy, was abducted, tortured, burned, beaten and mutilated and dumped beside the Cairo to Alexandria road in Egypt. He was taken on the 5th anniversary of the beginning of the Egyptian “revolution” which may be significant. He was researching trade union relations in Egypt, a very contentious subject, and was writing for the Italian communist newspaper Il Manifesto. His death caused a diplomatic episode with Italy withdrawing a trade delegation. It is suspected he may have been killed by rogue security officers although Egypt has always denied it. Italian prosecutors have accused Egyptian officials of deliberately trying to mislead the investigation into student Giulio Regeni’s death.

Jan 25 – Reece Allen, 25, was stabbed to death in North Shields, Tyneside. Joe Welsh, 24, was jailed for life (25 years) after a trial in July 2016. The trial heard he had been behaving erratically and repeatedly threatened to stab people in the hours before he knifed Reece Allen. They had become involved in a “spat” online and fell out. Welsh, recently released from prison, had earlier warned he was “going to kill someone tonight”.

Jan 25 – Lauren Mann, 25, an American au pair, was suffocated in her apartment in Vienna, Austria. A Gambian asylum seeker, identified only as Abdou I, 24, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. The trial heard had met her through a couchsurfing website and they had begun a sexual relationship. He killed her after seeing her in bed with a 15-year-old Afghan boy.

Jan 23 – David Darko, 23, stabbed to death at South Norwood recreation ground in south London. Darnell Martin, 19, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder. Joshua Asante, 19, was acquitted of murder and manslaughter. The trial heard Asante went to the park to sell cannabis to Mr Darko and Martin, who had a low IQ, was brought as hired muscle. Martin claimed he stabbed Mr Darko when he attacked him with a baseball bat. The judge said there was evidence Mr Darko and his friend Ferron Fletcher had conspired to rob Mr Asante of cannabis worth £800.

Jan 20 – Craigory Burch, 20, was shot dead in home invasion in Fitzgerald, Georgia, US. He had won $434,000 on the lottery in November and was pictured in the papers with his winnings, much of which he gave to homeless people. He was shot in front of his girlfriend Jasmine Hendricks and his two young children. His killers were from the G-Shine gang. Nathaniel Baker and Wayan Malik Jordan, were jailed for life for murder. Dabrentis “Trill” Overstreet was jailed for life for murder, robbery, home invasion and violation of the Street Gang and Terrorism Act. Earnest Holcomb was jailed for 20 years for robbery and street gang violations. Keyana Dyous, who was the getaway driver, testified for the state and was not jailed. Anjevell Vail Johnson and Rosalyn Renise Swain await trial.

Jan 20 – Alfredo Patriarca, 42, was shot dead at 6.24pm in the garage of his large home in Etobicoke, near Toronto, Ontario. Patriarca was picked up frequently on police wiretaps probing the Rizzuto crime family of Montreal. Patriarca earlier was wounded in the gangland hit that killed John Raposo, 35, in June 2012. Raposo was nicknamed “Johnny Maserati” for his love of high-performance automobiles. Rabih (Robby) Alkhalil wasjailed for life for hiring a hitman to murder Raposo. Patriarca’s murder had all the hallmarks of a contract killing. In 2020 Alkhalil was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to import cocaine. He assumed control over cocaine trafficking in Quebec when the Hells Angels and the Montreal Mafia were at their weakest points, around 2010. The cocaine trafficking charges filed against Alkhalil in Longueuil stemmed from Project Loquace, an investigation led by the Sûreté du Québec. When arrests were made in 2012, the SQ alleged that six men had formed a consortium to take control of cocaine distribution in Quebec. Alkhalil was alleged to be among the six leaders as was Shane Kenneth (Wheels) Maloney, 42, a leader in Montreal’s West End Gang. Maloney pleaded guilty to charges related to Project Loquace in 2017. He was left with a five-year prison term to serve and was granted day parole in 2019.

Jan 19 – David Bernat, 40, was choked to death in his room at the PG Rama IX condonimium in Huay Khwang district, Bangkok. Artur Segarra, 38, a fellow Spaniard, was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Bernat was dismembered and put in a freezer and then dumped in a river. Segarra was convicted of murder and theft, having tortured him into revealing his ATM pin number.

Jan 19 – Tom Webb, 22, was stabbed to death in Derby city centre. Haris Mohammed, 16, was convicted of murder in June 2016. He was sentenced to life. The trial heard that Webb was attacked after he called a girl friend of Mohammed’s ‘fit’. The prosecutor said he killed him to “demonstrate his power” to his friends.

Jan 19 – Daniel Young, 30, a university lecturer at Coventry University’s London Campus International, was stabbed to death in Morden, south west London. Mark Loveridge, 37, from Mitcham, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was jailed for life (15 years). Loveridge, who also stabbed a 23-year-old Polish man in the buttocks on the same day, rejected the defence’s request for an indefinite hospital order under section 45a of the Mental Health Act. Young, originally from Torquay, Devon, had been on his morning commute to work during the first week of a new job as a teaching fellow at Coventry University’s London campus. Loveridge was a paranoid schizophrenic.

Jan 19 – Daniel Smith, 23, a homeless man, was beaten to death and then set on fire in his tent in a disused railway arch in Salford, Greater Manchester. Luke Benson, 25, was jailed for life (20 years) and Adam Acton, 24, was jailed for life (21 years) after a trial in July 2016. The trial heard they were high on the synthetic drug ‘spice’. They killed Mr Smith after he accidentally “urinated on bedding within the camp”.

Jan 15 – Benjamin Golbin, 36, a music teacher, from San Pedro, was killed when his Honda CR-V was hit by a car on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. Alfredo Perez Davila, 23, from Hawthorne, was initially charged with one count each of murder and vehicular manslaughter. But he eventually pleaded no contest to a felony hit-and-run charge and was jailed for four years. Davila raced his Chevrolet Cobalt against a Chevy Camaro going northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard in the middle of the day. He lost control, and the Cobalt went airborne and crashed into the roof of the Honda.

Jan 14 – Sadie Hartley, 60, a businesswoman, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed 41 times when she opened the door of her home in Rossendale, Lancashire. Sarah Williams, 34 ,was jailed for life (30 years) for murder and Katrina Walsh, 55, was jailed for life (25 years) after a trial in Preston in July 2016. Ms Hartley was director of her own medical communications business based in Knutsford. She was last seen alive at a conference in Manchester. Her partner Ian Johnston, 54, was on a skiing holiday at the time. The death was linked to a love triangle. Williams was Johnston’s former lover and she was furious when he refused to leave Sadie. Walsh was her friend and sidekick. Williams, who described herself as a “she devil” and “little psycho”, had sent Ms Hartley a “spiteful” letter in June 2014, claiming she and Mr Johnston had enjoyed “unbelievably fantastic sex” behind her back, but it failed to end the couple’s relationship.

Jan 12 – Anne Swaney, 39, a TV producer from Los Angeles, was beaten to death and dumped in the Mopan river in western Belize. She had been sexually assaulted. She worked for a local ABC affiliate. She was staying at the Nabatunich resort in Benque Viejo. She had just been doing yoga by the river. Unsolved.

Jan 12 – Georgina Symmonds, 25, beautician, escort and mother-of-one, was found at a workshop in Usk, Monmouthshire. Peter Morgan, 53, a millionaire property developer, from Abergavenny, South Wales, was jailed for life (25 years) for murder. He admitted killing her but denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He said he did it to stop her blackmailing him. The trial heard he paid her £10,000 a month to be his personal escort.

Jan 12 – Caitanya Holt, 30, a US tourist and former US Air Force soldier, died after choking on mud in a rice paddy field near the village of Korgao in Goa, India, after allegedly being mistaken for a thief and chased by villagers. The field was only 50cm deep in water. A Facebook campaign was started by friends demanding justice. Unsolved.

Jan 11 – Dorian Powell, 21, stabbed to death in San Bernardino, California. His girlfriend Nakasia James, 18, went on the run and then publishing her account of the attack on Facebook. She wrote on the since-deleted post that she was going to tell people before she got caught and that she and Dorian had been fighting. James said that he hit her in the face, so she got the knife and stabbed him – but didn’t realise she would injure Dorian. She also added “sorry Dorian Powell rip” on the end of the update. In 2018 she was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter.

Jan 10 – Aiden O’Mahony, 60, was stabbed in the heart in JJ Moon’s Wetherspoons pub in Hornchurch, Essex. James Roberts, 31, was jailed for life (23 years for )murder after a retrial. At the first trial in June 2016 the jury was discharged after failing to reach a verdict. The trials heard O’Mahony, a Spurs fan, was stabbed after defending a barmaid and telling Roberts ‘You don’t treat a lady like that’. He had been watching Tottenham’s third round FA Cup clash with Leicester. Roberts was sitting with his father at a table nearby but became increasingly agitated during a row about his parenting skills, the Old Bailey heard. Witnesses heard him shouting: ‘Don’t tell me how to raise my kids, it’s not like you were a great dad.’ The barmaid Angela Sands asked him to leave but Roberts responded by holding an object to her face and shouting: ‘Shut up, I will cut your vagina off’ and ‘I am going to stick this up you.’ When Mr O’Mahony intervened, Roberts replied: ‘Come on then I will have the lot of you outside.’ CCTV cameras captured Roberts walking to the door followed by his father and Mr O’Mahony. At the doorway Roberts turned and stabbed the victim once in the chest with a four-inch long knife, jurors were told.

Jan 9 – Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, was stabbed to death at a girl’s 16th birthday party in Woodford, east London after falling out over a tracksuit. Aaron Tavares-Gaiete, 17, was jailed for life (14 years) for murder in Jan 2017. During the trial the suspect claimed Charlie was associated with the Hainault Boys gang and had posted a photo of him on Instagram with the message: ‘If you see him, smoke him.’ He claimed he acted in self defence because he believed Charlie was also armed with a knife and was about to use it.

Jan 9 – Ashley Olsen, 35, a beautfiul blonde American artist, was punched and strangled with a USB cord after having sex with an illegal immigrant in her apartment in Florence, Italy. Cheik Tidiane Diaw, 25, originally from Senegal, was jailed for 30 years for murder. He told officers he strangled Olsen after the pair had sex when she told him he had to leave because her boyfriend Federico Fiorentini, 42, was coming back. The Senegalese man was caught because of DNA evidence from a used condom and cigarette found in the toilet – which he had tried to flush away unsuccessfully. She met her alleged killer at the Montecarla club, notorious for sex and drugs, and left together at 5.30am, when they went to her apartment.

Jan 8 – Tony Fisher, 58, was stabbed to death at his home in Carlton, Nottingham. He was discovered by his son on the Saturday afternoon. He had been killed the night before, after a bungled burglary. Marcus Barton, 41, from Bestwood, his son Jaydon Roberts-Barton, another relative Nathan Barton and Simon Palmer hatched a plan to rob Mr Fisher after finding out that he kept his life savings – £10,000 – at home. Marcus Barton was jailed for life (25 years) for murder. His son was jailed for 18 years for manslaughter. Nathan Barton was jailed for 19 years for manslaughter. Palmer was jailed for life (33 years) for murder. Vincent Hawkins, 33, was jailed for five years for perverting the course of justice.

Jan 7 – Katrina O’Hara, 44, a hairdresser, was stabbed in the check at Jock’s Barbers in Blandford, Dorset. Her married lover Stuart Thomas, 49, was jailed for life for murder. She had previously reported Thomas, 49, to the police after he repeatedly confronted her and sent her ‘many messages’ pleading for her to take him back last December. An inquest in Bournemouth heard Thomas had been arrested for threatening to kill himself and Ms O’Hara by driving their car into a tree on 30 December 2015, but he was released on police bail after six hours in custody.

Jan 6 – Wayan Mirna Salihin, 27, a design student, died after drinking coffee laced with cyanide. Her friend Jessica Kumala Wongso, 27, who lived in Australia, was jailed for 20 years in July 2016. The court heard Wongso arrived at Olivier Restaurant in the Grand Indonesia mall well before the other women and ordered Mirna’s favourite drink – an iced Vietnamese coffee. She then laced it with cyanide. It was driven by ‘revenge’, the court was told. It was alleged that when Wongso saw her friend collapse and begin to froth at the mouth after drinking a coffee, she looked on and did nothing. An hour later Salihin was pronounced dead. They had a falling out about the middle of last year when Mirna discovered Wongso was in a relationship with a man in Australia. No details were revealed in court about the boyfriend but prosecutors allege Mirna objected to him, saying he was ‘rough’, treated Jessica badly and was a drug user. She eventually broke off the relationship and to avenge her pain, ‘the defendant planned to take away Mirna’s life’, according to prosecutors.

Jan 5 – Mary Logie, 82, suffered head injuries after being attacked in her home in Green Gates, Leven, Scotland. Her neighbour Sandra Weir, 41, was jailed for life (21 years) in Jan 2017. She was also convicted of theft.


December 2015

Dec 31 – Darell Clarke, 50, was punched in a beer garden at The Boat pub in Wednesfield, West Midlands at 10:30pm on New Year’s Eve. He fell off his bike as he cycled to The Royal Tiger where he continued drinking but fell off his stool soon afterwards. He was rushed to New Cross Hospital with a serious head injury. He died of a brain haemorrhage. An inquest could not be sure whether the punch was responsible for his death. His son is Leon Clarke, 30, a footballer formerly of Sheffield United, Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday.

Dec 31 – Zabair Hussain, 41, was beaten to death with a baseball bat in Staniforth Road, Darnall, Sheffield, at around 11.20pm on New Year’s Eve. Idris Sadiq, 30, was jailed for life (20 years). The two other attackers were never traced.

Dec 31– Ernesto Calzadilla, 27, Linda Merrell, 46, and Betty Morey, 54, were shot dead during a dispute over a washing machine in Rowland Heights, California. Betty’s husband Michael Morey, 54, killed them but his son, Christopher Morey, 33, managed to grab the gun and shot his father dead. Merrell is believed to have been Christopher’s girlfriend and Calzadilla was a guest in the house. Michael Morey was drunk and was obsessed with guns. Charges against Christopher Morey were dropped in January 2016.

Dec 29 – Dr Jeroen Ensink, 41, a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was found stabbed at his flat in Hilldrop Crescent, Holloway, north London. It is the same road where Dr Crippen used to live. Femi Nandap, 29, from Woolwich, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. He was suffering from psychosis. An inquest in 2018 found the police had failed Nandap and the Ensink family. But the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards said the eight officers involved were not guilty of any misconduct.

Dec 28 – Rita King, 81, was shot dead at the De La Mer care home in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Her husband Ronald King, 87, was jailed for six years for manslaughter in August 2016. He had denied murder but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.During the trial, the jury heard King also considered shooting his older sister Eileen, who is a resident at the care home, as well as himself. Mr King was sentenced to six years for manslaughter, five years for firearm possession and 12 months for possessing ammunition. All three terms will be served concurrently. The judge ordered he be treated for his mental health condition at a secure hospital unit in Northampton. Consultant psychiatrist James Warner said he suffered from paraphrenia – an older person’s version of schizophrenia in which people lose contact with reality. She was suffering from dementia and he reportedly mumbled: “She has had enough” after killing her in a communal area in front of staff and resident.

Dec 27 – Rosie Sanchez, 38, and Anderson Nunez, 40, were stabbed and shot to death in their fifth floor apartment in Sheepshead Bay Houses, Brooklyn, New York. Cops discovered the victims’ rotting corpses on Jan 3 after Ms Sanchez’s daughter made a chilling confession to her cousin — that she killed her mum and her mother’s boyfriend after the man repeatedly raped her. She then went to a New Year’s Eve party. Destiny Garcia, 15, was charged with murder. She has confessed but claimed her 28-year-old boyfriend Jerry Masionett helped her. As of 2020 she is still awaiting trial.

December 26 – Patrick Mulroe, 64, was stabbed to death in Mottingham, south east London. His neighbour Chris Freun, 52, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. The pair rowed over noise on Boxing Day.

Dec 26 – Crystal Hillman, 20, was found dead on a sofa in a house in Phoenix, Arizona. She had been shot. Anita Braxton, 39, was charged with murder but as of 2020 has not gone on trialUpon arrival at the property on Missouri Avenue Braxton told officers that she was the only person in the apartment and that she lived alone. As cops continued to question her, they noticed a body laying on the couch. Braxton then told police that the body was her own and a “shrine from God.” After continued questioning, Braxton confessed that she had shot the victim in the eye because she did not believe in God. “She will not tell us who the victim is. When we ask for the victim’s name, she gives her own name. At this point, we’re not sure what her thought process is or what type of mental illness she may be suffering from,” Phoenix police said. According to police, there is a possibility that the victim was pregnant. Braxton was held on a $750,000 bail but because of her mental health issues it is suspected she will never be fit for trial.

Dec 25 – Harbhajan Singh Rooprai, 60, died in a fire at his home in Forest Gate, east London, in the early hours of Christmas Day. Tyrone Jacobs, 27, was jailed for life (30 years) for murder and arson with intent to endanger life. Jacobs had fallen out with one of Mr Singh Rooprai’s neighbours and in the early hours of Christmas Day doused the downstairs hall with petrol before setting it on fire.

Dec 24 – Katie Locke, 23, a teacher, was found dead in her room at Theobalds Park Hotel in Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. Carl Langdell, 26, a lawyer, from Cheshunt, was jailed for life (26 years) in June 2016. He strangled her and then had sex with the body. They met on Plentyoffish dating website. Miss Locke, who taught history and politics at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney, is believed to have been dating Mr Langdell, who spent two months as an intern at The Independent newspaper in 2014 before founding his own legal firm Langdell Legal Associates in August 2015. He is a business management graduate with a masters degree in journalism and media communications.

Dec 23 – Marcin Pawlow, 30, was stabbed in the hip, thigh and shoulder at a flat in Blackpool. Daniel Sobisz, 35, was arrested in Leicester in January 2016 and initially charged with murder. He admitted manslaughter in June 2016 and was jailed for 13 years. He will be deported at the end of his sentence to his native Poland. The victim was also Polish. The case featured on an ITV documentary following Lancashire Police detectives in April 2017.

Dec 23 – Connie Dabate, 39, a pharmaceutical sales representative for Reckitt Benckiser, was murdered at her home in Ellington, Connecticut. Her husband Richard Dabate, 40, a computer technician, was charged with murder but as of 2020 he is still awaiting trial. Five days after his wife’s death, Dabate tried to cash in on her $475,000 life insurance policy. He also, in January 2016, withdrew $93,000 from her investment account. He claimed she was killed by a burglar but police say evidence on her FitBit did not back up his story. Dabate told police he had dropped their two sons, aged nine and six, off at the school bus stop then returned to his home after receiving an alert that an alarm was going off. He said that, arriving back around 9am, he was confronted by a stocky 6 ft 2in masked man “with a Vin Diesel voice” rifling through their belongings. Dabate said he wrestled with the man, then heard his wife, Connie, return home from her spinning class – and yelled at her to run. Dabate said the man incapacitated him by using pressure points on his wrist and then ran down the stairs after his wife, who was shot dead by the burglar.

Dec 23 – Daria Pionko, 21, a Polish prostitute, was beaten to death on an industrial estate in Springwell Road, Holbeck, Leeds. Officers found her in a defined managed area where sex workers operate during set hours. Pionko, who had moved to the UK from Łódź in Poland 10 months previously, was found lying face down and lifeless by her housemate Karolina Znajda, who was also a sex worker. Lewis Pierre, who was working as an assistant to a heavy goods driver, bought a meal of kebab meat and chips, four cans of drink and cigarettes with the £80 he stole from Pionko. Colleagues say he also turned up to work the next day in possession of cannabis. He was jailed for life (22 years).

Dec 20 – Jessica Valenzuela, 32, a mother of three from Buckeye, Arizona, died when she was one of 38 tourists mowed down by a car on the strip in Las Vegas. The others survived their injuries. Lakeisha Holloway, 24, was charged with murder and was due to go on trial in March 2020 but it was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Holloway, originally from Portland, Oregon, was living in the car with her three year old daughter after becoming homeless. The child’s father has remained in Dallas, Texas, and failed to come forward and take his daughter. She was handed over to foster carers. Holloway is currently being held in a state mental hospital.

Dec 19 – Galina Sandeva, 28, a prostitute from Bulgaria, was brutally beaten to death in her car in Bispekaia, near the opera house in Oslo, Norway. “We can’t rule out that she had been with a sex customer,” Grete Lien Metlid, leader of the section for violence and sex crimes at the Oslo Police District. She said police had been in contact with Sandeva several times in connection with her work as a prostitute. It is legal to sell sex in Norway, but illegal to buy it after politicians toughened prostitution laws several years ago in an effort to crack down on human trafficking. Many of the prostitutes in Oslo are believed to be victims of organized traffickers. A 26-year-old man from Hamar was jailed for 18 years for murder in April 2017. He was never identified.

Dec 19 – Mambero Ghebreflafie, 32, who was pregnant, was murdered at a hostel in Winchmore Hill, near Enfield, north London. Her boyfiend Tedros Habtom Kahssay, 28, was charged with murder but killed himself in HMP Pentonville. Both were Eritrean asylum seekers.

December 18 – Dessie Hancock, 83, was beaten to death at her home in Irving, Texas. Jesse Perkins, 21, was jailed for 33 years for the motiveless murder in March 2017. She was a grandmother considered the “mother hen” of her neighborhood. Perkins’ younger brother Thomas, 19, took the stand to testify against him during his trial. Thomas Perkins, 19, said he watched Jesse punch and kick Hancock in the head.

Dec 17 – Frederick “John” Hatch, 65, was killed and his body dumped near Erin in eastern Ontario, Canada. His body was partially burned. He was an eccentric figure and was known to hitch-hike. He was seen the day before in Nepean, near Ottawa, 450 miles awayThe Ontario Provincial Police in Canada texted about 7,500 mobile phones that were in the area where the body of a murdered man was discovered in a bid to find somebody who may have information about the crime. In October 2020 Ontario Provincial Police charged Danick Miguel Bourgeois, 28, from St Albert, Ontario, with second-degree murder in absentia. He is a wanted man.

Dec 17 – Baylee Wylie, 18, was found dead in a flat in Moncton, New Brunswick. His apartment had been set on fire. He had suffered more than 140 “sharp-force injuries” — most of them while he was still alive. Marissa Shephard, 20, and Devin Morningstar, 18 were jailed for life (25 years) for murder. Tyler Noel, 18, was jailed for life (16 years). The trial heard that during a drug-fuelled night of partying, Wylie had been bound to a chair, his face covered in plastic wrap, and had been beaten and stabbed with multiple objects, including a broken mirror, a box cutter, a curtain rod, screwdrivers and a dagger. Stephen Nagle, 22, the father of Shephard’s child, was jailed for nine months for assisting Marissa to evade the police for 10 weeks. Krystal Toole admitted being an accessory after the fact to murder and was sentenced to time served in June 2016. Zachary Holden, 18, was jailed for 18 months for unlawfully being in a dwelling house, flight from police and dangerous driving. Bradley Bonnell, 20, was sentenced to time served for unlawfully being in a dwelling house.

Dec 17 – Kent Powell, 45, of Arapaho, was shot dead on the I-40 highway in Oklahoma. A few miles down the road Billie Jean West, 63, of Lone Wolf, was shot dead. Jeremy Doss Hardy, from Texas, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, five counts of use of a vehicle in the discharge of a weapon, attempting to elude a police officer and driving under the influence of alcohol and was jailed for life without parole. The rampage started on Interstate 40 in Canadian County around midnight. A car was run off the road near the Canadian County and Caddo County line. That vehicle was driven by Powell, who pulled over on the side of the road and died before authorities could reach him. Hardy continued driving west on I-40 and shooting at different vehicles. Billie Jean West was shot near Weatherford.

