Renewed Appeal In Matthew Kitandwe Murder Investigation

The South Thames College student was stabbed to death

Renewed Appeal In Matthew Kitandwe Murder Investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of Matthew Kitandwe in Battersea in 2016, have renewed their appeal for information, on the two-year anniversary of his death.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at just after 4pm on June 21st to reports of a man stabbed in the communal area of a block of flats on Wayford Street.

Sadly Matthew, a student at South Thames College, was pronounced dead at the scene at about 5pm. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as stab injuries.

Officers investigating the murder are also continuing to appeal for witnesses who were present in and around Wayford Street in the hours leading up to 4.10pm, when the fatal stabbing took place.

A reward of £10,000 is still being offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Matthew's murder.

Eight people were arrested on suspicion of murder in June, July and August 2016. They have since been released with no further action to be taken against them.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell of the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command who is leading the investigation, said, "Today marks the two year anniversary of the tragic death of Matthew Kitandwe whose life was taken way too soon.

“This was extremely traumatic for Mathew’s family, especially his mother who was waiting in the car outside the block of flats where Matthew was killed. She saw the suspects who killed her son follow him into the block and she was the first on the scene trying to save his life.

“No mother should ever have to hold her dying son in her hands.

"We’re renewing our appeal today in the hope that someone who knows what happened on that dreadful day will reach out to us and provide us with that crucial piece of evidence that will bring Matthew’s killers to justice. If that person is you, please contact the police directly, or call Crimestoppers. I can assure you that your information will be held in the strictest of confidence and we take every lead very seriously.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call to contact the dedicated incident room number on 020 8721 4054, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

June 21, 2018


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