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Café attack sparks hunt for killer

Father of four assaulted at restaurant packed for Man Utd match

01 December, 2017 — By Emily Finch

Bethel Café Restaurant, scene of the attack in Seven Sisters Road

A MANHUNT was launched this week after a father of four who was seriously assaulted in a restaurant died the next day in hospital.

Police were called to Bethel Café, an Ethiopian restaurant in Seven Sisters Road, at around 10pm on Tuesday.

Large numbers of customers were in the Finsbury Park restaurant to watch the Manchester United-Watford match, but no one had been arrested over the attack last night (Thursday).

The man, from the Somali community and in his 40s, lives in the area. Police officers found him in a life-threatening condition.

He was taken to a north London hospital but was pronounced dead at 2.15pm on Wednesday.

Holloway councillor Rakhia Ismail, originally from Somalia, told the Tribune the man had sustained a fatal head injury.

“The whole community is in shock. Perhaps from the younger people it can be expected but not a man of this age,” she said. “He was a respectable man, a father of four. No one can understand how this happened. It seems as though this was planned. The only people who know what happened are the people in the restaurant that night.”

The man’s next of kin have been informed but formal identification has yet to take place.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Packer, who is leading the investigation with the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said he was appealing for witnesses and people with information to contact him.

“In my appeal I urge anyone who was in that café on that evening to make contact with us. We have to eliminate you from our inquiries.

“If you’ve heard anything give us a call, particularly if you went there on Tuesday when Manchester United were playing to watch television,” he said.

DCI Packer added: “The family are from the local area and I am very sad for them”

Customers at a nearby restaurant told the Tribune on Wednesday night that the man had been assaulted after a fight broke out during a game of pool, but this has not been be confirmed by police.

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 020 8345 3865 or via 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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