Wembley mum of two found stabbed to death in Harlesden

A Wembley mum of two found stabbed to death in Harlesden in a murder linked to the death of a man

A mother of two has been found stabbed to death in a car in a murder detectives are linking to the death of a man who fell from a block of flats.

The body of Amanda Farquharson, 34, from Wembley, was found by police at around 6.30pm on Friday night in a car parked in Minet Avenue, Harlesden.

An hour later police discovered the body of Keith Van Cooten, 44, from Lewisham, after he had fallen from Torridon House, in Randolph Gardens, Kilburn.

The second death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage, but is being provisionally linked by police to the earlier murder.


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A 53-year-old man was arrested in connection with the investigation, and later bailed to return pending further inquiries.

Police believe that shortly before her death Ms Farquharson was seen in her black Toyota Yaris having a heated argument with a man.

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This suspect is described as a black man, around 6ft tall with a slim build and a goatee beard.

He is believed to have been wearing dark coloured hooded top, blue or grey jeans and a cream coloured baseball cap with blue writing on it.

Detective Chief Inspector Jackie Sebire said: “This is a tragic murder that has deprived two children of their mother, and a family of its daughter and we are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information about the murder to contact us.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the Minet Avenue area Friday evening who may have seen or heard the argument in Amanda’s car or may have seen what happened after it.”

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Both Ms Farquharson and Mr Van Cooten’s next of kin have been informed.

A post mortem of Ms Farquharson gave the cause of death as multiple stab wounds. A post mortem of Mr Van Cooten is due to take place today.

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