Exclusive - Maida Vale stabbing: Killer who knifed ex was due in court today over stalking breach

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The knifeman, who stabbed his ex-partner to death in Maida Vale before being hit by a car, was due in court today - fourdays after the murder - for breaching his protection order.

The killer who knifed his ex to death before dying after being hit by a car was due in court today - just three days after the attack - over a breach of a stalking order.

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Yasmin Chkaifi (inset Leon McCaskre). Photo: Met Police/SWNSYasmin Chkaifi (inset Leon McCaskre). Photo: Met Police/SWNS
Yasmin Chkaifi (inset Leon McCaskre). Photo: Met Police/SWNS | Met Police/SWNS
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“The police were aware of his abuse and social workers were involved.”

Witnesses recounted how they saw McCaskre stabbing Ms Chkaifi repeatedly in Chippenham Road, Maida Vale, on Monday.

Forensic officers at the scene in Maida Vale. Credit: Jessica Frank-KeyesForensic officers at the scene in Maida Vale. Credit: Jessica Frank-Keyes
Forensic officers at the scene in Maida Vale. Credit: Jessica Frank-Keyes | LW

Raad Jiyad, 52, explained how he tried to stop the savage attack, and held the mum-of-two in his arms while she was dying.

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“I saw him stab her four or five times in the chest,” he said.

“The woman was screaming, crying for help and was covered in blood.

“He said ‘nobody come to me’ and ‘take it’ as he stabbed her.

“I tried to speak to her as she was bleeding and held her as she took her last breath. I have blood on my hand from it.”

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The incident in Maida Vale, in which a man and woman died. Credit: Jessica Frank-KeyesThe incident in Maida Vale, in which a man and woman died. Credit: Jessica Frank-Keyes
The incident in Maida Vale, in which a man and woman died. Credit: Jessica Frank-Keyes | LW

A man in a blue Renault Clio hit McCaskre, to try and stop him attacking Ms Chkaifi and others.

Have-a-go hero Raad Jiyad, 52, tried to intervene when he heard the woman’s frantic screams. Credit: Jessica Frank-KeyesHave-a-go hero Raad Jiyad, 52, tried to intervene when he heard the woman’s frantic screams. Credit: Jessica Frank-Keyes
Have-a-go hero Raad Jiyad, 52, tried to intervene when he heard the woman’s frantic screams. Credit: Jessica Frank-Keyes | Credit: Jessica Frank-Keyes

The Met Police have referred themselves to a police watchdog following the deaths.

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A spokesperson for the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said : "We can confirm that we have received a referral from the Metropolitan Police regarding their contact with Yasmin Chkaifi prior to her tragic death in Maida Vale, London, on January 24.

“We are currently assessing the available information, and have requested more, to determine what further action may be required from us.”

Tributes were paid to the mother-of-two, who worked as a qualified childminder, and was studying for a masters degree, at a vigil in Maida Vale where candles and flowers were laid on Wednesday.

One message read: “Waffa was a beautiful person with an amazing soul. All my love and prayers go to Waffa and her family.”

The Met Police told LondonWorld it could not comment, now that the IOPC had opened an inves