Man charged with Covent Garden stabbing
Wednesday 10 May 2000
A man was tonight charged with the murder of 12-year-old Diego Pineiro-Villar in Covent Garden, London on Sunday. According to police, Edward Alexander Crowley, 52, unemployed and of no fixed address, was also charged with the attempted murder of a 15-year-old in Covent Garden.
Crowley, who remains in custody, is due to appear at Highbury Magistrates Court tomorrow.
Thousands of people were out enjoying the balmy weather conditions in central London when the attack took place at about 8.10 on Sunday evening. People nearby, including shopkeepers and restaurant owners, intervened to help the boys.
Diego, who lived with his Spanish mother in nearby Charing Cross Road, died from multiple stab wounds despite frantic efforts to save him by paramedics. He and his elder step-brother were taken to a south London hospital, but the younger boy was declared dead 40 minutes later. The 15-year-old boy's injuries were said not to be life-threatening.
Floral tributes were placed below a sign reading "Rest In Peace" which was nailed to a tree in the location of the incident.
Two messages attached to bouquets read: "You didn't deserve to die like this, we hope you are at peace now" and "Our sympathy".
A two minutes' silence was held at Diego's Spanish school, Canada Blanch in Ladbroke Grove, west London, this afternoon. Tomorrow will be an official day of mourning with lessons cancelled and a religious service instead.
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...