Dec 16 – Robert Archie Hood, 89, a retired Puget Sound Naval Shipyard engineer, vanished from his home in Silverdale, a suburb of Seattle. His body was found in a container behind a home in Bremerton, Washington, on Dec 30. Robert Pry, 29, was jailed for 80 years for murder and robbery. Joshua Rodgers-Jones, 27, was jailed for 37 years. Robert Lavalle Davis was jailed for 13 years for robbery and rendering criminal assistance. Arnold Mafnas Cruz was jailed for eight years for rendering criminal assistance. Pry’s girlfriend, 19-year-old Ocean Wilson, Rogers Jones’ girlfriend, Miranda Bond, 25, and a 33-year-old friend, Alisha Small, helped Pry and Rogers Jones dispose of a car used in the crime and tried to cash forged cheques stolen from Hood, according to the paper. The three women have been charged with rendering criminal assistance. Small told her trial she was a police informant at the time. Mr Hood, a former engineer who never married and had no children, was last seen by his caretaker and friend Candy Gratton.

Dec 16 – Unais Gomes, 26, a British tourist, was stabbed to death near Iquitos, Peru. Joshua Freeman Stevens, 29, a Canadian tourist, was charged with murder. But Stevens claimed self-defence and eventually the charges were dropped. Both men had drunk the hallucinogenic beverage ayahuasca at a spiritual retreat. The drink, known for its psychedelic properties, is made by combining two different plants — the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and chacruna, a kind of shrub. The active ingredient is called dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The substance has been known to help with managing depression and is rarely associated with violence. Ayahuasca ceremonies have become more popular in recent years among those seeking a spiritual experience. The drug is widely available in North and South America.

Dec 15 – Naami Keyghobadi, 28, a solicitor from Leeds, fell to his death from the balcony of the Dolphin Guest House in Pattaya, Thailand. He had been haggling over money with two transgender sex workers, Nong Emmy and Nong Piano. Two other kathoeys (ladyboys) were also arrested in connection with his death. They tested positive for crystal meth. Mr Keyghobadi was married to a Filipina woman, Chloe Santero, although they had broken up. An inquest was later held in Leeds. Nobody was ever charged.

Dec 13 – Carlton Alexander, 23, was stabbed to death at a house in Breightmet, Bolton. Ross Ashcroft, 32, was jailed for life (20 years) in July 2016. The court heard how Ashcroft was at the home of Carlton Alexander’s girlfriend with some friends when Alexander arrived. A fight broke out between Ashcroft and Alexander and some of their friends which then spilled onto the street. Using a knife that had been taken from the kitchen Ashcroft stabbed Alexander twice in the chest and abdomen.

Dec 13 – Hussein Merhi was shot dead in an alley in Calgary, Alberta. Kier Bryan Granado, 25, was charged in absentia in July 2019 with the murder. Granado is associated with the FK gang out of Calgary but went on the run and in 2021 was thought to be in hiding in Vancouver. Joseph Trieu, 26, of Calgary, was charged with one count of accessory after the fact to murder.

Dec 12 – Ellie Sanders, two, was smothered to death at her home in Watauga, Texas. Her father Anthony Sanders, 31, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. Police say he killed her in anger after she interrupted him playing a video-game. He was obsessed with games. In 2011 he was charged with choking Ellie’s mother but a grand jury did not indict him.

Dec 12 – Mumtaz Member, 56, was found at her home in Stoneygate, Leicester. She had suffered serious head injuries. Mrs Member is believed to have been killed between midnight and 9.30am on the day she was found. A £10,000 reward was offered to help catch the victim’s killer and the case appeared on Crimewatch. Her sons – Mohammed Member and Shafiq Member – together with Shafiq’s partner Fatima Patel were charged with murder but the case against them was discontinued in 2016.

Dec 11 – Jacqueline Abbott, 54, was beaten to death with a hammer at her home in Netherton, West Midlands. Her husband Paul Abbott, 57, was jailed for life (15 years) in July 2016. The trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard he was a gambling addict who had broken a promise to curb his betting when he blew £11,000 in a casino binge. His wife wanted to get a divorce. He confronted Jacqueline at the family home after hearing she was planning a night out with a friend to see an Elvis impersonator. It is thought a fight broke out between the pair in a bedroom when he was told she’d sold his ticket on eBay.

Dec 11 – Rosemarie “Kim” Junor, 28, was stabbed at a Shoppers Drug Mart convenience store in the Toronto underground, known as PATH. She died in hospital five days later. Rohinie Bisesar, 40, was charged with murder but in 2018 a judge decided he was not criminally responsible because of his schizophrenia. Bisesar’s lawyer said it was out of character for his client who had an MBA and an “impressive resume.” Bisesar has no prior criminal record.

Dec 10 – Arnold Peralta, 26, a midfielder who used to play for Glasgow Rangers, was shot dead in a car park in La Ceiba, Honduras.Peralta was shot eighteen times in front of partner Vanessa Oliva by gunmen on motorbikes. Heartbroken Vanessa was pictured sobbing over Peralta’s body as cops comforted her. He only played 26 games for Rangers and rejoined a club in Honduras in Jan 2015. Moises Pascual Murillo, 29, the prime suspect, was himself gunned down in La Ceiba in 2017.

Dec 9 – Terry Ojuederie, 42, from Watford, was beaten to death with a flat screen television in his cell at HMP Peterborough. His cellmate Jordan Palmer, 25, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was jailed for 14 years. The court heard he had involuntarily taken the drug Spice beforehand. The trial heard Mr Ojuederie had been smoking Spice during the night. Palmer’s defence argued he became intoxicated either by inhaling smoke in the cell or by accidentally picking up and smoking a roll-up cigarette which contained Spice instead of tobacco.

Dec 8 – Paul “Simmo” Simmons-Turner, 38, a drug dealer from East Ham, east London, was shot dead after being ambushed outside the Marriott Hotel in Old Shire Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex. After being shot in the tongue he got into a car belonging to an elderly couple and tried to drive off but was shot again and died outside The Volunteer pub. Mr Simmons-Turner, a father of three, was with his girlfriend. He was a friend of Joey Essex and various other Essex celebrities. He spent a lot of time in Spain. He was wanted by Essex Police in connection with an assault at a nightclub in Loughton in May 2015. Unsolved.

Dec 7 – Justin Skrebowski, 61, from Oxford, was stabbed in the back as he bought balloons for his wife’s birthday party in the Poundland shop in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Trevor Joyce, 36, a complete stranger, was jailed for life. The court heard Joyce, a drug addict and schizophrenic, told other shoppers: “ This is what you get. I have done it. If I had my way you would be stabbed too.” He ran out of the shop and threatened an elderly couple. After being beaten off with the wife’s crutch, Joyce shouted at another person sitting nearby: “Respect me. Do you want me to cut your fucking head off?” Before being brought down by police with stun guns, he yelled: “I have killed someone now. I hope you are satisfied. Shake my hand. Congratulate me.”

Dec 6 – Kabbi Kamara, 23, was stabbed as he left the Caravaggio restaurant in Leadenhall Street, central London. Junior Afolayan, 24, Olatunde Odunyemi, 25, and his brother Ayodeji Odunyemi, 24, were charged with murder and went on trial at the Old Bailey in June 2016. Mr Kamara had been to a monthly R&B night held in the restaurant with his older brother and a small group of friends. He was attacked 300 yards away from the building after a row about jumping the cloakroom queue. In footage CCTV footage played, the victim is jostled by at least two of the defendants, before a glass he is holding goes flying in the air. Seconds before the attack a witness heard Olatunde Odunyemi shout at Afolayan: ‘Where’s the knife?’ Afolayan was jailed for life (25 years). Olatunde Odunyemi and Ayodeji Odunyemi were both acquitted.

Dec 4 – Macy Grace Ditty, two, was beaten to death at her home in Spring Lake, North Carolina. Her mother Jeanie Ditty, 23, was charged with first-degree murder and negligent child abuse and inflicting serious bodily injury. She went on trial in March 2020 but it ended with a hung jury. She faces a retrial. Her boyfriend Zachary Earl Keefer, a special forces soldier, was also been charged with the same offences but they were dropped in 2019. Jeanie Ditty, originally from Pennsylvania, was a soldier who had been based at Fort Bragg since 2013. She faces the death penalty if convicted. Police were called when the youngster was taken to hospital covered in bruises and with life-threatening injuries consistent with child abuse. Exactly a month after Macy Grace’s death, Ditty went to Pennsylvania photographer Sunny Jo and asked for images depicting her reading, walking and sitting with her daughter. She told him her daughter had died after choking on a banana.

Dec 3 – Cherrish Allbright, 22, who was pregnant, vanished from her home in Rison, Arkansas. She was killed with a crossbow bolt. Her boyfriend Brad Hunter Smith, 20, was sentenced to death for capital murder. His friends Jonathan Guenther, 20, and Joshua Brown took plea deals and were jailed for life. They had helped him to kill her.

Dec 2 – Ravinder Jutla, 43, was stabbed and hit on the head with an iron at her home in Eaton Rise, Ealing, west London. Her boyfriend Alex Springer, 49, was jailed for life (14 years). The trial heard she planned to split up with him.

Dec 1 – Gary ‘GJ’ Scott, 17, was stabbed to death after an argument on a basketball court in Finsbury Park, north London. Adrian Carpenter, 30, was jailed for life (23 years). and Jermaine Reid, 27, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter.

November 2015

Nov 29 – Sian Roberts, a hairdresser, was stabbed to death at her home in Higher Broughton, Salford, Manchester. Glynn Williams was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. Detectives linked Williams to her murder when they found his bloody footprints throughout her flat. Williams said the pair were both drug addicts.

Nov 29 – Amirali Manji, 81, was attacked at home in Harrow, north west London and died five days later in hospital. His son Mohsin Manji, 44, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. Mohsin, who had paranoid schizophrenia, cared for both his elderly parents for 25 years. Manji said he heard voices of “evil spirits” and had got the idea that his father Amirali Manji was some sort of “zombie”.

Nov 24 – Former cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell, 40, was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia in an apparent robbery. Bell, who was born in Jamaica but lived in Atlanta in recent years, was shot after getting off a bus after midnight. Bell won the vacant IBF cruiserweight title with a decision over Dale Brown in 2005 but reached the heights of boxing when he became the second undisputed cruiserweight champion after Evander Holyfield by knocking out WBA/WBC champion Jean Marc Mormeck in 10 rounds in a 2006 upset. Tycorion Davies, 18, was jailed for 35 years for murder and Quintavius Robinson, 16, was jailed for 15 years for robbery.

Nov 23 – Neel Cross, 26, also known as Adhavan Thanabalafingham, was stabbed to death after being attacked in Mitcham, south London. Eight men were charged with murder: Prashad Sothilingam, 25, unemployed of Edgehill Road, Mitcham, Aranventhan Puventhiran, 21, a student of Stoneleigh Avenue, Worcester Park, Sutton, Gowrishanth Loganathan, 21, of Cambridge Road, Mitcham, Surrey, Mohanran Parimalanathan, 22, of Stafford Road, Wallington, Surrey, Sivakaran Ockersz, 18, unemployed of Heathdene Road, Wallington, Jerome Anton Jeyakumar, 23, of Framfield Road, Mitcham, Visuparathan Dayaparan, 23, of Phipps Bridge Road, Mitcham, and Vithusan Balamurali, 20, of Hawkes Road, Mitcham. Loganathan, Jeyakumar, Balamurali, Parimalanathan and Dayaparan were all cleared of murder on the direction of the judge due to lack of evidence. On 24 August 2016 the jury acquitted Puventhiran and Ockersz of murder. The jury failed to reach verdicts against Sothilingham and were discharged. Sothilingham was convicted at his retrial in 2017 and was jailed for life (29 years). Sothilingam the attempted murder of Jeyathpan Ganesalingham and of violent disorder. The trial heard the fight had been triggered by a row at a wedding a few weeks earlier. All those involved were Sri Lankan Tamils. Sugan Selvarajan, 33, was jailed for 14 years for wounding with intent and violent disorder.

Nov 23 – Vasilaki Kakko, 17, was stabbed to death in Holloway, north London. Uchechukwu Ejimonye, 20, from Holloway, was arrested in Bognor Regis. He was jailed for life (22 years) for murder.

Nov 22 – Victor Collins, 47, was strangled at a house in Bentonville, Arkansas. James Bates, 31, was charged with murder. In 2017 it was reported that Amazon had declined a request by authorities in Arkansas investigating the murder to turn over audio and other information recorded by an Echo device belonging to the suspect. Collins was ruled to have died by homicide by strangulation with a contributing cause of drowning. During the course of the Bentonville murder investigation, Bates told police he had invited Collins and another man to his home to watch a college football game. After the game, the three men took a dip in Bates’ hot tub. One of the men went home at around 1am, leaving Bates and Collins alone in the home. Bates told investigators that he woke up at 9am the next morning and found Collins’ lifeless body floating in the hot tub. The murder charge was later dropped but Collins’ wife Kristine Collins Homan sued Bates in a civil court.

Nov 22 – Caroline Everest, 18, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, was reportedly raped and murdered and her body found in the Porter Brook river, near Ecclesall Road in Sheffield. Miss Everest was reported missing after she failed to turn up for a family dinner. But an inquest in 2016 recorded a verdict of accidental death. It said she had spent the evening at the Corporation nightclub and had got drunk. The inquest also heard from 31-year-old Yousef Tarfasi who was arrested on suspicion of rape in November but subsequently released with no further action. He confirmed for the first time that he was the person seen in CCTV footage with Ms Everest. He said he had lied to police about being in the CCTV because he was afraid he would be charged with her murder. A final clip of CCTV footage had shown Ms Everest sitting alone on a wall across the river from where she was found.

Nov 21 – Josephine Williamson, 83, was pushed down a flight of stairs and strangled at her home in Earley, Reading, Berkshire. Her husband and carer Philip, 83, known as Pip, was detained in hospital in Oxford after stabbing himself. Both were suffering from terminal illnesses. He admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was given a two year suspended sentence. The court heard he was diagnosed with gastric and prostate cancer killed his wife of 62 years after reaching “crisis point”.

Nov 20 – Angelikque Sutton, 22, who was nearly nine months pregnant, was stabbed 50 times in the Bronx, New York. Her friend Ashleigh Wade, 22, was jailed for 40 years to life for murder. Wade had cut open the victim’s stomach and pulled out her unborn baby girl. Detectives found a knife and placenta in the building when they responded to an emergency call by the suspect’s boyfriend. Wade was then taken into custody while screaming that the baby was hers. Wade and Sutton were friends but Wade suffered a psychotic episode and later underwent psychiatric treatment. The baby, a girl called Jenesis, survived and was in court with her father, Patrick Bradley, when Wade was sentenced.

Nov 19 – Kelly Pearce, 36, was stabbed 40 times in the face and neck and hit with a hammer at home in Canvey Island, Essex. Her boyfriend Anthony Ayres, 49, was jailed for life (whole life) in July 2016. Ayres, a handyman, had been released from jail in 2012 for strangling his then girlfriend Dawn Wisdom, 30, at home in east London. He was jailed for life in 1994 but released at the end of his 19 year tariff. Miss Pearce’s mother, Lynn Wallings, told Chelmsford Crown Court how she still suffered anxiety and was plagued with nightmares and sleepless nights.

Nov 17 – Andrew McGowan, 33, was stabbed to death at a drugs stash house in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Warren Blake, 19, from London, was jailed for life (17 years) and Tevin Birmingham, 22, from Ipswich, was jailed for life (15 years). They were drug dealers. The trial heard that McGowan when he turned up at their stash house in Great Yarmouth armed with a hammer. Mr McGowan, who was high on drink und drugs, suffered five stab wounds and bled to death at the scene at Dickens Court. They appealed against conviction in 2017 but failed.

Nov 17 – Daniel Mantina, 26, an Italian, was found stabbed to death at his flat in Ladbroke Grove, west London. His girlfriend Christie Madeley, 24, was charged with murder but those charged were later dropped. A magistrates court heard she rang 999 and told the operator ”I think I’ve stabbed my boyfriend. Yeah, yeah, I stabbed my boyfriend.” She said Mr Mantina attacked her with a knife after they rowed while high on drugs and she woke up next to his dead body. Later tests proved the injuries were self-inflicted and the murder charge was dropped.

Nov 17 – Terry Wiggins, 34, was stabbed to death at a flat in Erith, Kent. Nicholas Woods, 42, and Tim Clark, 51, were both jailed for life (23 years). The trial at the Old Bailey heard they had killed him over a drugs debt. All three were drug users.

Nov 16 – Marian Iancu, 39, died when he was crushed by several giant double glazing panels which fell on him at his workplace, TLW, in Barking, east London. Han Rao, 34, was jailed for four years for corporate manslaughter by negligence. He was also found guilty of health and safety offences, as was his company TLW.

Nov 16 – Pawel Chwalinski, 35, a Pole, was beaten to death and left in undergrowth near a reservoir in Tottenham, north London. Kamil Czarnomski, 23, a Polish national, was jailed for life (17 years) in May 2016. The court heard the body had been concealed with a sleeping bag and a bike frame. The court heard Czarnomski was seen attacking Mr Chwalinski – who was on crutches with a broken leg. Czarnomski then dumped the body near a reservoir and tried to use the victim’s bank card at a local mini market. He later used the card to make a bank transfer of £1,200. Chwalinski had recently come into some money.

Nov 15 – Lewis Dunne, 16, was shot by a canal towpath in the Eldonian Village, Vauxhall, Liverpool. He had been watching ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ on TV with his mum Gemma and his sister and at 10.20pm he told them he was popping out “for some ciggies.” But he never arrived at the local Spar shop where he said he was going. Paul Martin, 25, from, Anfield, and Jake Culshaw, 25, from Birkenhead, were jailed for life (30 years) and John Martin, 20, was jailed for life (28 years). It was a case of mistaken identity. The prosecution claimed Culshaw and the Martin brothers believed Lewis to be a member of a rival group with which they had clashed earlier that day because he had similar curly hair.

Nov 15 – Rory Hemmings, 29, was stabbed in the chest in Arbourthorne, Sheffield. Steven Ray, 36, was jailed for life (12 years). The trial heard the fight took place in Kirsty Allen’s home. She was Mr Hemmings’ ex-girlfriend and Mr Ray’s current girlfriend. At the trial he claimed self-defence.

November 14 – Gabriella “Gabby” Doolin, 7, vanished after going missing at a (gridiron) football game in Scottsville, Kentucky. She was raped and murdered. Timothy Madden, 38, was jailed for life without the possibility of parole. The Doolins were at a pee-wee football jamboree when Gabby went missing at 7:40pm. Just 25 minutes later, a search volunteer spotted her body in a wooded area on the edge of the Allen County Scottsville High School, about 400 yards from the school’s football field where she was last seen alive.

Nov 13 – Tarrie Wilder, 42, was shot dead in Riviera Beach, Florida. Rodney Chavers, 41, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter. The shooting happened about 11.30pm. Then about 5.20am officers received a call about a man sleeping in the front passenger seat of a Cadillac CTS with a gun on his lap about three miles away at Shell gas station. Officers found Chavers asleep in the car. They got into the car and quickly grabbed the gun, then escorted Chavers out of the car. The caller and two other men in the car told police that Chavers, whom they didn’t know, asked them for a ride after getting kicked out of Sugar Daddy’s, an adult cabaret business in West Palm Beach. After telling the men about the killing, Chavers explained he went to the strip club to “get his mind off of what happened”.

Nov 13 – Hayden Rose Hiatt, a 5 month old baby, and her twin brother Kayden Reese Hiatt, were shot dead in Jacksonville, Florida, as their mother Megan Rose Hiatt, 22, held them. Her father Travis Hiatt, 49, was also shot dead. Megan was injured. The children’s father, Megan’s boyfriend Gawaine Wilson, 28, then shot himself dead. He had a history of controlling behaviour.

Nov 13 – Kayleigh Haywood, 15, from Measham, Leicestershire, vanished outside Ibstock Community College. Her body was found a week later in a field near Ibstock. In July 2016 Stephen Beadman, 28, was jailed for life (35 years) for rape and murder. His workmate Luke Harlow, 27, was jailed for 12 years for grooming and two counts of sexual activity with a child. He groomed her through Facebook. Harlow and Kayleigh exchanged 2,600 messages – mainly by text – which led her to believe Harlow was her boyfriend.

Nov 11 – Bianca Shepherd, 50, was stabbed at her home in Ivybridge Close, Uxbridge, Middlesex. Emmanuel Willems, 22, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given a hospital order. He was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

Nov 10 – Amanda Blackburn, 28, was shot dead at her home in Indianapolis. Her husband Davey, a pastor, returned home to find her dying. She was 12 weeks pregnant. Her son, Weston, who was 1, survived. Jalen Watson, 21, and Diano Gordon, 26, both made plea deals – pleading guilty to felonies of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and two counts of burglary. Larry Taylor, 18, alone was charged with murder. The pastor says although he wants to hate them he has chosen “the route of forgiveness, grace and hope”. Taylor, who is also accused of murdering Rolando Gonzalez-Hernandez, is still awaiting trial in 2020.

Nov 9 – Alfie Stone, 18, was stabbed to death outside a bedsit in Ickenham, not far from West Ruislip tube station. Maxine Benson, 32, was jailed for life (23 years) in May 2016. Her friend Corinne Cripps 29, of High Road, Ickenham, and Cripps’ boyfriend Steve Hawgood, 28, of Kingston Avenue, West Drayton, were both acquitted. The trial at the Old Bailey heard that Cripps got into an argument with Stone, who wanted to stay in his sister’s bedsit even though she had moved out. Cripps accused him of stealing pasta from the communal kitchen. Benson got involved in the argument and stabbed Alfie.

Nov 9 – Lois Colley, 83, was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher in the laundry room of Windswept Farm, hilltop estate in North Salem, 60 miles north of New York City. She was very wealthy. Her husband Eugene owned a chain of 100 McDonalds franchises – one of the largest in the country – and had four sons, with their eldest Bruce spending his time playing polo with Prince Harry, and running a restaurant with co-investors Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and John Malkovich. Esdras Marroquin Gomez, 34, a day labourer, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for 25 years to life.

Nov – a man’s body was found in remote woodland in Pentrellyncymer, near Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, north Wales. Det Supt Iestyn Davies said the man was probably in his sixties when he died and was between 5ft 8in and 5ft 10.5in (1.73-1.78m) tall. He is thought to have been killed elsewhere between 1995 and 2005. As of 2020 he still has not been identified. Unsolved.

Nov 8 – Che Labastide-Wellington, 17, was stabbed to death after leaving a 16th birthday party in Kenton, Harrow, NW London. A 16 year-old boy also suffered stab injuries. Walker Sesay, 19 from Wembley, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter. Rimmel Williams, 19, and Calvin Tudor, 22, both from Willesden, and Marlon Tudor, 23, from Neasden, were each sentenced to nine years in prison for wounding with intent another 16-year-old boy. Omar Afrah, 22, and Olamilekon Onafowokan, 23, both from Wembley, were each sentenced to two years in prison for conspiracy to commit violent disorder.

Nov 7 – Jonathan Dotson Snr, 31, was shot dead in New Orleans. His ex-girlfriend Alonia Singleton, a crime lab technician, was photographing the aftermath of a shooting when she stumbled across a familiar tattoo. The inking on the dead man’s back read: “Alonia”. She added: “I started backing up. It was like this heavy weight. I kept not believing it.” He was the father of her son, Jonathan, 8. Unsolved.

Nov 7 – Christine Meagher, 18, was shot dead in a motel room at the Regency Inn in Tampa, Florida. Tyrone Fields, 21, was jailed for seven years for manslaughter. Fields claimed she was accidently shot during “freaky sex.” He told detectives that while the two were engaged in sexual activity he put his gun to her head in a role-play scenario. Fields said he removed the magazine from his .9 mm pistol but forgot to remove the bullet from the chamber. The victim’s aunt, Cath Meager said: “You don’t put a gun to somebody’s head and pull the trigger. If it was a role-play of a rape, you don’t pull the trigger during a rape. you pull the trigger during a murder.”

