Man charged over Ilford woman’s murder

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Victim formally identified on Tuesday

Detectives investigating the murder of 44-year-old Elizabeta Lacatusu in Norfolk Road, Ilford on Wednesday, January 3 have charged a man.

Genu Armeanu, 45, of Coleridge Avenue, East Ham, E12, was arrested on January 3. On Thursday, January 4 he was charged with murder. He will remain in custody until a trial on June 18 2018.

A murder investigation was launched in Ilford after the woman was found on a residential street with serious injuries.

Police were called by London Ambulance Service (LAS) to Norfolk Road at 7.09pm on January 3 following reports of an unresponsive woman in the street.

Officers and the LAS attended and found a 44-year-old with serious stab injuries. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.16pm.

The women was named as Elizabeta Lacatusu a Romanian national from Ilford. She was formally identified on Tuesday January 9.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command investigate, led by Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams.

In the early hours of January 4, a 45-year-old man was arrested by detectives at an address in Newham on suspicion of murder. Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the attack or has information that could assist the investigation but has not yet spoken with police is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Crime Command incident room on 020 8345 3775 or tweet @MetCC.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at the www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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