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Singer's body found in underpass

Ian's brothers Barry (Right) and Cleave Newtion kneel beside flowers left in the underpass
Mr Newtion's brother Cleave described him as mild-mannered

A singer has been found with his throat slit in a pedestrian underpass.

Ian Newtion, who was known as Scoobie Santino, was found dead in the underpass at the Greenford roundabout in Greenford on Sunday.

Officers believe Mr Newtion, 45, was returning from Scout Hut in Rockware Avenue, where he had been singing at a party, when he was attacked.

The singer and delivery driver, from Fulham, had a hit single on the reggae charts with Cash Money in the 1990s.

A post-mortem examination gave an injury to the throat as the cause of death.

Police, who have launched a murder inquiry, said that no-one had so far been arrested over the killing.

His brother, Cleave, 55, said he was at a loss to explain why his younger sibling, who had 21-year-old daughter, had been attacked.

What is difficult is trying to imagine anything so violent happening to someone of Ian's personality
Cleave Newtion

Speaking just yards from the underpass, he said: "He was a very kind, mild-mannered, amiable and very amenable person, whose philosophy in life was to try to see the best in everyone.

"What is difficult is trying to imagine anything so violent happening to someone of Ian's personality."

Det Insp Lee Presland said forensic officers had recovered an "item of interest" from the scene and confirmed the object was not a knife.

Ruling out a gangland attack he said police could not be sure at this stage if more than one person had attacked Mr Newtion.

He said: "He was a very passive man, a very gentle man. He was such a giving person.

"He sustained one injury to the neck. It was quite a horrific attack."



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