Man slits father's throat outside London convenience store after he refused to give him a cigarette
39-year-old Dennis Anderson died on February 10 after he was reportedly stabbed outside a corner shop in London following a row over cigarettes
A "family man" who died after his throat was slit outside a convenience store in south London following a fight over cigarettes "didn't have a bad bone in his body", according to his friends.
39-year-old Dennis Anderson died in east Dulwich on February 10 morning after he was reportedly confronted outside a corner shop. Anderson's friends have said that he was a painter-decorator who was completely devoted to his teen daughter and had never been in a fight before in his life. Anderson was reportedly returning home from a party at a friend's place when he was asked for a cigarette at a convenience store. The Daily Mail reported that witnesses said that an argument ensued that resulted in him being attacked and killed.
29-year-old Luke Roche, a friend, told The Evening Standard: "He loved his daughter. He was a family man and very popular, no one had a bad word to say about him. I honestly can't think of anyone he'd had a fight with. He just wasn't part of that life."
Muhammad Khan, the assistant manager of the store where Anderson was killed, said that a fight began over a cigarette and ended with one of his customers being stabbed to death in just 20 seconds. He said: "They had an argument about cigarettes. My cousin was here, he was manager. The guy who had the knife came in about five or six minutes after the man who got stabbed. The guy with the knife asked the other for free cigarettes, like a favor or something."
He continued: "They had an argument and he took out a knife. Everyone was trying to stop him. A member of staff behind the counter and other customers tried to stop him too." He added: "We have had no trouble around here before. it's very nice, all educated and wealthy people living around here."
The stabbing took place on a night filled with exceptional violence in the city. MPs and local politicians called for an end to all the bloodshed on February 10 after the fifth murder took place in the last fortnight. In London so far this year, 11 people have been murdered out of whom seven were fatally stabbed. This number follows the deadliest year in a decade with 2018 claiming 134 lives to violence.
On February 7, the Office for National Statistics revealed that the amount of fatal stabbings is currently at its highest level since the records began in 1946. The number of homicides was more pronounced when excluding mass murders such as the London Bridge, Westminster, and Manchester terror attacks, which took 35 lives in 2017. So far this year, at least nine people have been killed in the capital.
This includes the death of 19-year-old Lejean Richards who was stabbed close to Prince George's school. Lavern Joseph, his mother, said: "Lejean was a loving son and brother, a young man determined to turn his life around."