Thamesmead stabbing: Neighbour describes man as ‘great friend’

18:19 17 June 2013

A disabled man was stabbed in Thamesmead on Saturday.

A disabled man was stabbed in Thamesmead on Saturday.


The disabled man stabbed to death in Thamesmead was described as a ‘great neighbour and friend’ by one of the first people to find him.

Gary Cook, who lives in the flat above Colin Greenaway’s in Abbotts Close, said he rushed down after one of his neighbour’s carers knocked on his doors in floods of tears on Saturday.

The 56-year-old, who was confined to a wheelchair having had toes amputated due to gangrene, was found dead at 2pm, having had his throat cut.

Mr Cook said he still cannot believe what happened, adding he would often share a laugh with Mr Greenaway, and last saw him just two days before he was killed.

He said: “Colin was a neighbour and a friend and I can’t believe what’s happened.

“I’ve known him for about 10 years, he’s helped me out and I’d help him out. Because he was wheelchair-bound I’d go and get something for him at the shop if he needed anything.”

The 46-year-old is now questioning how safe the area is following the events of the weekend.

He said: “I can’t believe something like this could happen in this area, everyone’s so nice. I’ve had to go to my doctor to get some pills because I’m struggling to sleep

“When one of his carers came to my door in tears I got dressed quickly and rushed downstairs. I saw him lying on the floor and he wasn’t breathing.

“It was clear nothing else could be done for him.”

Daha Mohammed, 51, also of Abbotts Close, was charged with the murder of Mr Greenaway and was due to appear at Bexley Magistrates’ Court today.

A post-mortem examination at Greenwich Mortuary gave the cause of death as incised wounds to the throat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Service on 0208 721 4205, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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