A man stabbed to death may have lost his life when he was asked by another person for a cigarette.
The victim, identified as Dennis Anderson, 39, died in East Dulwich shortly after 3am yesterday outside a corner shop. A witness said he was slashed across the neck with a six-inch knife soon after coming out of the 24-hour store.
Assistant manager Muhammad Khan said his cousin was working when an argument erupted inside the store. He said: ‘They had an argument about cigarettes. My cousin was here, he was manager. ‘The guy who had the knife came in about five or six minutes after the man who got stabbed. ‘The guy with the knife asked the other for free cigarettes, like as a favour or something.
I don’t know whether he knew him. ‘They has an argument and he took out a knife. Everyone was trying to stop him.
‘A member of staff behind the counter and other customers tried to stop him too. ‘I watched the CCTV this morning, they are both black guys.
The guy that was stabbed was bald and quite tall. They were both in their 30s or 40s.’ He said he had never seen the man with the knife before.
The assistant manager said the area was ‘very quiet’ and they never had any trouble with customers. He added: ‘We are always open late, but this is the first time. We have had no trouble around here – it’s very nice, all educated and wealthy people living around here.’ Neighbours spoke of their shock over the incident.
One mum, who was taking her two children to breakfast, said: ‘That is awful, I can’t believe that has happened just here.
We live nearby so we walk this way a lot.’ She said a few local pubs stayed open until late, but she ‘had never heard of any serious violence of trouble’. A man, 22, who says he sometimes has a drink in The Bishop pub opposite the murder scene said: ‘It’s a nice place.
I wouldn’t say I’ve been in there and felt threatened or that someone in there might do something like this. ‘It’s generally a nice area; there are a lot of families and young professionals who live around here.’ Another woman said: ‘You read about people being stabbed in the news, but I didn’t expect it to happen so close to home. ‘People live here because it is a nice area, lots of nice places to eat and a good place for families. I’m really surprised.’
source: METRO UK