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Scotland Yard appeals to potential murder witnesses

Latest update : 2008-07-04

Detectives investigating the murder of two French students in London have urged potential witnesses to volunteer any information on this particularly brutal crime. The victims were bound, repeatedly stabbed and left to burn in a blazing flat.

Detectives investigating the murder of two French research students in London have received about 25 calls from the public after appealing for witnesses, police said on Friday.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman urged more people to call with any information about the deaths of Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez. The 23-year-olds were bound, repeatedly stabbed and left in a blazing flat in New Cross, southeast London, last Sunday.

Bonomo had been stabbed nearly 200 times, while his friend received nearly 50 knife wounds. Detective Chief Inspector Mick Duthie said the injuries were the worst he had ever seen.

He told a news conference on Thursday that he had no idea why the pair were attacked.

Lines of inquiry include a burglary at Bonomo's flat less than a week before the fire and a man seen running from the scene shortly after neighbours heard an explosion.

"The level of violence used on these two victims was excessive. It was horrendous," Duthie said.

Professor David Canter, professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool, said detectives were left with a confusing and difficult crime scene.

"The ferocity of the killings is not typical of experienced criminals who want to get away as soon as they can," he wrote in the Times. "It points more to a confused mixture of habitual criminality and disinhibited anger."

The bio-engineering students were taking part in a three-month DNA project at Imperial College London.

Its rector Professor Sir Roy Anderson said the pair "had bright futures ahead of them", adding: "It is dreadful that their lives should end so soon."
 

Date created : 2008-07-04

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