The faces of 2019’s 100 knife crime victims

One hundred people have been fatally stabbed in the UK so far this year.

The first death was 33-year-old mother Charlotte Huggins, who died in London just a few hours after celebrating the start of the new year.

The 100th death was John Lewis, 32, who died in Middlesbrough on the evening of 14 May.

Those killed in 2019 range in age from 14-year-old Jaden Moodie, who was stabbed in Leyton, east London in January – to 80-year-old Barbara Heywood, who was attacked at her home in Bolton in March.

Almost half of the victims were under 30 and were overwhelmingly male.

Knife crime in England and Wales rose to record levels in 2017-18 with the number of fatal stabbings the highest since Home Office records began in 1946.

There has been one fatal stabbing every 1.45 days so far this year in England and Wales. If killings continued at that rate for the rest of the year, the total would be slightly lower than the 285 stabbing deaths recorded in 2017-18.

Thirty of the fatal stabbings were in London, 10 in Greater Manchester and eight in the West Midlands.

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The police have made arrests in nearly all of the cases and have charged suspects in 86.

Below are the details and, where available, photos of those who have lost their lives so far this year.

UK fatal stabbings 2019

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100 homicides in total

  • Charlotte Huggins


    1 January Camberwell, south London

    Thirty-three-year-old mother Charlotte Huggins died just a few hours after celebrating the start of the new year.

    She was stabbed at a residential address in south London and died at the scene.

    In a message posted on Facebook shortly before being attacked, Ms Huggins had wished her friends and family a “healthy, happy 2019”.

    Her boyfriend Michael Rolle is due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on 1 July after pleading not guilty to Ms Huggins’ murder.

  • Tudor Simionov


    1 January Central London

    Tudor Simionov, 33, had recently moved from Romania to east London with his girlfriend. On New Year’s Eve, he was working as a doorman at a private party in Mayfair.

    Mr Simionov was stabbed to death in the early hours of 1 January when a group of men tried to gatecrash the party. A woman and two of his male colleagues were also found with stab injuries.

    Haroon Akram, Adham Khalil, Adham Elshalakany, and Nor Aden Hamada will appear at the Old Bailey on 1 July to face charges of Mr Simionov’s murder, as well as two counts of attempted murder and two counts of GBH.

  • Lee Pomeroy


    4 January Horsley, Surrey

    Computer programmer Lee Pomeroy, 51, died after being attacked on a South Western Railway train bound for London Waterloo.

    Described as a “devoted family man”, Mr Pomeroy had been heading to London from Guildford for a day out with his 14-year-old son when he was stabbed nine times on the train.

    Darren Pencille is due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on 24 June to face charges of murder.

  • Jaden Moodie


    8 January Leyton, East London

    Jaden Moodie became the first teenager to be stabbed to death in the UK in 2019 when he was knocked off a moped and attacked in Leyton, east London.

    The 14-year-old boy had moved to London from Nottingham with his mother for a “new start” six months before he died.

    His sister, Leah Moodie, said: “No one should have to go through the traumatic experience my family are going through.”

    Ayoub Majdouline, 18, and Yousuf Dubbad, 21, have been charged with Jaden’s murder.

  • Gavin Moon


    8 January Washington, Tyne and Wear

    Gavin Moon, 31, died from a stab wound he suffered at his flat in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

    His family paid tribute to the 31-year-old father, describing Mr Moon as “a devoted dad to his children and a loving son”.

    Brian Goldsmith, 47, from Sunderland and Luc Barker, 28, from Washington, have been charged with Mr Moon’s murder and will face trial at Newcastle Crown Court on 18 June.

  • Przemyslaw Cierniak


    10 January Boston, Lincolnshire

    Przemyslaw Cierniak was found with stab wounds shortly after midday on 10 January in a street in the centre of Boston, Lincolnshire.

    The 41-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Lincolnshire Police say the victim and two suspects were known to each other.

    Mariusz Skiba, 32, and Dariusz Kaczkowski, 33, have both been charged with murder and will face the charges at Lincoln Crown Court on 10 June.

  • Bashir Abdullah


    10 January Easton, Bristol

    Thirty-two-year-old Bashir Abdullah was found dead inside a block of flats in Bristol.

    A post-mortem revealed Mr Abdullah died after being stabbed. Avon and Somerset Police said the stabbing was being treated as an isolated incident.

    On 15 January, Jamal Sheik-Mohammed, 51, was charged with Mr Abdullah’s murder. He will stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on 8 July.

