15 Year-Old Boy Charged With West Kensington Murder Remanded in Custody

Teenager due to appear at Old Bailey after fatal stabbing of Ayub Hassan

Ayub Hassan
Ayub Hassan

A 15 year-old boy has appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on Saturday, 9 March charged with the murder of Ayub Hassan, 17, at Lanfrey Place, outside the Waitrose store in North End Road, West Kensington on Thursday.

He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, 12 March.

Police say while formal identification awaits, next of kin have been informed and they can confirm the victim is Ayub, from Shepherd's Bush.

A post mortem examination was scheduled to take place yesterday, Sunday 10 March.

Three other teenagers were arrested as part of this investigation. A 17 year-old boy has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in mid April, while two others aged 18 and 15 have been released with no further action.

The fatal stabbing occurred in Lanfrey Place shortly before 2.14pm.

Ayub was found with stab injuries to the chest and taken to a central London hospital, but he sadly died a short time later.

According to a report in the Daily Mirror there had been previous attempts on his life though there was no suggestion those charged or arrested were responsible for the earlier alleged attempts. He had been stabbed on a earlier occasion.

His mother Siraad told the Evening Standard that Ayub, the oldest of her three children, had wanted to be a barrister and that he was her 'best friend'.

Police also announced the implementation a Section 60 Authority between the hours of 4.44pm and 4am across the north areas of Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Lanfrey Place. Picture: Google Streetview

A Section 60 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (s.60) gives police the right to search people in a defined area during a specific time period when they believe, with good reason, that: serious violence will take place and it is necessary to use this power to prevent such violence; or that a person is carrying a dangerous object or offensive weapon; or that an incident involving serious violence has taken place and a dangerous instrument or offensive weapon used in the incident is being carried in the locality.

Similar powers have also been implemented in nearby Chiswick and Acton.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC quoting CAD 4136/07MAR.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

March 11, 2019