Tuesday 21 November 2017

Boy (16) held on suspicion of murder after Halloween attack

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a young man killed in a Halloween attack.

Scott Kouebitra (22) was stabbed along with three friends in a flurry of violence which lasted just 90 seconds in St George's Field Park in Croydon, south London.

On Wednesday Scotland Yard said the boy had been detained over the death and on suspicion of robbery.

Police are hunting a group of around seven men who were wearing masks, scarves, balaclava's and/or hoods who fled the scene in two cars - one light, one dark.

Mr Kouebitra's family appealed for help in catching his killers one week after the fatal attack, saying he had died "like an animal". Three of his friends, aged 21, 27 and 22, were also knifed while another man, aged 20, was injured after being beaten up.

Speaking on Monday yards away from the spot where his son died, Mr Kouebitra's father, Thierry, said: ''If they don't find the perpetrator, then society is sending a very powerful and wrong message to the people who did it.

''Any one of us can sit in his home, make the decision to terminate the life of another one, walk into his kitchen get a knife and stab him and go back home freely. That's wrong.

''They need to find them, they need to hunt them, to find them. They are not doing it for my son, they are doing it for the other kids of Selhurst.

''We are not animals. That guy killed my son like an animal."

Tributes for the young football fan, who was soon due to celebrate his birthday, were left at the park gate and included an Arsenal hat, a French flag, and dozens of flowers and candles.

Police say they are keeping "an open mind" about the attack but that it appears not to have been random.

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