Japanese Cannibal Who Walked Free Dies Age 73

This file photo taken on February 5, 1992 shows former Japanese student Issei Sagawa, known as the “Kobe Cannibal” for killing and then devouring a Dutch student in 1981, smiling and gesturing as he meets with an AFP journalist at his apartment in Yokohama. (Photo by JUNJI KUROKAWA / AFP) / NO USE AFTER JANUARY 1, 2023 02:30:57 GMT



Issei Sagawa, a Japanese murderer known as the “Kobe Cannibal” who killed and ate a Dutch student but was never jailed, has died aged 73.

Sagawa died of pneumonia on November 24 and was given a funeral attended only by relatives, with no public ceremony planned, his younger brother and a friend said in a statement.

In 1981, Sagawa was studying in Paris when he invited Dutch student Renee Hartevelt to his home.

He shot her in the neck, raped her, and then consumed parts of her body over the course of several days.

Sagawa then attempted to dispose of her remains in the Bois de Boulogne park and was arrested several days later, confessing his crime to police.

But in 1983 he was deemed unfit for trial by French medical experts and was initially held in a psychiatric institution before being deported to Japan in 1984.

Hartevelt’s family pledged at the time to push for Sagawa to be prosecuted in Japan so that “the murderer would never go free”.

But on his arrival, he was ruled sane by Japanese authorities, who decided Sagawa’s only problem was a “character anomaly” and that he did not require hospitalisation.

Japanese authorities were unable to get his case files from their French counterparts, who considered the case closed, leaving the murderer to walk free.

Sagawa made no secret of his crime and capitalised on his notoriety, including with a novel-like memoir titled “In the Fog” in which he reminisced about the murder in vivid detail.

The murder was also the subject of Japanese novelist Juro Kara’s “Letter from Sagawa-kun”, which won the country’s most prestigious literary prize in 1982.

Despite the heinous details of the murder, and his lack of remorse, Sagawa gained a level of celebrity and regularly gave interviews to domestic and international media in the years after his return.

He was featured in a magazine for his paintings of naked women, appeared in a pornographic movie and produced a manga comic book that depicted his crime in graphic and unrelenting detail.

The sordid fascination with the murder even saw it referenced by the Rolling Stones and The Stranglers in songs.

Sagawa lived out his final years with his brother, reportedly in a wheelchair after a series of health problems including a stroke.

But he displayed no apparent sign of remorse or reform, telling Vice in a 2013 interview as he looked at posters of Japanese women: “I think they would taste delicious”.

He also recounted details of the incident and his ongoing obsession with cannibalism in interviews and a 2017 documentary, “Caniba”.

The film’s directors spent months with Sagawa and his brother, and described themselves as “conflicted” about the experience.

“We were disgusted, fascinated, we wanted to understand,” said co-director Verena Paravel.

Turkey Accuses Blacklisted Kurdish Group of Istanbul Attack

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech after cabinet meeting at Presidential Complex in Ankara on November 3, 2020. Adem ALTAN / AFP
FILE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Adem ALTAN / AFP


Turkey’s interior minister accused the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Monday of responsibility for a bombing in a busy Istanbul street that killed six people and wounded scores, saying more than 20 people have been arrested.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed in the Indonesian resort island of Bali for a G20 summit of the world’s leading economies shortly after his government accused the PKK of being behind Sunday’s blast, which wounded 81.

He had called the bombing a “vile attack” before leaving for the summit and said it had a “smell of terror.”

The explosion tore through Istiklal Street, a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists, on Sunday afternoon. No individual or group has claimed the attack.

“The person who planted the bomb has been arrested,” interior minister Suleyman Soylu said in a statement broadcast by the official Anadolu news agency in the early hours of Monday.

He added that 21 others were also detained.

“According to our findings, the PKK terrorist organisation is responsible,” he said.

The PKK, blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara as well as its Western allies, has kept up a deadly insurgency for Kurdish self-rule in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s.

