Murder: London's unsolved killings

by Lucy Lawrence

As Scotland Yard announces plans to recruit retired detectives to re-examine London murder cases which have gone unsolved for more than two years, the number of killings on the streets of the capital continues to rise. Last year there were an estimated 200 murders in London - a dramatic increase on 1998, when 132 people were killed. Everyone remembers the Jill Dando case, but in 1999 there were 40 other murders in London which have yet to be solved. We look back at the disturbing backlog of unsolved killings from a violent year in London

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1. 26 January: Theatre Royal stage hand Gideon Tsagane, 30, found shot dead in a garage in Islip Road, Kentish Town. His death is believed to be linked to the Yardie killings around London this year.

2. 21 February: Sheldon Bobb, 21, found dead with head injuries near his home in Saxton Close, Lewisham. The young black lifeguard, known to friends as Anton, was discovered lying in a pool of blood in the road outside his home.

3. 6 March: Mervyn Sills, 36, shot dead in Rushcroft Road, Brixton. Man arrested after police ambushed car in Brixton Road. Bailed to return in September, but failed to turn up. A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

4. 8 March: Quemal Rama, 28, a Kosovan, of Hammersmith, was stabbed to death in the Whiteleys Shopping Centre, Queensway.

5. 17 March: Restaurateur Tahir Butt, 49, from Wembley, strangled and set alight in his Mitsubishi Shogun in Bushey. Motive unknown, though one theory is that he was killed in a "curry wars" feud after he planned to open a new Indian restaurant.

6. 23 March: Robert Woods, 83, of Corbett Grove, Wood Green, kicked to death as he arrived in the communal hallway of his flat. Motive believed to be robbery.

7. 30 March: Maria Wodianitzky, a 49-year-old Swedish tourist, died in hospital after being attacked on a bus in Kensington Gore. The computer clerk from Stockholm was only two hours into a week-long holiday with her ex-husband and son when she was dragged from the platform of a moving double-decker No10 bus near the Albert Hall by a man trying to snatch her handbag. She hit her head on the kerb and died three days after the attack. A 2,000 reward has been offered.

8. 13 April: Keith Balfour, known as Little Andy, 32, of Avon Road, Brockley, shot dead by two men at the Big Ballers ticket agency which he ran in Brockley Cross. He died in a hail of bullets from a Mac 10 sub-machinegun. A man has been arrested and bailed to return to police on 11 January pending further inquiries.

9. 26 April: Jill Dando, the 37-year-old TV presenter, was shot dead on the doorstep of her home in Fulham. At least 45 officers have been investigating the murder full-time and remain in the Dando incident room based at Kensington police station. A 250,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the conviction of her killer.

10. 5 May: Richard Smith, 35, of Tottenham, stabbed to death in a flat at Oakfield House, Albert Road, Tottenham.

11. 22 May: Mary Lazenby, 80, who was disabled and 4ft 8in tall, murdered at her flat in Rochester Court, Wilmott Street, Bethnal Green, possibly by a man posing as a water board official. Once a successful restaurateur in South Shields, she eventually lost her fortune and her business. She had settled in Bethnal Green with her son and grandchildren.

12. 2 June: Body of 24-year-old Michelle Folan, thought to have been murdered 25 years ago, uncovered at a building site in Manor Gardens, Holloway. Man arrested and re-bailed to return to police in December.

13. 2 June: Mother-of-two Valerie Curtis, 52, found stabbed to death at Lander Court, Lyonsdown Road, Barnet. The body of the main suspect, her boyfriend, a 47-year-old police clerk, was found next to her with stab wounds. He later died.

14. 14 June: Patrick Sloan, 20, of Walworth, died after being stabbed following an argument with another man in Carisbrooke Gardens, Jovett Street, Peckham.

15. 17 June: Barrington Page, 44, a minicab driver from Hoxton, found dead in River Lea under Harbet Road, Edmonton. After he was killed he was decapitated and his hands sawn off. His remains were sealed in a metal box and heaved into the Thames by his killers. He was identified by a birthmark and a ticket for shoe repairs which the killers had left in his clothes.

16. 20 June: Stephen Decambre, 27, found dead at Academy Gardens, Croydon, after being pushed from a building.

17. 23 June: Kosovan national Bledar Mone, 23, found stabbed and battered to death at his flat in Fernbank Avenue, Sudbury.

