Islington stabbing: Neighbours tell of ‘loud scream and thump’ after woman knifed to death ‘during argument’
- Credit: Archant
Neighbours today told how they heard screams as a young woman was knifed to death during an alleged argument in a tower block.
Scotland Yard has launched a murder probe after the woman’s death in Jessop Court, off Graham Street in Islington, last night.
A 31-year-old man, said to be wearing no shoes and a sleeveless vest, was arrested at the scene. He is currently being questioned in a north London police station.
Stunned neighbours were left unable to sleep after the woman, in her 20s, was stabbed in the throat.
Tracy Baxter, 49, lives next door to the flat where the woman – believed to be an Albanian national who had been living in Jessop Court for two months – died.
You may also want to watch:
“She was locked out of the flat only on Saturday afternoon,” she told the Gazette. “We invited her in to ours for a coffee.
“Last night, at about 10.30pm, we could hear her screaming, a few things being thrown and the next minute - silence.
- 1 Tributes paid to Islington student fatally stabbed in Tottenham
- 2 Thousands back petition for exemptions in Highbury People Friendly Streets
- 3 Man wrestled to floor during attempted robbery in Finsbury Park
- 4 Islington man sentenced for antisemitic graffiti in Stamford Hill
- 5 Two 16-year-olds charged with murder of Islington student
- 6 Old Street roundabout project moves into final phase
- 7 Number of Islington opiate addicts seeking help doubles during lockdown
- 8 Man dies after collapsing in Islington
- 9 Arsenal fan's search for every Highbury Stadium match since 1940s
- 10 Arsenal look to bounce back at home to West Ham
“I’m just shocked.”
Esther Ravenor, 48, also lives on the top floor of the block.
She laid flowers at the main entrance just after midday.
Son Malcolm, 18, said: “I heard a loud scream and then a loud thump.”
Ms Ravenor added: “You could see the police out here looking for someone.
“I saw a man being taken to the police van. He had no shoes and a sleeveless vest - just as if he had been chilling out inside.
“We couldn’t get to sleep. We saw the body being moved at around 4am.”
Asked why she laid the flowers, Ms Ravenor said: “I didn’t know the victim, and not enough people speak to each other here. But if something happened to me, I would want this.”
Dira Stark, who lives across the road from Jessop Court in Rocliffe Street, said: “I heard argument noises. It was around midnight and I wasn’t sleeping. I was thinking about looking through the window but my daughter told me not to.
“I can’t believe it.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the police in the incident room on 0208 345 3734, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.