Nov 5 – Haile Langa, 21, was stabbed to death on the Watling Gardens estate on Shoot-Up Hill, Kilburn, NW London. A 16-year-old boy was acquitted of murder but jailed for seven years for manslaughter. Imaan Farjani, 19, of Unity Close, Willesden, was also acquitted of murder by the jury and 20-year-old Ahmed El-Sayed, of Watling Gardens, Kilburn, was cleared on the direction of the judge.

Nov 3 – Kerry Reeves, 26, a drug dealer, was shot dead in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Billy Johnson, 20, from Corby, Northamptonshire, was jailed for life (25 years) and Charles Noble, 21, from Kempton Avenue, Northolt, was jailed for life (21 years). The trial heard they were both heroin and crack dealers who killed her after she went out looking for them with a metal baseball bat in a turf war.

Nov 2 – Tyshawn Lee, 9, was shot in an alley in Auburn Gresham, South Side, Chicago. He had been targeted because of his father Pierre Stokes’ gang activities. Corey Morgan, 27, and Dwight Boone-Doty, 22, were both found guilty of murder and jailed for life. Tyshawn was on his way to play basketball when Boone-Duty lured him into an alley by promising him some juice. The murder stemmed from a clash between the Killa Ward faction of the Black Gangster Disciples (which Stokes belonged to) and the Terror Dome faction of the Black P Stones (which Boone-Doty and Morgan were in). The police say the original plan was for Tyshawn to be kidnapped and then tortured the boy by cutting off his fingers and ears. Instead, Tyshawn Lee was led off a playground and into an alley, where the child was shot several times at close range. Tyshawn was targeted because his father, Pierre Stokes, had gang ties, and the boy was killed in retaliation for an incident in which 25-year-old Tracey Morgan was killed and his mother was wounded shortly after leaving a gang call-in meeting called by police to try rein in a boiling feud between rivals on the city’s South Side. Kevin Edwards, 22, went into hiding in Iowa. He later pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence..

October 2015

Oct 30 – Darwin Perez Gonzalez, 34, was stabbed to death in an apartment in Lakeside Estates, Houston, Texas. Reinaldo Cardoso Rivera, 38, became angry when Gonzalez took the last piece of chicken among a group of men drinking and eating. Although his arrest was heavily reported his trial – if it has happened – was not reported.

Oct 30 – Derek Myers, 25, was shot in the chest and jaw outside the Big Bang pool hall in Hockley, Birmingham, at about 4am. In December 2018 Tafarwa Beckford, 36, was jailed for life (32 years) for murder. The CCTV two warring factions of the Burger Bar gang clashing. Beckford, the stepbrother of TV presenter and singer Jamelia, was convicted last week by jurors who were not told his true identity due to press coverage of his links to two previous killings. Rio Sanchez-Williams has been charged with the attempted murder of another man in the same incident.

October 29 – Tiahleigh Palmer, 12, was killed at home in Chambers Flat, near Brisbane, Queensland. Her body was later found six days later by three fishermen on the banks of the Pimpama River. Her foster father Rick Thorburn, 56, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder and interfering with a corpse. He claimed he had dropped her off at Marsden State High School, near Brisbane, the following day. Thorburn killed the schoolgirl between 8pm and 10pm October 29, 2015, hours after his son Trent, who was 18 at the time, confessed to having had sex with her – telling his parents he feared she was pregnant. Trent Thorburn, 19, was sentenced to four years in jail for incest, perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice in September 2017. He was released in 2018. His wife Julene, 54, was jailed for 18 months for perjury and her older son, Josh, 20, was jailed for three months for attempting to pervert the course of justice. The Thorburns were approved as Tiahleigh’s carers in August 2014.

Oct 29 – Beverly Giannonatti, 79, and her son Greg, 57, vanished from their home in Deer Lodge, Montana. They were shot and found in a dump site in Powell County, Montana a month later. David Nelson, 53, was jailed for life. The motive was theft. On October 19 Beverly Giannonatti was informed that a cleaning woman had found a 25-pound bar of silver – worth $500,000 – in her late ex-husband’s home, which Giannonatti was remodeling and planning to move back into. Ten days later, she and her son disappeared.

October 28 – Francisca Marquinez, 60, was choked to death in Margate, Florida. Her boyfriend Richard Patterson, 65, went on trial in May 2017 but was acquitted after he claimed she died by accident after choking during oral sex. He offered to show the jury his penis during the trial.

Oct 28 – Leighanne Cameron, 29, was stabbed 10 times at her home in Mid Calder, West Lothian, Scotland, Her estranged husband Erhan Havaleoglu, 36, fled the scene and left his wife dying while their four-year-old daughter, Erin, and 18-month-old son, Jamie, were sleeping upstairs. He fled to Edinburgh but was later arrested. He was jailed for life (20 years) in Sep 2016. The trial heard he killed her after discovering she was in a relationship with another man, Philip Kilkenny. When he was sentenced the judge said he continued to protest his innocence. Havaleoglu, a former soldier from Turkey, shouted back from the dock: “I will still continue to, my lady.” Mr Kilkenny called police and revealed Havaleoglu had told Leighanne “she’d never get to love another man”.

Oct 28 – Gabriela Calzada, 19, and her friend Briana Gallegos, 17, were bludgeoned to death in Ernest E. Debs Regional Park in Montecito Heights, Los Angeles. Calzada was also shot with a rifle. Dallas Stone Pineda, 17, and Jose Antonio Echeverria, 18, have been charged with murder. The case is believed to be gang-related. As of 2020 they are not believed to have gone on trial.

Oct 28 – Bailey Gwynne, 16, a schoolboy, was stabbed to death at 1.30pm at Cults Academy in Aberdeen, Scotland. Daniel Stroud, aged 16, was acquitted of murder but jailed for nine years for culpable homicide in 2016. He could not be named for legal reasons at his trial but he was finally identified in 2017 when he reached the age of 18. He was eligible for release in 2020. Bailey, a fifth-year pupil with four younger brothers, died from bleeding caused by a single stab wound to the heart during a fight in a corridor in his lunch hour after he refused to give Stroud a biscuit. During his murder trial Stroud, a part-time McDonald’s worker said he was constantly teased about being fat and took weapons to school to try and impress the other kids.

Oct 27 – John Breen, 53, died after a “knockout punch” at Stratford tube station in east London in broad daylight, causing a panic among commuters who crushed the stairs in an effort to get out of the station. A Romanian boy aged 16, from Ilford, was acquitted of murder but jailed for two years and nine months for manslaughter. As the 17-year-old – who was granted anonymity – was taken down to the cells, friends of the victim shouted: ‘Call that f****** justice?’ The killer’s 15-year-old brother, who joined in the vicious attack, was sentenced to a 12-month youth referral order after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Oct 27 – Kimberley MacKenzie, 37, a mother-of-three, was stabbed to death and dismembered in Montrose, Scotland. Steven Jackson, 40, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (26 years). Her girlfriend Michelle Higgins, 29, was jailed for eight years for helping to dispose of Ms MacKenzie’s remains.The trial heard from witness Phillip Keilloh that Higgins called called her a “slut”, produced a knife and said “do you want her done” after he and his partner Penny Verrall told her Kimberley MacKenzie had sex with Penny’s teenage son.

Oct 26 – Peter Farquhar, 69, a university lecturer and author, died at his home in Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire. Ben Field, 28, was jailed for life (36 years) for murder and the attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin, 83, who died at her home in Maids Moreton on May 12, 2017. Tom Field, 23, of Olney, Buckinghamshire, was acquitted of fraud by false representation. The trial heard Ben Field had relationships with both Mr Farquhar and Ms Moore-Martin and sought to gain financially from their deaths. He was involved in gaslighting both victims. The victims only a couple of doors away from each other and both were very religious, a factor which Field allegedly played on. University lecturer Mr Farquhar and Field had undergone a “betrothal” ceremony while the trial heard Field and former headmistress Miss Moore-Martin had a sexual relationship. Martin Smith, 32, was cleared of a charge of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore-Martin.

Oct 25 – Zoe Buttigieg, 11, was strangled in her bed in Wangaratta, Australia. Bowe Maddigan pleaded guilty to her murder and was jailed for life. He had sexually assaulted the schoolgirl and she ‘looked like an angel’ and he ‘wanted her all for himself’. Forensic test later revealed Maddigan’s DNA on parts of Zoe’s body, including on her thighs and buttocks. Maddigan had been partying with Zoe’s mother in the hours leading up to the child’s death

Oct 24 – Emille “Millz” Stapleton died after a street fight in St Albans. Paul Crosbie, 26, of Camden, north London, was jailed for life (23 years).

Oct 22 – Lavin Eskandar, 20, a teaching assistant at Kronan School in Trollhattan, Sweden, was stabbed to death with a sword. He had ordered Anton Lundin-Pettersson, 21, to remove a Darth Vader style mask. Pettersson, who also stabbed to death Ahmed Hassan, a 15-year-old born in Somalia, was shot dead by police. Another Syrian refugee child survived. Pettersson was shot by police but survived and will face a trial. He is a known racist who had neo-Nazi views. The school had a high immigrant population.

Oct 21 – Richard Wheeler, 73, a retired lawyer, and his wife Grace, 67, were attacked with a machete at their house in the village of Carnbee in Tobago after an apparent robbery. Mrs Wheeler, who was born in Trinidad, was found by a gardener on the lawn with a cut to her neck. Police then found Mr Wheeler, originally from Sheffield, face down in a pool of blood with “chop wounds” to both arms and the back of the head. Andre Romeo, 29, from Tobago, and Naajip Hills, 23, from St Vincent, were charged with murder. Both were construction workers.

Oct 20 – Darren Kelly, 42, a lorry driver, from Basildon, Essex, was stabbed to death in Pitsea, two miles from his home. Chris Carroll, 20, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. A 17-year-old boy, also from Pitsea, a 17-year-old boy from Basildon, Essex and a 16-year-old girl from Pitsea were all cleared of murder and walked free from Chelmsford Crown Court. The trial heard Carroll was part of a gang which attacked Mr Kelly because they wrongly thought he wanted to meet under-age girls for sex. They lured Mr Kelly who believed he was meeting with someone who he had been chatting to online. The jury heard Mr Kelly regularly used the internet app Whisper to meet up with women for sex but there was no evidence to show he was interested in under-age girls.

Oct 19 –Anna Matseliso Molise was shot dead outside her home in Maseru, Lesotho. Her husband Peter Frederiksen, 63, was jailed for life (40 years). She would have been a key witness at his trial. Frederiksen, a Dane, owned two gun shops in the South African city of Bloemfontein, and was facing charges of sexual assault, intimidation, domestic violence and contravention of the Medicines Control Act. Police found 21 packages containing parts of women’s clitorises, as well as surgical equipment, in his freezer following a tip-off.

Oct 19 – Zoe Hastings, 18, was raped and murdered in her family’s minivan in Dallas, Texas. Antonio Lamar Cochran, 34, was convicted of capital murder after just six minutes of deliberation and was jailed for life. Cochran was described as a “sexual predator”. Cochran abducted Hastings — who went missing after she had stopped to return a rented DVD while on her way to church — drove her to a nearby creek bed and sexually assaulted her before killing her.

Oct 18 – Jerome ‘Skinny’ Scott, 39, was stabbed to death at a flat in Hackney, east London. Chevaughn Chin, 19, was cleared of murder on the grounds of self-defence. The trial at the Old Bailey heard Scott had been violent to Chin’s mother, Tameka Belnavis, and had a history of violence towards girlfriends.

Oct 17 – Sasha Samsudean, 27, beautiful woman, was raped and strangled to death in her apartment in Orlando, Florida. Stephen Duxbury, 33, a security guard at the complex, was jailed for life for murder. Duxbury broke into Samsudean’s apartment shortly after she arrived home after a night out with friends. She was reportedly curled up in a blanket on her bed, strangled to death, with her blouse ripped and a condom wrapper nearby. Cops began to hone in on Duxbury after they found his fingerprint on the victim’s toilet seat – which had been left up despite her living alone.

Oct 17 – Zukisa Kela, 25, and Sizwe Tyeke, 33, were tied up and drowned in a lake in Rhodes Park, Kensington, Johannesburg. Kela’s fiancé Jabu Mbatha, 27, and Tyeke’s wife, Asange Tyeke, 29, were both raped. The attackers were said to be a gang of 10 to 12 men, armed with a pistol and a knife. Mbatha later did a video interview at the crime scene. Mduduzi Mathibela, Edmor Ndlovu and Thabo Nkala were jailed for life for murder and rape.

Oct 16 – Usaama Ali, 17, was stabbed to death in Acton, west London. A 16 year old boy from Catford was acquitted of murder and jailed for nine years for manslaughter. Usaama was born in Oslo after his family moved there from Somalia. They moved to London in 2007 but he was excluded from school. He was due to move to Egypt to take the equivaleny of A levels when he was stabbed.

Oct 15 – Wandile Bozwana, 43, a businessman, was shot dead in Garsfontein, Pretoria, South Africa. His female companion, Mpho Baloyi, was shot twice but survived. Two hitmen, Sipho Dludla and Matamela Mutapu, an alleged middleman Bonginkosi Khumalo, and a businessman, Vusi Mathibela, who allegedly masterminded the killing were charged with murder and wen on trial in July 2020. Dludla claimed he was tortured into making a confession that Mathibela, also known as Mamelodi’s No 1 Tsotsi, paid him and his co-accused R60 000 “for the job”.

Oct 14 – Lucas Leonard, 19, was whipped to death with an electrical cord during an all-night spiritual counselling session triggered by his desire to leave their church. He was subjected to a 12-hour ordeal by his parents, sister and fellow church members at the Word of Life Church in Hartford, New York. His 17-year-old brother Christopher was also beaten and was admitted to hospital in a serious condition. His father Bruce Leonard was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter. It was later reduced to 10 years. Deborah Leonard was jailed for assault and was released in 2020. The victims’ 33-year-old sister, Sarah Ferguson, was jailed for 25 years for manslaughter. The trial heard Pastor Tiffanie Irwin called the session because the brothers were wrongly accused of sexually abusing other children in the church.

Oct 12 – Kazuo Yoshioka, 84, had his throat cut at his home in Wiset Chan Chai, Ang Thong province, central Thailand. His Thai wife Poranee Napadol, 48, was sentenced to death for murder. She paid her brother-in-law Sampan Chamchaeng, 46, to kill him. He was jailed for life. At the scene, police found several bloody footprints and evidence of a struggle, while bloodstains were also found in front of an adjacent house where Sampan lived and which belongs to his wife, a younger sister of Poranee.

Oct 11 – Josh Hanson, 21, a roads planner from Kingsbury, was stabbed to death in the crowded RE bar in Eastcote, north-west London. A fight involving 40 people broke out that night. Shane O’Brien, 27, from Ladbroke Grove, immediately fled the country, grew a beard and long hair and changed his tattoos as he travelled through countries including Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. In 2017 he was arrested over a dispute in a Prague nightclub but gave police a false name and fled while on bail. He was eventually tracked down to Romania, extradited and jailed for life (26 years) for murder.

Oct 10 – Kelci Lewis, aged one, was beaten to death by her eight-year-old brother at her home in Birmingham, Alabama. Katerra Lewis, 28, pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter and was immediately sentenced to 28 months in prison, but that sentence was split with 24 months to serve in community corrections. Lewis was also ordered to two years of probation. The eight-year-old had been babysitting her while Mrs Lewis was at one of the city’s nightclubs. There were four other young children in the house. The boy became violent when the toddler would not stop crying.

Oct 9 – Usha Patel, 44, was strangled at her home in Cricklewood, north London. Miles Donnelly, 34, also known as Miles Ryan, was jailed for life (23 years) for her murder. Mrs Patel had a son who has autism. The Old Bailey heard she was ‘desperate for a new relationship’ and had met her killer after joining the online dating agency, Oasis. Donnelly bombarded her with sexually explicit messages before telling her: ‘I will treat you like a princess.’ Prosecutor Simon Denison QC said they arranged to meet after just a few online and phone conversations. ‘She invited him to her home to meet him face to face for the first time, intent it seems on drinking with him, and having sex with him and starting a relationship with him. ‘And when they met at her flat, on the evening of Wednesday 7 October 2015, after drinking together and undressing, he killed her by beating her ferociously about the head and by strangling her. ‘And as she was dying or even just after she had died, he stabbed her a number of times in the stomach.’ Donnelly fled, leaving without his underpants socks, T-shirt and a thin blue top as well as his keys. He then hid from police at the home of another woman, Rosie Ferrigno, 43, in Maida Vale. During his 30-hour stay, Donnelly hit her on the back of the head with a stool after she spurned his sexual advances. Ms Patel’s body was discovered on the morning of 8 October 2015 when her father, Gopal Patel went to her flat to take her son to school.

Oct 8 – Rosario Cimone, 68, was murdered at an isolated property called Pinevale in Elong Elong near Dunedoo, New South Wales. Gino Stocco, 68, and his Mark Stocco, 35, were both jailed for 40 years for murder and a string of other offences. They had been on the run for other crimes for 8 years. Mr Cimone, from Green Valley, was a cannabis cultivator with a string of past convictions and a long history with the Calabrian Mafia, the Ndrangheta, in Australia. His son, Phillip, 35, was also convicted in 2013 of cultivating cannabis on a remote property near Bundarra, in the northern tablelands.

October 8 – Connor Smith, 19, was stabbed and shot in an alley in Kings Norton, Birmingham. Leon Frye, 28, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (30 years). Philip Baillie, 28, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 20 years. The trial heard he was killed in a row over a £50 bag of cannabis. Marcus Jones, 27was acquitted of all charges.

Oct 8 – Robert Chester, 54, was stabbed in a house in Northampton. The house was then set on fire. Karl Pound, 50, was jailed for life (19 years) and Mary Cash, 38, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter. The pair were both homeless and killed Mr Chester when he offered them somewhere to live. Cash claimed Pound stabbed Mr Chester in a row over a £10 note, while Pound alleged Cash killed their victim because of a drunken bout of bad temper.

Oct 6 – Kiesha Jenkins, 22, a transgender sex worker, was robbed, beaten and shot dead in Philadelphia. Pedro Redding, 24, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. He had three accomplices. As of 2020 he still had not gone on trial.

Oct 5 – PC David Phillips, 34, was killed when he was run over by a stolen Mitsubishi Challenger car as he tried to stop it with a Stinger device. Clayton Williams, 18, from Wallasey, was jailed for 20 years for manslaughter. Phillip Stuart, 30, from Oxton, was jailed for six years. Stuart, who lost his lower right arm in an accident and was known locally as ‘One-arm Philly’ was convicted of burglary and aggravated vehicle taking after the pair stole the truck from an Oxton estate agent. The incident happened following a burglary at a sales and letting agency in nearby Birkenhead in which the Mitsubishi pickup was stolen. A 40-minute pursuit followed before PC Phillips and a colleague attempted to use the “stinger”.

October – Victoria Cherry, 44, vanished from her home in Fulwood, Lancashire. Her body was found at a house in Toronto Street, Breightmet, Bolton, in Jan 2017. Andrew Reade, 43, admitted preventing the lawful burial of a body and perverting the course of justice and was jailed for four years. Miss Cherry’s cause of death could not be ascertained because of heavy decomposition but a pathologist concluded she may have died as a result of strangulation, as injuries to her neck were detected.

October 3 – Adrian Munday, 51, a “gentle giant”, was beaten to death in Newton Abbot, Devon, and then set on fire in a “savage” attack. Stuart Hodgkin, 41, from Winchester, was jailed for life (20 years) at Exeter Crown Court in June 2016. Munday suffered brain damage as a child and had a learning disability. Judge Graham Cottle said “not content with killing” Mr Munday, Hodgkin had chosen to “set fire to his body”.Hodgkin killed Adrian when his family became suspicious about where all his money had gone and his mother told him she was going to come round and investigate. Hodgkin had spent it on alcohol. Hodgkin kicked Adrian out of his own bed and made him sleep on a sofa and took him to cash machines to withdraw money which he was forced to hand over. He told a friend Adrian was ‘a bottomless pit’. A witness at the trial, Ziggy Fakih, was also jailed on Thursday for 14 days, after he was found to be in contempt of court. The 28-year-old, of no fixed abode, refused to give evidence despite having met both men, saying he had “seen what happens to grasses in prison”. Hodgkin has terminal cancer and will die in prison.

Oct 2 – Curtis Cheng, 58, a police accountant, was shot dead as he left work at Parramatta police station in Sydney, Australia. Farhad Jabar, 15, a jihadist, was shot dead by police. He had been radicalised by extreme Muslims. Rabah Alou, 18, from Wentworthville, was jailed for 44 years for aiding, abetting, counselling and procuring the commission of a terrorist act under section 101 of the federal Criminal Code Act 1995. Talal Alameddine, 22, was charged with supplying a firearm, breaching a firearm prohibition order, and hindering police. He was jailed for 17 years and eight months in 2018.

Oct 1 – Mohamed Januzi, 4, a Bosnian refugee, was kidnapped and murdered in Germany. Silvio S, 32, was jailed for life for murder. He has also confessed to killing another boy, Elias Sturm, 6, who was kidnapped in July from a playground in Potsdam. In his confession, he also said he had killed Elias after abducting him and buried him in Brandenburg. There were media reports that he was to be questioned about the murder of Madeleine McCann in Portugal but these are highly speculative.

September 2015

Sep 30 – Dmitry Hrynkevich, 24, from Killarney, was beaten to death in Killeen Wood, Tralee, Republic of Ireland. He was the third tallest man in Ireland standing at 7ft 6in, and has been picked on for years. Mr Hrynkevich was found lying on the front lawn of a property shortly after 10.30pm with serious head injuries. He died two days later, having never regained consciousness. Mr Hrynkevich, who grew up in Russia, is understood to have attended the Killeen Wood property together with a number of others for a social gathering. In 2020 Arnoldas Ivanauskas, 33, a Lithuanian who was living in Tralee, was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter. Ivanauskas claimed Hrynkevich, who he had met for the first time that day, slapped him three times across the face and that he slapped him back. He said he joined in when a Polish man attacked Hrynkevich.

Sep 27 – Nita Moseley, 33, was stabbed 55 times and strangled with an electrical cord at her home in La Marque, Texas. She was five months pregnant. Her 14-year-old son Chance confessed and in 2020 he was jailed for life for murder. He was reported missing but was found a day later in Houston when a family member contacted police. Investigators say that after the killing, the boy took a vehicle that had been loaned to his mother and drove about 200 miles west to Seguin, near San Antonio. He then traveled back to the Houston area before being taken into custody. The defence lawyers said Nita Moseley was a regular drug user who had methamphetamine in her system when she died. They argued Chance Moseley did not intend to kill her unborn child on the day he “snapped” and murdered her.

Sep 27 – David Brickwood, 74, a scrap metal dealer, was beaten to death at his home in Abington, Northampton at around 2am. He is believed to have been killed by a burglar who knew that he did not trust the banks and kept his money at his home. In 2020 Cameron St Rose, 26, of Forest Gate, London, was charged with murder and awaits trial.

Sep 24 – Gary Hutch, 34, from north Dublin, was shot dead by a gunman in a balaclava in a private apartment complex in Miraflores near Marbella, Spain. Gary was a nephew of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch, and a prominent gangland figure in his own right. He had been convicted of armed robbery and moved to Spain after being released. Gary Hutch had worked for the Kinahans, but they came to believe he was informing on them. In August 2014 Gary survived an attack in Spain which led to boxer Jamie Moore being shot and injured. James Quinn, 35, a former boxer from Dublin with a criminal record, was convicted of being a lookout involved in the murder by being a lookout and helping the gunman escape. He was jailed for 22 years in 2018. He refused to name the gunman. Gary Hutch’s killing sparked a long running feud between the Kinahan and Hutch families.

