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Man charged with murder after woman’s body found in a car in east London



Police near the scene where a woman was found in a car in Hackney (Picture: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire)

A man will appear in court charged with murder after a woman was found dead in a car in Hackney on Saturday morning.

Gogoa Tape, 27, was arrested after the victim, believed to be Kennedi Westcarr-Sabaroche, 25, was found inside her vehicle in Whiston Road in east London.

Officers were called to a block of flats just before 6.45am after being alerted to concerns for a woman’s welfare.

The woman was found unresponsive in a nearby car parked in an alleyway.

Officers forced entry and tried to resuscitate the woman before paramedics arrived, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

The block of flats was cordoned off while police conducted their investigation.

Next of kin have been informed about the death and a post-mortem examination was due to start on Monday.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder (Picture: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire)
Police forced entry to the vehicle and attempted to resuscitate the woman, but she was pronounced dead at the scene (Picture: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire)
A police crime scene tent erected near the scene (Picture: Jordan Pettitt/PA Wire)
A woman’s body was found dead in a car in Hackney (Picture: Tom Bowles)

While enquiries are in the early stages, police believe the deceased and the man arrested were known to each other.

A crime scene remains in place, with forensics spotted in the area.

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Tape, of Marsworth House, Whiston Road, was due to appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Detective Inspector Aytac Necati said: ‘As my colleagues and I begin our work today, we are all mindful of the human tragedy here.

‘The victim’s family will be provided with every possible support and I can assure them that the Met’s investigation will be conducted with rigour and professionalism.

‘While inquiries are in their early stages, I believe the deceased and the man arrested were known to each other.

‘A crime scene remains in place in Whiston Road. Local people can expect to see additional police officers in the area in the coming days, and I urge them to speak with these officers should they have information or concerns.’

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