Driver who ran over man stabbing woman to death in Maida Vale, London, urges police to de-arrest him | UK News

A driver who ran over a man who was stabbing a woman to death in west London has pleaded with police to de-arrest him.

The motorist, identified only as Abraham, said he “just wanted to stop him hurting anybody further” and it was “never my intention to harm” knifeman Leon McCaskre.

McCaskre was hit by a Renault Clio and died at the scene after he had repeatedly stabbed his ex-partner, Yasmin Chkaifi, on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale.

Yasmin Chkaifi was stabbed in the street by her ex-partner. Pic: Met Police

Ms Chkaifi, 43, was also pronounced dead after Monday’s incident.

Abraham was arrested on suspicion of murder but later released on bail until late February.

Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the 26-year-old not to face criminal charges.

“I am a person of good character, I have never been arrested before in my life,” said a statement tweeted by his lawyer, Mohammed Akunjee.

Forensic tents (left) at the scene on Chippenham Road, Maida Vale, west London, where a woman has been stabbed to death and a man killed after being hit by a car. The woman was stabbed in Chippenham Road at around 9am and officers called to the scene also found a man who had been hit by a car. Both victims were pronounced dead. Picture date: Monday January 24, 2022.

Forensic tents at the scene on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale

Ms Chkaifi’s husband posted a series of tweets on Thursday to say he was “heartbroken” by the murder of the “love of my life”.

“It was our wedding anniversary on the 9th. I absolutely love and was devoted to this wonderful wonderful woman I’m devastated and heartbroken but I know we were so so happy with each other,” said @jay_bizzz.

Good morning everybody I would just like to say I haven’t been on here as I have some very tragic news for me as I lost my wonderful beautiful wife in the most horrific way on Monday the 24th at about 9am on her way to work by her violent ex husband. I’m heartbroken.

— JAYD⭕️tBlkBIZZLE🇯🇲🇩🇲🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@jay_bizzz) January 27, 2022

The Metropolitan Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after it emerged an arrest warrant for McCaskre, 41, had been issued three weeks ago.

He was wanted for allegedly breaching a stalking restraint order and not turning up for court.

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