The ‘monster’ knifeman who brutally stabbed his ex-wife to death had ‘harassed and intimidated’ her for three years after their divorce and was handed an anti-stalking order by the Met Police, MailOnline can today reveal.
Yasmine Wafah Chkaifi’s family members have claimed that 41-year-old Leon Mccaskie abused the mother-of-two, 43, during their two-year marriage.
After their divorce three years ago Ms Chkaifi, a mature student of Moroccan descent, secured a restraining order against Mccaskie and installed a panic alarm in her flat because she was so frightened of her ex-husband, one of her sons has claimed.
The son, who asked not to be named, also accused Scotland Yard of ‘doing nothing’ to help Ms Chkaifi in the years before yesterday’s horrific murder on Chippenham Road in north-west London despite repeated warnings about Mccaskie.
Responding to the allegation, the Met Police said: ‘A Stalking Prevention Order had been obtained against the deceased man, as a matter of course there will be a review by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards NPTD further.’
The revelation that the killer was the subject of a stalking order is the latest in a string of failures to hit the Met on a day headlines focused on Scotland Yard announcing its criminal probe into lockdown breaches in Downing Street and Whitehall.
Bystanders tried to stop Mccaskie after he pounced on Ms Chkaifi at around 9am yesterday, stabbing her more than ten times. But the savage attack was only halted when a passing motorist ran over the knifeman on the pavement, also hitting the mother-of-two. Police last night said a 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.
‘It was a very abusive relationship which got worse after the divorce. My mother was continually being harassed and intimidated by this man. He made her life hell,’ the son told MailOnline.
He added: ‘I was always in touch with the police but they did nothing to help here. There was even a panic alarm installed in our flat – that’s how scared she was of this man. He was a monster.’
Ms Chakaifi’s son and other relatives revealed that her ex was supposed to appear in court last week for breaking a restraining order but failed to show.
One said: ‘He was ordered to keep away from her but recently had started stalking her, which got worse over the past few weeks.
‘The whole family was worried about her ex because he could be very violent. The police should have done something when he didn’t turn up to court last week.’
Ms Chkaifi’s relatives also praised the motorist who tried to stop the attack. Her cousin Hafiza said: ‘He’s a hero and our family would like to meet him to express our gratitude. He was driving past, saw a woman being attacked and tried to stop it.
‘This man should not be arrested but given an award for his bravery. He tried to save Wafah’s life and we can never forget what he’s done.’
Laying flowers at the scene of the crime today, Ms Chkaifi’s heartbroken aunt Haida said she was a mother to two sons aged 16 and 18.
She said: ‘She had a heart of gold, she was a beautiful, wonderful girl. She had friends from all cultures and we are still trying to understand what all this is about. The whole family is shocked. Her mother has been taken to hospital because of this. It’s devastated us all.’
Earlier, her tearful son said: ‘She didn’t deserve to die please keep her in your prayers. Everyone who knew her knew she was a good person.’
Yasmine Wafah Chkaifi’s family members have alleged that Maida Vale knifeman Leon Mccaskie was the mother-of-two’s ex-husband and had ‘harassed and intimidated’ her after their divorce
People believed to be family weeping today as they lay flowers at the scene of a horrific double killing in Maida Vale
A woman believed to be Miss Chkaifi’s first cousin is pictured laying flowers at the scene of the killing on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale, north-west London this morning
Forensic officers stand near a blue Renault as they carry out investigations in Maida Vale, West London
A body bag is taken away by private ambulance on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale yesterday
A car is taken away from the scene of a double killing at Chippenham Road in Maida Vale, north-west London last night
Police officers and emergency services cordon off the scene in Maida Vale, West London. Bystanders had tried to stop the knifeman after he pounced on his 43-year-old victim, stabbing her more than ten times
Video footage shows paramedics and police battling to save the attacker and the woman. Both died at the scene. A man who claimed to have seen the attack in Maida Vale said: ‘The driver said to me ‘what have I done?’. I told him ‘you had to do that’.
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The man, who did not want to give his name, added: ‘The driver had both of them under his car – the guy and the girl. Me and two geezers had to lift the car up and drag her body out. We were giving her CPR but she had stab wounds everywhere. We couldn’t stop the blood.’
Raad Jiyad, who also witnessed the bloodbath, said: ‘I woke up to drive my child to school and I heard some noise, someone saying ‘Please help me, please help me’. I opened the door and saw a girl in the street on the floor and a guy with a knife.’
The 52-year-old father of two ran out to try to distract the attacker who he said was brandishing a 4in kitchen blade. Another onlooker who tried to intervene was chased off by the knifeman.
Mr Jiyad said the man sat on his victim, shouting ‘take it’ and ‘nobody come to me’ as he stabbed her repeatedly.
