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Tuesday, September 21, 1999 Published at 19:05 GMT 20:05 UK


Bride-to-be appeals over stabbing

Christine Rothwell: "He was just the most beautiful person"

A tearful bride-to-be has pleaded for help to find the killer of her fiance, who was stabbed to death six hours after they got engaged.

BBC News' Katharine Road: "Police have not yet established any motive for the attack"
Ian Roach, 20, was knifed in the street near his home in Islington, north London, last Friday evening, after going out to buy cigarettes during his engagement party.

Christine Rothwell told a news conference at New Scotland Yard on Tuesday: "I can't describe how I feel.

[ image: Ian Roach: Had gone out for cigarettes]
Ian Roach: Had gone out for cigarettes
"I wish I could turn back time and have him back."

She said her "beautiful" fiance was "lovely, caring and sensitive".

Frequently breaking down in tears, she said: "He wouldn't hurt anyone.

"He had the biggest heart. He was just the most beautiful person."

Argument in the street

Police say Mr Roach became involved in an argument with a youth in a street near his home, when he briefly left the small party with a friend.

[ image: He was left dying in the street near his home]
He was left dying in the street near his home
A car pulled up close to the pair, who began arguing with a passenger who got out and began walking to a nearby address.

During the row, the passenger returned to the parked car, got a knife and stabbed Mr Roach once in the chest.

The killer got back into the car and was driven off at high speed by another man, leaving Mr Roach dying in the street.

He was taken to University College Hospital, central London, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver and passenger of the small dark hatchback were both described as black and aged between 19 and 22. The killer was casually dressed and athletically built.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael O'Keefe, who is leading the inquiry, appealed for any witnesses to call the incident room on 0171 275 4336 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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