Soylu also accused PKK-affiliated Kurdish militants who control most of northeastern Syria and who are deemed as “terrorists” by Ankara of being responsible for the attack.

“We believe that the order for the attack was given from Kobane,” he said, referring to a city near the Turkish border. It was also the site of a 2015 battle between Kurdish militants and Islamic State jihadists, who were driven out after more than four months of fighting.

Regularly targeted by Turkish military operations, the PKK is at the heart of a tussle between Sweden and Turkey, which has been blocking Stockholm’s entry into NATO since May, accusing it of leniency towards the group.

“We believe that it is a terrorist act carried out by an attacker, whom we consider to be a woman, exploding the bomb,” Turkey’s vice president Fuat Oktay said.

Justice minister Bekir Bozdag told Turkish news channel A Haber that a woman “had been sitting on one of the benches for more than 40 minutes, and then she got up”, leaving a bag.

“One or two minutes later, an explosion occurred,” he said.

“There are two possibilities,” he said. “There’s either a mechanism placed in this bag and it explodes, or someone remotely explodes (it).”

“All data on this woman are currently under scrutiny,” he said.

Soylu’s announcement did not add any details about the woman or the suspects arrested.

Istiklal Avenue reopened early on Monday morning.

Mecit Bal, who runs a small shop a few metres from the scene, said his son was working at the time of the blast.

“My son was there. He called me and said an explosion happened. He will not go back to work today. He is psychologically affected,” he told AFP.

– Panic, chaos –
Turkish cities have been struck by Islamists and other groups in the past.

Istiklal Street was hit during a campaign of attacks in 2015-2016 that targeted Istanbul and other cities, including Ankara.

Those bombings were mostly blamed on the Islamic State group and outlawed Kurdish militants, and killed nearly 500 people and wounded more than 2,000.

Sunday’s explosion occurred shortly after 4:00 pm (1300 GMT) in the famous shopping street.

Helicopters flew over the city centre after the attack. Police established a large security cordon to prevent access to the area for fear of a second explosion.

Images posted on social media showed the explosion was followed by flames and immediately triggered panic, with people running in all directions.

Several bodies were seen lying on the ground nearby.

“I was 50-55 metres away, suddenly there was the noise of an explosion. I saw three or four people on the ground,” witness Cemal Denizci, 57, told AFP.

“People were running in panic. The noise was huge. There was black smoke,” he said.

– Condemnation –

Istiklal, in the historic district of Beyoglu, is one of the most famous arteries of Istanbul. It is entirely pedestrianised for 1.4 kilometres, or about a mile.

Criss-crossed by an old tramway and lined with shops and restaurants, it attracts large crowds at the weekend.

Many stores closed early in the neighbouring district of Galata, while some passers-by, who came running from the site of the explosion, had tears in their eyes.

A massive deployment of security forces barred all entrances and rescue workers and police could be seen.

Turkey’s radio and television watchdog, RTUK, placed a ban on broadcasters showing footage of the blast, a measure previously taken in the aftermath of extremist attacks.

Access to social media was also restricted after the attack.

A reaction came quickly from Greece, which “unequivocally” condemned the blast and expressed condolences to the government and people of Turkey.

The United States also denounced it, with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre saying: “We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our NATO Ally Turkey in countering terrorism.”

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a message to the Turks: “We share your pain. We stand with you in the fight against terrorism”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also tweeted in Turkish: “The pain of the friendly Turkish people is our pain.”


Chinese Murder Suspect Arrested As A Millionaire 29 Years Later

The Chinese map.


Police in southern China have arrested a murder suspect who became a millionaire after 29 years on the run, Chinese media reported Friday.

The suspect, surnamed Xiong, was wanted for the fatal stabbing of another man during a dispute in 1993, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

Police from Xiangyang city in central China’s Hubei province travelled more than 1,200 kilometres to the city of Huizhou in Guangdong province to make the arrest.

They led him out of his residence, where his elderly mother also lived, by posing as anti-pandemic workers, according to the video report.

