Two daughters of archdeacon stabbed to death after birthday party in a park in London
Two daughters of an archdeacon were stabbed to death following a birthday party in a park, a post-mortem has revealed, as detectives launch an appeal for their killer.
Nicole Smallman, 27, and her half-sister Bibaa Henry, 46, were the daughters of Wilhelmina Smallman, the UK’s first female Church of England archdeacon from a minority ethnic background.
The bodies of the two women were discovered by police in Fryent Country Park, in Brent, northwest London, just after 1pm on Sunday.
Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and they were pronounced dead at the scene. They had been reported missing the day before.
A post-mortem examination conducted on Tuesday, gave the cause of death for both women as stab wounds. Both women were stabbed multiple times.
The sisters were joined by around eight other people who had congregated in the park to celebrate Ms Henry’s birthday on Friday evening from around 7pm.
The Metropolitan Police said that when the group began to leave the party, by midnight the two sisters were still there, having stayed behind.
Ms Henry, of Brent, was described as a “sweet soul” and was senior social worker in children’s services at Buckinghamshire council. She had worked at the local authority since 2017.
Meanwhile her younger sister, a graduate from the University of Westminster who lived in Harrow, was described as “a joy to be around”.
Neighbours of the sisters’ parents yesterday said they wanted to respect the family’s privacy.
Chris and Wilhelmina Smallman, known as Mina, live in a £548,000 three-storey terraced Georgian townhouse in a secluded lawned square in the pretty port town of Ramsgate, Kent.
One neighbour who had heard about the tragedy said: “I don’t feel comfortable talking about it – if the family want to say something, they will.”
There have not yet been any arrests, but officers are following a number of active lines of enquiry.An extensive crime scene still remains in the park.
Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command (Homicide) are investigating, with the assistance of officers from the North West Command Unit.
The sisters’ relatives have been informed and their family are being supported by specially trained officers.
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, said: “Both these women were stabbed multiple times and we are working tirelessly to find who is responsible.
“Their families have been devastated by their loss and they need and deserve answers. I need to hear from anyone who was in Fryent Country Park on the evening of Friday, 5 June, or early into Saturday, 6 June. The area the group were situated in is around a five minute walk from the Valley Drive entrance of the park, leading to a hill area.
“The area the group were in would be a well-known spot to sit and look over London. If you were in that area of the park from the evening of 5 June through to Sunday lunchtime, noticed the group, or saw anything or anyone suspicious, please contact us immediately.
“I also want to hear from people who regularly use the park, you may have seen a person acting suspiciously in the days leading up to the attack, you may not think your information is relevant, but it may be vital, so call and tell us what you know.
“You may also have stumbled upon items of property, but not realised the significance of them. If you did, you may well have information that could assist us hugely. No matter how insignificant it may seem, please contact us via the incident room on 020 8721 4205, or via 101.”
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 3160/7Jun.
Alternatively, you can provide information 100% anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
— The Telegraph