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09th May 2023

Female charity worker killed after being stabbed in the neck with broken glass in unprovoked attack

Charlie Herbert

The attacker had fashioned a weapon from a piece of broken mirror

A charity worker died after being stabbed in the neck with a blade of glass in an unprovoked attack, a court has heard.

Johanita Kossiwa Dogbey, 31, was knifed to death in broad daylight as she walked alone through an alleyway in Brixton, south London, on May 1 – just a few hundred yards from a police station.

She died at the scene, with a post-mortem examination identifying the cause of death as sharp force trauma to the neck. 

Mohamed Nur, 33, is accused of her murder.

He appeared at the Old Bailey charged with her murder and injuring three other members of the public two days earlier.

The court heard that the attack on Dogbey was unprovoked and that there is nothing to suggest she and Nur knew each other.

Johanita Kossiwa Dogbey was killed in broad daylight as she walked alone through Brixton on May 1 (SWNS)

Nur is alleged to have been holding two silver bladed weapons, taped together with blue cloth and rubber band wrapped, thought to be an open pair of scissors, on the day of the murder.

The next day (May 2), he is alleged to have had a piece of glass taped up to be a weapon in Brixton Road, not far from the murder scene.

Two days before the attack on Dogbey, Nur allegedly attacked two women and a man on April 29 at around 11:30pm in Brixton.

These attacks happened within a one-hour period of each other, with all three victims suffering slash injuries, the Met Police said in a statement.

He was charged with Dogbey’s murder, three counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on April 29 and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon relating to a bladed article made from scissors on May 1 and glass on May 2. 

A plea hearing has been set for July 25, with a provisional three-week trial at the Old Bailey scheduled from April 29, 2024. Nur was remanded in custody.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by Dogbey’s brother, Maurice.

It reads: “Johanita was a kind-hearted and generous soul who was willing to help anyone at anytime. A lover of life, with a strong dedication to God despite the struggles she had she remained strong, not only for herself but also for others.

“Johanita was a hard worker and put everything into anything that she touched. She started her charity to support people affected by Sickle Cell (Odette Foundation)

“She was big on celebrating other people’s wins and achievements, more than her own most of the time, we owe it to her to celebrate all that she has achieved in the short time she was on this earth.

“The money donated will go towards her funeral arrangements and costs, as this is an unexpected and cruel act that no one saw coming. This is not something we planned for at her young age. Any donation large or small is appreciated. We understand that not everyone may be able to donate so we ask that you keep the family in prayer in this difficult time.”

At the time of writing, just under £35,650 has been raised.

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