A man has been convicted over the fatal stabbing of a ‘much loved’ man in North West London in July last year.
Chihab Saleh, 24, of Kilburn Square stabbed 37-year-old Peter Petrou to death during a fight near a McDonald’s in Kilburn in July 2020, at around 10.20pm.
Petrou was rushed to a Central London hospital but was pronounced dead just 37 minutes later, at 10.57pm.
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He was the second sibling in his family to have been killed, following the death of his sister in 1992.
Appearing at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday (August 5), Saleh pleaded guilty to the manslaughter, by diminished responsibility, of Petrou.
He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.
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Saleh was previously charged with multiple offences, including murder, but a plea of manslaughter has now been accepted by the court.
Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “This is a tragic case that has left a family devastated.
“My thoughts remain with Peter’s family and friends as they come to terms with their grief.”
Peter Petrou’s family were left ‘devastated’ after he was stabbed to death last year.
Their distress was made even greater because his sister – 14-year-old Tracy Meade – had also been killed in 1992.
No one has ever been convicted of her death.
Mr Petrou’s sister, Emma, told MyLondon at the time that it was the second killing her family had had to suffer, after their sister, Tracy Meade, was murdered in 1992 and no conviction followed.
She said: “As a family we are deeply devastated and cannot begin to imagine how we are going to cope with this type of tragedy again.
“Peter was much loved by his large family and many friends.
“He was the life and soul of everything and the void he has left will be hard to fill.”
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