Sutton murder victim named and police launch investigation

Detectives investigating the murder of a teenage boy in Sutton have named the victim.

Ilyas Habibi, who was just 17 at the time of his death, was a student from Sutton.

Police and London Ambulance Service were called to Sutton High Street at about 19:08hrs on Tuesday 5 December, following reports that a teenager had been stabbed.

On arrival officers found Ilyas suffering from knife injuries. They provided first aid until medics arrived, but despite the best efforts of emergency services to save him, Ilyas was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 19:53hrs.

His family was notified and they continue to be supported by specialist officers. They ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Nolan who leads the investigation said: “We know that Ilyas arrived at Sutton High Street by train. Minutes after he came out of the station he was involved in an altercation with the suspect who then fled the scene.


“Ilyas had suffered fatal wounds. It isn’t clear if the suspect was also injured. If you know the suspect, or if you are him, please get in touch.

The crime scene has now been closed.

Chief Superintendent Andy Brittan, leading policing for the Met’s South Area Command said: “I know that those who live and work in Sutton will be shocked and saddened at the loss of a young life on the streets that they call home. I share those emotions and would like to reassure local people that we are doing everything we can to support our homicide colleagues in identifying and apprehending the person, or persons responsible.

“I urge anyone who is concerned to approach officers on patrol and speak with them or get in touch with their Neighbourhood policing team.

“Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this sad time. I would like to thank the community for their patience as we carry out our enquiries, and urge anyone with information concerning this incident to get in touch.”

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