Sep 22 – Nathalie Warmerdam, 48, Carol Culleton, 66, and Anastasia Kuzyk, 36, were found at their homes in and around the small community of Wilno, Ontario, Canada. Basil Borutski, 60, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in Nov 2017. The trial heard that Borutski once lived with the Warmerdams, and that in 2012, Borutski was convicted of threatening the Warmerdams and doing mischief to their property. Doherty testified he was later dispatched to collect a cellphone found on Foymount Road — which court earlier heard belonged to victim Carol Culleton, was taken by Borutski and thrown out of a vehicle he was driving — and to collect possible evidence from Borutski’s apartment in Palmer Rapids. Items seized from the apartment included a black binder of various writings to be used for handwriting analysis and comparison, as well as three books found on a coffee table: The Jerusalem Bible, The Key to Freedom and a Bible. It later emerged that Borutski had a hand surgically reattached and had just been released from prison.

Sep 21 – Donnie Romero, jr, 2, was strangled with a cord at his home in Lakewood, near Denver, Colorado. Roman Paul Isaiah Morales, 21 – who was the toddler’s cousin – was jailed for life for murder.

September 21 – David Curnow, 21, a soldier who had survived a tour of duty in Helmand, Afghanistan, was beaten to death in a fight outside The Zone nightclub in Redruth, Cornwall. Liam Laing, 21, pleaded guilty to murder and was jailed for life (13 years). Connor Hammond, 21, who denied murder but was convicted after a trial at Truro Crown Court was jailed for life (16 years). The pair were caught on CCTV shaking hands after killing Curnow.

Sep 20 – Maria Nemeth, 31, was killed and partially disembowelled at her apartment in Sunrise, south Florida. Her boyfriend Fidel Lopez, 24, was jailed for life for murder. He said he became enraged after she called out her ex-boyfriend’s name during sex. The couple had been drinking and after she was killed he inserted various objects inside her. “She called me the name of the other F****** guy,” he told investigators. “And she said it twice, and she was wrong and she was confusing me with him. At that point, I get mad. I get really, really mad.”

Sep 17 – Hamdi Jiumale, 25, was found dead in a flat on the 2nd floor of Gainsborough House, a tower block in Enfield, north London. Her former boyfriend, Walid Ibrahim, 34, was acquitted of killing her on the directions of a judge at the Old Bailey in March 2016. Kinse Aidid, 20, was jailed for life (15 years) for murder and Macdalena Agathine, 20, was jailed for 9 years for manslaughter. The trial heard Hamdi was killed after a three-day drink and khat bender. Her body was found when the flat’s owner came out of hospital and returned home, having to break down his own door. He was a friend of Kinse and Walid.Agathine later told a friend in a phone call that she and Kinse had beaten the victim ’pretty badly’ during an argument.

Sep 16 – Catherine Campbell, 36, a police constable in Truro, Nova Scotia, was found dead under the MacDonald bridge in Halifax, Canada. Christopher Garnier, 27, was jailed for life (13 years) for murder. Police said they do not believe Campbell’s death had anything to do with her work. She was last seen in a downtown bar in the early hours of the morning.

Sep 15 – Mohammed “Moe” Dura-Ray, 16, was stabbed to death in Elephant and Castle, south London. A passionate Manchester United fan, originally from Sierra Leone. Jordan Daley, 20, was charged with murder but the CPS later dropped the charges.

Sep 15 – Nicola Cross, 37, was stabbed to death at her home in Dunlin Road, Hemel Hempstead. Marcin Porczynski, 23, a Polish national, was charged with murder, two counts of kidnap and trespass with intent to inflict GBH but he admitted to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order under the Mental Health Act. Hertfordshire Police later admitted a man had been spoken to an hour before Mrs Cross’s death but they let him go. Her body was found when police responding to a separate call about a burglary at a neighbouring home heard a disturbance next door. She was stabbed to death at her home in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire as she tried to stop her children from being abducted. Her husband Danny Cross, 39, was forced to listen helplessly on the phone. She had called the IT worker in a panic after Marcin Porczynski, 24, broke into the house. Porczynski told doctors he had to sacrifice her to save his own family. The court heard he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the attack and had been hearing voices for up to two years before the killing.Porczynski said the voices told him to ‘free’ children who were being mistreated or risk harm to his own family. He was a complete stranger.

Sep 14 – Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, 2, and her father Terry Blanchette, were killed in Blairmore, a village in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada. The child’s body had been abused. Derek Saretzky, 23, was jailed for life (minimum 75 years) for murder. He was also convicted of the murder of Hanne Meketech, 69, who was found dead at her home in Coleman, Alberta.

Sep 14 – Jack Taylor, 25, from Dagenham, east London, was found near St Margaret’s Church in Barking, east London. Stephen Port, 40, from Barking, was jailed for life (whole life tariff) for murder. He was also convicted of murdering three other men – Anthony Walgate, 23, from Barnet, who was pronounced dead on Cooke Street on 19 June 2014; Gabriel Kovari, 22, from Lewisham, whose body was found near St Margaret’s Church on 28 August 2014 and Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend, Kent, whose body was also found near the same churchyard on 20 September 2014. All four died after being given large amounts of GHB. The trial heard that Port was a gay serial killer who lured the men home and then drugged the men with GHB before dumping their bodies. The Metropolitan Police was heavily criticised for failing to respond to warning signs around Port.

Sep 14 – Zakariyya Islam, 45, a Muslim faith healer, was stabbed to death at the Ruqya Therapy Centre in Whitechapel, east London. Ashfaq Choudhry, 43, a dentist, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act after admitting manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. The Old Bailey heard Choudhry was arrested after he attempted to jump into a moat at the Tower of London after attacking Mr Islam. The court heard Choudhry believed he was possessed by evil spirits. Mr Islam claimed to be able to drive out evil spirits. Mr Islam had been treating people who believe themselves possessed by ‘jinns’, or spirit, and black magic for more than a decade.

Sep 10 – Nadia Jones, 38, was killed with a “sleeper hold” in her flat in Tremorfa, Cardiff. Kial Ahmed, 35, from Tongwynlais, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder and robbery. Roxanne Deacon, 27, from Grangetown, was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter. Both were drug addicts who planned to rob her of drugs and murder.

Sep 10 – A woman identified only as Lin was murdered in Nanning city, China. Her boyfriend, Qin, was arrested in Wuzhou was charged with murder and faced trial. After killing her he took a selfie of himself with the corpse and posted it on the Chinese social network Wechat. He captioned it: “Please forgive my selfish love.”

Sep 9 – Linda Addams, 67, was stabbed and battered with a garden ornament at home in Lalor Park, Sydney, Australia. Her grandson Brayden Rhodes, 7, was also stabbed after witnessing his beloved grandmother die. His body was found on the front lawn. Lance Rhodes, 35, was jailed for 40 years for both murders. He was Ms Addams’ son and Brayden’s uncle, who had allegedly just visited a Lalor Park address to use methamphetamine.The court heard he was in an ”ice-induced psychosis”.

Sep 8 – Tara Brown, 24, was run off the road near Molendinar, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and then beaten to death with a cast iron fire hydrant cover. Her former boyfriend Lionel Patea, 24, was jailed for life for murder. Patea, an enforcer with the Bandidos biker gang, was placed in protective custody for his own safety in prison. He waited for her to drop their three-year-old daughter at day care before attacking her. He stabbed himself five times after the attack. Patea, a former sergeant-at-arms with the Bandido bikie (biker) gang, is currently serving two life sentences in Townsville Correctional Centre and won’t be eligible for parole until 2048. He has caused more trouble in prison, along with his brother Nelson.

Sep 7 – Carey Gabay, 43, a lawyer who worked for governor Andrew Cuomo jr, was shot dead in a gun battle in the Ebbets Field Houses, Crown Heights, Brooklyn ahead of New York’s J’Ouvert Caribbean carnival. Micah Alleyne, 24, was jailed for 20-30 years for second degree manslaughter. Police said Alleyne was seen in surveillance video that captured the shooting. The gunfight broke out during a gang-related battle, and Gabay, an innocent bystanderwas struck in the head. He was in a coma for a week before he died. Kenny Bazile, 33, was jailed for 20-to-25-years for second-degree manslaughter. Stanley Elianor, 27, got three-and-a-half to seven years for his first-degree reckless endangerment conviction. A fourth defendant, 23-year-old Tyshawn Crawford, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and testified in court in exchange for a promised 14-year prison sentence, and jurors acquitted a fifth man of charges related to the deadly shooting. Alleyne and the others were from the Folk Nation gang. They clashed with the 8-Trey faction of the Crips gang.

Sep 6 – Samantha Atkinson, 42, known as Petra, was stabbed to death at her home in Hull. Her fiance Tony Jobling, 51, was jailed for life (20 years) at Sheffield Crown Court in March 2016. The jury heard a chilling 999 phone call he made just minutes after stabbing her in the throat. Only days earlier he proposed to her while on holiday in the Dominican Republic. The prosecution say he stabbed Ms Atkinson ‘several times’ in the neck with a knife during a drunken argument.

Sep 6 – Carlos Herrera, 30, was tied up, beaten and stabbed in the eyes, neck, chest and back in Atwater, near Merced, California. His housemate Dionicio Gutierrez-Salazar, 36, was jailed for life for murder. Francisco Alvarez, 24, and Alexi Garcia-Jimenez, 19, were also convicted of murder. They were arrested after one of their ex-girlfriends went to police and said they had showed her a cellphone video of the attack. Herrera was rolled up in a rug, set on fire and dumped in an orchard near the town of Snelling. Gutierrez-Salazar was also convicted of murdering Ramon Jimenez, 71, in 2013.

Sep 5 – John Down, 86, and his girlfriend Karen Reid, 53, were stabbed to death in the Fernways self-contained apartments for elderly people in Ilford, Essex. Paul Mallin, 50, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder. Mallin was Reid’s ex-boyfriend (they broke up in Feb 2015) and struggled to cope with her leaving him for an older man. Mallin, who suffered from depression and anxiety as well as schizoid personality disorder, had become upset earlier in the day and was overheard saying, “I want to kill them”.

Sep 5 – Waldek Mural, aged 57, a Polish national, was killed in Burley Park in Leeds. He had lived in Leeds since 2010 and was known to frequent the Armley and Burley areas. Grzegorz Kowalczyk, 41, was jailed for life (16 years).

Sep 5 – Keegan Downer, 18-month-old foster daughter, was battered to death at a house in Weoley Castle, Birmingham. The child had 90 injuries. Kandyce Downer, 35, was jailed for life (18 years) at Birmingham Crown Court in May 2016. The trial heard the little girl, also known as Shi-Anne, was beaten so ferociously that she had broken legs and ribs, and suffered severe head and spine injuries. She was fostered by Downer after her drug addict mum was unable to look after her. Mrs Justice Frances Patterson told Downer: “It is a horrible tale of callous conduct and at no stage have you showed any remorse.Why you changed from a loving mother to a brutal attacker of a defenceless child is a mystery.”

Sep 4 – Marcel Addai, 17, was stabbed to death after being chased through the St John’s Estate in Hoxton, east London. Sodiq Adebayo, 22, from Ilford, Momar Faye, 18, Rickell Rogers, 21, and Sheku Jallow, 22, were jailed for life. Adebayo, Rogers and Jalloh got minimum terms of 25 years. Faye’s tariff was 22 years. Three men – Akeem Gbadamosi, 21, from Clapton, Eugene Ocran, 19, from Haggerston, and David Oladimeji, 21, from Ilford, were acquitted. Sodiq Adebayo, 22, from Ilford, Momar Faye, 18, Rickell Rogers, 21, Sheku Jallow, 22, and David Oladimeji, 21 from Ilford. The killing stemmed from a feud between the Fellows Court gang (defendants) and Hoxton Boys (victim).

Sep 3 – Shaquan Fearon, 17, stabbed to death at a block of flats in Brockley, SE London. He was a big Arsenal fan and a keen footballer with Hillyfielders FC. Fearon suffered a fatal gash to the leg after being chased and stabbed on the Turnham estate in Brockley, southeast London. His friend Junior Inneh was slashed across the face but survived. Two boys, aged 16, went on trial in Feb 2016. They claimed they acted in self-defence believing Shaquan had a gun and was about to ‘blaze’ them. Jury was unable to reach a verdict. They faced two more trials but jury was never able to reach verdicts.

Sep 2 – Kendra Hatcher, 35, a paediatric dentist, was shot dead in Dallas, Texas. Kristopher Love, 31, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. He was the hitman. Police said Love has been identified as the person who shot Hatcher in her apartment complex’s parking garage. Brenda Delgado, 33, who planned the murder, was jailed for life. She is the ex-girlfriend of Hatcher’s boyfriend Ricardo Paniagua. Crystal Cortes, 23, has also been charged with capital murder after she drove Love to the car park. Cortes told police she was paid $500 to drive Love to the parking garage. Allegedly Delgado was enraged when she learned from social media that Paniagua had taken Hatcher to San Francisco to meet his parents, something he never did with her.

Sep 2 – Julio Lopez, 46, died in Pomona, California, after a Mustang crashed into his silver Nissan Altima at an intersection. Jimmy Awolesi, 22, from Fontana, and a 16 year old boy were arrested. It appears they were the drivers of the two Mustangs, which were involved in streetracing.

Sep 1 – Thomas Durand, 64, the owner of a pawnbrokers shop in Wake Forest, North Carolina, was shot dead. Kendrick Gregory, 21, was sentenced to death for murder and a number of other crimes, including rape of a 15 year old girl, during a crime spree in August and September. He was arrested in Brooklyn, New York. When he appeared in court in Nov 2015 Gregory said: “Tell the illuminati I am the antichrist. I’m here to take over the world. The Empire State Building will go up in flames.”

August 2015

Aug 31 – A 49-year-old man was stabbed to death in Baltimore. His housemate Melvin Russell, 28, was charged with murder but was eventually sent to a psychiatric hospital. He is the son of a senior Baltimore police officer.

Aug 30 – Jascent-Jamal Warren, 26, a homeless man known as Shakespeare, was shot in Venice Beach, California during a confrontation between locals. A second man survived. Francisco Cardenaz Guzman, 32, was jailed for 93 years to life for murder. A key prosecution witness was Sris Sinnathamby, 54, owner of the nearby Cadillac Hotel, who had originally been charged with murder. Guzman was a gang member looking to protect his turf. Sinnathamby was given immunity in exchange for his testimony. The prosecutor said a video clip taken on someone’s phone recorded Sinnathamby saying, “Calm down, calm down,” and Warren responding, “You’re telling me to calm down? He’s the one shooting bullets.”

Aug 29 – Samantha Ho, 39, a scientist, was stabbed and beheaded at a house in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Her husband Timothy Allen, 40, was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility. The court heard that he suffered a “delusion” during the ITV show X Factor, believing dancers on screen were “puppets being controlled by a puppet master”. He then attempted to take his own life before turning the knife on his wife and their pet dog, which also died. Allen then tried to stab himself in the throat but survived. He had suffered from psychiatric problems, including paranoid schizophrenia, following a motorbike accident in 2004.

Aug 30 – Natalia Strelchenko, 38, Norwegian concert pianist, was assaulted and died of head and neck injuries at a house in Culcheth Lane, Manchester. Her husband John Martin, 48, a classical musician also known as Jon Skogsbakken, was jailed for life (17 years) for her murder. Strelchenko, often known as Natalia Strelle, was born in Russia. The trial heard he was jealous of her and made the last few months of her life miserable. Martin, who had been married twice before, would attack Strelchenko, throttling her on a bed, strangling her in a car and telling her he wanted to kill her. When they discovered Strelchenko was pregnant, he forced her to have an abortion.

August 28 – Darren Goforth, 47, a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy, was ambushed and shot dead in Cypress, near Houston, Texas. Shannon Miles, 30, admitted murder and took a plea deal which meant he was jailed for life but avoided the death penalty. It later emerged that a witness was having a sexual relationship with Goforth and Harris County Sheriff’s Office homicide investigator Craig Clopton. Miles was a schizophrenic who had been in and out of state mental hospitals since being arrested days after the shooting. He also spent several months in a mental health facility in 2012.

Aug 23 – Dolton Powell, 21, was stabbed to death outside the All Nations Community Centre in Gloucester. Jordan Barclays, 18, from Bristol, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder in July 2016. Nico Daley, 18, was acquitted of murder but convicted of wounding another man. Marzel Bolton, 20, Tyler Finch-Vassel, 19, Martell Hartford, 18, Josphat Mbuga, 19, Everton Spence, 19, and Cartel Williams, 19, were all cleared of murder and wounding with intent. They had been prosecuted under the new interpretation of joint enterprise law. The court heard that Mr Powell’s friend, Elijah Sutherland, got into an argument with one member of the group in the centre’s car park. This prompted the men to go back to a car and arm themselves with weapons kept in the boot, including knives.

Aug 23 – Mark Costello, 59, the Oklahoma labour commissioner, was stabbed to death outside a Braum’s ice cream and fast food restaurant in Oklahoma City. His son Christian Costello, 26, was charged with first-degree murder but was found not guilty by reason of insanity and was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in a mental hospital. Costello, a schizophrenic, called killing his father “destiny”. Witnesses said the father and son got into a heated argument before the stabbing. One man hit Christian Costello with his SUV to stop the attack and other witnesses held him until police arrived. Prior to the incident Christian had been admitted to a mental health facility for three months and faced a misdemeanour charge of “outraging public decency” after he was found outside an elementary school with his trousers pulled down.

Aug 23 – David Edwards, 51, a solicitor, was stabbed to death at his home in Chorley, Lancashire. His wife Sharon, 42, was jailed for life (20 years) in March 2016. The trial heard she was“violent and domineering” and was angry with him for being made redundant. The jury rejected her claim that he had walked onto a kitchen knife that she had taken off him. The trial heard she was previously violent towards him.

Aug 22 – Lee Gillespie, 26, was stabbed 15 times in the graveyard of a church in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Martin Stanislaus, 28, Jodie Willis and Lee Burns went on trial for murder at Reading Crown Court in Feb 2016. The trial heard Willis lured Gillespie, a Scotsman, to the graveyard and persuaded Stanislaus, an ex-boyfriend, to attack Gillespire after claiming he had made her pregnant. Burns and Willis had been involved in an argument in the same churchyard with Mr Gillespie and his new partner, Lea Sinclair, earlier in the day – during which time Willis had claimed that she was pregnant with Mr Gillespie’s baby. Prosecuter Alan Blake told the jury the defendants had gone to the home Mr Gillespie shared with Miss Sinclair – who herself had just come out of a relationship with Nick Baker, who had since hooked up with Willis – and then wrecked it when they discovered the couple weren’t home. All three denied murder. Martin Stanislaus, 38, from Delta Grove, Northolt, was jailed for life (26 years) and Jodie Willis, 36, of The Mead, Beaconsfield, was jailed for life (20 years) after they were convicted of murder. Leigh Burns, 38, of Willcott Road, Ealing, was acquitted of murder but jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

Aug 18 – Jamyla Bolden, 9, schoolgirl, was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, while sitting on her bed with her mother, Kendric Henderson, doing her homework. Her mother was wounded. De’Eris Brown, 21, of O’Fallon, Missouri, admitted murder and was jailed for 22 years. Brown allegedly fired through a bedroom window but it is not known who was the intended target but Jamyla was an innocent victim. It emerged that Brown had left his own baby in a maternity ward to carry out the shooting. Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, was made famous when Michael Brown, an 18 year old black man (no relation) was shot dead by a white police officer in Aug 2014, sparking riots.

Aug 17 – Hidir Aksakal, 53, aka Boxer Cetin, was killed in north London and his body buried in Epping Forest, Essex. He was found wrapped in plastic at Hollow Ponds, a beauty spot in Epping Forest, Essex. His remains were decomposed and he had been there some time. He was originally from the Green Lanes area of Haringey, north LondonThe Turkish national stood trial with two other men for murder at the Old Bailey in 1998 following the shooting of 24 year-old drug dealer Bulent Giritli at a cafe in Lordship Lane on 27 July 1997. He was acquitted.In July 2016Remzi Akguc, 40, and Yilmaz Coskun, 35, went on trial at the Old Bailey. The trial heard they had been in a fish restaurant when an argument broke out between Mr Aksakal and Coskun over the defendant’s girlfriend. After the murder, Akguc allegedly bought a burial kit which included a shovel, tarpaulin, rope, trolley and gloves. They were both jailed for life (32 years). Judge Marks said: “Two things remain unclear as far as I am concerned – one, who the gunman was, and two, what the true motive was. And it is apparent, in my judgement, that only a very small part of what went on that night emerged.

Aug 17 – Susan Whiting, 20, was raped and then attacked with a blunt object and discovered with a fractured skull, her wrists bound and a plastic bag over her head at a house in Bloxwich, West Midlands. Her friend Julie Beards, 35, and Julie’s husband Steven Beards, 34, from Walsall, went on trial for murder in May 2016. Steven Beards was jailed for life (33 years). Julie Beards was jailed for eight and a half years for manslaughter. Prosecutor Gareth Evans said Ms Whiting had been invited to have dinner and stay the night by Mrs Beards when she was drugged. Mr Evans said the couple had been covertly recorded while they were being taken to court. Mr Beards said to his wife: “I need to stay out and look after the house. You’ll get a lighter sentence all right, I’ll come and visit you and I’ll keep sending you money. Just say it was an accident and you lost your temper, you know what I mean. Can you do that for me bab? If you can take this rap for me… would you be able to do that? If I go down, you are coming with me.” She replied: “Don’t start, I haven’t done anything wrong.” Mr Beards said: “You are involved as I am, I’m gonna spend the rest of my life behind bars. I’ve done what you asked me to do.” The trial heard that Mrs Beards resented Susan having other friends. Mr Beards said he had been sleeping in the woods on the night of the murder. Mr Beards told the court he married his wife in 2007 and for two years they lived in a tent. He said he suffered from depression and had tried to kill himself. Mrs Beards told the jury her husband was abusive, had raped her twice and tried to suffocate her with a pillow.

Aug 16 – E’Dena Hines, 33, stabbed to death near her home in Washington Heights, New York. Her rapper boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, 30, was jailed for 20 years for second-degree murder after a cocaine-fuelled exorcism. She was the step-granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman. George Hudacko, 65, who saw the 3am attack from his window and called 911, said Davenport was stabbing Hines and screaming: “Get out, devils. In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out.”

Aug 16 – Taylor Samson, 22, a student at Dalhousie University, vanished from his Sigma Chi fraternity home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. William Sandeson, 22, a medical student at the same university was jailed for life for first degree murder. The trial heard Samson was shot by Sandeson after a botched drugs deal. The men were known to each other. In June 2020 the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ordered a new trial. The panel said the trial judge erred in not declaring a mistrial after learning that a private detective employed by the defence gave information to Halifax police — something that was initially unknown to Sandeson’s defence.

Aug 15 – Tommy Bilton, 19, was stabbed during a brawl in Oldham just before 4am. Another 23-year-old survived with stab wounds.Matthew Gregory, 23, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 12 years. Another 23-year-old survived with stab wounds. Kieran Knapman was sentenced to eight months, suspended for one year for affray and Brierley was sentenced to four months also for affray.

Aug 14 – Elizabeth Nnyanzi, 31, a ‘beautiful and talented’ City lawyer was found strangled in her family home in Harrow, NW London. She was a former pupil at the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Peter Kibisu, 23, a mechanic, was jailed for life (27 years) for raping and murdering her after she rejected his advances. Kibisu initally told officers that upon his return from work he had found the rear patio doors ajar, and Ms Nnyanzi lying on the floor in the bedroom. He was a family friend.

Aug 14 – Katelyn Parker, 24, was strangled and left in a Nissan car found in Heywood, Rochdale. Lee Nolan, 48, changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial at Manchester Crown Court in Feb 2016 and was jailed for life (18 years). Nolan was considered a harmless eccentric who lived a nomadic, happy-go-lucky lifestyle, travelling about Europe, sleeping in a tent, and getting by on odd bits of gardening work he picked up. But he killed her over a perceived slight and bragged about it, claiming to be a serial killer.

