Mother stabbed to death in Maida Vale had restraining order against ex-husband


A mother stabbed in broad daylight by her “demon” ex-husband had a restraining order against her, it has emerged.

Witnesses watched in horror as Yasmin Chkaifi, 43, was stabbed multiple times in Chippenham Road, Maida Vale, on Monday morning.

Her former partner Leon McCaskre, 41, was later hit by a car in an apparent attempt to stop the attack.

The Metropolitan Police said the couple, who died at the scene, were from Maida Vale and had previously been in a relationship.

A spokesman for the force confirmed Tuesday that a harassment prevention order had been obtained against McCaskre and that the force’s Directorate of Professional Standards would now conduct a review.

A childhood friend of Ms. Chkaifi, who is known to have two teenage children, told her the independent he also had a panic alarm installed in his home.

The 26-year-old driver of the car involved in the incident was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, but was later released on bail until the end of February while police evaluate the evidence.

A Metropolitan Police officer in forensic suit at the scene on Chippenham Road, in Maida Vale

(Aaron Chown/PA)

At the scene of the deaths, Ms. Chkaifi’s family hailed the driver as “our hero”.

They said that Ms. Chkaifi was attacked by her ex-husband, whom she had divorced two years ago after three years of marriage.

“Our family wants justice,” they told reporters. “He was a demon. The driver witnessed what happened and tried to stop him, but he ended up hitting him.”

When asked if they had a message for the driver, they added: “Thank you very much. Thank you for risking your life. He is our hero.

“Our family is very proud of him and we hope the Queen can give him a medal or something.”

Deon Nelson-Wright, a childhood friend, said she was due to meet with the victim this week and feared something like this could happen.

Speaking through tears as she left flowers at the scene, she said the independent:: “She was simply charming, very affectionate. I went to Essendine Primary School with her. She was my best friend.

“I met her when she was six years old. She used to come to my class with her hijab on and her little brother was in my little brother’s class.

“He ended up getting a flat through the council and we lived together when I was 18 on Edgware Road for two years.

“I was there when she had her first child. It was my birthday last week, so I was meant to meet her this week.”

Ms Nelson-Wright said the victim had been attacked by her ex-husband, who she said was “just out of jail” when she met him.

“The police could have stopped this, they knew I was crazy,” he said. “It was his ex-husband. She wouldn’t go, she wouldn’t leave her alone.

“I knew this was going to happen, I just knew it. He is psychotic.

“This could have been prevented: they put an alarm in his house. I was at her house in September and I was there then.”

Forensic tents at the scene in Chippenham Road, Maida Vale

(Aaron Chown/PA)

Lolita Aranas was cleaning the interior of the nearby San Pedro church when she heard people screaming and looked out the upstairs window.

“It was very sad,” the church volunteer said. the independent. “A lady was lying there and there was also a man lying there, he was bleeding from the head.

“I could see the blood and the black and the blue on his legs.

“I got out after five minutes and the police were already here and the ambulance.

“When I saw it, my stomach turned over; She was thinking of families. When I came today I was still upset.”

A neighbor who has lived in the area for 30 years said she witnessed the stabbing after hearing screams outside her home.

“I heard people screaming and children crying and then I opened the window and I saw a guy stab a woman in the neck,” he said.

“From above you can see very clearly; I saw the guy stab her and then another guy coming over to help.

“It was a very bad experience for me because it was the first time I had seen something like this. I could not sleep last night.”

The Metropolitan Police said post-mortem examinations are expected to take place on January 25 and 27.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Rawlinson, of the force’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “We are getting a better picture of what happened at the scene from information provided by the public and by reviewing security cameras.

“First of all, it is clear that members of the public courageously tried to intervene to stop the attack and their actions were very courageous.

“We are talking to the families of those affected and doing everything we can to support them at this terrible time.

“We can now confirm that both deceased knew each other previously and that there are no pending suspects.

“A man, who was the driver of a car, has been arrested and released on bail for a very serious crime and we need to do a full investigation, looking at all the circumstances.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the public.

“Several people have already come forward, but we are still asking anyone who doesn’t have to contact us.

“Any information could be vital in helping us fully understand why this terrible incident occurred.”

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

To provide information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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