Suspected crossbow killer served in Army and has brother who is a convicted murderer

Kyle Clifford, left, and his brother Bradley Clifford
Kyle Clifford, left, and his brother Bradley Clifford - PA

Kyle Clifford, the suspect in the crossbow killings of three women, served in the Army but dropped out and became a security guard, it has emerged.

The 26-year-old joined the Queen’s Dragoon Guards in 2019, but despite passing out, quit three years later after struggling to adapt to the disciplined lifestyle.

A former Army colleague of Clifford’s told The Sun: “Clifford joined the Army in 2019 and I was with him in basic training.

“When he joined the Army he was immature for his age and had a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

“He struggled to grasp basic military concepts but managed to reach the standard to pass out from training.”

After leaving the Army, Clifford took a number of low-paid jobs and eventually found work as a security guard in north London.

Life sentence

One of three children, his older brother Bradley is currently serving a life sentence after murdering a moped rider who damaged his car.

Six years ago, when Bradley Clifford was 23, he chased and deliberately mowed down Soban Khan, 18, and Jahshua Francis, 19, after they threw a bottle at his Ford Mustang following an altercation outside a bar in Enfield.

Both men were thrown into the air by the collision, and Mr Khan was then beaten by Clifford as he lay on the ground fatally injured.

‘Pretty normal’ man

He denied murder and GBH with intent but following a trial at the Old Bailey the plumber was found guilty and jailed for life, with a judge telling him he would have to serve a minimum of 23 years before he would become eligible to apply for parole.

Neighbours described Kyle as “pretty normal” and unremarkable and said he had never shown any violent tendencies.

He went to school in Enfield and then returned to the area after leaving the Army, with locals saying that he was quiet but popular within the estate where he and his family lived.

It is understood he had been in a relationship with Louise Hunt but the pair had recently broken up.