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Romeo Nkansah murder: Family remember victim as a ‘guardian angel’

Police appeal for help in finding knife killer one year after father-of-two's death

01 June, 2017 — By William McLennan

Romeo Nkansah

THE family of a “caring and jovial” man, who were this week marking a year since his unprovoked murder, said they have lost their “best friend, backbone and guardian angel”.

Romeo Nkansah, 37, was stabbed to death while enjoying a night out with friends in Camden Town on May 29 last year. His killer remains at large 12 months later, despite the fact the streets were thronging with revellers at the time of the stabbing and are covered by a network of CCTV cameras. A relative said that he was a “loving father of two young boys,” adding: “His life was tragically cut short due to a senseless act of violence. He was a very caring and jovial person who enjoyed helping others.”

In a fundraising page, set up last year to help cover funeral costs, the family member said: “It’s extremely hard for our family that the person who is responsible for taking Romeo’s life is not yet arrested and so we plead for witnesses to come forward.” The main line of inquiry is that the dedicated father-of-two was attacked in Greenland Street simply for saying “Hi” to the wrong group of women. Last week, ahead of the anniversary of his murder, police said that they were still looking to trace witnesses who may hold a vital piece of evidence.

Police look for clues in Camden Town last year

Appealing to New Journal readers, Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo said: “Did you see Romeo and his friends talking to the group of women or the altercation that then took place? If you can help, please come forward.” It is thought that the brief conversation led to an argument with a group of men known to the women, which resulted in Mr Nkansah being attacked. In the days after the killing, DCI Piscopo said: “People will not get away with this. We will find who’s done it, I’m confident of that.”

He said Mr Nkansah, a Dutch national, was a “family man”, adding: “There were no dubious connections. He was just on a night out with a couple of friends and this happened.” DCI Piscopo said last week: “It is now a year since Romeo was stabbed to death and our investigation is making good progress with several lines of inquiry being pursued. However, we continue to appeal for witnesses and information and are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area of Bayham Street or Greenland Street in the early hours of Sunday, May 29, last year.”

Six men have been arrested in relation to Mr Nkansah’s killing in the past year. Four men, aged 19 to 23, were arrested on suspicion of murder, but all have been released without charge. In July last year, two men, aged 22 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender in relation to Mr Nkansah’s death. Both have been bailed until late July pending further inquiries.

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