Walthamstow murder investigation launched after stabbing victim dies

Three men suffered stab wounds in the incident in Brandon Road, Walthamstow, on February 22.

One of three men who suffered stab wounds in Walthamstow last month has died from his injuries.

A murder investigation has been launched into the incident in Brandon Road on February 22 at shortly before 6pm.

The man, aged in his 30s, died in hospital on Monday (March 6).

Two other men, both aged 18, were found with stab injuries nearby in Stocksfield Road. Their conditions were assessed as not life-threatening and they were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Jason Adinkra, 18, of Hythe Close, Edmonton, was charged on February 25, with attempted murder. Vhalery Oum Bassanga 19, of Waltham Forest, was charged on March 1 with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Both men were remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on March 27.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers, who continues to lead the investigation, said: “Sadly the victim, who had been in hospital since the attack, has died. My thoughts are with his family and friends as they come to terms with this terrible loss, they continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

“As such, our inquiry is now a murder investigation. Two men have previously been charged with attempted murder and, following the death, we will now consult with Crown Prosecution Service about the appropriate charge.

“I would also reiterate my earlier appeal for information, a young man has died and his family have the right to know what happened to him.

"I ask anyone who has not yet spoken with us to come forward or to contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously. The information you provide may be vital to bringing those responsible to justice.”

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick, responsible for local policing in north-east London, said: “I am deeply saddened by anther needless death of a young man in our community. My thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

“I am also deeply concerned about the effect such incident have on our communities. You will continue to see heightened police presence in the immediate vicinity over the coming days. Please, if you have concerns, speak with your officers who are there to listen and reassure.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Met Police’s major incident room on 020 8345 3715.

Alternatively, call 101 quoting CAD 5668/22Feb.

You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.