Metropolitan Police Name Four People Killed in Bermondsey Stabbings

Metropolitan Police on April 26 identified the four people stabbed to death in a house in southeast London.

Denton Burke, 58, and his partner Dolet Hill, 64, were killed at their home in Delaford Road, Bermondsey, on April 25.

Hill’s daughter, Tanysha Ofori-Akuffo, 45, also known as Rachquel and who lived in Kennington, and Ofori-Akuffo’s daughter Samantha Drummonds, 27, who lived in Forest Hill, were also killed.

Police arrested a 28-year-old man who was inside the house when officers arrived at the scene.

Officers deployed a taser to detain the man, from Lewisham, for suspicion of murder.

The man is being treated at a hospital and is in stable condition.

“This was a truly horrific incident and I fully recognize that the distress for the family and the community will be overwhelming,” Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, who is leading the investigation, said in a statement.

Bradley said officers were conducting a “thorough and detailed investigation into the facts” and “are moving as fast we can at the scene.”

“But we need to ensure we uncover all the facts and secure every bit of necessary evidence and this may understandably take some time,” Bradley said.

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust paid tribute to Hill, who was a retired NHS worker and an active trade union member.

“We are devastated to hear about the tragic death of Dolet Hill, who worked as a housekeeping assistant in our pharmacy department for more than 21 years, before her retirement in 2018,” Alastair Gourlay, director of estates and facilities, said.

“Dolet was a well-respected colleague, who also helped to improve the workplace for others as an active Unison representative,” Gourlay further said.


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