Pictured: Stab victim who was knifed to death by thugs armed with swords and machetes in south London four days before his 21st birthday
- Salem Koudou was fatally stabbed by thugs four days before his 21st birthday
- Police called at 5.55pm on August 22 after reports of fight on Angell Town estate, Brixton
- Salem was taken to hospital to be treated for his wounds but died later that day
The first picture of a man who was fatally stabbed by thugs armed with swords and machetes in south London has been released by police.
Salem Koudou died from stab wounds only four days before his 21st birthday following a confrontation after a car overturned in Brixton.
Police had been called at 5.55pm on Thursday August 20 after reports of a fight on the Angell Town estate in Brixton.
Salem was found with stab wounds and was taken to hospital but died at 8.53pm.
Police have released the first picture of Salem Koudou who was fatally stabbed by thugs wielding swords and machetes in Brixton on August 22, just four days before his 21st birthday
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh, who is leading the murder inquiry, said: ‘Today [24 August], should have been Salem’s birthday, but instead of celebrating, his family are suffering the pain and anguish of his loss.
‘We need to understand the chain of events that led to this young man losing his life, and for that we need the public’s help.
‘A post-mortem examination took place at Greenwich Mortuary on Saturday and gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.
‘An overturned car was found in nearby Marcella Road and is being linked to this incident.
‘At this stage it is believed it may have collided with another car before overturning; there were no reports of any injuries directly as a result of this collision.’
The overturned car is sealed off by police tape in Brixton (pictured on August 21). It is being treated as linked to the stabbing of Salem Koudou by police
Witnesses claim to have seen Salem being chased through the streets of Brixton just before 6pm on August 22 before he was fatally stabbed.
Margarida Lopes, 50, said she had seen the victim running through the corridors of her building during the incident.
She said: ‘They really jump across the balconies here, from above and over the brick walls. They used to do that some years ago.
‘The thing that shocked me was that he was completely naked and nobody was thinking about his dignity.
‘He asked for a blanket twice and nobody was doing anything.
‘I was about to say something and offer my first aid to support them but the tape was up and everyone was on the balcony looking down.
‘I don’t know why he was naked but I felt that was very wrong.
Police had been called at 5.55pm on Thursday August 20 after reports of a fight on the Angell Town estate in Brixton (file picture)
‘It took a good hour before they took him away so I don’t know if he was severely injured and they were trying to stabilise him before taking him away on the stretcher.
‘The tops of his legs were bandaged and he had a wound at the top of his chest towards his shoulder.’
Police, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance all attended the scene.
Police said that a 26-year-old man with stab injuries was found near the scene and was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder but has since been released and remains in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A 19-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and GBH has been released on bail.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vandenbergh has urged any witnesses to come forward, especially those who may have video or dash cam footage.
Anyone with information should call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 5998/20Aug.
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