1972 cold case still baf­fles po­lice

New in­for­ma­tion sought for mur­der of Amala, 23

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FRESH ap­peal has been launched for wit­nesses more than four decades af­ter the bru­tal mur­der of a young woman in West­min­ster.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice de­tec­tives are urg­ing peo­ple who lived in the area of Ran­dolph Av­enue, Maida Vale, in the early 1970s, to come for­ward with any new in­for­ma­tion sur­round­ing the death of Amala Ruth De Vere Whe­lan.

Po­lice are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in tracing friends and rel­a­tives of the 23-year-old, in­clud­ing a young­ster sis­ter, aged 12 at the time, who would now be aged about 56.

On Novem­ber 12 1972, Amala was sav­agely beaten, raped and stran­gled to death with a stock­ing in her flat.

Her body was found sev­eral days later.

Of­fi­cers found the word “rip­per” sprayed on the front room wall and no sign of forced en­try, in­di­cat­ing the vic­tim ei­ther knew the at­tacker or al­lowed him ac­cess to the flat.

A full foren­sic and fin­ger­print ex­am­i­na­tion at the time failed to link any sus­pect to the of­fence and, de­spite ex­ten­sive en­quiries, the case has re­mained un­solved.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Su­san Stans­field, from the Met Po­lice’s Spe­cial Case­work In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team at the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, said: “More than 44 years have now passed since Amala’s death but I am con­vinced that some­one, some­where, knows the cir­cum­stances of her bru­tal mur­der.

“It was a long time ago but I’m sure there are peo­ple in the lo­cal area who re­mem­ber Amala’s mur­der.

“Did you live in the vicin­ity of Ran­dolph Av­enue in the early 1970s? Did you see or hear any­thing sus­pi­cious on 12 Novem­ber 1972?

“If you have any in­for­ma­tion, no mat­ter how in­signif­i­cant you think it might be, please come for­ward. Maybe you didn’t con­tact po­lice at the time as you were too scared, but with the pas­sage of time now feel able to tell us what you know in con­fi­dence.”

Amala had moved into the flat three weeks be­fore she was killed hav­ing pre­vi­ously worked and stayed at The Bar Lo­tus on Re­gents Park Road in Cam­den.

She was a very pop­u­lar and at­trac­tive fe­male with a large cir­cle of friends, in­clud­ing many in the art world, and was a mem­ber of CND (Cam­paign for Nu­clear Dis­ar­ma­ment), the Met Po­lice said.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 020 7230 4294, or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

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