Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Ladbrokes Murder Victim Was Local Man

Murdered - Andrew Iacovou
Andrew Iacovou, the man attacked and murdered in Ladbrokes in Aberconway Road, in Morden on Saturday lived in Church Hill Road, North Cheam and leaves behind a wife, Anita and two young children as well as an older son from a previous relationship. He had apparently been the manager of the Morden branch of Ladbrokes for nearly two years and has been described as ‘very professional’, ‘a very nice man’ who ‘worshipped his wife and children and they adored him’ and ‘the most kindest mildest of human being you could ever meet’.

Mr Iacovou was pronounced dead by paramedics after being found at the Ladbrokes betting shop at 10.30 Saturday morning. A post-mortem examination held on Sunday at St George's Hospital mortuary, gave his cause of death as blunt trauma to the head.

Have you seen this man?
Police would like to talk to a man caught on CCTV regarding the murder. People are advised not to approach this man (pictured left) but to contact police immediately.

Anyone with information that may assist the police investigation should call the incident room at Sutton on 020 8721 4054. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Our thoughts are with Mr Iacovou’s family.

Update 28th May (around 9:30pm)

Ladbrokes, the company Andrew Iacovou worked for and on whose premises he was killed has set up a fund and donated £10,000 for Mr Iacovou's family.

Update 30th May (nearly10:00pm) 

A man was arrested today on suspicion of Andrew Iacovou’s murder. The 21-year-old man was arrested at an address in east London and is currently in custody at a south London police station. Police continue to appeal for witnesses and information. For more information see: http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/10453553.Man_arrested_over_murder_of_Morden_bookmaker/

Update 31st May (around 10:30pm)

21 year old Shafique Aarij of no fixed abode was charged with the murder of Andrew Iacovou this morning. He will appear in front of Camberwell Green magistrates tomorrow.

3 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

joan said...

should not have been in the shop on his own...Ladbrokes have a policy of single manning for staff,which meant according to newspaper reports he had been lying in the shop on his own for some time...these days betting shops have high cash turnovers due to fobt machines,and are therefore targeted,.......staff should come first and profits second

Natalie said...

This will happen again most betting shops leave staff on their own now it's not fair putting profits before health & safety of staff

Bookiesarescum said...

Managed for William hill and paddy power for 5 years. They leave staff on their own for as long as possible to save money. Discourage calls to the police. Call staff negative who bring up abusive customers at meetings. Try to find ways to sack staff who have been robbed as they blame them for the loss of money. Government should ban machines and restrict opening/closing times immediately.

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