Main suspect in Charlie Kutyauripo stabbing ‘has not left the country’

PUBLISHED: 17:31 27 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 27 January 2016

Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, was murdered in Woodford Bridge on Saturday night. Photo: @MostAuthentic

Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, was murdered in Woodford Bridge on Saturday night. Photo: @MostAuthentic


The police officer investigating the fatal stabbing of Charlie Kutyauripo believes his main suspect is still in this country.

Charlie, 16, was killed outside a birthday party at Ashton Playing Fields, Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, on January 9.

Police are trying to trace Aaron Alexander Tavares-Gaiete, 16, their main suspect.

Det Ch Insp Mark Lawson said: “I do not think he has left the country, I would be very surprised if he has, from what we have learnt from Aaron’s family.”

He said he did not think they were protecting him.

“His family are very concerned about his safety, they have not seen him for two weeks. If he wasn’t a suspect we would be treating him as a high risk missing person.”

The officer renewed his appeal to Aaron’s friends that anyone with knowledge of his to come forward.

“I still think he has got friends who are prepared to look after him.

“It is very frustrating, but there is a lot of background work going on.

“The family [Charlie’s] understand where we are, we have kept them completely involved.”

Two teenagers have been arrested and bailed in connection with the stabbing.

Anyone with information should call 020 8358 0200 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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