Man arrested on suspicion of murdering law student Hussain Chaudhry

Hussain Chaudhry

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of law student Hussain Chaudhry in Walthamstow have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murder. 

The man was apprehended on Friday evening and was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested in connection with the investigation on Wednesday but has been released under investigation.

Police were called at approximately 5.20pm on Wednesday to reports of a stabbing. Hussain, who was 18 years old, was pronounced dead at the scene. He is believed to have been protecting his family and business from robbers.

A post-mortem examination held on Thursday gave cause of death as hypovolemic shock and a stab wound to the neck.

Two other people – a man in his 20s and a woman in her 40s (believed to be Hussain’s brother and mother) – were found with slash injuries to their hands. They were taken to an east London hospital for treatment. The woman remains in hospital but the man has since been discharged.

Hussain’s family said: “We are deeply grieved by the loss of our beloved Hussain and respectfully ask for the privacy and space to come to terms with this tragic situation. We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for their kindness, compassion, condolences, prayers and goodwill. We have no other comment at this time.”

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Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “A young man has lost his life in tragic circumstances and my thoughts remain with his family and friends at this awful time. I am continuing to appeal for any witnesses to come forward and speak with my team. Any piece of information could prove to be vital.”

Additional officers will be in the area over the coming days to help reassure the community and listen to concerns from residents.

Anybody with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or 101 and quote CAD 5697/17Mar. Information can also be tweeted to @MetCC.

Information can also be provided, anonymously, by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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