Man guilty after randomly killing woman and slashing three other strangers

A man faces life in prison for a series of slasher attacks on strangers which culminated in the random killing of a woman in south London. Mohamed Nur, 34, was armed with a makeshift blade when he slashed Johanita Kossiwa Dogbey’s throat in broad daylight last May 1.

Ms Dogbey, 31, had been walking alone on Stockwell Park Walk in Brixton after going into central London to do some shopping. She was attacked from behind by a man wearing dark clothes and died on the spot.

A post-mortem examination identified the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the neck. Nur admitted to killing her and had a blade made from scissors that day, as well as another weapon made from broken glass the day after he was arrested.

He denied three other assaults two days before Ms Dogbey’s death in similar circumstances. Nur’s trial at the Old Bailey focused on the three attacks which took place in quick succession in Brixton at around 11.30pm last April 29.

The first victim, Rebecca Wilkes, was approached from behind, grabbed and slashed on her right cheek, causing a 9cm gash. The second victim, Tomasz Kmiecik, suffered a 15cm facial cut and the third victim, Katie Matthews, suffered a 6cm gash on her face.

Prosecutor Julian Evans KC told jurors: “In each case the victim did nothing to confront or challenge the man who attacked them. Each victim was attacked without warning and for no apparent reason.

“In short, all three attacks were completely random. There is nothing to suggest that the man who carried out the attacks knew anything about any of the three victims.”

The attacker was wearing a distinctive jacket and a black hooded top pulled over the face. Nur, of Vauxhall, south London, was wearing the same clothes when he attacked Ms Dogbey two days later.