Crimewatch to feature renewed appeal for Islington father’s killer

A fresh appeal for information over the murder of an Islington father 15 years ago will be made on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme tonight.

Ricky Smith, 25, was stabbed in the chest in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack on a walk with his partner to their Highbury home on October 3, 1997.

The case is still unsolved and new evidence recently linked his killing to another knife attack that happened on the same night, several miles away, in west London.

A �20,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the identity of the killer.

Tonight’s appeal will feature reconstructions and interviews with the investigation team, Ricky’s family, including his daughter Mikala, and the second victim.


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Ricky, a floor fitter from Highbury Park was walking with his partner, the mother of his two children, to a kebab house at around 11.40pm before heading home along Highbury Park.

As they walked near Hamilton Road a man approached Ricky and immediately stabbed him in the chest. he died on arrival at Whittington Hospital.

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The attacker ran away along Highbury Park turning left into Aubert Park, right into Avenell Road and right into Conewood Street, opposite the old Arsenal football ground.

Later, property was discovered discarded in Conewood Street, including a blue baseball cap and a hooded dark blue Chicago Bulls branded jacket with red and white shoulder flashes.

Officers also recovered a five-inch lock knife with a three-and-a-half inch blade and a single cutting edge.

The knife had a brown wood-effect and brass handle with a yellow �9.95 price sticker attached.

Police also retrieved two carrier bags from the scene. One was a green ‘Fenwicks’ bag with ‘Brent Cross’ written across the front and the second a black ‘Wilkies’ carrier bag with a white border.

As a result of recent forensic analysis on the items recovered, officers were able to officially link, via DNA, Ricky’s murder with a stabbing that took place two-and-a-half hours earlier on the same day (see right).

Detective Inspector Colette Smyth, investigating from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “I am appealing for witnesses and in particular the man who went to retrieve the items to please come forward.

“I want people to link Ricky’s murder in Islington and the attack on Mr Marais in Harlesden with the description of the clothing and suspect. I can’t believe that over the last 15 years someone out there does not know who carried out these attacks. Please come forward with any information.”

Anyone with information should contact the Incident Room at Hendon on 020 8358 0100 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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