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Guangdong is in the grip of a spiralling Covid-19 outbreak, with the epicentre in its provincial capital of Guangzhou.

In the decades after his alleged crime, Xiong transformed from an ordinary worker to a millionaire boss living in a luxury flat, the report said, without revealing how he amassed his fortune.

“Now you know why we have come to find you,” one police officer can be heard saying to Xiong outside the flat.

“It’s time to pay back your dues.”


Usifo Ataga: Police Investigator Claims Foster Father Was Sexually Involved With Chidinma

This combination photo shows Chidinma, court gavel, and Usifo Ataga


The trial of Chidinma Ojukwu, the key suspect in the murder of the Chief Executive Officer of Super TV, Usifo Ataga continued Tuesday at the Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square.

During the trial, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Olusegun Bamidele, disclosed that the suspect was having a sexual relationship with her foster father, Onoh Ojukwu.

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Bamidele who is serving with the homicide department of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti Yaba, made this disclosure while being cross-examined by Chidinma’s lawyer, Mr Onwuka Egwu, during a trial within trial to determine the voluntariness of her confessional statements.

Chidinma Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication undergraduate, is standing trial alongside Adedapo Quadri who was alleged to have conspired with her to murder Ataga on June 15, 2021, by stabbing him several times with a knife on the neck and chest.

A third defendant, her sister, Chioma Egbuchu, is charged with receiving a stolen iPhone 7 belonging to the late Ataga.

At the last sitting of the court, the witness who is the ninth prosecution witness had told the court how Chidinma transferred the sum of N5m, on June 15, 2021 from Usifo Ataga’s account to another account.

The witness also told Justice Yetunde Adesanya how the handwritten statement of the first defendant was taken and how the second and third defendants were arrested.

When the prosecution sought to admit the written statements of the defendants, Chidinma’s counsel, Egwu, objected to the admissibility of the document.

He said that the statements were obtained by oppression, inducement intimidation and under duress and urged the court to conduct a trial within trial to determine its voluntariness.

At the resumed hearing of the matter, Bamidele who was led in evidence in the trial within trial narrated how Chidinma was arrested and how she was interrogated.

He also told the court that the first time she was arrested, he was not a part of the arresting crew.

He said “That night on June 23, 2021, the first team that visited came back with three people. The first defendant is Chidinma Ojukwu, her foster father, Onoh Ojukwu and an under-aged girl. That were the people I saw. I was in the second team that visited the address.”

He confirmed that Chidinma was rearrested on July 25 and kept in detention till August 19, 2021.

“Mr Ojukwu was not kept in the cell, he was kept in a protective room and he received and escorted visitors at will.

“In the course of his staying with us, we stumbled on intelligence that there was an amorous (sexual) relationship between the first defendant and her foster father, and that gave us the impetus that Mr Ojukwu was not sincere in his statements with us as he was aware of the offence for which the first defendant is standing trial today.

“We also established that the mother of the first defendant never approved the custody of the first defendant to Ojukwu and it was on this basis that we charged him to court alongside the three defendants at the Magistrate Court so that the court can decide if he can get bail.”

The court has adjourned till November 10, for the continuation of trial within trial.

Macron Meets Parents Of Murdered 12-Year-Old Found In Box

A photograph shows bunches of flowers displayed outside the building in Paris on October 17, 2022, where lived a 12-year-old schoolgirl, named Lola, three days after her body was discovered in a trunk in the 19th district. – A woman and a man are presented to an examining magistrate on October 17, 2022 in Paris with a view to an indictment for murder and rape with acts of torture and barbarism. (Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP)



French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday met the parents of a 12-year-old girl whose brutalised body was found in a trunk in a killing that shocked France, his office said.

Macron “offered his condolences and assured them of his complete solidarity and support in the ordeal they are going through, and which has shaken all of us,” the Elysee added.

A 24-year-old woman with a history of psychiatric disorders has been charged with the rape and murder of the young girl, identified only as “Lola”, and is being held in custody.

