Pinner attack

Man charged with the murder of Pinner shopkeeper

“A man has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of a shopkeeper in Marsh Road Pinner early on Sunday, 24 March. Alexander Stephen Gunn, aged 31 and of no fixed abode, was charged on Thursday, 4 April with the murder of 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar.  He was also charged with robbery. Gunn appeared in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 5 April.  He had previously appeared at the same court on Monday, 1 April charged with burglary, theft from a motor vehicle, possession of an offensive weapon and driving whilst disqualified. This arrest follows an investigation by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, Metropolitan Police.”

Chief Superintendent Sara Leach responsible for Pinner and the North West, sends a personal message to local people:

“I know there may be some concern in the community of Pinner over the shocking attack on 54-year-old Ravi Katharkamar in the most audacious manner, my thoughts and sympathy goes out to his family and friends at this difficult time. I completely understand the alarm and concern this has caused for those who live and work nearby.

“The murder team lead by Detective Chief Inspector Simon Stancombe are doing everything they can to arrest those responsible. I have stepped up patrols in the area and I hope this has provided some reassurance. The officers are there to talk to local people and listen to any concerns you have. The local Safer Neighbourhood officer for Pinner is PC Babur Aziz and he can be contacted by emailing

“The victim, Mr Katharkamar is believed to have been opening up the shop early on Sunday morning when he was attacked by a male who stole the till. A black Vauxhall Astra was parked in Cecil Park prior to the murder and was driven off at speed, south down Cecil Park immediately after the attack.  Please get in touch if you:
• saw the black Astra
• were in or around the area at the time of the attack
• have seen a discarded till
• you saw someone using lots of loose change some time after Sunday morning
• you think you may have any other information that could help us progress this investigation

“There are a number of ways to get in contact. You can call the murder investigation team on 0208 358 0200, you can also contact us on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Remember in an emergency always call 999.

“I would reiterate that although the incident at the weekend was shocking, Pinner is still a safe place and my officers will continue to work hard, with your support, to ensure it stays that way. Yesterday I met with councillors and some community representatives to share details of the investigation and our response. I was touched by the high levels of cohesion within Pinner and reminded of the devastating impact this has had on all of our lives.”

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