Following a “horrific” hate crime on August 16th in which a 50-year-old victim was murdered at a well-known cruising spot and cemetery park in Tower Hamlets in London’s East End, police have publicly identified the victim as Ranjith Kankanamalage.
After his body was found unresponsive, emergency services attended the scene shortly after 6am on Monday August 16. Metropolitan Police confirmed that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem revealed he had died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Murder Is being Treated As A Hate Crime
Describing the murder as “horrific” Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, Police Commander for Hackney and Tower Hamlets, said that “’Whilst such incidents are thankfully still very rare in London, I want to reassure that community that my officers and specialist detectives are working tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.”
Barnett confirmed that the murder is being treated as a hate crime, however, went on to add the investigators would be keeping an “open mind” as they continue their hunt for the perpetrators.
Man Arrested And Released On Bail
Last week police had arrested a 36-year-old man in connection to the murder but was later released him on bail. Kankanamalage family have also released an image of him in hopes that it may help anyone who has information about Kankanamalage’s death to come forward.
Derek Lee, of the LGBT+ Advisory Group, said: ‘We are a voluntary group of independent advisors working closely with the local police, local council and the homicide team on this case. We are making sure that LGBT+ issues are addressed in the investigation of this tragic death as well as the wider police response regarding safety in Tower Hamlets and the whole of London.”
“If you have any information, please contact the police, Crimestoppers or the LGBT+ charity, Galop The investigation team is clear that they are only interested in information relevant to the case and your privacy will be respected.”
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