Unsolved Murders

Michelle Samaraweera

Age: 35

Sex: female

Date: 30 May 2009

Place: Childrens Playground, Queens Road, Walthamstow

Source: www.met.police.uk

Michelle Samaraweera was found dead in a children's playground on Queens Road.

She had been raped and strangled after leaving her house to go and buy some milk at the Somerfield supermarket and then go to her boyfriend’s house. Her killer was said to have followed her in and out of the store and then attempted to befriend her and then later attacked her in the children’s play area.

Police said that they had the man's DNA and also images of him from CCTV but that his details were not on file.

Her murder was linked to eight other rapes in the area by DNA. The attacks had happened in Queen's Road, Markhouse Road and other areas.

A suspect in her murder fled to India but was later arrested at New Delhi airport by Interpol in July 2011, however, early reports indicated that his extradition could take years and in May 2016 David Cameron, the British Prime Minister made efforts to speed up the process after the issue of her murder was raised in Parliament. There had been 33 adjournments in the case due mainly to lost documents and officials not attending hearings. However, in October 2019 the man was returned to the UK for trial. He was also charged with another attempted murder.

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see Gaurdian Series

see BBC

see Epping Forest Gaurdian Michelle murder suspect remains in India (July 2015)

see Standard

see Bucks Free Press

see The Northern Echo

see The Asian Today

see The Independent

see Parliament

see BBC Man charged with 2009 Walthamstow rape and murder