The father of a Brixton teenager stabbed to death on the Roupell Park Estate has appealed for information to help secure justice for his son.
Alim Uddin, 17, was killed by seven stab wounds and found by a resident at Tilford House, Holmewood Road on May 4. A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named, has been charged with murder and last appeared in custody at the Old Bailey on Friday (May 9).
The victim’s father, Hakim Uddin, 40, told the Brixton Blog today his “hard-working” eldest son was preparing to sit A-level exams at Chestnut Grove school, Balham, when he was killed last Bank Holiday weekend.
Uddin, who has run the Bombay Inn restaurant, Brixton Hill, for 13 years, paid tribute to his son: “Alim was a just a lovely 17-year-old boy. He worked hard at school and either wanted to go into banking or become a police officer,” he said.
“He had so many school friends who are now so upset when they should be studying for their A-levels.”
Mr Uddin, 40, said his family have undergone added distress as they can’t yet bury their son’s body.
“It is our Muslim custom to bury the body straight away. The police have said we can’t have our son’s body for another three to four weeks. If we could bury my son then at least we could have some peace.
“My wife hasn’t left the house, she has stopped eating.”
Police visited Hakim and his wife Parool, 39, at their Brixton Hill home at about 6pm on May 4 to break the news. “We were just in complete shock,” said Mr Uddin, “My wife just fell to the floor, we couldn’t believe it.”
Alim lived at home in Brixton Hill with his parents and sister and brothers, aged four to 15-years-old.
Mr Uddin added: “The oldest two are very distressed, the youngest two don’t really know exactly what’s going on.”
Appealing for more information about his son’s death, the restaurateur said: “There must have been more than one person involved. My son is not a small person, he was 17-years old, it doesn’t make sense that seven stab wounds on one side could have been one person on their own.”
“I am asking for anyone who saw or heard anything at all that day to come forward and give the police the information.”
A police spokesman said: “Police continue to appeal for information surrounding the murder.
“Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is advised to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4054 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”