Sunday 17 December 2017

Police seek camera phone videos of fatal stabbing

Alex Diaz in London

A teenager killed in front of horrified shoppers at the post-Christmas sales died from a "single stab wound to the heart", police said yesterday.

Seydou Diarrassouba (18) was stabbed to death on St Stephen's Day in broad daylight following a fight at a Foot Locker sports shoe store on London's Oxford Street.

After a post-mortem examination was conducted, police said that Mr Diarrassouba had died from a single stab wound which pierced his heart.

Eleven suspects -- including two 22-year-olds, five 19-year-olds, three 17-year-olds and one 16-year-old -- are being held in custody in several London police stations in connection with the incident.

The motives for the confrontation between the two groups of youths inside Foot Locker remain unclear. Police said they were particularly interested in obtaining videos of the incident from camera phones.

Detective Superintendent John Sweeney from the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: "There were several people who witnessed this event, both inside and outside the store.


"A number of them recorded it on camera phones, and we're particularly interested in those people coming forward so we have access to that footage."

Meanwhile, two teenagers were being questioned by police in Manchester last night in connection with the seemingly random murder of an Indian postgraduate student who was shot in the head at point-blank range in the early hours of St Stephen's Day.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of a 17-year-old boy in the early hours of yesterday. The second arrest yesterday was of a 16-year-old boy.

Although police have not ruled out either a racially-motivated killing or a murder that was part of a gang "initiation test", Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan, who is leading the investigation, said: "The answers as to who committed this awful murder lie in the community."

Irish Independent

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