Maida Vale murder: Man ‘stabbed ex to death’ in street before he was run over and killed

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Mum-of-two Yasmin Chkaifi was killed in a horrific broad daylight knife attack in Maida Vale, London, while Leon McCaskre died after he was hit by a car

Leon McCaskre has been named as the man who died when he was run over following the knife attack

This is the first picture of the suspected knifeman who stabbed a woman said to be his ex-girlfriend before he was run over and killed at the scene.

Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, was killed in a horrific knife attack in Maida Vale, London on Monday morning, before her attacker was killed by a car shortly after.

Police have now confirmed the man who was fatally struck by the car was Leon McCaskre, 41. They are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

McCaskre was seen by witnesses standing over the victim with a kitchen knife and repeatedly stabbing Yasmin, known to her family and friends as Wafah, MyLondon reports.

A witness then described how a Renault Clio “fast enough that the attacker went beneath the car and was pinned under the wheels.”

Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, was a mum of two and killed in broad daylight
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Police said the 26-year-old driver co-operated fully with the investigation and has been bailed to return to a police station on a date in late February while the evidence is evaluated.

Yasmin’s distraught family have called the driver ‘a hero’ in a powerful statement after he tragic murder.

Inquiries are under way to establish the full circumstances, but cops confirmed the two deceased were known to each other, with loved ones saying they had previously been in a relationship.

Mourners gathered at the scene today to lay floral tributes
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Yasmin was known as Wafah to her friends and family

The woman’s heartbroken aunt said, of Yasmin: “She had a heart of gold, and was so beautiful. I am broken hearted, she never hated anyone and had so many friends from all different backgrounds.”

The aunt said that the victim was studying at university and also worked at a school. Her children are 16 and 18.

A man who said he was the woman’s brother revealed her name was Wafah
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Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rawlinson, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We are gaining a clearer idea of ​​what happened at the scene thanks to information supplied by the public and by reviewing CCTV.

“Firstly, it is apparent that members of the public bravely tried to intervene to stop the attack and their actions were very courageous.

“We are speaking to the families of those concerned and doing all we can to support them at this terrible time. We can now confirm that both the deceased were previously known to each other and there are no outstanding suspects.

Police confirmed the attacker was known to the victim
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“A man, who was the driver of a car, has been arrested and bailed for a very serious offense and we must carry out a full investigation, looking at all the circumstances.

“A number of people have already come forward, but we are still asking for anyone who has not to make contact with us. Any information could be vital in helping us fully understand why this dreadful incident happened.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter@MetCC . Please quote reference CAD 1496/24JAN.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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