Junior Jah: ‘Murdered’ teen was ‘shot and stabbed’ in Newham

Barney Davis
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<p>Junior Jah </p> (Handout)

Junior Jah


Police investigating the death of a teenager in Newham say he may have been shot and stabbed by a man who approached him in a car.

Junior Jah, 18, died after being attacked in Coolfin Road, Canning Town, just yards from his home on Monday afternoon.

A post-mortem examination carried out at East Ham Mortuary found the cause of death to have been knife and gunshot wounds.

Junior’s death followed the fatal stabbing of 14-year-old Fares Maatou in East Ham on Friday.

Two other teenagers, one aged 17 and another aged 18, also suffered stab injuries in east London on Monday.

Det Chf Insp Mark Wrigley, who is leading the investigation, said: “The investigation is still at a very early stage and we’re in the process of carrying out detailed forensic, CCTV analysis and house to house enquiries to establish the exact circumstances around this murder.

“We believe that the victim was approached by a man in a car and was shot and stabbed by that same man.

“Were you in the area around the time of the murder? Do you have dashcam footage from Coolfin Road from that time? Do you know who committed the offence and why? My team is ready to hear from anyone who has something to tell us, no matter how small - the information you hold could prove to be vital in helping progress this investigation.”

Junior is the younger brother of Ahmed Jah, a 21-year-old Londoner knifed to death in Canning Town in 2017 while buying a drink from his local shop.

Junior’s aunt Yvette Goodhew described him as a “beautiful, quiet boy”.

The latest death takes the number of teenage knife killings in London this year to 12Evening Standard
The latest death takes the number of teenage knife killings in London this year to 12Evening Standard

“The family are heartbroken. They are devastated, they have lost two sons to knife violence,” Mrs Goodhew told the Standard.

“Junior was a sweet, humble, lovely boy. He loved his family, loved life. He was really into football. It is so cruel what has happened. We have to stop young people carrying knives.”

She said the brothers have two sisters who are struggling to come to terms with their loss and added: “The whole family are asking why this has happened to them.

“We have no idea why Junior was attacked, we need answers. He died outside his home where he should have been safe.”

Junior is understood to be a nickname.

His death took the number of teenage knife killings in London this year to 12, just three short of the 15 in 2020 — and on course to overtake the figure of 26 recorded in 2019.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 4050/26April. Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers_uk.org.

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