Crime & the Law

Suspect moped in Islington murder

Suspect moped with rider and pillion sought in Stefan Appleton murder inquiry. Image: Met Police

Suspect moped with rider and pillion sought in Stefan Appleton murder inquiry. Image: Met Police

Detectives investigating the murder of 18-year-old Stefan Appleton in Islington, have released images of two suspects leaving the scene on a moped.

Stefan was in Nightingale Park with friends, when two youths pulled up on a moped.

The pillion passenger on the moped attacked him – stabbing him a number of times with a large bladed knife before making off on the moped Nightingale Road.

After leaving Nightingale Road the moped turned left into Ashby Grove and then out on to Essex Road, Islington.

The moped is small and dark in colour.

It was displaying a learner plate which was located under a square vehicle registration plate.

The moped also has a small Perspex visor.

Stefan was found in Caldy Walk and emergency services were called.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones, leading the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:

We are releasing this image in the hope that it will jog a memory or prick someone’s conscious, to coming forward and providing information that will assist us in finding Stefan’s killer(s).

The investigation is moving at a fast pace and we are grateful for the assistance we have received so far, but I would urge everyone to look at the image and call the incident room if they recall seeing it driving erratically on the day of the murder.

I would also appeal to anyone who knows who rides or uses a moped like this to call us. Where is it now? Has it been parked or stored somewhere?


Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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