A knifeman who has admitted stabbing a university lecturer to death outside his home, had charges for carrying a weapon dropped just days before, it can be reported.
Timchang Nandap, 23, repeatedly knifed Dr Jeroen Ensink outside his north London on the December 29 last year.
The 41-year-old biologist, who worked at the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, had only become a father 11 days before and was on his way to post cards to friends and family back home in the Netherlands telling them the good news when he was killed.
Nandap was charged with murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after appearing at the Old Bailey via videolink from Broadmoor secure hospital.
However it can now be reported that just days before the murder, Nandap had three charges dropped for carrying a knife and assaulting a police officer.
At an earlier hearing, the court was told how five days before the stabbing prosecutors had decided to discontinue a case against Nandap.
Judge Charles Wide QC, who has since retired, demanded to know why the charges had been dropped.
He asked prosecutors: I imagine a judge might be concerned about the discontinuance of three charges in the five days before this incident.
I’ve no idea of the circumstances, but I could see there may be some public concern about that.
Court records show Nandap was at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ court on 12 October last year accused of possessing a knife and assaulting a police officer.
It was alleged he was found carrying two kitchen knives in Edmonton in North London on May 22 2015 and that he assaulted a police constable the same day.
The court heard that Nandap had skipped bail after being charged over the incident and had flown to Nigeria, returning in October instead of August as agreed.
He was not prosecuted for the bail offence and the other three charges were dropped just days before the fatal stabbing of Dr Ensink.
Nandap pleaded not guilty to murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
The Recorder of London, Nicholas Hilliard QC said: That plea is entered on the basis of diminished responsibility or abnormality of mental function.
Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said: There has been extensive psychiatric consideration in this case and the psychiatric opinion is clear, cogent and unanimous.
He added: Given the defendant’s history, the facts of the offence itself, the Crown take the view it is not in the public interest to pursue the murder allegation and that decision has been taken I’m consultation with the family of the deceased.
Nandap will be sentenced on 10 October.
Dr Ensink has been a lecturer in public health at the London School of Tropical medicine since 2008 and was an expert in sanitation and water management, helping improve hygiene conditions in developing countries including Ethiopia, Senegal, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka.
On the day he was killed he had just left his flat in Holloway, North London to post cards announcing the birth of his baby daughter, Fleur, who had been born 11 days earlier.
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