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Gillingham woman will face trial at the Old Bailey in June for the murder of Mehmet Hassan in Islington

A Gillingham woman is to face trial for the murder of a man in London.

Leonie Granger of Balmoral Road, Gillingham has been remanded in custody pending a trial at the Old Bailey on June 23. She is charged with the murder of Mehmet Hassan in Islington.

The 24-year-old appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court today alongside Nicholas Chandler, 28, of Bow and Kyrran Jackson, 27 of Lewisham.

Mehmet Hassan
Mehmet Hassan

Four other people who were arrested in connection with the investigation have been bailed until early June pending further enquires.

Leonie Granger was arrested at an address in Gillingham on Friday. Four men were arrested at the same time in South East London and two others were arrested on Friday night.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and and 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

Mr Hassan was found by police at a property on Baxter Road, Islington at around 8.40pm on Monday.

Relatives had contacted the police to express concerns for the welfare of the occupant. When police forced entry to the property, a man was found dead inside the address.

The victim has been formally identified as Mehmet Hassan, aged 56. Mr Hassan was a father of three and living on his own.

Police are appealing for witnesses.
Police are appealing for witnesses.

A post-mortem examination on Wednesday at Whittington mortuary gave the cause of death as neck and chest injuries. Detectives believe the victim had been assaulted inside the address.

An incident room has opened under Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

He said: “I would like to appeal to anyone who has seen any activity in and around this address to make contact with my officers.

“In particular I would like help from the public who can assist with the movements of the victim between 7.30pm on Sunday March 23 and shortly before police found the victim on Monday.”

The incident room can be contacted on 020 8358 0300.

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