  • Asma Begum


    11 January Tower Hamlets, London

    Asma Begum, 31, was found with a neck injury at an address in Tower Hamlets.

    Police were called to the address in Poplar, but Ms Begum was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Jalal Uddin, 46, has been charged with her murder.

  • Paul Dickson


    12 January Bolton, Lancashire

    Paul Dickson was stabbed at a house in Bolton, Lancashire, on 30 December.

    The 49-year-old died nearly two weeks later in hospital and a murder investigation was launched by Greater Manchester Police.

    No one has been charged with Mr Dickson’s murder, but a 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assault at the time of the stabbing. She has been bailed pending further police enquiries.

  • Alison Hunt


    16 January Swinton, Greater Manchester

    Alison Hunt’s body was found at a property in Swinton, Greater Manchester, on 16 January. The 42-year-old had been stabbed to death, police confirmed.

    Described as a “wonderful mum”, Ms Hunt’s family and friends paid tribute to her in a statement, saying: “The light in our lives has been forever extinguished. The way she brightened up every day with her laughter and sense of humour will always be with us.”

    Vernon Holmes, 48, from Irlam, was charged with Ms Hunt’s murder and will stand trial at Manchester Crown Court on 1 July.

  • Mary Annie Sowerby


    22 January Dearham, Cumbria

    Sixty-nine-year-old Mary Annie Sowerby, known as Annie, was a “devoted wife” who “filled her life with joy and happiness”, her family said.

    Ms Sowerby, who was married with two children, was found stabbed at a property in Dearham. She was treated by paramedics but died of her injuries.

    Her son Lee Sowerby, 45, has been charged with her murder and will stand trial at Carlisle Crown Court on 24 June.

  • Stephen O'Donnell


    22 January HMP Risley, Warrington

    Prisoner Stephen O’Donnell was stabbed inside HMP Risley, Warrington, on 22 January.

    The 33-year-old was taken to Warrington General Hospital where he later died.

    Adrisse Gray, 23, admitted to Mr O’Donnell’s murder and will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 20 May. Gray is the first person to be convicted of a 2019 fatal stabbing.

  • Ian Ogle


    27 January East Belfast

    Community worker Ian Ogle, 45, died after being stabbed 11 times and beaten in the street near his home in East Belfast on 27 January.

    The father-of-two had acted as a spokesman for the loyalist community in East Belfast.

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said a gang of at least five men were involved in the attack. Jonathan Brown, 33, and Glenn Rainey, 32, have been charged with murder.

  • Kamil Malysz


    27 January Acton, west London

    Kamil Malysz was found dead in a shared residential building in Acton on 27 January. The 34-year-old was a Polish national who had been living in west London.

    A post-mortem examination found he died as a result of haemorrhaging because of a stab injury.

    A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder, but later released with no further action being taken. The Metropolitan Police are yet to charge anyone in connection with Mr Malysz’s death.

  • Nedim Bilgin


    29 January Islington, north London

    Teenager Nedim Bilgin died after being attacked on Caledonian Road in Islington on 29 January.

    Speaking at the scene after the stabbing, Islington Councillor Paul Convery said the area had been blighted by tensions between gang rivalries for years.

    An investigation was launched by police, but nobody has been charged with the 17-year-old’s murder.

  • Michael Liddell


    31 January Gloucester

    Michael Liddell, 35, was found by paramedics suffering from a stab wound at a home in Longlevens, Gloucester, on 31 January.

    Mr Liddell died a short time later and his 65-year-old mother, Joy, was charged with his murder.

    Joy Liddell had been due to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on 29 July, however, Avon and Somerset Police said she died in April. An inquest date for both deaths is yet to be set.

  • Reece Ottaway


    1 February Northampton

    Reece Ottaway, 23, was found dead at a social housing complex in Northampton on 1 February, following a “disturbance”.

    A post-mortem examination confirmed that Mr Ottaway, from Daventry, had died as a result of a stab wound.

    His family said his death “will haunt us for the rest of our lives”.

    Five men have been charged with his murder and will face trial in September.

  • Kevin Byrne


    3 February Kirkcaldy, Fife

    Kevin Byrne’s body was discovered at an address in Alison Street, Kirkcaldy, on 5 February.

    The 45-year-old, who had had his left leg amputated and used crutches, was also known locally as Kevin Forrester.

    Leslie Fraser appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court charged with assault and murder.

  • Jurijs Paramonovs


    3 February Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

    Jurijs Paramonovs was stabbed inside his home in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on 3 February.

    The 46-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder investigation was launched by Cambridgeshire police.

