Man stabbed to death outside pub in suspected case of mistaken identity
Police say 34-year-old was having a cigarette and chatting with friend
Detectives are appealing for information after a gang armed with baseball bats murdered a 34-year-old father outside a pub in what police believe was a case of mistaken identity.
Christopher Foster, who had a four-year-old daughter, was having a cigarette with a friend in an alleyway outside St Christopher’s Inn in Borough High Street, south-east London, when he was set upon by the gang.
Witnesses say they saw as many as seven suspects wearing hooded clothing and carrying baseball bats and at least one knife. Officers were called to the scene at about 11.45pm on Friday and Mr Foster, from Walworth, south-east London, was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, where he died early on Saturday morning.
A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. She remains in custody.
Detectives are open-minded about the motive and no arrests have yet been made. However, Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin said there were strong indications to suggest that Mr Foster was mistaken for someone else.
“At this stage of our investigation, this appears to be a case of mistaken identity,” he said.
“I am keen to identify a group of males who were seen running from St Christopher’s Inn along Borough High Street towards Elephant and Castle immediately after the stabbing.”
Yesterday tributes were paid to Mr Foster, who worked in administration for a firm of lawyers in London.
One former colleague wrote on Twitter: “Sad to hear about the death of Chris Foster, we worked at the same firm a few years back. A really nice guy and such a waste of a life.”
Terry Keane wrote on Twitter: “So sad absolutely gutted that such a nice bloke has been taken so cruelly, my thoughts are with his Daughter & Family.”
A post-mortem examination is due to be held today. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police incident room on 020 8345 3865.
California teacher appears to have hanged herself in her classroom
The City of the Monkey God: Archaeologists claim to have found city lost for 1,000 years in remote Honduran jungle
Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Japanese island overrun with cats after population explodes
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Average penis size revealed: Scientists attempt to find what is 'normal' to reassure concerned men