Man murdered in east London for asking if killer’s crying baby was ‘all right’

16:41 15 June 2012

Matthew Quesada

Matthew Quesada


A father stabbed to death a 63-year-old man who asked if his crying daughter was “all right.”

Matthew Quesada, 26, said “What’s it to do with you? Go away. What’s it f*****g got to do with you?” when Alan Smith enquired after his daughter’s well-being at the BB Cafe in Leyton, on March 26 last year.

Mr Smith was “eager to avoid confrontation” and so went with his partner, daughter and son-in-law to the nearby Roma Cafe.

Meanwhile, Quesada took his daughter home to his partner Maria Brigitte, then returned with a knife and launched a “frenzied and wordless” revenge attack on Mr Smith.

It happened before the eyes of his daughter and his partner.

The next day Quesada was found in a car with his mother Victoria Passley-Quesada, 54, having cut his hair. He had his passport with him and details of flights to Brazil.

Brigitte, 26, from Walthamstow, east London, was today found guilty of assisting an offender for keeping him updated about the police investigation.

She sobbed in the dock when she was warned that she faces prison.

Members of Mr Smith’s family whispered “yes” and broke down in tears as the verdicts were delivered.

Passley-Quesada, from Purley, south London, was cleared of assisting an offender.

Quesada and Brigitte will be sentenced on July 13.

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