Prosecutors said Monday that in a rambling interview, the suspect had described luring Lola into her sister’s apartment — located in the same building where the girl lived — and forcing her to take a shower, before sexually assaulting and ultimately killing the 12-year-old.

An autopsy report said Lola died of “cardio-respiratory failure with signs of asphyxiation and cervical compression”, as well as suffering wounds on her neck and elsewhere on her body.

Investigators quickly got on the suspect’s trail after Lola’s father, the building’s custodian, spotted her interacting with his daughter in CCTV recordings that he checked when Lola did not return from school on Friday afternoon.

The suspect was arrested in northwestern Paris suburb Bois-Colombes early on Saturday morning.

A 43-year-old man who acknowledged driving the suspect away from the crime scene with the trunk containing Lola’s body has also been charged with concealing a corpse.


A photograph shows bunches of flowers with a hand-written message which reads as “Rest in peace Lola”, displayed outside the building in Paris on October 17, 2022, where lived a 12-year-old schoolgirl, named Lola, three days after her body was discovered in a trunk in the 19th district. – A woman and a man are presented to an examining magistrate on October 17, 2022 in Paris with a view to an indictment for murder and rape with acts of torture and barbarism. (Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt / AFP)


– Far-right ‘making hay’ –
Some politicians have already begun using the case to attack the government’s immigration policy, as the suspect, an Algerian, was under an order to leave France after overstaying her student visa.

Far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen as well as the conservative Republicans party brought up the case in Tuesday’s regular government questions session in the National Assembly (lower house).

“You owe it to us to come up with urgent answers and uncompromising solutions to make sure the law is applied and respected in our country,” Le Pen told Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.

Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti told lawmakers that while the suspect was subject to an order to leave France, it was not yet known whether her lawyer had appealed the decision — which could have meant she was within her rights to stay.

“I’ll speak as I find. Doing petty politics, using the coffin of a 12-year-old girl as a stepping stone, is shameful,” he added.

Addressing the right of the chamber, Dupond-Moretti said that “you’re always there when tragedy strikes, you’ve been making hay out of it for years.”

Ondo Teenager Remanded Over Alleged Murder Of Mother

A map of Ondo, a state in South-West Nigeria.


A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, has ordered that 18-year-old Tope Momoh be remanded for allegedly killing his mother, Stella Momoh.

Tope was alleged to have strangled his mother to death during an argument in Ikakumo, a town in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the state on September 6, 2022.

The defendant was arraigned before the court on a one count for murder.

The police prosecutor, Nelson Akintimehin, told the court that the defendant strangled his mother to death in the middle of the night for calling him a bastard.

Akintomehin also said adding he the defendant confessed to the commission of the crime two weeks after the deceased had been buried.

According to the prosecutor, the offence committed contravenes Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Vol. II Law of Ondo State, 2006.

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He prayed the court to remand the defendant in a custodial centre, pending the outcome of advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In his plead, the defendant said, “I did not have rest of mind since my mother has been buried. So, I was forced to confess that I strangled her to death. I want the court to show me mercy.”

The Chief Magistrate, Musa Al-Yunnus, in his ruling, ordered the defendant to be remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, Akure. He subsequently adjourned the case till October 20, 2022.

Decomposed Bodies Of Two Ladies Recovered In Kwara CMD’s Office

Kwara is a state in Western Nigeria
Kwara is a state in the north-central region of Nigeria.


Two decomposed bodies have been recovered in the office of the chief medical director of a government hospital in Kwara State.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kwara State Command, Okasanmi Ajayi, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He said one of the decomposed female bodies was found buried underground inside his office while the other was in a trash bin.

The spokesman identified the suspect as the Chief Medical Director of Kiama General Hospital, Kiama, in the Kaiama Local Government Area of Kwara State, Dr Adio Adeyemi Adebowale.

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“The CP immediately ordered the setting up of a high-powered investigation team led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in the State CID to unravel the mystery surrounding the kidnap case and other unresolved cases before his assumption of office,” the statement read.

“Based on the CP’s order, an investigation into the cases began yesterday 30/9/2022.”

