Witness appeal over Stoke Newington murder

Photo: Metropolitan Police CCTV images

Police have released CCTV images of potential witnesses to the murder of a Stoke Newington teenager.
Michael McCarthy, 19, was walking his dog to the local shops when he was attacked near his home on Yoakley Road on November 19 last year. Mr McCarthy was stabbed and run over by a car.

Detectives investigating the murder are keen to speak to three potential witnesses who were close to the scene at the time.

They would like to trace a black man wearing a dark hooded jacket and jeans with a bag over his shoulder, who is pictured at the corner of Yoakley Road heading towards Stoke Newington High Street.

Two other possible  witnesses – a man with balding hair and glasses and a woman with blonde hair – are seen inside the Stoke Supermarket in Church Street, opposite Yoakley Road. It is believed they were outside the shop at the time of the incident and may have information.

Detective Chief Inspector John Macdonald of the Metropolitan Police Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “I think these people may be important witnesses, and may have information that can assist this investigation, so I would like them to come forward and talk to us. In case they do not see this appeal, if you think you know who they are please call us and let us know.”

Yesterday, two men appeared at the Old Bailey and pleaded not guilty to Mr McCarthy’s murder. Julian Edwards, 20, and Mustafa Demirtas, 21, have been remanded in custody until September.

Anyone with information can contact the incident room on 020 8345 3985 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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