    Olegs Titovs, 49, pleaded not guilty at Cambridge Crown Court to murdering Mr Paramonovs and was told a trial would start on 8 July.

  • Lejean Richards


    5 February Battersea, south London

    Lejean Richards became the third teenager to be stabbed to death in London in 2019 when he was attacked near his home in Battersea.

    In a tribute, Mr Richards’ mother said her 19-year-old son was “turning his life around”.

    Roy Reyes-Nieves and Roger Reyes-Nieves have both been charged with Mr Richards’ murder and will stand trial at the Old Bailey on 12 August.

  • Aliny Mendes


    8 February Ewell, Surrey

    Mum-of-four Aliny Mendes had been picking up her children from school when she was attacked and stabbed in a street in Ewell, Surrey, on 8 February.

    A JustGiving page raised more than £58,000 for her family and to repatriate the 39-year-old’s body back to her native Brazil.

    Her estranged husband, Ricardo Godinho, 41, has admitted manslaughter but denied murdering Ms Mendes. He will stand trial at Guildford Crown Court on 17 June.

  • Dennis Anderson


    10 February East Dulwich, south London

    Dennis Anderson was attacked in a street in Dulwich, south London, reportedly after a row about cigarettes in an off-licence.

    The 39-year-old, who was a painter and decorator, was stabbed in the neck outside the Food and Wine shop on Lordship Lane.

    Jahmal Michael Riley was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon. The 24-year-old will stand trial at the Old Bailey on 5 August.

  • Wesley Adyinka


    10 February Maidstone, Kent

    Wesley Adyinka died after being stabbed in the heart near his home in Maidstone on 10 February.

    The 37-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. His partner Amanda Francis was also injured but survived the attack.

    Four people have been charged with murder and causing grievous bodily harm.

  • Carl Hopkins


    11 February Colchester, Essex

    Carl Hopkins, 49, was stabbed in his lung near Colchester’s Castle Park on 11 February.

    A friend described in a newspaper interview how he and Mr Hopkins were both sleeping rough in Colchester at the time.

    Andrew Whitten reportedly said Mr Hopkins “was a loveable pain in the neck and we argued like cat and dog. But we were close and we had each other’s back. He was always there for me and I love him to bits”.

  • Patrick Hill


    13 February Coventry, Warwickshire

    Paramedics were called to a shared property in Coventry and found 22-year-old Patrick Hill suffering from a stab wound.

    He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries three days later. Levi Whitmore-Wills, 18, was initially charged with wounding, but was later charged with murder after Mr Hill died.

    Mr Whitmore-Wills has pleaded not guilty and is due to stand trial at Warwick Crown Court on 24 June.

  • Dorothy Bowyer


    14 February Buxworth, Derbyshire

    Dorothy Bowyer, 77, was found dead at a house in the Derbyshire village of Buxworth on Valentine’s Day.

    She had been stabbed in the chest. A dog was also found dead at the property.

    The mother-of-three had worked at a sweets factory and was “loved by the community”, according to friends and neighbours.

    William Blunsdon, 25, of Buxworth, who was arrested shortly afterwards, has been charged with her murder and criminal damage.

  • Sidali Mohamed


    15 February Birmingham

    Sixteen-year-old Sidali Mohamed was attacked outside Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College in Highgate, Birmingham, on 13 February. He died two days later.

    The teenager had fled war-torn Somalia with his family when he was a toddler. Family members said Sidali had “many ambitions and goals” and wanted to be an accountant. His college principal described him as “a wonderful young man”.

    A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with murder.

  • Abdul Deghayes


    17 February Brighton

    Abdul Deghayes was found stabbed in a car in Brighton after a crash on 16 February. He died from his injuries the following day.

    He was the brother of two British teenagers killed while fighting for Islamist militants in Syria. Another brother, Amer, is believed to be still alive in Syria. His uncle, Omar Deghayes, was detained at Guantanamo Bay for almost six years.

    Daniel MacLeod, 36, will stand trial at Hove Crown Court on 24 June to face a charge of murdering Abdul Deghayes.

  • Bright Akinleye


    18 February Camden, London

    Bright Akinleye was stabbed in the leg during a row at a party near Euston railway station on 18 February.

    The 22-year-old staggered into a nearby luxury hotel and collapsed. He later died at the scene.

    Seven men and seven women were arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Only one person – Tashan Brewster – has been charged with Mr Akinleye’s murder. The 30-year-old is set to appear at the Old Bailey on 12 August for trial.