It was gathered that Adebowale, who is also a homicide suspect in Edo State was invited to the state police command and is now facing prosecution in Kwara State.

Upon interrogation, the suspect said he killed the victim – Ifeoluwa – identified as his girlfriend and dumped her in a bush in Alapa in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State before it was later traced to his office.

The police spokesman stated that a series of investigations led operatives to the suspect’s office in Kaima General Hospital.

On getting there, police personnel found the office tiles to be freshly done and suspected foul play, a situation that led to the removal of the tiles.

The police investigation team and members of the community present were shocked to find the decomposed body of the CMD’s former girlfriend, Ifeoluwa, buried underground after the tiles were removed.

Items recovered from the doctor’s office include two handsets found in the handbag of one of the ladies – all found in the drawer.

Also discovered in the office were two female handbags, a female wig, a veil, and female pants.

Channels Television gathered that Ifeoluwa was declared missing by her relatives in the Tanke area of Ilorin, Kwara State since November last year before he was discovered buried inside the former CMD’s office.

The second victim, Nofisat Halidu – found inside the trash bin –  was also declared missing by her husband, Mr Halidu, in Kaima since November 22, 2021.

Bamise: Again, Absence Of BRT Driver’s Lawyer Stalls Court Hearing

A photo collage of the victim Bamise and the BRT Bus


The trial of Andrew Ominikoron, a BRT driver who allegedly raped and murdered Oluwabamise Ayanwole, a 22-year-old fashion designer, again failed to go on today owing to the absence of his lawyer.

The lawyer, Abayomi Omotubora, arrived at the Lagos High Court, sitting at the Tafawa Balewa Square after the trial judge, Justice Sherifat Sonaike, had adjourned the hearing to Thursday owing to his absence.

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It is about the fifth time that Omotubora would be absent from the court hearing since the start of the trial.

He was absent at the court proceedings on July 30 but sent a junior counsel. He was also absent at the proceedings of June 7th and 9th.

At the last sitting of the court on July 7, where he was again absent, Justice Sonaike condemned his continuous absence. The judge described it as “appalling and unbecoming of the noble profession.”

The court also ordered the defendant to get a lawyer to defend him before adjourning till today, Sept 28.

When the journalist sought to know what happened after he arrived late to today’s proceeding, the lawyer said that he came all the way from the Ikorodu area of the state to the TBS.

On his repeated absence, the lawyer said that he also has other matters to attend to.

“This is not the only matter, I have to appear for other matters too,” he said.

Man Stabbed To Death As London’s Notting Hill Carnival Returns

Performers in costume take part in the carnival on the main Parade day of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London on August 29, 2022.  AFP


London’s Notting Hill Carnival was marred by murder and hundreds of arrests, police said on Tuesday, as the world-famous party returned in person for the first time since 2019.

A 21-year-old man died after being stabbed, while police said they introduced emergency stop-and-search powers in the area due to “a number of violent incidents and serious stabbings”, the latest in a spate of knife-crime incidents in the capital.

“At around 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Monday, August 29 officers became aware of a stabbing in Ladbroke Grove,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“Officers provided emergency first aid to the victim — a 21-year-old man.

“He was taken to a west London hospital where, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he was pronounced dead.”

London police recorded 11,122 knife-crime offences in the year until March 2022, a 9.8 percent increase compared to last year, according to official figures.

At the carnival, officers made 209 arrests, including 46 for assault, 33 for possession of an offensive weapon and eight sexual assaults, said the force.

Alison Heydari, Commander of Local Policing, said early on Tuesday that “the atmosphere over the past two days has been largely positive” but that on Monday evening “we saw a number of violent incidents”.

The Notting Hill Carnival — one of the world’s largest street festivals — was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The three-day celebration of British-Caribbean culture traces its roots back to the 1950s after the first surge in arrivals from former British colonies post-World War II.

Feathered dancers, steel bands and earth-shaking sound systems feature in the vibrant celebration held over the August bank holiday weekend.

