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Pinner stabbing: Man charged with shopkeeper’s murder

Ravi Katharkamar
Ravi Katharkamar

A 31-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a newsagent who was stabbed to death while opening his shop in north London.

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

Alexander Stephen Gunn was charged with Katharkamar’s murder on Thursday (4) and he was also charged with robbery.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Gunn will appear in custody at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday 5 April.

“He had previously appeared at the same court on Monday 1 April charged with burglary, theft from a motor vehicle, possession of an offensive weapon and driving whilst disqualified.”

Detective chief inspector Simon Stancombe had called the 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.