Police name man stabbed to death near Gunnersbury Park

Image above: Darren Augustine

Victim “did not have a bad bone in his body” says family

A man who was stabbed to death in Brentford has been named as Darren Augustine.

Darren was a 44-year old father of two from Ealing. He died on the street at Brentwick Gardens shortly after 5.15.am on Wednesday 26 April.

Police had earlier been called to the scene after a report of a break in and Darren was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics to save him.

A post-mortem examination found cause of death to be stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

In a statement his family said:

“Darren was a family man, he leaves behind his family including two children, he did not have a bad bone in his body.”

In 2016, Augustine was the subject of an injunction order which prevented him from being in the vicinity of Oxford Road, Richmond Road and Walpole Close in West Ealing or approaching two named women who lived in the area.

Detectives still working to identify those responsible 

The investigation into his death is being led by homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

Detective Chief Inspector Sal Minhas, who is leading the investigation, said:

“My thoughts are with Darren’s family and friends as they come to terms with his tragic death. We will do everything we can to support them.

“A dedicated team of detectives are working to establish exactly what happened and identify who is responsible. Officers are at the scene which remains open, and I would ask anyone with information about the incident to contact us immediately, no matter how minor the detail.

“Tackling violent crime remains a top priority for the Met. This incident serves as a reminder that we still have more to do in this area. We continue to work alongside the communities we serve to stop violence.

“I urge anyone with information concerning this incident to call police on 101 or Tweet @MetCC quoting 873/26APR. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org.”

Eleven arrested on suspicion of murder

Ten people were arrested in connection with Darren’s murder. Seven men and two women of ages ranging from mid-teens to early sixties, have all being granted bail until mid-May. An eleventh person, a man, was arrested on suspicion of murder on 1 May and he has been granted bail until July.

West Area commander Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson said:

“This was a dreadful crime and people will be looking for answers and wanting to know what we are doing to keep our community safe.

“Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command are investigating and we are fully supporting their investigation. Eleven people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and the enquiries will continue until those responsible are brought to justice.

“I will be doing all I can to keep you and our partners fully informed as the enquiry continues.

“Local officers are there to reassure you and make you feel safe. Please do speak to them; we will listen to what you tell us and work hard to address your concerns.”