Police Ban Masquerades In Akwa Ibom Over Murder, Assault Cases


The police authorities in Akwa Ibom have banned the activities of masquerades across the state.

In a statement, Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, said the ban became necessary following violent and lawless actions of masqueraders leading to murders, threats to lives, assaults and other breaches of fundamental rights.

“A case in point is the `EKONG’ in Mbak Ikot Abasi and Mbak Ikot Idiongo Villages in Mbak Etoi in Etoi Clan, Uyo,’’ he stated.

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The police also scrapped a curfew imposed by masquerades in Mbak Ikot Abasi and Mbak Ikot Idiongo villages in Mbak Etoi in Etoi Clan, Uyo.

According to the police spokesman, the curfew imposed by the masquerade infringed on the fundamental rights of the people to freedom of association and movement.

“The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has commenced the enforcement of the ban on the activities of Secret masquerades within the state,” the statement partly read.

“This has become an imperative sequel to the violent and lawless actions of most of these masquerades leading to murders, threats to lives, assaults and other breaches to fundamental human rights.”

Similarly, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Olatoye Durosinmi warned that anyone who flouted the ban would face the wrath of the law.

He equally advised law-abiding citizens to go about their activities without fear of molestation.

Convicted Murderer Executed In US After Governor Denies Clemency

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.


A 50-year-old convicted murderer was executed in Oklahoma on Thursday after the governor rejected a recommendation of clemency from the pardon board of the central US state.

James Coddington was put to death by lethal injection at the state penitentiary in McAlester, prison officials said.

The execution began at 10:02 am and Coddington was pronounced dead 14 minutes later, said Scott Crow, the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

He said there were “absolutely no issues.”

“The execution today went in accordance with the protocol with no issues at all,” Crow said.

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A botched procedure forced Oklahoma to temporarily halt executions in 2015 but they resumed in October of last year.

Coddington was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of a friend, 73-year-old Albert Hale, who had refused to give him money for drugs.

Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board recommended clemency for Coddington but it was denied on Wednesday by Governor Kevin Stitt.

Coddington was the 10th person executed in the United States this year.


UK Police Appeal To Underworld After Girl, 9, Shot Dead

A member of the British Police scientific support unit walks outside a house in the Knotty Ash area in Liverpool on August 23, 2022 after a 9-year-old girl was shot dead overnight by a gunman. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)



Police in Liverpool, northwest England, on Wednesday urged criminals to give up a gunman after a nine-year-old girl was shot dead in the crossfire of a suspected gang war.

Olivia Pratt-Korbel was killed on Monday night when the shooter’s intended target, a 35-year-old man, burst into her house to try to escape his attacker.

Merseyside Police said the man was arrested for breaching the terms of his early release from prison.

The force said he was detained in hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds and would be questioned about the young girl’s murder.

He will then be returned to prison to serve the rest of his sentence.

Chief Constable Serena Kennedy called the killing “shocking” and appealed to the “criminal fraternity” for information about the gunman.

“This is not the time for anyone who knows who was responsible to stay silent,” added Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen.

Locals in the Dovecot area of Liverpool have blamed rival gangs for the shooting.

Olivia’s death was the third fatal shooting in the nearby area in a week and follows growing concern about gun crime in the city.

It happened on the 15th anniversary of the death of an 11-year-old boy, who was shot dead on the way home from football practice in nearby Croxteth.

Gun crime in England and Wales fell by 14 percent in the year ending March 31, with 5,709 recorded offences. Of those, 35 were homicides, according to a parliamentary research paper published this month.

Concern is high about knife crime, particularly in London, where on August 16, an 87-year-old man was stabbed to death on his mobility scooter.

Detectives said Olivia was standing behind her mother who had opened the door of their home after hearing gunshots in the street outside.

Her mother, Cheryl, tried to close the door when the intended victim forced his way in pursued by his attacker, who then opened fire at the man.

Cheryl was hit in the wrist and Olivia in the chest. As the young girl lay dying, friends picked up the man and took him to hospital for treatment to gunshot wounds to his upper body.