Kabba Kamara was stabbed to death outside Carravagio’s restaurant in Leadenhall Street in the early hours of Sunday 6th December 2015.
He had been attending a social event at the restaurant for around 300 people. Whilst security staff were present it was clear that events had deteriorated just after 3am and, following an argument inside the premises, a number of people left the premises. This is when Kabba was stabbed, and despite the best efforts of the paramedics of the London Ambulance Service and doctors at the Royal London Hospital, he died of his injuries 24 hours later.
This 23 year-old man, with a young son and high hopes for the future, was stabbed to death in a needless act of violence.
Murders are, thankfully, very rare in the Square Mile and the last was in 2012. In investigating such serious incidents it is imperative the crime scene is meticulously analysed. This meant closing Leadenhall Street for a prolonged period of time. It is appreciated this can be an inconvenience to residents and visitors but is key to the success or failure of an investigation.
Another key element of piecing together the events of that night was utilising CCTV in the area both inside and outside the restaurant. In a city like London the advance in technology and CCTV usage has not only helped police put dangerous people behind bars but also made people think twice before committing criminal acts. A problem the City of London Police has faced is businesses and organisations not maintaining them properly or having systems in place for the retrieval of footage. Proper processes and regular maintenance can make all the difference when the worst happens.
Since his death City of London Police have charged three men with Kabba’s murder and the trial has been set for September this year.
A week after the event, friends and family of Kabba returned to the scene and laid flowers in a short event of remembrance. Officers are confident that the events are not gang related and not linked to any other ongoing incidents.
Immediately after the incident, the City of London Police sought a review of the premises licence. The City of London Corporation Licensing committee made significant changes to the conditions of the licence and the premises will now no longer be used for such late night events and has returned to operating only as a restaurant.
Deputy Doug Barrow CC.