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Saturday, 2 July 2011

Man killed in Holloway gang stabbing victim of estate wars


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A man stabbed to death in a brutal attack by a large gang was the victim of a war between estates, residents say.
Andrew Jaipaul, 21, was repeatedly knifed in the horrific attack by a group of between 12 and 20 men on the Andover Estate, off Hornsey Road, Holloway, at around 10.30pm on Sunday night.

Shocked residents have blamed escalating gang violence between estates.

A 32-year-old woman, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals, said: “They knocked him down with a brick and then repeatedly stabbed him.

“A few minutes before, my fiancée walked past a group of about 12 boys who were between 14 and 21, standing on the corner. They were just drinking and waiting for someone to come past – it could have been anyone.

“There are a lot of gang wars going on with this estate and other areas. He was attacked just because he lived here.”

Mr Jaipaul, who died at the scene, lived in nearby Birnham Road, which backs on to the estate. A post-mortem gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

Another woman who lives on the Andover said she was the first to find him. She said: “I tried to stem the blood but there was nothing I could do. He had no life to fight for – he was gone.

“It’s got to stop. I just thought, what if it was my son?”

A 72-year-old resident, who lives on Lazar Walk, said: “So many gangs come from different estates to here. I don’t go out unless I can help it, and I never go out at night.”

The killing came less than a week after a man was repeatedly stabbed in a similar attack by a group of up to 15 men in nearby Tollington Place, which leads up to the estate. Police say they are not linking the two incidents.

Chief Superintendent Mike Wise, Islington’s borough commander, said: “I have been concerned in the last few months around the levels of violence in that area and the increase over the last few days has given us a great deal of concern.

“We have been increasing police patrols and youth engagement work in the area, and conducting weapons sweeps on estates.

“We’re doing everything possible to find out who carried out the murder and the reasons why.”

 


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