Man charged with murder of Ania Jedrkowiak in South Ealing appears at Old Bailey

Image above: Ania Jedrkowiak

A man charged with the murder of 21 year old student Ania Jedrkowiak, who was found stabbed in an alleyway in South Ealing on Tuesday 17 May, has appeared at the Old Bailey.

Dennis Akpomedaye, 29, of Blewitt Street, Newport, was charged on the evening of Wednesday 18 May and appeared by video-link at the Old Bailey on Monday 23 May. He will stand trial in May next year.

Ania, a Polish national, was found with a number of stab wounds in Roberts Alley off Church Gardens shortly after midnight on Tuesday. Paramedics attended the scene but despite their best efforts, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are supporting her next of kin.

Ania had left her work at Las Iguanas restaurant and was walking home with a friend when she was attacked. Police remained throughout the day on Tuesday carrying out searches and forensic examinations. Patrols have been carried out in the local area since the attack. They are planning to return to the crime scene in the hope of finding more witnesses.

A 20-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder has been released with no further action.

Image above: A police cordon at the scene of her murder in South Ealing

Incident has “come as a a shock to the local community”, says police chief

Ealing’s top officer, Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, said the killing was a “tragic incident” that has “come as a shock to the local community”.

“We are grateful to those who live and work nearby for their support and understanding as we continue our work. We recognise the inconvenience it has caused,” he said.

“Where possible we have taken steps to allow businesses and other venues such as the local church to reopen as soon as our investigation allowed.

“I am particularly mindful of the proximity of this incident to a local school – something which meant the school had to remain closed on Tuesday.

“I know parents will be apprehensive and I’d like to reassure them that we are working with the school to make sure children can continue their learning with minimal disruption.”

Enquiries by the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are ongoing. Information can be provided by calling 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. The reference for the incident is 77/17May.

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