Hainault sword incident: Man charged with murder after boy, 14, killed and four injured

Hainault sword incident: Man charged with murder after boy, 14, killed and four injured

A man has been charged with murder after 14-year-old Daniel Anjorin was killed and four people were injured near a London Tube station.

Two Metropolitan Police officers were among those hurt as they responded to reports of an attacker with a sword in Hainault, northeast London, on Tuesday.

The man charged has been named as Marcus Aurelio Arduini Monzo, a 36-year-old dual Spanish Brazilian national from Newham, east London.

He has also been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of grievous bodily harm, aggravated burglary and possession of a bladed article.

Monzo will appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 2 May.

The families of all those affected by the incident have been informed.

Daniel Anjorin was killed as he walked to school. Pic: Met Police

Daniel Anjorin was a pupil at Bancroft’s private school in Woodford Green – also attended by Nottingham attack victim Grace O’Malley-Kumar.

Staff and pupils at the school said they were in “profound shock and sorrow” at his death.

Daniel’s family told Sky News he was “a wonderful child” who was “well loved” and “hard working” – and that his death “leaves a gaping wound in the family”.

“No family should have to go through what we are experiencing today,” they said. “Any family will understand it’s an absolute tragedy.”

Floral tribute at floral tributes in Hainault, north east London, where a 14-year-old Daniel Anjorin, was killed in a sword attack on Tuesday . Pic: PA
Floral tributes for Daniel have been placed in Hainault. Pic: PA

Monzo is accused of crashing a van into a fence just before 7am, and attacking two members of the public with a sword.

It is alleged he then killed the 14-year-old and seriously injured two police officers as they tried to stop him – one of whom nearly lost her hand.

The suspect was initially taken to hospital after suffering injuries in the van crash.

Jaswant Narwal, chief crown prosecutor for CPS London North, said: “Our thoughts remain firmly with the family of the Daniel and all those who have been impacted by this horrific incident.”

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“We remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that they have a right to a fair trial,” she continued.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”