18. 2 July: Mohammed Sabir Raja, 63, a property developer, shot dead in the doorway of his home in Mulgrave Road, Sutton.

19. 5 July: Drug dealer Dean Roberts, 20, shot dead in Furness Road, Harlesden, by two male Yardie gangsters armed with Mac 10 sub-machineguns.

20. 16 July: Behixhe Begoli, a 22-year-old Kosovan Albanian, found strangled at a house in Harlington Road East, Feltham. Police seeking a man, Daniel Collins, in connection with the murder.

21. 17 July: Body of 22-year-old Fatima Kama, of Portsea Place, Bayswater, found in a suitcase at Heathrow Airport. A member of Heathrow's security staff discovered Miss Kama's corpse after forcing open the black suitcase in the boot of a car in a car park near Terminal 3.

22. 15 August: Anthony Taberer, 47, stabbed to death at his home in St Paul's Way, Bow. A man in his thirties has been arrested and bailed to report to police in January.

23. 15 August: John Neale, 63, and his 57-year-old wife, Pauline, stabbed to death at their home in Blythe Close, Catford. Mr Neale, 63, was a convicted drugs dealer. He drove a light blue Rolls-Royce and lived in a former council flat.

24. 24 August: David Scott, 30, of Warren Court, Tottenham, stabbed to death in Monument Way, Tottenham.

25. 25 August: Mohamud Ibrahim, 25, found murdered at his home in Dolphin Tower, Abinger Grove, Deptford.

26. 13 September: Somalian Abdul Osman, 18, stabbed to death near Southgate Tube station. Mr Osman, from Southgate College, was having lunch with friends when they became involved in a confrontation. Three teenagers have been bailed to return to police.

27. 24 September: Steven Devaney, 34, of Levita House, Charlton Street, Camden Town, stabbed to death in a park area near Purchese Street, Camden Town.

28. 29 September: George Collins, 35, shot dead at a Rastafarian temple in St Agnes Place, Kennington - the 16th black person killed in drug-related violence in the capital in 1999. Three men seen running from the temple after the shooting.

29. 3 October: Darren Pearman, 27, of Waltham Abbey, stabbed to death at Epping Forest Country Club. Mr Pearman, of Waltham Abbey, died from multiple wounds after what is believed to have been a fight.

30. 14 October: Claudio Annunciacao, 32, of Stockwell, found dead in a rubbish chute at Wayland House, Sidney Road, Brixton.

31. 21 October: Kevin Hector, 27, of Willesden, shot dead in a Ford Focus in Golders Green Road, Golders Green, in a drive-by shooting. He was self-employed in the IT industry.

32. 23 October: Vincent Shaw, 29, stabbed to death at his home in Reigate Road, Bromley.

33. 3 November: Henry Majambere, 24, from Clapham, died after being found with head injuries at a house in Dacre Road, Plaistow.

34. 3 November: Michael Wheatley, 47, of Norbiton Road, Poplar, found dead in Limehouse Basin. It is thought his house may have been burgled. His Ford Fiesta car was found abandoned in Maroon Street, Poplar.

35. 5 November: Peter Clarke, 25, of Ravensworth Road, Kilburn, shot dead in a Ford Escort in Peploe Road, Kilburn.

36. 19 November: Ashley Smith, 21, of east London, found stabbed to death in the street in Disraeli Road, Forest Gate.

37. 29 November: Graham James, 26, of Priestlands Park Road, Sidcup, shot dead at The Point nightclub in Stoke Newington High Street.

38. 29 November: Abdul Rehman Raja, 43, shot dead at greengrocer's shop in Mitcham Lane, Streatham. He was shot twice at point-blank range. The body of the father-of-four was found in a back room at Maureen's Fruit and Veg. A man has been charged with conspiracy to murder but killer remains at large.

39. 5 December: Tommy Hole, 57, and Joey "The Crow" Evans, 55, shot dead by two masked gunmen in the Beckton Arms, Beckton Road, Canning Town, in what police believe was a classic contract killing. Both were well known in the area and had reputations as troublemakers.

40. 9 December: Zac Stewart stabbed to death following an argument in the JJ Moons pub in Tooting High Street.

41. 23 December: Unnamed black man stabbed to death in Plaistow Road, West Ham.

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