Holloway stabbing: murder accused to return to court in March

Jeroen Ensink

Jeroen Ensink - Credit: Archant

The man accused of murdering a lecturer outside his home in Holloway was remanded in custody this morning, as his case was adjourned until March.

Femi Nandap, 22, of Pett Street, Woolwich, has been charged with the murder of Dr Jeroen Ensink, 41, in Hilldrop Crescent last Tuesday. A post-mortem examination found he died from multiple stab wounds.

He appeared via video link from HMP Pentonville at the Old Bailey for a mention hearing today, and is scheduled to return on March 22.

Nandap was named as Timchang by police last week, but was named in court as Femi today.

‘His legacy will continue in Asia and Africa’

Married Dr Ensink was senior lecturer in public health engineering at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, in Bloomsbury. He was said to have become a father just 10 days before his death.

Dr Ensink had been leading a study over the Democratic Republic of Congo to understand how improvements in water supply could control and prevent cholera outbreaks.

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His career as a researcher and educator crossed many continents. He lived in Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Tanzania, Malawi, and collaborated with numerous universities and international agencies.

Prof Peter Piot, director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where Dr Ensink had worked for nearly 10 years, paid tribute to his former colleague.

He said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Jeroen Ensink. Jeroen was passionately committed to a simple cause: improving access to water and sanitation in countries where children continue to die needlessly due to the lack of these basic services.

“He was a natural educator and immensely popular with students in whom he invested much time and energy. He provided support and inspiration in equal measure and many of his students are now successful researchers and public health professionals in their own right.

“Jeroen will be greatly missed by all the staff and students who had the opportunity to know and work with him, and the legacy of his work will continue in Asia and Africa. Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends.”

Joan Tallada, of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, worked with Dr Ensink in 2014 when he delivered a seminar on water and sanitation in developing countries.

He said: “The first thing that struck me was the natural combination of a strong physical presence - he was rather tall - with his inartificial kindness while speaking and dealing with anyone.

“He started by asking participants in the session why they thought poor people in India and others parts of the world want access to proper sanitation facilities.

“Students started to guess all kind of intuitive answers (to avoid water contamination, to keep children away from diseases, to protect food production) until Jeroen said: ‘All of those are valuable answers, but if you ask them, the main reason why poor people want access to proper sanitation facilities is dignity.’

“In just 5 minutes, Jeroen had all the classroom, including myself, in his pocket.”

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