Named by relatives as mum-of-two Wafah, the woman was stabbed multiple times in front of horrified onlookers in Maida Vale, west London, before her attacker was killed by a car
The family of a woman stabbed to death have called the man who was arrested on suspicion of murdering her attacker a “hero”.
Named by relatives as mum-of-two Wafah, with family unwilling to share her surname, she was stabbed multiple times in the street in Maida Vale, west London, on Monday morning.
The knifeman – who police say was known to the victim – was then run over and killed, with a 26-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.
Wafah’s family told the Mirror they want “justice” for the 43-year-old’s death.
They claim their loved one’s killer was well known to police, describing him as an “abusive monster”.
They added that the man allegedly responsible for his death has their thanks and say he shouldn’t be sent to prison.
It is understood Wafah’s and her killer were previously married but had been divorced for some time.
“Our family wants justice,” they said.
“He was known to the police, he missed a court date last week. She had a panic alarm in the flat.
“He was extremely abusive. She had no one. He punched her.
“He was a demon. He was an abusive monster.”
Referring to the man who allegedly killed him, they continued: “We want to thank him. Thank you for doing something.
“For not just recording it. He shouldn’t be in prison. Our family is very proud of him. He is a hero.”
Best friend Deon Nelson-Wright said: “I knew this was going to happen. I just knew. He was psychotic. He had no reason to be here. This could have been avoided.”
He said Wafah’s killer was “fresh out of jail” when she met him.
The car ran over a 41-year-old man around 9am yesterday in an apparent bid to stop the attack.
The incident took place in front of horrified onlookers with some witnesses desperately trying to intervene.
Mulugeta Asseratte said she heard shouts of “stop it, stop it” as she walked up the street from a nearby bakery and saw a woman being attacked by a man.
“All of a sudden it moved to the street and no sooner than they reached the street than a driver came and hit both of them,” she claimed.
“We were all shocked and shouting and my heart goes out to the families of this fatal incident.
“This is something one sees in movies, not in real life,” she added.
Police, ambulance crews and the fire service, who freed the injured man as he was trapped underneath the car, were all called to the scene, but both he and the woman were pronounced dead.
Another witness said she saw the attacker had a “big knife” and along with others said they had momentarily tried to distract the man to “buy her some time.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood acknowledged that members of the public “bravely tried to intervene.”
“A man has been arrested in relation to the case; we are not aware of any links between this man and the two deceased.
“I can also confirm that we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection to this incident.”
I have added that a team of detectives are working to establish the circumstances.
The families of the man and woman who died have now been told.
Witnesses can call police on 101 quoting the reference 1496/24jan, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.