Ziggy Worrell-Owusu stabbing: Police renew appeal for evidence

Ziggy Worrell-Owusu, who was stabbed to death in Goodmayes on Thursday.

Ziggy Worrell-Owusu, who was stabbed to death in Goodmayes on Thursday. - Credit: Met Police

Tributes have poured in for 19-year-old Ziggy Worrell-Owusu as the officer leading the investigation into Ziggy’s death has appealed to party guests to hand over any photos or videos they may have.

Det Insp Euan McKeeve said officers were scouring the crime scene in Goodmayes Road, Goodmayes.

He said: “It’s pretty clear that there was a dispute on the dance floor.

“We are continuing our forensic examination at the Basement Shisha Lounge and expect to be there for several more days.

“One line of enquiry is that Ziggy stepped in to prevent a fight escalating between others.

“In addition to our earlier appeal for witnesses, I am also appealing to any partygoers who may, wholly innocently, be in possession of digital media or footage from the party to get in touch.”

Ziggy died after being stabbed in the stomach early on Thursday, in Goodmayes.

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He was the second teenager to be stabbed to death in the borough this year, after 16-year-old Charlie Kutyauripo was killed at a birthday party outside Ashton Playing Fields, Chigwell Road, in January.

Ziggy, of Hackney, had been at a private party in the Basement Bar Shisha Lounge, Goodmayes Road.

A secondary school friend described the teenager as a “good guy” who was always smiling.

Residents had reported a “commotion” outside the bar earlier in the evening.

One, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Recorder there were 80 to 90 teenagers congregating.

He said: “People kept coming. I heard men arguing and it kept getting louder, then there was a girl screaming.”

Ziggy, 19, was a talented rugby player for Hackney Bulls.

Club chairman Julien Hardwick this week spoke of his grief. “It comes as no surprise to us to hear Ziggy was killed trying to break up a fight,” he said.

“He was as brave and straightforward on the pitch as he was off it.

“As well as his athletic ability we remember his gentle manner, which belied a forceful personality, his quirky sense of humour and his love of music.

“It is very hard to accept that someone with so much life and so much potential has been taken from us.”

A 17-year-old has been arrested and bailed over Ziggy’s death.

Anyone with information is urged to call police 020 8345 3865 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.