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Mother’s plea for witnesses one year after son’s knife death

'We want kids to stop using weapons, it’s not helping the community, it’s not helping anyone'

11 March, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

THE mother of a Camden Town man who was stabbed to death at a house party is urging witnesses to come forward, nearly a year on from his death.

Susan Anim-Boadu will be among campaigners against knife crime looking to “shut down London” in a demonstration next month.

Her son, Kwasi Anim-Boadu, 20, died in April last year after being attacked in Finsbury Park. No one has been charged with his killing.

Ms Anim-Boadu told the New Journal: “If people can come forward with anything that they know, if they could let us know so it can help the investigation.”

Mr Anim-Boadu, known as “Junior” or “Lavish”, grew up in Camden Town. He was a former pupil of St Patrick’s primary school in Kentish Town and an altar boy at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, in Lady Margaret Road. He was due to restart a business studies degree last September.

A football match was held by his friends and family last May to mark what would have been his 21st birthday. Speaking about the past year without her “funny” and popular son, Ms Anim-Boadu said: “I don’t know how to express it, there’s no words to express that, it’s very emotional, we’re devastated. Everyone has had their ups and downs.”

Five teenagers have been stabbed to death in London this year. Prime Minister Theresa May this week sparked outrage when she claimed there was no link between knife crime and police cuts.

Ms Anim-Boadu, who is a council officer in west London, said each time she sees another young person killed “it brings everything back”.

“We want kids to stop using weapons, it’s not helping the community, it’s not helping anyone,” she added.

“We are still grieving and obviously we want this to stop. “It’s just destroying families, the community. I don’t really know what we could do to stop this but I think we need a lot of police around because obviously the police are struggling, there’s not enough police to go around the community. We need to see a lot of police around.”

Ms Anim-Boadu also called for further measures, such as metal detectors, to track when someone has ordered a knife online.

A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of Mr Anim-Boadu’s murder, after attending a police station in April last year, remains on police bail. Last week, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued a case against a 22-year-old man charged with possession of an offensive weapon due to a lack of evidence. A Met Police spokeswoman said there would be no appeal from police at this time but added it was “still a live investigation and enquiries are ongoing”.

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