Pinner murder: Newsagent stabbed to death identified

Ravi Katharkamar
Ravi Katharkamar

A NEWSAGENT who was stabbed to death over the weekend while opening his shop in north London has been identified as Ravi Katharkamar.

Katharkamar was believed to have been attacked while opening the Marsh Food and Wine in Pinner at about 6am on Sunday (24).

Police said the shop’s till was stolen and may have been dumped by the robber.

No arrests have been made so far.

Locals said the shop was targeted twice in the past, the most recent incident about six months ago.

“Ravi’s shop was broken into in the middle of the night before. They came for his cigarettes,” another local newsagent was quoted as saying. “Nobody was hurt. The police were called. It was six months ago.”

Detective chief inspector Simon Stancombe called Sunday’s attack “a vicious and unwarranted attack on a completely innocent man.”

“Ravi’s attacker got away with a few pounds worth of coins, but he leaves behind a family utterly devastated and a close-knit community asking who could do such a thing,” the police officer said.

Shop landlord Kirit Dodiya, 49, paid tribute to Katharkamar, saying he was a “top guy.”

“I would see him inside the shop. We manage other shops on the road.

“I spoke to him a few times and he was a gentleman. It was such a shock for me personally, I spoke to him on Friday.

“He was always smiling, always. You would walk into the shop and he would offer you something always.”