Detectives have charged a boy with murder and made a fourth arrest as they continue to appeal for information about the events which led to the death of Fares Maatou.
A murder investigation was launched following the fatal stabbing of Fares Maatou in Barking Road, E16. Police were called to the location at 15:56hrs on Friday, 23 April, and found 14-year-old Fares suffering stab injuries.
Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he was pronounced dead shortly after 16:30hrs. A post-mortem examination held at East Ham Mortuary gave cause of death as stab injuries.
Fares is believed to have been in possession of an e-scooter when he was attacked. However enquiries are ongoing and officers must retain an open mind as to any motive.
DCI Perry Benton, Specialist Crime, said: “I spoke yesterday about how local people have provided fantastic support to our investigation and given us a good deal of information. This has continued over the weekend, and once again I thank them for that.
“Every piece of information could be vital, so I continue to appeal for anyone who knows anything and any witnesses who have yet to speak with police to please come forward.
“I have assured Fares’s family of my total commitment to bringing to justice those responsible for this senseless killing. They will be supported by specialist officers at every stage of what will be a terrible ordeal for them in the weeks, months and years ahead.
“This remains a fast-moving investigation and there will be further developments.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.
A crime scene remains in place and the public can expect to see an increased police presence in the area.
Three people were arrested on Friday, 23 April. They are a 14-year-old boy [A] and a 15-year-old boy [B] arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 15-year-old boy [C] arrested in connection with the incident.
‘A’ has since been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear in custody at Stratford Youth Court on Monday, 26 April.
‘B’ and ‘C’ have been bailed to a date in late May.
A 15-year-old boy [D] was arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday, 24 April. He remains in police custody.
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