Witnesses said the attacker was left pinned under the vehicle and the woman was also hit, with her coat trapped under a wheel.
Mr Jiyad said the driver’s actions were heroic and described how he himself tried to save the woman: ‘I tried to speak to her as she was bleeding and held her as she took her last breath. I have blood on my hand from it.’
Scotland Yard issued this picture of Yasmin Chkaifi today
His wife, who asked not be named, added: ‘The driver wasn’t driving very fast but nothing could take the guy from the lady. The driver was the only one who could do anything.’
Another witness, Mulugeta Asseratte, said: ‘I was coming up from the bakery to Chippenham Road and suddenly heard shouts of ‘stop it, stop it’ and it was a girl being attacked by a gentleman.
‘All of a sudden it moved to the street and no sooner than they reached the street than a driver came and hit both of them. We were all shocked and shouting.’
Police arrived within minutes and were seen leading the driver into the back of a police van.
Officers said a 26-year-old man was being questioned on suspicion of murder. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Eastwood said: ‘This was a terrible incident that occurred in broad daylight on a busy London street. It also appears that a number of members of the public bravely tried to intervene to stop the attack.
‘A man has been arrested in relation to the case; we are not aware of any links between this man and the two deceased. I can also confirm we are not currently looking for anyone else in connection to this incident.’
Police said the families of the man and woman who died have been informed and that post-mortem examinations will be arranged in due course.
In a statement, the force said: ‘Enquiries are under way to establish the full circumstances, but at this early stage it is believed the two deceased were known to each other.’
Forensic tents at the scene in Maida Vale after the incident which caused five bus routes to go on diversion
Forensic officers carry out investigations after a woman and man died in Maida Vale, West London
Forensic officers carry out investigations after a woman and man died in Maida Vale, West London
Forensics officers in Maida Vale after a woman was stabbed to death and a man was killed after being hit by a car
Photographs taken at the scene yesterday showed forensic teams investigating and taking photographs amid a huge police presence with a large cordon in place that was causing five bus routes to go on diversion.
Two vehicles – a Vauxhall and the Renault Clio- were in the cordoned area alongside two London buses and a lorry. Three forensic tents were set up inside the cordon as detectives in forensic gear searched for clues.
Local MP Karen Buck said what happened was ‘horrific’ and ‘devastating’ for both relatives of those killed and the surrounding community.
A resident said he heard ‘awful screams coming from kids’ attending a nearby secondary school.
The incident happened on Chippenham Road which has an average house price of £497,000 and features a row of traditional townhouse terraces mostly now converted into flats as well as a park including a children’s playground.
Local roads were closed with buses 31, 36, 228 and 328 all on diversion.
Westminster North Labour MP Ms Buck, whose constituency address is just 200 yards away, tweeted: ‘Horrific events this morning in Elgin Avenue, which will be devastating for family and friends of those killed and also for the local community.’
Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Neil Smithson earlier said: ‘This morning an incredibly serious incident has unfolded in the Westminster area which has seen two people pronounced dead. Our officers are on scene and are working to establish exactly what has happened.
‘As soon as we have more information will keep the public updated but for now we must avoid speculation and allow investigators to do their work.
‘What I can say at this time is that the incident is contained and we do not believe there to be any wider threat to the community. We have spoken to a number of people already but anyone else who witnessed the incident, or who has information that could help us, is urged to make contact immediately.’
Metropolitan Police officers on the scene following the double death in Maida Vale, West London
Detectives investigate after the double death happened in Maida Vale, West London
Forensic officers look at a blue Renault as they carry out investigations in Maida Vale, West London
Councillor Tim Roca, who represents the Harrow Road ward on Westminster City Council, tweeted: ‘Just hearing about the tragic events on Chippenham road this morning.
‘Absolutely awful news and fair to say the community is in shock.’
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: ‘We were called at 9.02am today to reports of an incident on Chippenham Road, W9.
‘We sent a number of resources to the scene, including two ambulance crews, two clinical team leaders, an advanced paramedic, two tactical response units, a medic in a car, an incident response officer, and members of our hazardous area response team.
‘We also dispatched by road London’s Air Ambulance. Despite our medics’ efforts, two people died at the scene.’
A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: ‘Firefighters were called to a road traffic collision on Chippenham Road in Maida Vale this morning. One car had been in collision with a pedestrian and a man was trapped under the vehicle.
‘Crews released him from under the car but he was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman was also sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
‘The Brigade was called at 9.10am and the incident was over for firefighters by 9.47am. Two fire engines from North Kensington and Paddington fire stations and a fire rescue unit from Paddington fire station were at the scene.’
The incident happened on the junction of Chippenham Road and Elgin Avenue which is located four roads away from the BBC’s famous Maida Vale studios.
Police said witnesses can call them on 101 quoting the reference 1496/24jan, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online