  • Abdullah Muhammad


    20 February Birmingham

    Sixteen-year-old Abdullah Muhammad was stabbed in the back and chest in a Birmingham park on 20 February. He was the second teenager to be stabbed to death in the city in a week.

    Abdullah had been studying to memorise the Koran at the Green Lane Mosque. His teachers said he was “a young man with ambition and potential”.

    Three people – Demille Innis, Amari Robinson, also known as Amari Tullock, and a 17-year-old boy – have all been charged with murder and will appear at Birmingham Crown Court for a trial on 27 August.

  • Alasdair Forsyth


    21 February Edinburgh

    Alasdair Forsyth was discovered with serious injuries at an address in Clearburn Road, Prestonfield, Edinburgh, on 21 February.

    The 67-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

    Three males – aged 15, 16 and 19 – have been charged in connection with the death and were remanded in custody following a court appearance in February.

  • Glendon Spence


    21 February Brixton, south London

    Glendon Spence, 23, died after being attacked at the Marcus Lipton Youth Centre in Brixton on 21 February.

    The Metropolitan Police said a fight had started outside the youth centre and Mr Spence had run inside, where he was stabbed. A football training session for children was taking place in the centre at the time.

    Two 17-year-old boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been charged with Mr Spence’s murder and will stand trial at the Old Bailey on 12 August.

  • Courtney Valentine-Brown


    21 February Southend, Essex

    Courtney Valentine-Brown died after being stabbed in the leg in Southend just before midnight on 21 February.

    The 36-year-old was taken to hospital, but later died from his injuries.

    His family said he was “ambitious, cheeky and extremely creative with his whole future ahead of him”.

    Three men and a woman have been charged with Mr Valentine-Brown’s murder.

  • Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck


    22 February Wood Green, north London

    Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck died after he was stabbed by a gang riding bikes in Wood Green, north London.

    The 19-year-old was chased into a hair salon and attacked by men armed with a firearm, knives and a samurai sword. A second man was shot but survived.

    Detectives said the attack would have been witnessed by several people, including children.

    Tyrell Graham, 18, and Sheareem Cookhorn, 20, have been charged with murder, attempted murder and robbery.

  • Philip McMillan


    22 February Holytown, North Lanarkshire

    Philip McMillan, 26, died in Wishaw General Hospital, in North Lanarkshire, after being stabbed during a fight in a street in Holytown on 22 February.

    Mr McMillan, who was a Rangers fan, had a son.

    Three men, in their 20s, have been charged in connection with the incident.

  • Phillip Rooney


    23 February Leigh, Greater Manchester

    Father-of-two, Phillip Rooney, 32, was found dead at a house in Leigh, Greater Manchester, after being stabbed in the stomach.

    His family said he was “witty, caring and had a heart of gold”.

    Stephen Brocklehurst, 48, will stand trial at Manchester Crown Court after being charged with Mr Rooney’s murder.

  • Gary Cunningham


    23 February Harborne, Birmingham

    Gary Cunningham became the third person in ten days to die from a stabbing in Birmingham.

    The 29-year-old was attacked at a flat in Harborne on 23 February and died at the scene.

    Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow was arrested and charged with Mr Cunningham’s murder. The 26-year-old will appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 22 July for trial.

  • Connor Brown


    24 February Sunderland

    Teenager Connor Brown died in hospital after being attacked behind The Borough pub in Sunderland city centre in the early hours of 24 February.

    The 18-year-old was a student at the local Farringdon Community Sports College.

    England footballer and Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who went to the same school as Mr Brown, was among those who expressed their sympathy to his family.

    Ally Gordon, 19, and Leighton Barrass, 20, were charged with Mr Brown’s murder and remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Crown Court for a trial on 1 July.

  • David Lopez-Fernandez


    25 February Tower Hamlets, London

    Spanish national David Lopez-Fernandez was found stabbed at an address in Stepney, east London.

    Police and paramedics treated the 38-year-old at the scene, however, he later died from his injuries.

    Jairo Sepulveda-Garcia, 36, was charged with Mr Lopez-Fernandez’s murder and will stand trial at Southwark Crown Court on 19 August.

  • Hazrat Umar


    25 February Birmingham

    Hazrat Umar became the third teenager within 12 days to be stabbed to death in Birmingham.

    The 18-year-old, who was a student at the South and City College in Birmingham, suffered fatal stab injuries in Bordesley Green.

    Mr Umar was studying electrical engineering. His family and friends said they could not understand why he was targeted.

    A 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to stand trial at Birmingham Crown Court on 10 June.