Second Teenager Arrested For Matthew Kitandwe Murder

£10,000 Crimestoppers reward for information is being offered

A second teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Matthew Kitandwe as police return to the scene of the crime.

Matthew Kitandwe
Matthew Kitandwe was murdered in Wayford Street

Yesterday (June 27th) police arrested a 16-year old and he remains in custody. A week on from the murder of 18-year-old Matthew in Battersea, detectives will be returning to the scene and to South Thames College where he studied, in the hope that more witnesses will come forward.

A murder investigation was launched after police were called to an address on Wayford Street last Tuesday, to reports of a man having been stabbed. Matthew was pronounced dead at the scene at about 5pm and a post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as stab injuries. Last Thursday an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He has since been bailed to a date in August.

Detectives have previously appealed for any witnesses that were in and around Wayford Street to get in touch. They are now also appealing to anyone who has information about a fight between two females near to South Thames College at about 1.30pm on Tuesday 21 June.

Officers are also keen to speak to anyone who saw a group of black men in a silver car around Wayford Street at about 11am. At this stage it is not known if they are connected to the murder, but detectives would like to eliminate them from the enquiry.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Price, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said, "Our investigation is progressing well and we have already spoken to a number of witnesses who have come forward and spoken to us, and I would thank them for that. However, I am still very keen to speak to anyone who may know why Matthew was attacked and killed on that day.

"Through our investigations so far we have found no evidence to suggest that Matthew was affiliated to gangs or to crime, and we have found nothing that indicates a motive for his murder. I am hoping that today's activity will encourage someone with information to come forward and speak to us.

"Matthew's family have been left devastated by his murder and they rightly deserve to know what led to his death."

A reward of £10,000 is being offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers. The reward will be available to anyone providing information to Crimestoppers leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8721 5054 or via 101.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or at if they wish to remain anonymous and qualify for the reward.


June 28, 2016