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Police accused over stabbed girl

Arsema Dawit
Arsema Dawit's body was found in a lift

The mother of a teenage girl who was knifed to death has accused the police of failing to protect her daughter.

Arsema Dawit, 15, died five weeks after her family made a complaint of assault to the Metropolitan Police.

Tsehainesh Medhani said she was "devastated" by the death of Arsema who was found dead in a London tower block.

Thomas Nugusse, 21, of Ilford, east London, was remanded in custody by Camberwell Green magistrates until August 21 on a charge of murder.

Arsema was stabbed up to 10 times in the lift of Matheson Lang House, Baylis Road, Waterloo, where she lived.

Tsehainesh Medhani's lawyer reads a statement on her behalf

She is believed to have just returned from school when she was attacked on Monday.

Appearing outside the family home, while a statement was read by her lawyer, Ms Medhani said she could not believe what had happened to her daughter.

"I came to this country from Eritrea to live in safety.

"When my daughter was threatened, I went to the police seeking protection. Sadly, this did not happen.

"I have lost a precious, beautiful and much-loved daughter who was kind, generous and loving.

"I feel as though a light has gone out of my life."

The Met has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.


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