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Attacker who stabbed victim 54 times is jailed

A man found guilty of murder after stabbing his victim 54 times has been jailed for 20 years. 39-year-old Thomas Kearney was convicted at the Old Bailey of killing 35-year-old David Remmer at the hostel they both lived at in Talgarth Road, West Kensington.

Thomas Kearney Credit: Met Police

A post-mortem showed the victim had 54 stab wounds to his body, back and head. A large amount of cash - £3,000 - that David Remmer had been planning to take to on holiday to Thailand, was also missing.

David Remmer Credit: Met Police

A large blood-covered kitchen knife was found at the scene along with shoes Kearney had been seen wearing on the CCTV, also covered in David Remmer's blood.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Liz Baker said: "Kearney’s intent to kill is clear. The trial judge His Honour Judge Wide could not be sure that Kearney had murdered for financial gain.

"However he admitted that his first actions, after David died, was to search his pockets, take all the money that he had on him in readiness for his holiday and leave the building."


Fatal crash in West Kensington

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car in West Kensington last night.

Police were called at around 9:40pm, with reports that an Audi A3 had been involved in a crash with a Triumph motorcycle at North End Road. The car did not stop at the scene.

The 26-year-old motorcyclist suffered multiple injuries and later died at St Mary's Hospital.

He has not yet been formally identified, but next of kin have been informed.

Man dies after falling from window

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died after he fell from a window from a block of flats in North Kensington on Saturday morning. 39 year-old Shaka Wilmot suffered a head injury and died later in hospital.

Police are treating the death as suspicious and want to trace two women and a man who are believed to have been in the flat when he fell.


Met carries out dawn burglary raids in Kensington

Early on Wednesday morning the Met carried out raids at eight addresses across Kensington, at which five men aged between 18-22, were arrested on conspiracy to commit burglary. They are currently in custody pending further enquiries.

Items seized at the addresses include watches, designer clothes and cash. The raids, which were part of the intelligence-led operation Decker, identified a gang responsible for around 12 burglaries in Kensington, Brent, Ealing and Fulham. Valuable vehicles were stolen from these locations.

This morning’s operation is a clear warning to all burglars that we will do everything in our power to catch and convict them. Operation Decker is a Kensington and Chelsea Borough local initiative to drive down burglary offences and take the fight to the criminals. It illustrates that we will utilise all types of technology available to use in order to identify the activities of criminal gangs.

There is a distinct link between this gang and highly organised criminality.

– Detective Chief Inspector Rhys Willis of the Kensington and Chelsea Crime Squad
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