Detectives are appealing for anyone who attended a nightclub in Mile End Road on the night a 23-year-old man was murdered, to come forward.
Kelvin Easton, from Tottenham, North London, was attacked with a champagne bottle at Boheme nightclub on Sunday March 27 . Paramedics arrived at around 4.30am, but Easton was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination carried out at Poplar Mortuary the next day, gave cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
This weekend officers will be returning to the scene to speak to people in the area. They will be handing out leaflets and using bluetooth to send out an appeal message to people in the area.
Detective Chief Inspector Charles King from the Metropolitan Police Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “Kelvin, who you might also know as ‘Smegz’, was a father of two and a much loved brother and son. He is greatly missed by his family and friends.
“The Boheme was very busy; I am trying to trace all the people who attended the club that night. Even if you don’t think you have any information that would help, I would like to speak to everyone who was there.
“I am confident that there are people who saw what happened that night and I appeal for those people to come forward and contact the police.
“There are special measures we can take to protect your identity; rest assured if you come forward, I will do everything I can to ensure you remain anonymous.”
The Boheme’s license was suspended after the incident. According to the police report, the CCTV hard drive was stolen from the club at the time of the assault. The report lists the club’s lack of security as one of the reasons for suspending the license.
The club has also previously received complaints from Mile End residents about noise, parking problems and fights outside the premises. Only a week before the stabbing, it was fined £6,000 for covering Tower Hamlets in illegal posters.
Reports said that Easton collapsed at the bottom of the stairs in front of partygoers. Witnesses have described the aftermath as ”pandemonium.”
Easton, also known as ‘Smegz’, was an aspiring rap artist. Friends have left multiple tributes on his youtube page, such as: “RIP to this lost soldier” and “RIP Smegz, rest with the angels sweet x”.
Four men aged between 17-27 have been arrested in connection with the incident. All have been bailed until May 17 pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information can call the incident room on 020 8345 4142 or, if they want to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.