Murder Trial Teen Loses Right to Anonymity

Janayo Lucima accused of helping dispose of Blaise Algar's dismembered body

William 'Blaise' Algar
William 'Blaise' Algar


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A teenager accused of murdering a jazz trumpeter and helping dispose of his body parts has failed in his attempt to retain his anonymity.

Janayo Lucima from Kensington & Chelsea was 17 years old when he was arrested on Monday, 6 January. A plea hearing at the Old Bailey ruled that, since he is now eighteen, he can be named along with the other three accused. Previously his identity had been protected by a court order.

The remains of 53-year-old William ‘Blaise’ Algar, were discovered when police searched the property where he lived, on Nowell Road, SW13 on Friday, 3 January. They found Mr. Algar’s head and torso wrapped in a sheet but his arms and legs were missing. He had been stabbed 20 times. Later the missing body parts of his were discovered after a search in Hounslow. It is believed that Mr Algar was killed and dismembered at some time between 16 and 20 December 2019.

Mr Algar was a talented jazz trumpeter who attended Chiswick School between 1977-84. He had some mental health issues and was considered to be vulnerable.

It is believed that Mr Algar was killed after drug dealers took over his home in a process called cuckooing in which vulnerable people are exploited by gangs.

Three other men have been charged with perverting the course of justice in connection with the inquiry. Mark Harding, 44, of The Drive, Isleworth, Hounslow, Simon Emmons, 39, Emeka Dawuda-Wodu, 18 , both of no fixed address will face trial along with Janayo Lucima.


May 18, 2020

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