Aug 13 – Elife Beqa, 33, was strangled at her home in Southall, west London. Her partner Agim Isaku, 40, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter in March 2016. Beqa, who was known to her friends as Eli, had started an innocent relationship with another man. Although this friendship was purely platonic, her husband found out and sought to control his wife. Isaku began to monitor her phone and stopped her from accessing Facebook. He insisted she leave a job she seemed to enjoy and became increasingly jealous. All this resentment finally boiled over at the family home and he killed her.

Aug 13 – Natsumi Hirata, 13, schoolgirl, was stabbed and strangled in Osaka, Japan. Koji Yamada, 45, was arrested and went on trial in 2018. He was found guilty and sentenced to death. It emerged that he had been stopped by Tokyo police and found to be in possession of handcuffs and a stun gun two days before the girl’s body was discovered. Natsumi’s body was dumped in a car park Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture. Yamada is also suspected of killing Natsumi’s friend Ryoto Hoshino, 12, a boy, who was with Hirata the day they both disappeared, in Kashiwara, Osaka Prefecture. Yamada was previously convicted of luring a junior high school boy into his car in 2002 in Neyagawa, also in Osaka, binding him with duct tape and handcuffs, and robbing him of cash and a mobile phone.

Aug 13 – Damon Searson, 23, stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in a caravan in Heysham, Lancashire. His girlfriend Terri-Marie Palmer, 23, a hairdresser, was jailed for life (12 years) in Feb 2016. The court heard she“meant well for him, right until the seconds before she took his life,” a judge said. She plunged a kitchen knife into Searson’s chest after setting up home with him in an attempt to distance him from a life of drink and drugs.But she complained to a friend he had spent his money on a phone and shopping and once again she was left to pay the rent. She told her friend: ““He p***es me off sitting on Facebook, completely blanking me when I’m talking to him. All he does is sits there and adds loads of girls. He’s a f***ing little prick.”

Aug 13 – Anneli-Marie R, 17, was kidnapped and later murdered by the kidnap gang in Meissen, eastern Germany. The last sound her father heard were her screams in the background as he spoke with one of her abductors by telephone. Anneli was kidnapped at 7.30pm and at 7.57pm one of the kidnappers rang her father with a 1m euro ransom demand. Police said she was not chosen randomly, that at least one of her kidnappers knew her by sight and had studied her Facebook page. Markus B, 39, an unemployed cook, was jailed for life for murder and Norbert K, 61, a metalworker, was jailed for eight years for failing to prevent her death.

Aug 11 – Kevin McGuigan senior, 53, was shot dead at his home in east Belfast. Police say the organisation called Action Against Drugs, whose members include members of Provisional IRA, were responsible. AAD made a public statement on 6 August saying they would execute anybody who was involved in the murder of Jock Davison in May. In 2020 it was reported that Bobby Storey – a senior IRA figure who had just died – was a prime suspect in the murder of Mr McGuigan. Inquest in March 2023.

Aug 10 – Carola Herlin, 55, and her son, Emil Herlin, 28, both from Skelleftea, Sweden, were stabbed to death while browsing in the cutlery section of an Ikea store in Vasteras, Sweden. Abraham Ukbagabir, 36, an Eritrean Christian, was jailed for life for murder. It emerged that he was angry at being refused asylum in Sweden. Ukbagabir was attacked several times in prison.

Aug 10 – Mushin Ahmed, 81, a retired steel worker, was punched, kicked and stamped to death while walking to early morning prayers at a mosque in Rotherham. Dale Jones, 30, was jailed for life (32 years) for murder at Sheffield Crown Court in March 2016. Damien Hunt, 30, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. The trial heard that Jones had been drinking and taking drugs and flew into a fury claiming Ahmed had groomed white girls for sex abuse. There was no truth in the allegations at all. But it came at a time of heightened publicity about sex abuse by Muslim men in Rotherham.

Aug 10 – Khachon Cherdchoo, 40, a tattoo artist and practitioner of sak yant (a body art which claims to protect the wearer), was shot dead as he walked home in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, southern Thailand. Police arrested three men on suspicion of involvement with the crime, but the assailant remained at large. What prompted the murder remains unknown, though police said that Khachon had a “dispute” with others in his community.

Aug 10 – Ahmed Ahmed, 24, bled to death from stab wounds to his leg after being ambushed by a gang of hooded men in Plumstead, south London. Osman Musa Mohamed, 20, was jailed for life (22 years). But Judge Paul Worsley QC admitted “justice has not been done” as other knife-wielding members of the mob had not been caught. The case is the first where defendants were acquitted of murder following a controversial Supreme Court ruling on the law of joint enterprise. Senior judges ruled midway through the trial that an accused could not be found guilty of murder solely on the basis that they foresaw that a co-accused might commit a crime. The day after the ruling, Khalid “Van Damme” Hashi, 23, and Hamza Dodi, 24, were acquitted of murdering Mr Ahmed when the CPS said it had no choice but to abandon their cases. Ahmed was “crying and screaming” and calling out for his mother in Somali, as he lay bleeding to death. He was attacked by the gang led by Mohamed, who lured Ahmed out of the flats in Turton House in Barnfield Road, Plumstead. Sazzad “Gambino” Khan, 20, was also acquitted during the trial due to lack of evidence, and two more men, Hussein Roble, 18, and a 20-year-old who cannot be identified, were found not guilty of murder by the jury. After the verdicts, Ahmed’s girlfriend Yvonne Kotsiou revealed he had proposed two days before he died, and did not know she was expecting his child. “I was devastated, hysterical. I was in shock and I collapsed”, she said.

Aug 9 – Rasim Aliyev, 30, a journalist, died in hospital after being beaten up in Baku, Azerbaijan. Six people have been arrested in connection with his murder, including one of the country’s leading footballers, Javid Huseynov, 27. Aliyev had criticised Huseynov in a Facebook post as “ignorant and unable to behave himself” and unsuitable to represent Azerbaijan in Europe. Aliyev accused him of insulting behavior after a Europa League game in which Huseynov scored the winning goal for Azerbaijan’s Qabala FK at home to Apollon Limassol of Cyprus. Aliyev said Huseynov had displayed an insulting gesture to journalists when asked why he had celebrated with a Turkish flag after the match. Turkey has occupied the northern part of the island of Cyprus since 1974. Aliyev was attacked after going to meet a man who had introduced himself by telephone as Huseynov’s cousin and offered to discuss Aliyev’s criticism of the player. In 2016 Huseynov was jailed for six years for being an accessory to the murder. Elshan Ismailov received 13 years of imprisonment, Arif Aliyev – 12.5, Jamal Mammadov – 11, Samir Mustafayev and Kyanan Madatov were given nine years each for their role.

Aug 9 – Amber Monroe, 20, black transgender woman, shot as she got out of a car in Palmer Park, Detroit. She was the latest in a series of trans women killed in Detroit. It is not clear if she was a prostitute or a victim of transphobia. Unsolved.

Aug 9 – Jerrell Elie, 17, died of head injuries after being run over by a car during a fight in Brixton, south London. Nathan Bell, 29, was acquitted of murder but jailed for 18 years for manslaughter. Bell pinned the teen between his car and another vehicle following a row over a dispute between Jerrell and a 16-year-old boy. On 8 August Jerrell was stabbed. Jerrell was labelled a “snitch” for talking to the police about the stabbing.

Aug 9 – Dewayne Jackson, 50, his wife Valerie Jackson, 40, and children Nathaniel, 13, Dewayne, 10, Honesty, 11, Caleb, nine, Trinity, seven, and Jonah, six, were shot dead in Houston, Texas. Nathaniel was believed to be the son of David Conley, 48, and Valerie Jackson from a previous relationship. Conley was arrested after exchanging gunfire with police at the property. He was later charged with capital murder. As of 2020 he still has not gone to trial.

August 4 – Philip Fox, 59, was shot dead in a tent on wasteland near the river Stour in Wincheap, Canterbury, Kent. His skeletal remains were only discovered on April 25, 2016. Richard Donovan, 26, was jailed for life (30 years) in December 2016. Tony Hindmarsh, 36, was acquitted of supplying Donovan with the gun. Mr Fox had been homeless for several years. Donovan apparently killed him out of paranoia, thinking he had seen him with the shotgun and would report him to the police.

Aug 2– Jason Corbett, 39, originally from Limerick, was beaten to death with a baseball bat at his home in Wallburg, North Carolina. His wife Molly Corbett Martens and his father-in-law Thomas Martens, 65, a former FBI agent, were both convicted of second degree murder. The 911 call which Martens made has been released. In it Martens said: “I intervened and I think he’s in bad shape. We need help. He’s bleeding all over. I may have killed him.” Mr Corbett moved to the US in 2012 with his young children Sara and Jack, following the death of his first wife in 2006, and married Molly, who had been his au pair. In 2020 it was announced that Mr Martens and his daughter would be granted a retrial.

Aug 2 – Jennifer Dornan, 30, a mother of three, was stabbed and then her home in Lagmore, Belfast, was set on fire. Ironically police searched CCTV footage from her next door neighbour, Mehmet Oner’s cameras after he was targeted. Mr Oner had briefly employed a man suspected of murdering boxer Eamonn Magee in May 2015. Raymond O’Neill, 40, went on trial for murder in November 2019 but the jury was discharged because of a legal issue. He is still awaiting a retrial.

August 2 – Natasha Davies, 35, aka Natasha Hearn or Natasha Lees, was stabbed to death at her home on the World’s End estate in Chelsea, west London. Tracy Phillips, 48, from Charlton, south London, was jailed for life (13 years) for murder.

Aug 1 – Russell Peachey, 35, was beaten to death in Grangetown, Cardiff at 4am. James Williams, 31, was jailed for life (20 years) for murder. Dean Beasley, 37, from Barry, Shaminder Singh, 40, from Cardiff, and Christopher Smith, 34, from Cardiff, were all acquitted.

Aug 1 – Steven Tucker, 51, father of five, was attacked in a block of flats in Bootle, Merseyside. Andrew Blood, 17, was jailed for life (12 years) for murder. He had tried to blame his brother Kenneth Blood, 33. Kenneth was eventually jailed for four years for assault.

July 2015

July 31 – Ali Sa’ed Muhammad Dawabsheh, 18 months old, died in a fire at his family home in Duma on the West Bank, Palestine. His father Sa’ed Muhammad Hassan Dawabsheh, 32, succumbed to his wounds on 8 August. His mother Riham Hussein Hassan Dawabsheh, 26, succumbed to her wounds on 7 September. The only survivor was his brother Ahmed, five. In January 2016, Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, a Jewish settler, was convicted of murder and jailed for life. Ben-Uliel allegedly said he carried out the attack in revenge for the killing of a Jewish settler, Malachy Rosenfeld. But the court said he acted out of “extreme and racist ideology.” His teenage accomplice was jailed for five years. Thirteen Israeli men – a groom and 12 wedding guests – were charged after they were filmed celebrating the family’s death in Dec 2015.

July 31 – Alec Warburton, 59, was beaten to death with a hammer at his home in Sketty, Swansea and then dumped in a quarry near Dolwyddelan, North Wales. David Ellis, 40, a lodger, was jailed for life (26 years) in July 2016. The jury were not aware that Ellis was a convicted paedophile who had been jailed for five years in 1996 for a sex attack on a young girl. The motive for the murder was greed. Ellis pretended Warburton had gone away and said the other five tenants had to pay him their £285 per month rent.

July 30 – Shira Banki, 16, was stabbed to death at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride parade. She was straight but was supporting a close lesbian friend. Five others survived. The attacker was an ultra-Orthodox extremist, Yishai Schlissel. Schlissel, who was quickly tackled and arrested. He had just been released from prison three weeks prior, after serving 10 years of a 12-year prison sentence. He was jailed for stabbing three people at the same pride parade in Jerusalem in 2005. Shira fought for her life in a local hospital, but she had lost a massive amount of blood. She died of her wounds a few days later. In 2016 Schlissel was jailed for life plus 31 years. He was also reportedly beaten up in prison.

July 30 – David Markiewitz, 64, a retired dentist, was shot in his cabin in Weldon, about 10 miles east of Twin Oaks, California. SWAT deputies searched the area but suspect the gunman hiked over the Piute Mountains, possibly using the Pacific Crest Trail, to arrive in Weldon. The manhunt continued when the gunman fired at SWAT deputies on a remote property near Kelso Valley Road and Jawbone Canyon Road. Deputies Michael Booker and Jose Perez were wounded. Booker was shot in both arms and Perez was grazed by a bullet. SWAT deputies returned fire, but it was unclear if the man was struck. The prime suspect, Benjamin Ashley, 34, became a fugitive but was shot dead in Inyokern, California by police a week later.

July 30 – Gabriele di Ponto, 36, was murdered in Rome. His left leg was found in a tributary of the river Tiber in Rome. On it was tattooed the words “Today is a good day to die”. It had been cut off with an electric saw. Di Ponto had a long list of convictions for drug-trafficking, armed robbery and violence. He was also a member of far-right “ultra” supporters of the Rome football club Lazio, whose name was also tattooed on his leg. He had recently married an Italian-Tunisian women, but she had left him after a month because he beat her. Di Ponto’s relatives, worried that there had been no sign of him since late July, went to the morgue and identified his leg from five tattoos. DNA tests have been carried out in a bid to confirm the ID. Rome prosecutors opened a murder inquiry but the crime remained unsolved five years later. Unsolved

July 31 – Voncile Smith, 77, and her sons John Smith, 49, and Richard Smith, 47, were beaten to death with hammers and had their throats slit in Pensacola, Florida. Mrs Smith’s other son Donald Hartung Sr, 58, was jailed for life on three counts of first-degree murder. The three victims were found dead in their Deerfield Drive home in the Pine Forest area. A few days after the murders, Sheriff David Morgan told the media the killings may have been motivated by “witchcraft” and the appearance of a blue moon. That statement was based on what Hartung said and evidence found in his home. Morgan said that theory was still “in play,” but his office had also investigated financial gain and Richard Smith’s connection to the Department of Homeland Security as possible motives. According to court records, Hartung initiated probate proceedings in late August to settle the debts and distribute the assets of his brothers.

July 29 – Mariko Akitaya, 42, was murdered and dumped in a bay in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Her ex-lover Gregory Gumo, 41, an American who lives in Yokohama, was originally charged with murder but those charges were dropped. He was eventually convicted of illegally disposing of a body and was jailed for 18 months. Akitaya’s body was found floating in Koajiro Bay, Miura. Gumo was detained at Haneda International Airport while waiting to board an evening flight to the US. The court heard Akitaya was found wrapped in a sheet and bound with rope and with a concrete block attached to it. There were no external signs of injury on the body which was clothed. An autopsy revealed water in her lungs and that she was drugged and then dumped in the bay. Police discovered tracks in the sand near where the body was found, indicating that she had been dragged to the water’s edge before being put in a canoe and taken out to the bay. Police learned Gumo and Akitaya became acquainted after meeting on an Internet dating site in April. Street surveillance camera footage also showed the two riding in a car, belonging to Gumo’s wife, in the area a few hours before the woman’s body was found. Gumo and his Japanese wife had three children.

July 29 – Karl Bloxham, 39, stabbed to death with a kitchen knife in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. His girlfriend Ellishia Allen, 28, was jailed for life (14 years) in Sep 2016. The trial heard he had told her he wanted to end the relationship.

July 29 – Cy Cooper, 44, was punched, kicked and stamped to death at his home in Wincobank, Sheffield. Paul Cain, 24, was jailed for life (21 years) in Feb 2016. The trial heard they had rowed over relatives and living arrangements. Cain set the house on fire and then tried to pretend he had tried to rescue Cooper. Cain said he was going round to Mr Cooper’s flat to ask if he would let his nephew and his dogs move back in with him. Mr Cooper’s nephew Duane Cook had recently moved into a property where Cain was living. During the trial Cain claimed Cook killed Cooper.

July 27 – Jenny Foote, 38, a care worker, was beaten to death at a mental health hostel, Collette House in Acton, west London. Michael Meanza, 47, was jailed for life (24 years) in March 2016. The trial heard Meanza was a huge rock music fan. He had been released from a mental hospital three months earlier. He killed her after she asked him to turn down his TV, on which he was watching a biopic of The Doors.

July 26 – Paul Massey (pictured), 55, gangster and businessman, known as Salford’s Mr Big, was shot dead with an Uzi sub machine garden in the back garden of his home in Clifton, Salford, Greater Manchester. The murder was the culmination of a year-long feud between a Salford gang known as The A Team – led by Stephen Britton – and a splinter faction, The Anti A Team, led by Michael CarrollTheir violent feud started in July 2014 over the purchase of a Breitling watch which turned out to be counterfeit. The row escalated when a woman threw a drink over a key member of The A Team and then turned violent at a cafe Just Around The Corner Cafe in Doveleys Road in Irlams O’ Th’ Height on July 21, 2014. Rival gang members were involved in a brawl and guns are said to have been drawn. Six months later members of The A Team are suspected of using a machine saw to remove the roof of a VW Golf outside an address on Salford’s Duchy estate linked to the leader of the rival gang. Then a gunfight broke out in Irlams O’ Th’ Height on February 18, 2015, when two members of The A Team were shot. Their rivals had used a tracking device – which police found under their car – to locate them. A week later, a grenade was thrown at another address on the Duchy estate linked to The A Team but within hours the gang appears to have responded when one of their rivals was shot three times as he went to collect a car from a car wash in Ashton in Makerfield. After Massey’s killing the A Team sent a hit squad to Spain but the leader of the rival gang fled the country. The gangster who ordered Massey’s killing reportedly shook hands with one of his rivals following ‘peace talks’ in Dubai. In 2018 hitman Mark “The Iceman” Fellows, 37, was jailed for life (whole life tariff) for his murder and that of John Kinsella in 2018. Steven Boyle, 35, was jailed for life (33 years) for the murder of John Kinsella. Fellows and Boyle were allied with The Anti A Team.

July 24 – Marilyn Pharis, 64, a veteran of the US Air Force, was sexually assaulted and beaten with a hammer in Santa Maria, California. She died on August 1. Victor Aureliano Martinez Ramirez, 29, an illegal immigrant, was jailed for life for first-degree murder and carrying out “rape by instrument.” Jose Fernando Villagomez, 20, was jailed for 25 years to life. On July 17, just days before the fatal attack, Ramirez was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on drug and weapons charges. But he was ordered released on July 20 after pleading no contest to the weapons charge. He was never deported.

July 24 – Alesha Bell, 18, vanished on her way to see a relative near Warren, Ohio. Her last text to her mum read: “Mom, if I make it home, I need you. I’m scared.” Her body was later found in a fire pit outside the home of James Brooks. In 2017 Brooks, 42, was jailed for eight years after he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping, compelling prostitution and gross abuse of a corpse. He was already serving 22 years in prison for drugs and weapon charges.

July 24 – The body of a man was found wrapped in bin bags and a blanket in Hawthorn Lane, near Warfield, Bracknell, Berkshire.The body remained unidentified until July 2016 when he was identified as Aivaras Danilevicius. He disappeared in late 2004 and is thought to have been killed in a different location before he was dumped in the village between 2008 and 2013. He had died of blunt force trauma. Mr Danilevicius had strong links to London’s gay scene. Unsolved

July 22 – Gillian Phillips, 54, was stabbed 41 times and her partner David Oakes, 60, was stabbed 6 times at their home in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. Her son Brett Rogers, 23, was jailed for life (32 years) in May 2016. Rogers had been jailed in 2012 for breaking his father’s eye socket. During his trial at Chelmsford Crown Court he claimed a ‘mystery stranger’ killed them while he was at the shops.

July 20 – Megan Troen, 20, vanished from home in Tracy, California. Her body was discovered 10 days later in the California Aqueduct in Fresno, California. Megan had a diminished mental capacity and functioned at a lower level than a normal 20-year-old person, said police. Keleo Schreiner, 21, confessed to killing Troen in July 2015 to “to set her free” from her unhappy life. She suffered from bipolar disorder. Schreiner was ordered to go on trial in 2017 but his mental state may have prevented that.

July 19 – John Gogarty, 65, was stabbed 69 times at his home in Wombwell, Barnsley. Ian Birley, 43, and Helen Nichols, 39, were both jailed for life for murder in December 2015. Birley, had a previous convictions for murder and was out on licence, having served 18 years of a life term. Birley was given a life sentence in 1996 for the murder in 1995 of Maurice Hoyle, 69, at his home in Barnsley. Sheffield Crown Court was told in 1996 that Mr Hoyle, who was gay, had invited Birley back to his home where they watched a pornographic video. According to the prosecution in that case, they drank several whiskeys together before Mr Hoyle asked for a kiss. Birley bludgeoned Mr Hoyle with a whiskey bottle before stamping on his head. Mr Hoyle suffered 42 external injuries in the horrifying attack, including a fractured nose, cheek bones and eye sockets. He was released in 2013. Mr Gogarty was murdered for money to pay the pair’s drug dealer.

July 19 – Michael Adegbite, 28, a male model, fitness instrucotr and teaching assistant, was stabbed after arranging to sell his laptop for £200 on the Gumtree website. Christopher Nzeh, 18, of Hitchin, was sentenced to 21-and-a-half years in prison after he was found guilty of manslaughter and previously admitted conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a bladed article. Isacc Owen-Brady, 18, of Enfield, was jailed for 12 years after he was found guilty of possession of the knife that killed Mr Adegbite. Montel Ajayi, 19, of Waltham Cross, was jailed for five years for conspiracy to commit robbery. All three were acquitted of murder.

July 17 – Donald Lock, 79, a retired solicitor, was stabbed 39 times in a road rage incident on the A24 in Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex. Matthew Daley, 34, from Worthing, was acquitted of murder but jailed for life (10 years) for manslaughter due to diminished reponsibility. He will serve his sentence Hellingly medium-secure psychiatric hospital in East Sussex. Mr Lock had accidentially driven his Toyota into the back of Daley’s Ford Fusion at about 16mph, causing minor damage to both cars. Before the killing, his family had ‘pleaded’ with clinicians to section him as his mental health declined, a trial heard.

July 17 – Isobel “Becky” Parker, 23, was strangled to death at her flat in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. She was pregnant. Her ex-boyfriend Matthew Smith, 23, a factory worker, was convicted of murder at Chelmsford Crown Court in March 2016 and jailed for life (18 years). The trial heard she was tied up with cable ties and string, strangled and left dying in a bath. She had been in a relationship with Smith, 23, for at least six years and he was the father of her existing children. The court was told she had left him for a new man about six months before her death, in July 2014, and had recently reported her former partner to HMRC. Prosecutor John Caudle told the court Smith had taken the break up badly and had even tried to kill himself but had recovered from his depression enough to begin taking each of the children on alternative weekends. Two weeks before her death, Ms Parker had contacted HMRC to report a change in circumstances within the household and to tell them Smith had moved out. As a result, it was calculated that Smith had been overpaid by £1,527.21 in tax credits – which needed to be repaid – since he left the family home, just after Christmas in 2014.

July 16 – Glen Hack, 41, beaten to death in a flat in Farnham, Surrey. Andrew Savage, 47, pleaded guilty to murder at Guildford Crown Court in Jan 2016 and was jailed for life (22 years). Gareth Wheeler, 46, was jailed for 15 months after pleading guilty to assisting an offender. Savage was an alcoholic and a person of bad character who had convictions dating back 30 years including assault, theft and harassment. Savage had carried out the murder in a drunken rage after Mr Hack refused to give him access to money to buy more alcohol, the court heard.

July 14 – Vinny Waddington, 18, was the pillion passenger on a scrambler motorbike when it was rammed by an Audi A3 car in Garston, Merseyside. As the bike was knocked over, one of three men inside the Audi fired a single shotgun blast from the driver’s window. Vinny was struck in the chest, managing to jump over a garden fence and run a short way before collapsing. The rider of the bike, Francis Humphries, was also wounded but did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Luke Kendrick, a cannabis dealer and the owner of the Audi, was jailed for life (25 years) and his associate Ryan Bate was jailed for life (24 years) in 2016. David Ungi, 30, was extradited from Spain in 2022 and went on trial for murder in 2023. He was acquitted in May 2023. Supporters in the public gallery gasped and quietly cheered when the verdicts were brought in.

