Pimlico - More arrests in Hani Abou El Kheir murder

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By londononline | Sunday, February 03, 2013, 19:53

On Saturday 2nd February Police investigating the death of 16-year old Pimlico resident, Hani Hicham Abou El Kheir, arrested eight more people. The teenager suffered multiple stab wounds last Sunday in Lupus Street, Pimlico. Police and the Ambulance service attended the scene, but the youth later died at 20:45hrs. in  King's College Hospital, central London.   A post-mortem examination found cause of death to be multiple stab wounds.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On January 31st a 20-year old man was arrested in north London on suspicion of murder. He was taken to an east London police station where he was was later bailed to return in late March. On Saturday 2nd February four more youths (19, 18 , 17, 16 yrs old)   were arrested on suspicion of murder. Another man (48) and three women (16, 17, 48 yrs old) were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They remain in custody at various east London Police Stations.

A mobile police station was stationed in Lupus Street to help residents and to gather information. The Police opened an incident room under DCI Neil Attewell (HSCC) and Police say that they are retaining an open mind regarding any motive at this stage.

From 6p.m. on Sunday 3 February Police officers from Westminster and detectives from the investigation team visited the Lupus Street area  seeking new information from  local residents. The Police say that  they believe that at least ten youths were involved in the incident.                                                                                                                                                                                                        Detectives have returned to Lupus Street and officers are appealing directly to the community of Churchill Gardens Estate, where Hani Abou El Kheir lived, to come forward with information. Leaflets have  been  handed out to residents, "including an appeal from Hani's mother, Pauline Hickey, with whom he had an "unconditional and unbreakable bond" ", and others from members of his family and his girlfriend.

Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett said: "We're here in numbers to try and see if there's anybody else we haven't already spoken to who has information to help us bring the people who did this savage attack to justice. Our thoughts remains (sic) with Hani's family at this dreadful time, but I'd like to reassure the local community that has been affected by this that we're doing all we can."

He added: "I want to send a really clear message that if you're thinking about providing refuge or assisting people that we are looking for in relation to this horrendous attack - if you are thinking about helping them in any way - then you too face arrest and prosecution."

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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