Police has charged the suspect, 66-year-old Ethem Aydin Orhon, in connection with the stabbing of four women in a supermarket car park in London with attempted murder. The officers have laid four counts of attempted murder charges and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. For the first time, the suspect was brought in Wimbledon magistrates court on Saturday, where he was remanded in custody to appear at Kingston crown court on 17 June.
All female victims, aged 53, 62, 67 and 71, are in a stable condition in hospital. Sources confirm that the attack took place in the Sainsbury’s car park in the suburb of Hampton, south-west London, just after 10.30am on Friday. Police says the suspect was subdued by the threat of a Taser, although the device was not discharged.
In a press conference held by borough commander for Richmond-upon-Thames, Ch Supt Glenn Tunstall, it was stressed that police is patrolling the area to reassure residents. He explained that “I would like to praise members of the public who rushed to the aid of the injured women and provided them with first aid. Their bravery and the outstanding courage of the officers who were first on the scene and confronted the armed man is worthy of praise.” He added that “an incident like this will cause considerable concern to the local community, and I would like to reassure them that uniform officers will be patrolling the area and can speak to anyone who has concerns.”
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