Son ‘killed parents after arrest’


Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Police arrested a 30 year-old man on suspicion of affray days before he is believed to have killed his parents before being found dead himself.

A 30 year-old man, named locally as Ashraf Amrani, was found unresponsive and then pronounced dead on a first floor roof in Westbourne Park Road, west London, on Friday afternoon.

The next day officers went to a flat in the same street to inform his next of kin, but discovered the dead bodies of a man and woman – believed to be husband and wife Hassan and Zara Amrani. Neighbours said the couple were Ashraf Amrani’s parents.

The couple are believed to have died in suspicious circumstances and the Metropolitan Police has launched a murder investigation.

However, they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the couple’s death.

Officers said they are treating Ashraf Amrani’s death as unexplained.

A neighbour who lives in the same 1960s block, Landor House, said police had been called to the address on Thursday. But a man, believed to be the couple’s son, had tried to block them from going inside.

She said: “The last time I saw the wife was on Thursday and she didn’t look happy. She looked a bit fed up and sad.

“We were walking into the estate together, I told her my mum was in Bangladesh and she said she wanted to go back to Morocco. She was a bit fed up.

“She said her husband had called her and said there was some trouble in the house.

“On that same night when I went home my brother told me that police had been round and they were looking for the son and opened the door.

“He got the impression he was in there and not letting them in.

“I hadn’t seen the son for a few years, and then I saw him again about a month and a half ago.

“He did used to get into a fair amount of trouble, but he never disturbed us.”

Scotland Yard confirmed that a 30-year-old man had been arrested on February 10 on suspicion of affray and had been due to answer his bail on Wednesday, February 18.

A spokesman said: “A referral will be made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission on Monday.”

The neighbour, who asked not to be named, paid tribute to the “lovely couple”, who were originally from Morocco also have a grown-up daughter and a young grandson.

She said: “They were just a really nice couple. I’m just so shocked. They were always so nice.

“She would always go and see her daughter and grandson.”

She said the couple were very house-proud and doting grandparents to their grandson, who is around seven or eight years old.

She said: “The husband was a very quiet man. They had an extremely beautiful house. She kept everything immaculate. It is awful.”

Other friends said the deaths were a “tragedy”.

Forensics officers wearing light blue protective clothing and white masks continued to search the maisonette flat.

A blue forensics tent has been erected outside and flowers have been left in tribute outside the home.

The area remained cordoned off with blue and white police tape while uniformed officers stood guard outside.

Next of kin have been informed of the deaths, but police have not released the names of the victims.

No arrests have been made and post mortems will be carried out.

Published: Monday 16th February 2015 by The News Editor

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