July 14 – Ashton O’Hara, 25, aka Jessica Storm, a black transgender woman, was found murdered in a field in Detroit. Larry Gaulding, 37, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and jailed for 30-60 years.

July 10 – Erdogan Guzel, 42, shot dead outside his bakery, Kardesler Pastanesi, in Lordship Lane, Wood Green, north London. A 51-year-old woman, who was walking past with her daughter, survived but was critically injured. Police said they were not the targets. The killers escaped in a car heading for Tottenham. Believed to be linked to the Turkish gang feud. In 2019 police put up a £20,000 reward and showed CCTV of the incident.

July 10 – Darryl Fitch, 43, was hit over the head and drowned while fishing at Locher Water near Bridge of Weir, Scotland. His best friend William Cameron, 37, from Paisley, was jailed for life (19 years) for murder.

July 9 – Lecent Ross, 14, shot dead in Rexdale, Toronto. She was at a friend’s house when a gun went off by accident. The 13-year-old boy was sentenced to the maximum youth sentence of three years, after pleading guilty to criminal negligence causing death, possession of a restricted firearm and failing to comply with a court order. He cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

July 5 – Kory Ketrow, 22, Trevor Hall-Gray, 20, Francine Ramos, 32, and four other people were shot dead in Easton and nearby Allentown, Pennsylvania, during a crazed late-night spree. Todd West, 24, from New Jersey, was jailed for life after reaching a plea deal to avoid the death sentence. Asked in court why he killed the pair in Allentown, West said, “I just wanted to kill them.” Robert Jourdain, 20, was jailed for 12-40 years for buying the ammunition that West used. Kareem Mitchell, 23, was jailed for life. He was the driver.

July 5 – John Hunter, 25, and his brother Willie, 31, were shot dead in an SUV in Auburn Gresham neighbourhood of Chicago. They had recently moved to Missouri but were back visiting relatives. Their uncle was state senator Mattie Hunter. Deonte Logan, 19, was jailed for life. The trial heard John Hunter was part of the Black P Stone gang, while his older brother Willie Hunter was affiliated with the Mickey Cobra street gang. Logan was allegedly a member of the Black P Stone gang. The trio attended a block party hosted by members of the Mickey Cobra gang

July 4 – Amari Brown, 7, was shot dead in North Harding Avenue, Humboldt Park, Chicago. A 26-year-old woman standing nearby survived. Brown’s father – the target – was Antonio Brown, 39, a ranking member of the Four Corner Hustlers gang. He had been out on $50,000 bail on a firearms charge. Suspect Rasheed Martin, 20, was arrested in Superior, Wisconsin, a few weeks later. Martin and another man, Jamal Joiner were still awaiting trial in 2020. Demond Coffee, a gang member, was jailed for five years for carrying the weapon.

July 2 – Romario Green, 20, was shot dead outside The Swan pub in Sudbury Town, north London, just after midnight on 2 July 2015. On 10 August 2015 suspect Denny De Silva, 23, from Luton, was arrested in Malaga, Spain on a European Arrest Warrant. He was charged with murder on 21 August 2015 and was jailed for life (27 years) in Feb 2016. In March 2016 Abdullah Amouri, 21, from the Wembley area, was arrested at Heathrow Airport after being extradited from Spain. He went on trial in September 2016 but the jury failed to reach a verdict and he now faces a retrial.

July 1 – Kate Steinle, 32, was shot dead who was walking along Pier 14 in San Francisco with her father. Francisco Sanchez, 45, an illegal Mexican immigrant, has been charged with murder and awaits trial. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting, but served time in federal prison for repeatedly sneaking back into the country. He told reporters he knew San Francisco was a good place to avoid deportationbecause of its “sanctuary” policy. Sanchez, who has been deported five times, said he started wandering on the pier after taking sleeping pills he found in a dumpster. He said he then picked up a gun that he found and it went off. On November 30, 2017, after five days of deliberations, a jury acquitted García Zárate of all murder and manslaughter charges. He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, but that conviction was overturned on appeal on August 30, 2019.

June 2015

Between June 2015 and June 2016 – Five boys and three girls died at the Countess of Chester hospital in Chester. In Nov 2020 Lucy Letby, 30, a nurse, originally from Hereford, was charged with 7 murders and 10 charges of attempted murder. She went on trial in October 2022 at Manchester Crown Court. The children were anonymised and named Child A to Child Q.

June 29 – Lorraine Barwell, 54, a custody officer, was kicked in the head at Blackfriars Crown Court in London while guarding a man facing a robbery charge. She died in hospital two days later. Humphrey Burke, 23, was judged as mentally unfit for trial in April 2016 and given an indefinite hospital order and was sent to Broadmoor.

June 28 – Teresa Sievers, 46, a doctor from Bonita Springs, Florida, was found dead at her home. She had been attacked with a hammer. The mother of two small children ran a hormone therapy and holistic healing practice out of Estero. Her husband Mark Sievers, 51, was jailed for life for murder. Jimmy Rodgers, 25, and Curtis Wright, 47, both from Missouri, were also convicted of murder. Rodgers and Wright were hitmen. Rodgers worked in construction and told people he would be out of state for a job when the brutal killing happened. Wright was a close friend of Sievers’ husband Mark. Rodgers’ Facebook nickname was Hammer. Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with Teresa Sievers’ death in 2016 in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

June 27 – Shane Tunney, 24, was beaten up in Norton, near Stockton-on-Tees when he went out to buy a pizza. He died in hospital 5 weeks later. His friend Anthony Kirk survived. Kearan Terry Davis, 18, and Kieran Harry Davis, 18, were both convicted of murder and jailed for life (15 years and 13 years respectively) in May 2016. Jake Douglas, 18, Brandon Pitt, 18, and Daniel Hunt, 18, were acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter. Pitt was jailed for seven years and the others for four years each. A 17-year-old was jailed for four years for manslaughter and a youth of 16 for 45 months. They had earlier thrown waste food at Shane and his friend from the roof of a supermarket as he used a cash machine.

June 25 – Bella Bond, 2 and a half years old, was found dead in a plastic bag on the shore of Deer Island in Boston, Massachusetts. She was originally unidentified and became known as Baby Doe. On September 18, 2015, it was announced she had been identified as Bella Bond,from Dorchester, Massachusetts. Her mother Rachelle Bond, 40, admitted being an accessory after the fact and was sentenced to time served and probation. She was released in 2017 and sent to a residential substance abuse treatment facility. Her boyfriend Michael McCarthy, 35, was jailed for life for murder. When they appeared in court the prosecutor described the horrific events that allegedly led to the young girl’s death and how the pair did drugs for days after she was killed and her body put in a refrigerator. The description prompted one family member to stand up and scream at McCarthy: “I hope you rot in hell! I hope you rot in fucking hell!”

June 24 – Linda Norcup, 46, was strangled at her home in Stoke-on-Trent. Her brother Gareth Hindmarsh, 35, was jailed for life (22 years). Hindmarsh told police officers he had been drinking lager with his sister when the idea to kill her “popped into my head”.

June 24 – William Aki, 65, was found in a pool of blood in his home in Oahi, Hawaii. His ex-girlfriend, Anjelita Rasa, 26, admitted shooting him. She said he supported her drug habit in exchange for sex. She pleaded guilty to robbery and was jailed for 20 years. She testified against her boyfriend, Shaun Branco-Taguchi, 29, and his cousin Shane Rodrigues, 30, but they were acquitted of murder. Jessica Samson, 26, was acquitted of arson. Police discovered Aki’s body after finding his BMW engulfed in flames outside Makua cave on the west side of the island. Rasa had been living with Aki but he kicked her out a week before he was killed. Police say he often allowed homeless people to stay in his home.

June 24 – John “Goldfinger” Palmer, 65, legendary criminal and timeshare fraudster, was shot dead at his home in South Weald, near Brentwood, Essex. The police initially thought he had died of a heart attack before a gunshot wound to his chest was discovered. A 43-year-old man was arrested in August 2015 but never charged. Mr Palmer was known to have extensive connections in the criminal underworld and earned his nickname after being cleared over the Brink’s Mat raid. He had spent the last eight years on bail following his arrest in Tenerife in 2007, where he was charged with fraud, firearm possession and money laundering. Unsolved.

June 24 – Richard Pencott, a father of two, was mowed down by a car as he cycled home from work in Harworth, Nottinghamshire. Sam Spaven, 27, from, Bircotes, changed his plea to guilty on the first day of the trial at Nottingham Crown Court and was sentenced to life imprisonment in Dec 2015. Spaven was driving an Audi A4 and swerved on to the pavement and hit Mr Pencott at around 40mph. He was hurled many metres into the air and died of head and chest injuries shortly afterwards. His bike was thrown over a 10ft high security fence. The trial heard Spaven was “blinded by jealousy and bent on revenge” after his girlfriend Amy Sherwood left him in April 2015 because of his mood swings. He was a bodybuilder who probably took steroids.

June 24 – Christopher De Simone, 24, a customer, and Maria Voci, 42, a waitress, were shot dead at the Moka café in Vaughan, on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada. Rocco Di Paola, a former candidate for Mayor of Toronto, and his cousin Gaetano di Pietro survived the shooting. The gunman was a black man who was seen on CCTV. It was thought the shooting was related to organised crime in the York region, just north of Toronto, although no motive was ever offered at trial. In 2018 Jason Hay, 30, was jailed for life (50 years) for murder. It emerged he had been convicted in 2009 of the manslaughter of David Latchana.

June 23 – Anita Kapoor, 34, from Hayes was strangled and dumped in a lay-by on the Amersham Road in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire where her body was discovered by a member of the public. Navin Mohan, a delivery driver, aged 34, from Southall, west London, was jailed for life (22 years) for murder. Ms Kapoor had been out with her boyfriend in Southall, but they had become separated. He later told police he received a call from her phone and heard her begging for freedom. Anita was heard saying, “please let me go, I won’t say anything” before the line went dead. After calling back repeatedly he called police and reported her missing.

June 22 – Cherish Perrywinkle, was abducted, raped and strangled in Jacksonville, Florida. Donald Smith, 61, a serial paedophile, was convicted of first degree murder and sexual battery and in Feb 2018 he was sentenced to death. He had lured her family to a Walmart with promises to buy food and clothing. Perrywinkle’s mother called 911 after she suspected Smith had left with the girl. Medical examiner Dr Valerie Rao broke down as she read the autopsy report. She estimated that it took the eight-year-old 3-5 minutes to die. As she was being strangled, her right eye began bleeding.

June 21 – Six-month-old Ruby-Grace Gaunt, her mother Amy Smith and her friend Edward Green, both 17, died in a blaze at a flat in Langley Mill, Derbyshire. Peter Eyre, 44, and sons Simon, 24, and Anthony, 22, all of Sandiacre, were jailed for life (32, 26 and 23 years respectively) in Feb 2016. They started the fire as an act of revenge after Smith’s boyfriend came round to complain about a stolen moped and smashed a car windscreen, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

June 21 (Father’s Day) – Christian Bagley, 30, stabbed to death near Hunderton Bridge in Hereford while visiting his 18 month old daughter. He staggered to a nearby house and told a man: “I’m dying. Tell Lara I love her” before dying. An appeal was made on Crimewatch in October. Two men, aged 27 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of murder, and two women, aged 34 and 51, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. But in 2016 police said they would face no further action. Unsolved.

June 20 – Renea Campbell, 26, was stabbed to death to death at an unlicensed rave on the Lyndeans Industrial Estate in Abbey Wood, south east London. Damian Fraser, 26, from Tottenham, was jailed for life (21 years) and Aiden McGowan, 23, from Northumberland Park, was jailed for life (19 years). Rennae Henriques, 28, from Tottenham, was acquitted of murder but convicted of violent disorder and jailed for two and a half years. Trimaine Laing, 27, was acquitted of all charges. The Old Bailey heard there was a history of conflict between Fraser and Mr Campbell before the murder. Mr Campbell was stabbed outside a nightclub in Finsbury Park in 2008 and his family believed Fraser was responsible, although he was never charged with the offence. A month before the fatal stabbing, Fraser challenged Mr Campbell to a knife fight at a house party. When he saw Mr Campbell at the rave, Fraser recruited McGowan to help him attack the victim.

June 19 – Shirley Carter, 68, was shot dead at her home in rural Marion County, Iowa. Her husband Bill said she “was terribly cold,” and that “rigor mortis had already set in” when he found her body. In December 2017 her son Jason Carter, 45, was found legally responsible for her death in a civil court. He was then charged with first degree murder. Jason was a struggling farmer who stood to receive their land, which amounted to $6 million, and liquid assets that included $800,000 in savings after their deaths. Carter went on trial in March 2019. He claims the killer was a burglar or his father. He was acquitted.

June 17 – Ogarra “Gorz” Dixon, 24, was shot dead on the Angell Town estate in Brixton, south London. Shaden “Shaybo” Cadette, 23, was jailed for life (27 years) in Jan 2016. He laughed, smiled and waved to his family at the Old Bailey as he was sentenced. He shot Mr Dixon moments after they met on the streets of Brixton. Prosecutor Timothy Cray, QC, said the motive was unknown as Cadette claimed he was not the gunman and had pleaded not guilty. But word on the street is that Gorz – a member of the notorious 150 drill group – had borrowed money from Cadette when he came out of prison but failed to pay it back

Pride and pain of a mother on Brixton’s Angell Town estate

June 17 – Nine people – Cynthia Hurd, 54; Susie Jackson, 87; Ethel Lance, 70; Depayne Middleton-Doctor, 49; Clementa Pinckney, 41; Tywanza Sanders, 26; Daniel Simmons, 74; Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45; and Myra Thompson, 59, were shot dead at a Bible study class in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. All the victims were black. Dylann Roof, 21, a white supremacist, was arrested after a brief manhunt, convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The killing sparked a fierce debate about the use of the Confederate flag, which Roof was seen to wave. Many states agreed to remove it.

June 16 – Jordan Watson, 14, was stabbed in the head and neck in Upperby cemetery in Carlisle. George Thomson, 18, was jailed for life (27 years) for murder. Brahnn Finley, 19, was jailed for life (14 years) for murder. Daniel Johnston, 19, was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 10 years. The jury heard Thomson was infatuated with Jordan’s girlfriend and said he would “kill anyone for her”. He was obsessed with knives and a cache of almost 70 weapons was found at his home, including a bloodstained Gurkha knife.

June 14 – Jeremy Cook, 18, from Brampton, was shot dead in London, Ontario after he confronted two men who had stolen his mobile phone. One of the men, Muhab Sultan, 23, later drowned in the Rideau river in Ottawa while being pursued by police on an unrelated matter. The second man, Mohamed Ibrahim Sail, 24, from Calgary, was acquitted. Sail was arrested in 2018 on drugs charges.

June 12 – Tommy Blackmore, 20, from Bermondsey, died after being hit with a “boxing jab” during a fight in the Mono Lounge nightclub in Southwark. Convicted drug dealer Lloyd Smythe, 29, admitted manslaughter and was jailed for five and a half years. The trial heard Tommy was a peacemaker who was trying to stop an argument between two women. Members of Tommy’s family left court as the CCTV footage was played, while one person shouted “c***” as Smythe was seen landing the fatal blow. The Old Bailey heard Smythe told police he punched Tommy because he felt “pissed off” after wrongly believing the victim had taken and smashed his mobile phone.

June 10 – Stefan Appleton, 18, was stabbed to death with a zombie knife in Nightingale Park in Islington, north London. He was with friends near a children’s playground in Nightingale Park when two youths pulled up on a moped. The pillion passenger, wearing dark clothing and a helmet, stabbed Stefan several times before fleeing the scene on the vehicle. Stefan managed to stagger to Caldy Walk before collapsing. Blaise Lewinson, who was 16 at the time of the attack, was jailed for life (nine years) for manslaughter. The trial heard he had stabbed Mr Appleton, a college student from Islington, in the leg and chest while children played on nearby swings and slides. Lewinson was allegedly heard shouting “RP”, standing for Red Pitch – a rival to another gang in the area – as he fled on the back of a moped following the attack.

June 8 – Phyllis Hayes, 65, was stabbed to death at her home in Stratford, east London. Her son Mark Hayes, 37, was jailed for life in Dec 2015. He had tried to make it look as if she died in a gas explosion. Hayes went on the run after the murder and attacked a completely innocent man, Alan Pryer, as he slept in the grounds of a pub in Tilbury, Essex.

June 7 – Jeff Henry, 39, a tattoo artist, was beaten up in King’s Hedges, Cambridge. His life support machine was switched off in hospital five days later. Martin Saunders, 35, and Liam Kenny, 36, who are both Irish, admitted manslaughter and will be sentenced on July 6, 2016. Ben Maguire, 29, admitted GBH and assisting them dispose of their bloody clothes. The trial heard there had been a feud between Henry and the others. The two men had never actually met before the fatal incident, but exchanged a series of vile threats via phone call and text. Henry became convinced Saunders was sleeping with his ex-wife. Saunders was jailed for life (22 years) and Kenny was jailed for life (16 years). Ben Maguire, 29, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for assisting an offender.

June 7 – Ashley Gillard, 31, a hairdresser, was murdered in his 3rd floor flat at Trevithick Court in Wolverton, Milton Keynes. His lover Thomas White, 26, from Wellingborough, was charged with murder, arson, possessing drugs and stealing a BMW and a forklift truck. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter by gross negligence and was jailed for 13 years. White abseiled from a window after returning to the scene two days later and setting fire to the flat. The trial heard White killed him after learning he was HIV positive. His barrister Amjad Malik QC said it was a cocktail of drugs taken by Mr Gillard that had led to a seizure. Mr Malik told the court the news that Mr Gillard was HIV was a “massively provocative piece of information” for White who had been having sex with him for months.

June 5 – Lukey Maxwell, 22, a musician, was stabbed in the back in Tottenham, north London. Arthur Gorol, 36, from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, was charged with murder but the charges were later dropped. Mobo Award-winning rapper Chipmunk led tributes to Maxwell.

June 2 – Nathan “Herbs” Murray, 18, was stabbed to death in Sydenham, SE London. Nathan was a friend of Lewisham grime MC and producer Novelist. Marley Lucas, 21, was acquitted of murder. He claimed Murray died accidentally and the knife belonged to Murray. Lucas said he had been released from prison in 2013 and had been making around £200 a week selling cannabis to earn some extra money while he studied painting and decorating.

June 1 – John York, 25, from Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, was killed in a cell in HMP Long Lartin, Worcestershire. Russell Oliver, 46, a fellow inmate, was jailed for life (whole life) in 2016 but Stephen Boorman, 30, was acquitted. York was jailed for life in 2013 for beating a man to death in Irthlingborough. It later emerged that Oliver had been given £45,103 in legal aid to pay for his defence.

May 2015

May 31 – Lukasz Furmanek, 24, was stabbed to death in Handsworth, Birmingham. His friend, Joseph Dudek, 31, survived. Sadam Essakhil, 15, was jailed for life (19 years) and his friend, Abdullah Atiqzoy, 18, was jailed for life (26 years). The trial heard the pair were walking towards an all-night supermarket at 3am when they encountered two Polish men coming the other way and a fight broke out. Essakhil fled the country but handed himself in to the authorities in Belgium. Atiqzoy was arrested trying to escape to France in the back of a lorry. Abdullah’s brother Feizullah was convicted of assisting an offender. In 2019 Sadam appeared in a West Midlands Police promotional film about the dangers of knife crime. He said he regretted what he had done. Sadam’s mother has returned to Afghanistan.

May 30 – Kelly Mayhew, 34, a TV producer, died after silicone was injected into her buttocks in the basement of a house in Queens, New York. Former beautician Donna Francis, 38, from Loughton, Essex, fled to her native England. Francis was extradited back to the US in 2019 and charged with criminally negligent homicide and unauthorised practice of a profession. She pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was jailed for the maximum – one year – allowed in the extradition agreement. “The phrase ‘getting away with murder’ certainly applies to you,” New York Judge Kenneth Holder told her. He said: “If you have a conscience, this is going to haunt you much longer than the one-year sentence you’re going to serve.”

May 30 – Charles Warrender, 22, from Grimsby, a sailor in the Royal Navy, was found dead in a park in the Seychelles after a night. At an inquest in July 2016 the coroner heard he was probably given a massive overdose of heroin by an unknown ‘third party.’ The 6ft 5in tall engineering technician was said to be super fit, devoted to his job, proud to serve Queen and country and someone who would never take illicit drugs. He was serving on HMS Richmond as part of an operation to tackle international drug smuggling in the Indian Ocean and his family believe he was targeted at random in an ‘act of revenge’ by a criminal in the drugs trade. At an inquest into his death coroner Paul Kelly recorded a narrative verdict because of a lack of conclusive evidence about how he met his death in the island capital of Victoria during the early hours on 30 May last year. His mother Kate Warrender, 59, criticised the Seychelles Police, along with the Royal Navy and British authorities for failing to adequately investigate her son’s highly suspicious death.

May 30 – Eamonn Magee junior, 22, a professional boxer and engineering student, was stabbed to death with a broken pair of garden shears at a house in Twinbrook, Belfast. His father, Eamonn Magee senior was a former boxing champion who once fought Ricky Hatton. Orhan Koca, 32, a Turkish barman, was jailed for life (14 years) for murder. He was attacked while being held in HMP Maghaberry. Koca, who was homeless, attacked Magee, who was in a relationship with his estranged wife, Courtney Ward. Koca was motivated by jealousy.

May 25 – Kendred Bishop, 18, and his brother Kendrick, 22, were shot dead in New Orleans on Memorial Day. New Orleans rapper Widner ‘Flow’ Degruy, 27, has been sentenced to two life terms without parole for the murders which, the court heard, were in retaliation for stealing $8,000 and two guns from his girlfriend. Flow had been signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money record label. Degruy denied the murders but his own mother testified against him, as did his co-defendant Jonathan Evans, 22, who said the rapper had an issue with the Bishops. Evans cooperated with authorities in exchange for 20 years in prison.

May 23 – Janet Jordon, 48, her six-year-old daughter Derrin, and her partner Philip Howard, 44, were stabbed to death at home in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Ms Jordon’s son, Jed Allen, 21, went on the run and was found hanged in a wood in Oxford two days later.

May 22 – Zafran Nawaz, 34, from the Yardley area of Birmingham, was stabbed 120 times and left in a shed. He had been missing for one day. Akbar Khan, 20, from Bordesley Green, was jailed for life (20 years). The IOPC investigated West Midlands Police’s response to reports of Mr Nawaz going missing. It found Mr Nawaz made an anonymous 999-call to police at around noon on 20 May, saying he had been stabbed. Although officers were unable to immediately ascertain the location of the caller they were able to narrow it down to Carlton Road. Officers attended and visited a number of properties there but found no signs of violence, disorder or suspicious activity.

May – A 16-year-old girl was beaten and then set on fire by a mob in Rio Bravo, Suchitepequez, Guatemala. She was alleged to have been involved in the murder of Carlos Enrique González Noriega, a 68-year-old moto taxi driver. The mob claimed the girl, along with two other men, shot González Noriega after he had refused to pay protection money. The two men escaped. The video of her being killed went viral. It is not clear if anyone was ever charged with her killing, nor has she ever been identified by media outside Guatemala. Unsolved.

May 18 – Jessica Rehfeld, 22, was kidnapped, stabbed and buried in woods near Rapid City, South Dakota. Her former boyfriend Jonathon Klinetobe, 26, from Sturgis, was jailed for life for aiding and abetting first degree manslaughter. In the weeks before she was killed he threatened her by text, voicemail and on social media. Richard Hirth, 35, pleaded not guilty on the grounds of insanity and is awaiting trial in 2020. David Schneider, 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping in the first degree and conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping in the first degree and was jailed for 75 years. Klinetobe hired Hirth and Schneider, both of Rapid City, to kill his ex-girlfriend Rehfeld and help him bury her in the woods. A couple of weeks after the crime occurred Klinetobe moved Rehfeld’s body to a nearby grave with the help of two other men, Garland Brown, 29, was jailed for four years and Michael Frye, 24, was given probation after pleading guilty to being an accessory to a crime.

