Man arrested in Pimlico murder case
By londononline | Thursday, January 31, 2013, 13:21
The Police arrested a 20-year old man in north London early on Thursday 31st January on suspicion of the murder of Hani Hicham Abou El Kheir of Pimlico. A boy was stabbed in the Lupus Street area of SW1 and the police were called to the scene about 6.50 p.m. on Sunday 27th January. The youth, 16 year-old Hani, was taken to Kings College Hospital after medics had attempted to stabilise his condition at the scene of the crime. He died about two hours later. A post-mortem was held on Tuesday 29th January. The cause of death was given as multiple stab wounds. The case is being investigated by detectives from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. They are appealing for witnesses and information following the assault. At least ten youths are believed to have been involved in the incident and the police are seeking those still not arrested. No motive for the attack is known at this time and the Police say that they are keeping an "open mind" about the murder. The Police are gathering information and interviewing witnesses.
Hani Hicham Abou El Kheir
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Attewell of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command [HSCC], said: "The tragic events of last Sunday have left Hani's mother and wider family completely devastated. Hani's mother has lost her only child and is still coming to terms with the heartbreaking events that have led to the death of her son.
"I am directly appealing to the parents and carers of those believed to be involved - if you have slightest indication that your child may have been involved in this incident I encourage you to get them to hand themselves into the police. Failing to do so will result in my officers pursuing them until we have caught all those responsible.
"Likewise there will be a number of young people who will have information about the course of events that day. Parents, we urge you to encourage your children to come and speak to us. We understand that some might have some concerns with speaking to the police but it is important that they do so and we can offer reassurance and support for those that can assist us with our enquiries.
"Hani suffered a horrific and sustained vicious attack and as we continue to actively seek those involved. I am giving those who were there a chance to hand themselves in now before we come looking for you, we will relentlessly pursue to the nth degree all those we believe to be involved that day.
"The local community have and continue to support us in our efforts and a large team of detectives are currently working tirelessly on this case. Local Safer Neighbourhood teams will remain in the area to reassure locals and address any concerns residents may have."
Homicide detectives, working jointly with borough officers, will be appealing for information on the week anniversary of Hani's death on Sunday, 3 February. Anyone with information will be able to speak with police at a mobile police station that has been set up in Lupus Street.
Any witnesses or anyone with any information should contact the incident room on 0208 345 3715; if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Westminster Borough Commander Alison Newcomb said: "I understand the considerable and ongoing local concern over this terrible attack and would like to reassure the community that my officers will do everything possible to work with them at this difficult time.
"It should also be said, however, that such incidents are extremely rare in Westminster and that the last year has seen a 57 per cent drop in knife crime victims in the borough. Over the same period, incidents of serious youth violence have dropped by 60 per cent, equating to 90 fewer victims.
"Such reductions can only come with the continued help of partner agencies and the community itself, and I would urge members of the public to contact officers if they can assist with this or any other investigation. A mobile police station has been set up in Lupus Street in order to make members of the local Churchill Safer Neighbourhood Team as accessible as possible. They can also be contacted on 020 8721 2805.
"We are determined to tackle violent crime in Westminster and prevent young people from becoming victims, and will strive with our colleagues from Specialist Crime and Operations, borough council and other partner agencies to achieve these aims."