WITNESS APPEAL: Detectives return to scene of Sami Sidhom's fatal stabbing in Forest Gate
PUBLISHED: 09:07 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:28 23 April 2018
Detectives return to the fatal stabbing scene in Forest Gate today where 18-year-old law student Sami Sidhom died outside his home exactly a week ago.
They are renewing their appeal for information and to speak to any potential witnesses following last Monday night’s attack in Chestnut Avenue at 10.50pm.
Sami was arriving at his home after watching a West Ham match when he was stabbed by a several suspects.
It wasn’t just Sami that got stabbed “but justice itself stabbed in the back”, his angry family insisted.
The family have joined the appeal for witnesses and issued an emotional statement today about their “model son, model student and dedicated West Ham fan” who was studying to be a lawyer to bring “fair play and justice” to those who needed it.
“He never had a chance to do any of that,” they said. “He was stabbed in the back in the dark.
“How many more have to die this way before everyone cares? How many more communities like ours have to be terrorised by mindless stabbings?
“We’ve somehow ended up in a society where our brightest hopes are taken before they’ve even started.”
They added: “It wasn’t just Sami that got stabbed near his home—it was justice itself that got stabbed in the back.”
Sami is one of 55 people who have died on the streets of London this year alone. The family have joined growing public concern over carrying knives—and have criticised the authorities for the uncontrolled street violence.
“It is shameful that a single knife is allowed on the street,” they added.
“There isn’t a single fathomable reason why this is still tolerated, unchecked and unstopped.
“Those who are responsible for enforcing the banning of knives in our streets are also responsible for his death.
“Nothing will bring Sami back, but we want his killers brought to justice. We just cannot let a silent knife kill more young people outside their homes.”
They thanked those who came to Sami’s aid and comforted him “in his final hour”. Sami died outside his home, despite attempts by ambulance paramedics to save him. He was pronounced dead 37 minutes after police arrived at the scene.
A post-mortem examination the next day gave cause of death as multiple stab wounds.
The family spoke of “the incredible kindness and bravery that our neighbours have shown to Sami”.
They praised the community, saying: “Your humanity has given us considerable comfort at an unbearable time. We are thankful for all the messages, flowers and tributes from the community, his friends, neighbours, university colleagues, his online friends in the gaming community and his beloved West Ham club.”
Sami had got off a bus in Romford Road and was close to his front-door when he was attacked.
Detectives want to speak with anyone in Chestnut Avenue, Forest Gate, or anyone who saw a car being driven away from the street after the attack at 10.50pm.
A 22-year-old male was arrested today and is being held at an East London police station for questioning.
Chief Insp Mark Wrigley of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “The motive for this horrific attack still remains unclear. Sami was set upon by a number of suspects, leaving him with stab wounds.
“Obviously we’re now coming up to seven days into the investigation. My thoughts are with the family – what I’m focused on at the moment is persecuting these offenders. We are conducting a further appeal and I challenge anybody to come forward now, sooner rather than later, with information.
“My team have been working hard and will continue to do so – from 8-11pm tonight we will be back in the area, so people with information will have the opportunity to come forward and speak to us.”
Witnesses or anyone with information is being urged to “give Sami’s family the justice they deserve” and contact the incident room on 020 8345 3715 or via Twitter @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.