May 17 – Nine people shot dead during a shootout between five biker gangs and the police outside the Twin Peaks bar and grill in Waco, Texas. Among those involved were The Bandidos and The Cossacks but also the Scimitars. The Cossacks are a Waco gang who resented Bandidos coming onto their turf. The dead included Daniel Boyett, 44, a regional Cossacks captain who was shot in the head. The others were Richard Vincent Kirschner, 47; Jacob Lee Rhyne, 39; Wayne Lee Campbell, 43; Charles Wayne Russell, 46; Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, 65; Richard Matthew Jordan II, 31; Manuel Issac Rodriguez, 40; and Matthew Mark Smith, 27. They were all from north Texas. A total of 177 bikers werearrested with various organised crime offences and 150 were indicted, but none were convicted.

May 10 – Donald Peacock and Shon Collins, both 46, were beaten to death during a riot at the Tecumseh State Prison in Nebraska. The riot lasted for at least 10 hours. No-one has ever been charged with the murders. Unsolved. In 2017 two other inmates – Michael Galindo, 31, and Damon E. Fitzgerald, 39, were killed in another riot at the prison. Eric L. Ramos, 26, was charged in that case.

May 10 – Joanna Doman, 55, was pushed down a flight of stairs at her home in Peasedown, near Bath, Somerset. Her lodger Jesse Harper, 22, was jailed for 5 years for manslaughter. The trial heard she confronted him over his “expensive habit” of taking two baths a day. She said it cost too much money.

May 9 – Allan Frampton, 60, a cabbie and mechanic, was run over by a Mercedes S Class taxi in a cul de sac in Chelmsford, Essex. Nasser Rezaie, 63, a taxi firm owner, admitted he was driving the car but denied murder. His wife Jane was had left him and moved in with Mr Frampton. Rezaie claims “loss of control” due to the emotional turmoil, which he argues makes him guilty of manslaughter. The court heard Rezaie had warned he would cut both their throats and decapitate them. Jurors heard tracking devices fitted to a car belonging to Mr Rezaie’s wife, Jane, sent location alerts to the defendant’s mobile phone so he could follow her. He was jailed for life (18 years) after being convicted of murder. Judge Charles Gratwicke, who described Rezaie as “bitter, twisted and dominating”.

May 8 – Ranjit Singh Power, a 54-year-old hotelier from Wolverhampton, vanished after arriving in Amritsar, Punjab. Mr Power’s body was found in a canal in Ropar District. Sukhdev Singh, a taxi driver, was charged with murder and was awaiting trial in India. Motive is believed to be robbery. In 2016 police in India said they wanted to speak to his business partner, Baldev Singh Deol, also of Wolverhampton. Mr Power reportedly owed £1m to a business partner.

May 5 – Domingo Ortiz, 60, was last seen alive at a house in Burrillville, Rhode Island. His body was found under several inches of cement at the house. Steven Pietrowicz, 38, was jailed for life for murder and Michelle Morin, 40, was jailed for 20 years. Pietrowicz and Morin struck Ortiz in the face and body with a baseball bat and their fists after a drunken row. Ortiz was kept in the basement of the property until May 7, when Pietrowicz and Bickhardt dug a hole in the backyard. The two strangled Ortiz to death and buried his body.

May 4 – Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison, a former senior IRA figure, 47, was shot dead at his home in the Markets area of Belfast. In January 2005, Davison was in the same bar when Robert McCartney, a 33-year-old father-of two, was stabbed to death outside. The chain of events that led to Mr McCartney’s death began inside Magennis’s bar when his friend was involved in a row with Mr Davison that then spilled outside. Davison’s killer is believed to be a hitman employed by a Dublin drugs gang. He was killed on the order of a criminal whose father he killed in the 1990s.

May 4 – Derick Marney, 70, was stabbed to death at home in Vernon Terrace, Brighton. Star Randel-Hanson, 49, was jailed for life (14 years) at Lewes Crown Court. The trial heard the pair had met at a spiritualist church in Brighton. While they were not partners, they had shared a bed and Randel-Hanson said Mr Marney had sexually abused him three times, the jury heard.

On May 4 this year Mr Randel-Hanson stabbed his housemate to death before leaving him on the floor. The court heard he later bundled the 70-year-old spiritual medium’s will and some of his cash in a plastic bag. After ten days with the body he visited tarot reader Jayne Braiden. When she turned over the devil card he confessed to what he had done.

May 4 – Wadid Barsoum, 66, was hit over the head with a television in HMP Wandsworth. His cellmate, Taras Nykolyn, 49, was jailed for life. In 2018 Nykolyn himself was murdered by inmates at HMP Woodhill.

May 2 – Mahad Abdi Abshir, 28, died of head injuries two days after being punched in the street in Camden, north London, at 5.40am. On 9 May detectives arrested his friend Mustafa Abdulla, 23, in Leicester. Abdulla admitted manslaughter and was jailed for five years.

May 2 – Jake Merendino, 52, a gay millionaire from Texas, was stabbed 24 times in the chest and stomach and dumped in his blood-soaked Range Rover in a ravine near a highway near Rosarito in Baja California, Mexico, at 3:33 a.m. His lover David Meza, 25, was jailed for life for murder. Meza’s girlfriend Taylor Langston, 20, from California, admitted one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Meza killed his millionaire lover so he could inherit Merendino’s $3 million estate and his $273,000 oceanfront condo. Merendino met Meza online in 2013. Merendino rented a car on April 29 and drove to Mexico to close a deal on a condo. They returned to Baja two days later — this time with Merendino driving a Range Rover and Meza following in a motorcycle, authorities say. The pair checked into Bobby’s by the Sea, a nearby hotel. Merendino was seen alive at about 1 am on May 2 when he told hotel security that he was leaving to help a friend stranded on the road. According to a federal grand jury indictment, Meza and Merendino connected online in 2013, then started a romantic relationship. At the same time, Meza and Langston were in a long-term relationship of their own — and Langston was pregnant with the couple’s child.

April 2015

April 29 – Jim Hively, 75, farmer, and his wife Catherine, 71, were shot dead at their farmhouse at Ghent, near Balaton, Minnesota. It was then set on fire. Derek Hexum, 20, was jailed for life for first degree murder, arson and burglary. Theodore Como, 18, was jailed for 21 years for second degree burglary and Kyle Wesselink, 21, was jailed for 4 years for assisting an offender. Hexum and Como carried out a burglary at the house then stole a pickup truck and a shotgun.

April 28 – Mariola Cudworth, 36, known as Mijka, vanished from ner home in Deal, Kent. Her body was discovered in a field at Eastry. She had been stabbed. Her husband Jonathan Cudworth, 34, of Northbourne in Deal, Kent, was acquitted of murder. Cudworth admitted manslaughter and was jailed for 15 years at Canterbury Crown Court. He said he killed her because she was having an affair. The trial heard that a close family friend Alison Austin, a medium, found the body before the police.

April 25 – Ioan Sudito, 40, stabbed to death as he played chess with a friend at a flat above a beauty salon in Leytonstone, east London at 3.33am. Massimo Fishti, 34, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. Sudito was living at the property after leaving his wife and two children behind in Italy to come to London to look for work. The trial heard Fishti was in an “irate” mood after being asked for 50p by a homeless man

April 25 – Sheriff Mbye, 18, died in hospital from multiple stab wounds sustained in a “scuffle” in Northfield, Birmingham. Montell Stephens, 18, from Smethwick, was jailed for life (25 years). Rakeem Riley, 18, was jailed for life (20 years) and Omar Robinson, aged 21, from Ladywood, was jailed for life (22 years). The trial heard he was killed in a row about a mobile phone.

April 24 – Stacey-Lee Mohale, 16, was raped and stabbed to death in Valhalla Park, Cape Town. Her friend Abigail Plaatjies survived. Cameron Wilson, 20, was jailed for 71 years in 2017. The two girls walked a friend home, and on their way back, they were approached by Wilson and a younger boy. Wilson led them to a nearby field at gunpoint where he raped Stacey. He then hit and stabbed them and finally threw tyres over them and set them alight. Stacey did not survive the attack. Abigail did, but with serious injuries. His crime spree started in 2014 and ended with his arrest in 2016 after the murder of 18-year-old Lekita Moore in Valhalla Park. Her mutilated, naked body was discovered in an open field where she had been stabbed 98 times. Wilson was also found guilty of the murders of Alfonzo van Rooyen, Toyher Stobber and Ernest Erasmus. Wilson was convicted of 13 out of 15 charges and jailed for life plus 71 years. Deemed a psychopath and danger to society by forensic psychiatrist, Professor Shaun Kaliski, during sentencing proceedings, Wilson clapped sarcastically as he was sentenced.

April 21 – Jayde Panayiotou, 29, a teacher, was hit on the head and placed in the boot of her abductor’s car near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She was then apparently shot at close range – twice in the back and once in the head. Her kidnappers then drove to an open field in Kwanobuhle township, where they shot her three times.Her husband Christopher Panayiotou, 30, a businessman, was convicted of murder and jailed for life in 2016. He is serving his sentence in St Albans correctional centre in the Eastern Cape. Jayde’s sister Toni Inggs said she did not believe Jayde knew her husband Christopher was cheating on her. It later emerged in court that Panayiotou was involved in a sexual relationship with Chanelle Coutts, a manager at the OK supermarket in Algoa Park. Panayiotou hired Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe to kidnap and kill her. Vumazonke died in hospital while awaiting trial. Nenembe was jailed for life. Zolani Sibeko was jailed for 15 years for conspiracy to murder. Nenembe, along with Fikile Mengo, 20, Mkhuseli Ngqanda, 29, and Thanduxolo Vumazonke, 23, was also charged with the August 2015 murder of 78-year old Denise Webber, who was tied up and strangled in the garden cottage where she stayed in Kunene Park.

April 21 – Tracey Woodford, 47, vanished from the Skinny Dog pub in Pontypridd, south Wales. Her body was later found dismembered in her flat. Her decapitated torso was recovered from a black bag in a kitchen cupboard and a right thumb was found in a handbag along with a purse with Ms Woodford’s bank cards. Her head was discovered in an “underground chamber” of a storm drain at the Sardis Road rugby ground – home to Pontypridd rugby club. Christopher May, 50, a former butcher, was jailed for life (28 years). Prosecutors said the murder was motivated by a “perverted sexual desire” after the pair met at the Skinny Dog pub.

April 21 – Ola Raji, 20, was shot and stabbed to death in East Surrey Grove, Peckham, south London. Police appealed for witnesses who saw three people – two men and a woman in a black BMW parked near the Damilola Taylor Centre. The woman got out and ran towards the scene of the shooting. The car later drove off with its lights off. A £20,000 reward was offered in 2018. Unsolved.

April 19 – Vince Viafore, 46, drowned in the Hudson river near Poughkeepsie after his kayak got into trouble. His fiancée Angelika Graswald, a 35-year-old Latvian native, was originally charged with murder and held on $9m bond. Prosecutors said she intentionally removed a drain plug from Viafore’s kayak. Her defence team argued the drain plug being removed would not cause someone to die. Graswald maintained it was a tragic accident. She admitted voluntary manslaughter and was was sentenced to 1⅓ to 4 years in state prison. As primary beneficiary on Viafore’s life insurance policies, Graswald stood to gain $250,000 in the event of his death. She was freed from prison in December 2017.

April 17 – Bernadette Fox, 57, was asphyxiated and her daughter, Sarah Fox, 27, stabbed at a house in Bootle, Merseyside. Peter Fox, 26, was arrested at London’s Euston station a few days later. He admitted killing his mother and sister but denied murder. His plea of guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility was accepted. Fox, a schizophrenic, was jailed for life (12 years) and will be treated at Ashworth Hospital until he is well enough to be transferred to prison.

April 16 – Asim Marku, 34, was stabbed at the Dolce Vita bar and restaurant in Leyton, east London. Hysni Avdyli, 43, from Walthamstow, was acquitted of murder. Witnesses saw a large brawl in the street at the time of the incident, around 9.50pm. It is believed to be connected to an earlier altercation at Rio’s Cafe in Walthamstow, at approximately 6pm. Avdyli was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter.

April 16 – Martin Hamilton, 53, a gangster known as the Blackhill Butcher, vanished after being released from prison the previous year. His body, chopped into pieces, was discovered just before Christmas in woods near Five Sisters Business Park at West Calder, Lothian. Hamilton, originally from Glasgow, operated in Edinburgh and north Glasgow before being jailed in 2000 for a string of violent offences. He was convicted of torture, assault, abduction and drug dealing, and handed a life sentence with a minimum of nine years to serve. A trial was told how he was considered a predatory homosexual who regularly abducted young men and raped them at gunpoint. One of his associates cut off a young man’s finger and tried to gouge his eye out with a spoon. Another male victim was held prisoner for a week and raped repeatedly. Two other victims were stabbed in the face then ordered to stand in a bath so they wouldn’t bleed on the carpet. He ran a network of drug dealers who he ruled through fear and tortured anyone who challenged him. James Farrelly, 52, from Liverpool, was charged with murder but died of an illness in March 2017 while awaiting trial.

April 15 – Chloe Hyart, 9, was abducted from a playground, sexually assaulted and strangled near Calais, France. Zbigniew Huminski, 38, a Pole, was charged with murder. It has emerged that in 2009 he was found hiding in a child’s bedroom with a knife. Huminski hanged himself in Sequedin prison in May 2017, while awaiting trial.

April 14 – Willie Maughan and his pregnant partner Ana Varslavane went missing from their home in Ireland. It is rumoured they were beaten to death with a claw hammer at a compound in Gormanstown, County Meath and their bodies then dumped. The murders were reportedly ordered by gangland figure Cornelius Price, who died aged 41, at a hospital in Wales as a result of a brain injury he suffered. Price was involved in the Drogheda feud and reportedly killed Maughan because he feared he was about to tell the Garda about Price’s involvement in the murder of Benny Whitehouse in 2014.

April 13 – Herman Simpson, 47, a former music teacher, was stabbed at a bedsit in Wolverhampton. Dylan Jackson, 19, was arrested in Bath, Somerset a fortnight later. Jackson was convicted of murder and jailed for life (16 years). Jackson had gone to the flat as part of a pre-arranged drugs deal for heroin worth £3,000. When Mr Simpson questioned the size of the drugs package, Jackson took £2,500 and told him he was robbing him. They struggled and he was stabbed.

April 11 – Karen Buckley, 24, an Irish occupational therapy student, vanished after telling friends she was going to the toilet at the Sanctuary club in Glasgow’s west end. Her body was discovered four days later at High Craigton Farm near Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. Alexander Pacteau, 21, from Glasgow, was jailed for life (23 years). He admitted bludgeoning her with a spanner and strangling her in his car before hiding Ms Buckley’s body in a barrel he stored at a farm. Pacteau’s sentencing was was one of the first in Scottish history to be broadcast.

April 10 – Olegs Sergejevs, 38, beaten to death at a flat in Northampton. His friend Denis Segodins survived. Vladlens Ignashko, 39, and Igors Kolkunovs, 27, were both jailed for life. Ignashko got 17 years and Kolkunovs 14. The court heard they had all been drinking and Sergejevs said something to “offend” Kolkunovs. It emerged that Ignashko had previous convictions in Latvia – which included theft and fraud as well as shooting and wounding a man in 2013.

April 10 – Judith Knibbs, 60, was stabbed and beheaded at her home on the Charles estate in Hoxton, east London. Her husband Dempsey Nibbs, 69, a crane driver, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey in April 2016 and was jailed for life (21 years). The trial heard he killed her in an act of jealousy after she boasted of having had sex eight times with other men. Nibbs, who had prostate cancer, claimed he had acted in self defence and that he thought Ms Nibbs was a “snake” – but jurors heard he had shown no sign of mental illness.

April 8 – Bol Guode, aged one, and four-year-old twins Hanger and Madit, were drowned when their mother drove a car into a lake at Wyndham Vale, Melbourne, Australia. Another child, six-year-old Alual, was also in the car but survived. The children’s mother, Akol Guode, 37, was jailed for life (26 years). Judge said it was likely she would be deported after serving her sentence. The trial heard the wife of the children’s father, Joseph Tito Manyang, had been threatening her mother. She claimed the wife came to their house and threatened Guode and she said she would kill her and burn their house down. Her mother became too frightened to interact with the Sudanese community.

April 7 – Tipu Sultan, 32, from Sunderland, was shot dead as he cleaned the kitchen of the family-run Herbs n Spices Kitchen in South Shields, Tyneside. Michael McDougall, 47, was jailed for life (34 years) in March 2016. Michael Mullen, 25, was jailed for 12 years for manslaughter. Prosecutors showed the jury at Newcastle Crown Court CCTV footage of two people riding off on a pushbike. McDougall denied it was him on the bike or that he got off near Mr Sultan’s Indian takeaway and shot him repeatedly in the neck. Mullen admitted he was riding the bike but claimed he thought he was just taking McDougall to buy cigarettes. Jurors heard the motive for the attack was unclear but prosecutors said the evidence points towards it being a “targeted shooting”. McDougall was later jailed for perverting the course of justice after he tried to take the blame for a shooting at the Tup Tup Palace in Newcastle, which was carried out by someone else. He agreed to take the rap after meeting John Sayers in HMP Wakefield.

April 7 – Abdulhadi Arwani, 48, a Syrian-born British imam, was sprayed with bullets from a MAC-10 sub-machine gun as he sat in his VW Passat car in Wembley, north west London. He was an opponent of the Assad regime. Mr Arwani, who was a preacher at the An Noor mosque in Acton from 2005 until 2011, was shot five times. Leslie Cooper, 36, an Iraq war veteran, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (32 years). Khalid Rashad, 61, was also jailed for life (32 years) and was convicted of possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate. Rashad had a long-running dispute with Mr Arwani over the ownership of the An Noor Cultural and Community Centre in Acton. Rashad told the jury he had been set up. He claimed MI5 was “unhappy” he had twice refused to act as a “secret agent” for them, spying on the Muslim community in west London in 2012. Cooper denied all knowledge of the murder when he was arrested, but a search of his home uncovered the MAC-10 with ammunition and silencer hidden inside a Marks & Spencer shopping bag.

March 2015

March 29 – David Tarsey and his wife Jean, both 77, were shot dead at their home in Xalo, near Benidorm on the Costa Blanca, Spain. The Tarseys, originally from West London where Mr Tarsey worked as an engineer, bought their Spanish home in 1990. They had put it on the market for €230,000 (£170,000) last year, hoping to move to Majorca to be closer to their son Sascha. Mr Tarsey competed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, coming 16th in the springboard and 14th in the platform event, and took part in the 1954 and 1958 Commonwealth Games. A Moroccan gardener, Driss Drizi, 63, was jailed for 31 years for murder in July 2016.

March 28 – Grzegorz Raczek, 57, was kicked and stomped on at his home in East Ham, east London. Bartosz Rejmanski, 26, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (15 years). Rejmanski, a former soldier, admitted he lost control after Grzgorz Raczek, also a former soldier, made remarks about his time on the frontline. The Afghanistan veteran was found singing: “He’s dead, I killed him, I’m not scared,” in Mr Raczek’s bedroom, before telling police officers: “I killed him, I’m a normal man, I’m a Polish hooligan.”

March 27 – Vanessa Santillan, 33, a transgender sex worker, was battered to death at her flat in Fulham, west London. Her partner Joaquin Gomez-Hernandez, 24, was jailed for life (14 years) in Oct 2015. He killed her after seeing her having sex with a client in their marital bed. He told her: “It’s like you don’t take me seriously”, stormed out but then returned and beaten her to death. He stole £400 from her and spent it on prostitutes at a nearby brothel. He told police he thought his wife had been killed by her client. The pair met in their native Mexico and came to the UK in January 2015. She worked as an escort, controlled the relationship and he had to ask her for money to buy clothes and food because he did not work.

March 26 – Gary Schneider, 71, was stabbed 50 times in the head and neck at his home in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Haleigh Maynard, 24, an S&M prostitute, was convicted of murder and jailed for 25-50 years. Maynard told police that she began prostituting to support her cocaine habit and had met Schneider while looking for business on the street. They later reconnected on The two built up a routine in the year and a half that they knew each other before Schneider’s murder, according to police. Maynard charged Schneider $35, five dollars less then her going rate, per session. Every time they met Maynard wound undress and immediately stand on the scale to see if she had gained weight. Schneider would then spank her 10 times for every pound she gained since their last meeting. On the day Schneider was killed, Maynard had gained 10 pounds and she snapped after he said something about her weight. After being sentenced she said: “I’m sorry for how much pain I put his family through, and my family.”

March 25 – Sarah Pollock, 41, strangled and stabbed at home in Bournemouth. Her former partner Colin Dymond, 53, was jailed for life (16 years) in August 2015. The trial heard he had written “that’s the price you pay for having four affairs” on the wall of the flat. There was a history of jealousy and infidelity in the relationship.

March 25 – Darren Lynn, 46, stabbed 190 times with two makeshift knives or shanks in HMP Swaleside, Kent. Jason Gomez, 45, was jailed for life (whole life) and Paul Wadkin, 33, was jailed for life (30 years). The trial in September 2015 heard they lured Lynn into a cell. The pair then walked up to a prison officer and Wadkin calmly told him: “There’s a dead body in my cell.” Det Sgt Fiona Mattholie said: “It was a carefully planned attack with one intention, to commit murder. Their motive was based on the mistaken belief that the victim was a sex offender and ‘a grass’, of which there is absolutely no evidence of either.”

March 21 – Simon Dobbin, a former RAF serviceman and Cambridge United fan, was attacked in Southend, Essex following a footbal match between Southend and Cambridge. He was left permanently brain damaged and died, aged 48, on 21 October 2020. Five men were arrested in June 2022 but have not been charged.

March 20 – Joseph Bounds, 30, a Seminole Indian, and Summer Gokey, 26, from the Fox Nation, were shot in the head and left in a car behind a Wal-Mart in Seminole, Oklahoma. Kadetrix Grayson, 22, was convicted of first degree murder and jailed for life.

March 19 – Charmain Adusah (nee Speirs), 41, from Rayleigh, Essex, was found dead in a bath at the Mac Dic Royal Plaza Hotel in Koforidua, Ghana. Her husband Eric Adusah, 28, a pastor in London, was charged with murder but the case against him was dropped in Oct 2015. Charmain’s body was then returned to Britain and an inquest in Essex returned an open verdict. A post mortem showed she had died of a heroin overdose but her family, from Arbroath, Scotland, said she never touched heroin.

March 17 – Frances Cleary-Senior, 49, an ophthalmic nurse, was stabbed to death at home in Glodwick, Oldham. Her husband Graham Cleary-Senior, 56, was jailed for life for murder. She had survived the initial attack but died in hospital on April 18 after a chest infection turned into pneumonia. Six weeks after the couple got married she realised he was an alcoholic and a transvestite. The trial at Manchester Crown Court heard she made a damning diary entry just before she died. She wrote: “(Graham) threatened to stab me. I told him to ‘go ahead’ as he’d threatened me half-a-dozen times previously but had never done it. This time he did stab me. Seemed delighted with himself, ie smiling.”

March 17 – Nigel Yon, 34, was stabbed to death at a home for people with mental health problems in Neasden, NW London. Dean Palmer, 27, a paranoid schizophrenic, admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was given an indefinite hospital order. He told police he had carried out the stabbing because he believed Mr Yon had been ‘bullying’ his family.

March 17 – Adam Fanelli, 31, scrap metal dealer, was killed at Nash Park travellers’ site in Buckinghamshire.Addy McAllister, 34, from Bolsover, Derbyshire, was jailed for life (14 years) and Jemma Price, 30, from Kensworth, Bedfordshire, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder in Sep 2015. The trial at Luton Crown Court heard that Fanelli, from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, was discovered in a field next to the travellers’ site in Winslow Road in Nash, near Milton Keynes. He had 159 separate injuries and post-mortem tests showed he died from blunt force trauma to the head. Fanelli and Price had a long-standing feud. Both McAllister and Price were on a cocaine and alcohol binge.

March 15 – Cheryl Silvonek, 54, beaten, choked and stabbed in the neck in the driveway of her home in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania. Her daughter Jamie Silvonek, 14, was sentenced to 35 years to life in Feb 2016 after pleading guilty to first-degree murder. She told a judge she had been a “monster”. She killed her mother because she disapproved of her relationship with with Army Specialist Caleb Barnes, 21. She has agreed to testify against her Barnes, who faces trial in April 2016. Silvonek told Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos: “I was a monster. There is no sugarcoating it and there is absolutely no sympathy.”

March 9 – Aiach Bakir, 45, an Algerian, was stabbed to death in Tottenham, north London. Jamal El-Manouzi, 51, was jailed for life for murder. The pair were friends and had been drinking together while watching the FA Cup quarter final in which Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-1 when an argument broke out between the friends. El-Manouzi later told police that Mr Bakir had angrily accused him of spreading rumours that his former wife had cheated on him.

March 8 – Conner Marshall, 18, from Barry, died four days after being beaten with a metal pole Trecco Bay Caravan Park in Porthcawl, south Wales. David Braddon, 26, from Caerphilly, was jailed for life (20 years) in June 2015. Braddon had mistakenly thought Conner was his estranged partner’s ex-boyfriend, who had been staying at the park. The trial heard Braddon, who was high on drink and drugs, mistook Conner for Adam Malyn, the former partner of his ex-girlfriend. He only later realised he had attacked the wrong person.

March 7 – Alison Wilson, 36, was assaulted in Widnes, Lancashire, and died a week later. Stephen Duggan, 27, from Runcorn, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (22 years). Duggan was also convicted of wounding her boyfriend Anthony Tomlinson, 43, and ABH on his own girlfriend Francesca Davies, 27, but was acquitted of ABH on a six month old baby. Duggan, who was drunk, was arguing with his girlfriend in the street when Tomlinson and Wilson came up to them as “good Samaritans” and tried to intervene. Duggan smashed a wine bottle over Tomlinson’s head and then stabbed Alison in the neck with it.

March 7 – Lucy Ayris, 25, was stabbed to death as she slept at their flat in Pinkwell Lane, Hayes, west London. Her boyfriend, Billy White, 22, admitted murder and was jailed for life (15 years). He broke down in tears when arrested and sobbed “I’m sorry”, but told detectives later he could not say why he had murdered his girlfriend as it made him feel “physically sick”. The court heard he suffers from mental illness and has a personality disorder, but doctors who assessed him agreed he was not suffering a psychotic episode at the time he stabbed Ms Ayris.

March 5 – Jason Betts, 38, was stabbed in the leg, had cigarettes stubbed out on his face and was hit over the head with a bottle and a glass at his flat in Yate, near Bristol. Nathan Skeen, 28, a county lines drug dealer, from Lewisham, south London, was jailed for 20 years for manslaughter. Nixon Apire, 30, from Barnet, north London, was jailed for 15 years for manslaughter. Both were using Betts’ flat as a heroin and cocaine dealing den. Betts, who was special needs and vulnerable, was tortured and beaten by the pair for their own amusement.

March 4 – Ahmed al-Jumaili, 36, an Iraqi immigrant, was shot dead in the parking lot of the Walnut Bend apartment in north-east Dallas, Texas. Nykerion Nealon, 18, was jailed for 38 years for murder. The trial heard Al-Jumaili had been living in the United States less than a month and came outside to see snow, which he had never seen before, and take pictures with his wife and brother-in-law. Nealon and his friends were just wildly shooting with an AK-47 and al-Jumaili was not the target. One of Nealon’s friends, Quantarious Collins, testified that he was there that night and that Nealon pulled the trigger. Prosecutors said Nealon had searched online for “how to beat murder in Texas” and “how to survive prison” shortly after the shooting.

March 1 – Darran Almond, 42, was beaten to death at a B&B, the Morning Star Inn, in Pontypridd, south Wales. David Dunn, 32, was jailed for life (15 years) for murder and his friend Stephen Richardson was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. The trial heard that after murdering him sent his girlfriend, Georgia Dowey, a text saying: “I think Darran might be dead LOL.” Dunn had suspected that Almond had slept with his girlfriend. He was furious that Almond stayed overnight at his girlfriend’s house. Dowey denied anything happened – but he sent her a series of text messages starting: “I’m going to knock Darran clean out LOL.” He attacked Almond before texting photographs to Georgina telling her: “I think I brock [sic] his jaw on both sides.” Dunn then sent her a message reading: “Darran is in a hell of a mess. I f***** him up. He can’t swallow tidy lol.” That was followed by a message reading: “He had to be punished”. In that last messages Dunn said: “I think Darran might be dead LOL. One of the boys dealt with him and he’s in a bad way LOL.”

February 2015

Feb 28 – Kay Diamond, 44, was beaten over the head at her home in Toxteth, Liverpool. Her boyfriend Anthony Blye, 52, pleaded guilty to murder on the eve of her trial and was jailed for life (19 years). Ms Diamond’s family was hit by a further tragedy in April, when her daughter Rachelle Owen, 16, was struck by a train close to Hoylake station. The trial heard there was a background of domestic violence, eight incidents in the year before she died but she would not press charges. On Feb 11 Blye was made subject to a Domestic Violence Prevention Order but three days later he was arrested for breaching that order and received a 28-day prison sentence. During the time he was serving that sentence Miss Diamond told witnesses the defendant was going to kill her. He was released on the morning of February 27.

Feb 27 – Richard Brown, aka Emanuel Amphahasa, 47, was stabbed 29 times and Sophia Christopher, 4, was stabbed six times at home in Colville Square, Notting Hill, west London. The girl’s mother Shelley Christopher, 36, was found not guilty of murder by way of insanity and was ordered to be detained indefinitely in a psychiatric hospital. Brown was her boyfriend. The trial heard she killed them to “prevent the world being taken over by vampires”. After killing them she inserted wooden objects into their bodies to stop them turning into vampires. Christopher also attacked another child and put a pencil in her body but the girl survived. Two days earlier she went to a Mental Health Unit at St Charles Hospital in north Kensington where she told staff that someone was “out to get” her. But she left the unit before her assessment was complete because she thought there were vampires there

Feb 27 – Alan Cartwright, 15, from Islington, stabbed to death and robbed of his bicycle in the Caledonian Road, north London. He was attacked by three men. Joshua Williams, 18,was jailed for life (21 years) for murder.

February 27 – Boris Nemtsov, 55, an opponent of President Putin, was shot late at night as he walked with his girlfriend across a bridge near the Kremlin. In July 2017 Zaur Dadayev, a former soldier from Chechnya, was jailed for 20 years for his murder. Four other Chechens – Anzor Gubashev, Shadid Gubashev, Temirlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat Bakhayev – were jailed for between 11 and 19 years. Dadayev reportedly confessed early in the investigation to killing Nemtsov for insulting Islam and Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, but later recanted his confession.

Feb – Adel M. Elmadany, a businessman, was strangled with his own shoelaces in Virginia. Chaudhary Arshad Mahmood, 61, was jailed for life at Chesterfield Circuit Court. He was convicted of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder. Prosecutors allege Mahmood paid two men from Guatemala a total of $6,000 to carry out the killing because he believed Elmadany had helped shelter his wife while the couple was going through a divorce. Mahmood also claimed that $70,000 in cash, 4 ounces (113 grams) in gold and important documents had gone missing from him and suggested the items may have ended up with Elmadany’s wife. Mahmood fled to Pakistan while he was being investigated and was arrested by local and federal agents in 2019 upon his return to Virginia.

Feb 19 – Wykesha Reid, 34, died in Dallas, Texas, during an operation to give her a “wee wee booty” (ie an enlarged bottom).Denise Rochelle ‘Wee Wee’ Ross, 45, was jailed for 60 years. She injected Reid’s buttocks with caulk. She died after the sealant travelled through her blood stream into her lungs. Reid’s body was found dead on a massage table at a ‘salon’ near Deep Ellum – just east of downtown Dallas. Ross was also found guilty of practicing medicine without a licence. Jimmy Joe ‘Alicia’ Clarke, 33, was jailed for life for her part in Wykesha’s death. Clarke is a transgender woman.

Feb 18 – Bill Tomlinson, 64, an alcoholic, was strangled and had his throat cut with a kitchen knife in Highfields, Leicester. His body was dumped in a wheelie bin. His niece Emma Tomlinson, 24, and her autistic boyfriend Nathan Kearney, 33, who has cerebral palsy, went on trial in August 2015. They denied murder but admitted perverting the course of justice by destroying evidence. The trial heard that a neighbour heard them arguing and got the impression Mr Tomlinson wanted them out of his flat. The judge ordered the jury to find Kearney not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by diminished responsibility. He was jailed for life (six years minimum term). Tomlinson was cleared of murder but jailed for three years after admitting being involved in cleaning the scene of the death and the disposal and hiding of the body.

Feb 12 – Tammy Meyers, 44, shot dead in a residential cul-de-sac in Las Vegas in a bizarre case of mistaken identity after a road rage dispute. Erich Milton Nowsch Jr, 19, was jailed for life (eligible for parole after 10 years). “Am I going to forgive you? Never. Ever,” Meyers’ widower, Robert Meyers, told the defendant at the hearing. “I hope for me and mine that you burn in hell and you get what you have coming to you today, because you, mister, are an animal.” Derrick Andrews, 26, was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and accessory to murder. The shooting appears to have resulted from a series of tragic coincidences. Investigators believe Meyers was shot outside her home after an initial confrontation with another driver. That night, she was teaching her teenage daughter how to drive in a parking lot when that driver, who has never been found or identified, apparently threatened to kill the mother and daughter. Meyers’ family said she was upset and afraid when she dropped her daughter off and picked up her son, who came armed with a gun. They drove around the neighborhood to confront that driver. Meanwhile, Nowsch said he had been walking in a park when he noticed a car following him. He was on edge because he had been dodging death threats linked to drug deals and street disputes and wanted to protect himself and his mother, baby sister and cat, Nowsch told detectives in the taped interview. He said he called Andrews to pick him up. Nowsch said he tried to scare off the car following them by flashing his gun, but he got upset when he saw the car near his house.

Nowsch said he didn’t remember exactly what happened next but that he fired several bullets at a car in one location before ending up in the cul-de-sac, where he emptied an entire clip.

Feb 12 – Monique Rakowski, 29, was stabbed to death in Eastpointe, Detroit, Michigan, and her 13-month-old daughter Carmon was also killed. Her ex-boyfriend Curtis Hampton Jr, 30, was convicted of first and second degree murder and jailed for life. The little girl’s body was found on top of her mother. Hampton stole her car and then handed himself in.

Feb 11 – Ozgecan Aslan, 20, student, was attacked and murdered on a minibus in Mersin, southern Turkey. The case led to nationwide street protests over the issue of violence against women. She was bludgeoned and stabbed to death as she returned home on a minibus from a shopping trip. Ahmet Suphi Altındöken, the bus driver, was given aggravated life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for attempting to rape Aslan and then murdering her. His father, Necmettin Altındöken, and a friend, Fatih Gökçe, received the same terms after being found guilty of helping him burn and dispose the body. The aggravated life term is the highest punishment in Turkey, which abolished the death penalty in 2002. According to the indictment, Ahmet Suphi Altındöken drove Aslan to a wood after all the other passengers had got off the bus and then tried to rape her. The young woman fought back using pepper spray but Altındöken then bludgeoned and stabbed her to death, before being helped to dispose of her body. The remains were found by police and the three men were arrested. “I knew they would receive the heaviest sentence, which is what they deserve. But I’m still sad because it will not bring my daughter back,” said the victim’s mother, Songül Aslan.

Feb 10 – Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were shot dead at their apartment in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Barakat was studying dentistry. Craig Hicks, 46, a neighbour, was convicted of murder and jailed for life. They had rowed over parking but much was made of the fact that the victims were all Muslims. Hicks’ wife insisted he was not Islamophobic but was angry about them taking up too many parking spaces. Hicks was said to be obsessed with the film Falling Down.

Feb 9 – Linda Mills, 60, was killed at her home in New Malden, Surrey. Her husband Raymond Mills, 65, was charged with murder but hanged himself in his cell in HMP Wandsworth in June 2015. He had suffered from mental health problems for many years due to being abused as a child.

Feb 9 – Louis Lunceford, 44, Shane Newland, 42, and Justin Huckeby, 25, were shot dead in Moon Lake, Florida at 5am. Kayla Buchanan survived. Christopher Lee Duncan, 26, pleaded guilty on to three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of solicitation to commit murder and one count of attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison. His girlfriend Dora Delgado, 38, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and was jailed for 25 years to life. The exact motive is unclear. Buchanan told deputies she heard Duncan shoot the first victim, and that Delgado shot her in a bathroom and left. Then, Buchanan heard more gunshots. When they returned, Duncan asked if Buchanan was dead. Delgado answered yes, then Delgado shot her two more times. In May 2015, Duncan was accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill Buchanan, the only surviving victim, and trying to convince another witness to change her story.

Feb 9 – David Messerschmitt, 30, a bisexual patent lawyer, was stabbed to death at the Donovan Hotel in downtown Washington DC. Jamyra Gallmon, 21, was jailed for 24 years for second degree murder. She lured him to the hotel pretending to be a man, having replied to a Craigslist advert for gay sex. She admitted to police used a masculine-sounding email address and went to the upscale Donovan hotel with the intention of robbing him. Messerschmitt had texted his wife Kim Vuong at 7.45pm to tell her he would be home in an hour after leaving his law office. Gallmon’s girlfriend Dominique Johnson, 19, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit robbery and was given a suspended jail sentence. According to the government’s evidence, Gallmon and Johnson had discussed committing a robbery and traveled together to the hotel on the night of the murder. Johnson subsequently used Mr. Messerschmitt’s SmarTrip card on a near-daily basis for about six weeks. Gallmon bound Messerschmitt’s fingers with rainbow colored zip ties and stole $40 from his wallet.

Feb 8 – Karlie Halls, 18, a freshman at Millersville University near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was headbutted and strangled on campus. Her boyfriend Gregorio Orrostieta, 20, was convicted of 3rd degree murder and was jailed for 20 to 40 years in prison. He said they had argued over noodles following a drunken night out, and that she had fallen and hit her head. But in fact he killed her after accusing her of cheating on him.

Feb 8 – Sandro Rottmann, 43, a German tourist and alcoholic paedophile, was killed with a single punch at Spinnaker restaurant in Sotogrande, Costa del Sol, Spain. Devinder Kainth, 40, a British millionaire estate agent and boxing fan, was jailed for six months after being convicted of manslaughter. He attacked Rottmann after he saw him filming his 8 year old daughter. Rottman was arrested on child pornography charges a few days before his death. Kainth, who was out for a meal with his partner Gemma Hawkins and their three young children, went ballistic after spotting pictures of his children on his victim’s iPad. He threw Rottman’s iPad to the ground and then punched him.

Feb 7 – Gokhan Durmus, 22, stabbed in the neck in a car in Hackney, east London. Turrell Auguste, 18, was jailed for life (21 years) for murder. His brother Mathais 21, was acquitted. Turrell Auguste went berserk at the Old Bailey when jurors convicted him of murder, but cleared his brother after they had blamed each other for the fatal stabbing.

Feb 3 – Redwan “Reds” El-Ghaidouni, 38, a Morocco-born drug baron, was shot in the head at point blank range after pulling up outside his home in Vine Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex. El-Ghaidouni had recently completed a long jail sentence for his role in an international cannabis conspiracy. The gunman got away and the killing haall the traces of a professional hit. Marwais Kakar, 34, of Great Field Drive, Uxbridge was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, for providing false information to detectives investigating Redwan’s murder. The case is unsolved despite a Crimewatch reconstruction in Nov 2015 and another appeal in 2017.

Feb 1 – Chleve Massi, 23, college student, was shot dead when he arrived at a birthday party on the 13th floor of a tower block, Sark Tower, in Thamesmead, south east London. He died of his injuries in a Ford Focus at 4.20am/ Around 70 people were at the party. Chleve, was from north west London and was in the second year of an HND in Vehicle Operations Management course at the College of North West London. Scion ‘Hitman’ Fogah-Brown, 25, was acquitted of Chleve’s murder but found guilty of possession of a firearm and violent disorder. He was jailed for eight years. The trial heard how victim Mr Massi arrived with four friends at a birthday party in Sark Tower, Erebus Drive, at around 4.20am but was shot before he made it beyond the hallway of the thirteenth floor flat. Fogah-Brown had been jailed for 16 months for burglary after he broke into the HMV shop in Tottenham during the August 2011 riots.


Jan 31 – Joshua Sutter, 36, was killed with a sword at a house in Green Valley, near Palmdale, California. His roommate Ricardo Medina Jr, 36, an actor, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and jailed for six years. Medina played the Red Lion Wild Force Ranger on Power Rangers Wild Force in 2002. He was the voice of Deker on Power Rangers Samurai in 2011 and 2012 and also appeared in such shows as ER and CSI: Miami.

Jan 30 – Shaquan Sammy-Plummer, 17, a student from Finsbury Park, was stabbed when he turned up to a party in Bush Hill Park, Enfield, north London. Jemal Williams, 20, from Enfield, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (24 years). The trial heard Shaquan had been invited by the boyfriend of Williams’s sister but Williams refused to let him in and an argument broke out.

Jan 30 – Emily Munemo, 42, a mother of two originally from Zimbabwe, was attacked at a house in Collingwood Road, Hillingdon, Middlesex. She died in hospital. Gibson Mazikana, 41, from Hayes, was jailed for life (27 years) for murder. On the day of the killing Mazikana was due to be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court in west London for biting a police officer under the chin and drawing blood during an earlier domestic incident.

Jan 29 – Farah Boscolo-Gnolo, 2 months old, was suffocated at a hotel in Earls Court, central London. The baby was disposed of in the Russell Square area but her body has never been found. Her mother Federica Boscolo-Gnolo, 32, an Italian tourist, later admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility and was sent to a mental hospital indefinitely. She had been suffering from at least “moderate” depression with psychotic symptoms and probable underlying personality disorder. She had been hearing voices telling her how her daughter would “suffer in her life” and had also lost touch with reality, She had met the child’s father in 2013 through but then moved to Italy.

Jan 29 – Terry Carter, 55, was run over by a pick-up truck in Compton, Los Angeles. Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51, survived his injuries. The driver of the car Marion “Suge” Knight was charged with murder. Knight, a legendary rap music producer and founder of Death Row Records, claimed he was being shot at when he drove off and ran over his two friends. He had been fighting with Sloan, a longtime rival, through the window of his pickup truck outside a burger stand and struck that man with his truck before running over Carter. Sloan was a consultant on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. In September 2018 Knight, 53, pleaded no contest to a charge of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 28 years in prison. Carter’s daughter Crystal called Knight “a disgusting, selfish disgrace to the human species”.

Jan 28 – Felix Dahl, 22, from Finland, died on a remote roadside in Goa, India, between 1.30am and 6.30am. The police in Goa claimed he died of natural causes but the Finnish police claim foul play, as do his family. He died of head injuries.

Jan 28 – Sophie McDonald, 36, was strangled with an electric flex and had her face stamped on at a flat in Dawlish, Devon. Her body was later found in a rubbish chute. Her estranged husband James McDonald, 37, was convicted of murder in 2015 and jailed for life (17 years). He told police she had 100 secret lovers during their 16-year marriage. But he too had a double life of sex, drink and drugs. They had three children together. He claims he pushed her and her head hit a wall. He admitted manslaughter but was convicted of murdering after she went to his flat to discuss their divorce.

Jan 27 – Martin van Breda, 54, the managing director of the Australian branch of Engel & Völkers, his wife Teresa, 55, and their son Rudi, 22 were hacked to death with an axe at their home in Cape Town. Their daughter Marli, 16, was critically injured but survived. Their son Henri, 21, was convicted of murder and jailed for life. The heir to a multi-million pound fortune, he denied it and has claimed he single-handedly fought off a ‘laughing’ balaclava-clad axe murderer who butchered his entire family in their beds. He claimed he watched helpless through a crack in a bathroom door as a silhouetted man wielding an axe murdered his loved ones. Some believe he did it was to inherit his father’s multi-million dollar estate, but this was never proven. “Blood ran like a waterfall down the stairs,” testified paramedic Christiaan Koegelenberg.

Jan 25 – Labron Brown, 23, and Kenneth McCoy, 23, were shot dead in Little Haiti, Miami. In 2007 Brown had been charged with murdering two men – Samuel Brown, 16, and Michael Bradshaw, 20, who were shot dead at a party at the city’s Polish-American Hall. Four people were injured, including a pregnant woman. Labron Brown, charged with second-degree murder and carrying a concealed weapon, would spend the next 15 months in jail. Another man also accused of firing his weapon was killed before the trial began. As the trial neared, Kenneth Joe Edwards, the chief witness in the shootings, recanted earlier statements. Brown walked free. But he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. Unsolved.

Jan 24 – Ambrose “Jay” Ball, 31, a car sprayer and father-of-two, vanished after a night out at The Fox pub in Palmers Green, north London. He is believed to have left the pub at around 1.30am and it is claimed that his car was involved in an accident at Tottenham Marshes, near the River Lee. But his body was not discovered until 4 months later. His mother Ruth has been investigating his death and is demanding a fresh autopsy. In 2018 the IPCC was still investigating the case. An inquest was opened in 2016 and adjourned. Unsolved.

Jan 24 – Zac Evans, 19, was attacked with a machete outside The Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley, Gloucester. Ewen Reynolds, 44, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (28 years). Bristol Crown Court heard the machete blow “almost severed” Mr Evans’ head. Reynolds was also convicted of attempting to murder Keaton Jones, 23. The attack took place after a disagreement between Reynolds’ wife Nicola and Abbie Wood – girlfriend of Mr Evans’ friend Keaton Jones.

Jan 22 – Alexander Cameron, 67, was killed with a sledgehammer and an axe and buried beneath a pile of manure on a farm in west Lothian, Scotland. His brother-in-law Jimmy Smith, 58, was jailed for life (17 years) at the High Court in Livingston in August 2015. During the trial Smith claimed he acted in self-defence when Cameron threatened to shoot his wife, Helen Smith. He was also convicted of attempting to defeat the ends of justice by concealing the body and pretending to police he did not know where the missing man was.

Jan 22 – Samantha Henderson, 25, mother of four, from Corfe Castle, Dorset, vanished after going to pick up her children from Corfe Castle Primary School. Her body was found, wrapped in plastic and a duvet and weighed down by stone slabs and metal items, by police divers in the lake at Ham Common in Poole, nine days later. Her boyfriend Dominic Isom, 27, was jailed for life (17 years) for murder. The trial heard the couple, who had cancelled their wedding just a month previously, had a “fractious” and “jealous” relationship which led to arguments, mostly regarding previous relationships. Isom claimed at trial he acted in self-defence when he found her trying to strangle one of her children.

Jan 16 – A newborn baby – posthumously named Angelica – died after being set on fire in the middle of the street in Pemberton Township, New Jersey. Her mother Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, was jailed for 30 years after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter. Dorvilier tried to run away from the scene on but was detained by residents. Police were called and they put out the flames. Dorvilier drenched the baby with a liquid fuel and then set her on fire. The child died two hours after she was flown to St Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia with severe burns. When accosted by residents Dorvilier screamed: “It’s not mine, it’s not mine,’ then said, ‘I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it.” A witness said the woman told him she was burning dog waste. After being sentenced she said: “I apologise first and foremost for not giving my daughter, Angelica, the life she deserved.” She had hid her pregnancy from her mother and sister.