A person has appeared in court docket charged with the homicide of a nurse who carried out on Britain’s Obtained Expertise in an NHS choir.
Desmond Sylva, 40, is accused of stabbing 31-year-old Simonne Kerr to loss of life in her residence in Battersea, south-west London.
Police have been known as shortly earlier than 12.40pm on Wednesday to the Victorian terrace however she was pronounced lifeless on the scene regardless of the efforts of paramedics.
Sylva, who lived in the identical handle in Grayshott Highway, appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court docket at present charged with homicide.
He didn’t enter a plea to the cost and spoke solely to substantiate his particulars throughout the brief listening to.
He was remanded in custody and ordered to seem on August 21 on the Outdated Bailey.
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Simonne Kerr (pictured together with her six-year-old son Kavele died from issues arising from sickle cell illness in 2015) was stabbed to loss of life yesterday
The 31-year-old wowed audiences on ITV after showing on Britain’s Obtained Expertise as a part of the NHS choir B Constructive, created to lift consciousness for blood donations
Ms Kerr wowed audiences on ITV after showing on Britain’s Obtained Expertise as a part of the NHS choir B Constructive, created to lift consciousness for blood donations.
The group of NHS nurses and medical doctors left BGT judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in tears earlier this 12 months with their highly effective rendition of the one Rise Up.
A spokeswoman from NHS Blood and Transplant mentioned: ‘Our ideas and condolences are with Simonne’s household at this tragic time.
‘She was a valued and revered member of the B Constructive choir who was passionate concerning the lifesaving energy of blood donation following the lack of her son.
‘The choir, NHS Blood and Transplant and all those that knew Simonne are devastated on the lack of a popular choir member and pal.’
Ms Kerr beforehand revealed how she took solace within the choir following the loss of life of her son Kavele, six, from sickle cell illness, an inherited blood dysfunction, in 2015.
Simonne Kerr died on Wednesday regardless of the efforts of paramedics who battled for greater than an hour to save lots of her
She was pronounced lifeless yesterday within the Victorian terrace flat she was staying in, regardless of the efforts of paramedics who battled for practically an hour to save lots of her.
Sylva was arrested on suspicion of homicide on the scene, sparking the 90th murder investigation within the capital this 12 months.
Simonne, who labored as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas Hospital in south London, joined the choir after her son handed away.
She found she was a sickle cell illness service throughout a routine 12-week being pregnant scan and Kavele was recognized at solely 5 days previous after a heel-prick check.
On the time of the competitors, Ms Kerr mentioned: ‘Kavele was recognized with sickle cell illness at start. He had his first sickle at just some months previous.
‘The sickling occurred primarily in his tummy and as he bought older, he was hospitalised one or two occasions a 12 months, often for a couple of days at a time.
‘Kavele was an lively baby and he went to highschool and led as regular a life he may with sickle cell illness.’
When Kavele was six years previous, he got here residence from faculty sooner or later feeling high quality and went to mattress at 8.30pm as common.
However at 5am the next day, he awoke with a excessive temperature and vomiting.
Kerr labored as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas Hospital in south London. Just some months earlier than her loss of life, she was pictured with Collette from the Kingdom Choir, who sang on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s marriage ceremony
The group of NHS nurses and medical doctors left BGT judges Amanda Holden (pictured) and Alesha Dixon in tears with their highly effective rendition of Rise Up
Alesha Dixon (pictured) was dropped at tears by the efficiency of the choir earlier this 12 months
The B Constructive choir posted this message on social media hours earlier than they carried out in entrance of the BGT judges in Could
Ms Kerr (pictured) beforehand revealed how she took solace within the choir following the loss of life of her son Kavele, 6, from sickle cell illness, an inherited blood dysfunction, in 2015
Ms Kerr was pronounced lifeless yesterday within the Victorian terrace flat she was staying in, regardless of the efforts of paramedics (pictured: her physique is faraway from the house)
Forensic investigators have been pictured scouring the scene for proof at present. Scotland Yard mentioned detectives are usually not searching for another suspects
Ms Kerr mentioned: ‘I gave Kavele treatment and monitored him all through the morning.
‘Nevertheless, he grew to become extra torpid and I felt his situation was not enhancing so I known as for an ambulance and was advised we must wait as much as 45 minutes.
‘An hour later I telephoned 999 once more as a result of Kavele’s respiration grew to become extra laboured.
‘Kavele went into cardiac arrest roughly 20 to 30 minutes after a number of ambulance crews began to reach. He didn’t recuperate and handed away in hospital a number of hours later.’
Ms Kerr mentioned she joined the B Constructive choir as a result of she is obsessed with elevating consciousness of blood situations and the necessity for extra blood donors.
She added: ‘I bought to spend six great years watching Kavele develop and although there have been a handful of hospitalisations in his brief life, I used to be constructive that he would dwell a full life into maturity. I misplaced him in 2015.’
What’s sickle cell illness?
Sickle cell illness is the umbrella time period for a gaggle of inherited situations that severely have an effect on purple blood cells.
Round 15,000 folks within the UK are victims and it’s significantly frequent in folks of African or Caribbean descent.
Wholesome purple blood cells – produced by stem cells inside bone marrow – are biconcaved discs that may bend and flex simply.
Nevertheless, in these with sickle cell illness, defective stem cells produce purple blood cells which can be crescent formed.
They’re inflexible, unable to squeeze by smaller blood vessels and susceptible to inflicting blockages that deprive elements of the physique of oxygen.
Victims are usually not anticipated to dwell past 60 and remedy primarily focuses on assuaging signs, comparable to ache and infections, by blood transfusions and painkillers.
She added: ‘Singing will be such an uplifting expertise so becoming a member of the B Constructive choir appeared the apparent technique to elevate consciousness of the pressing want for extra younger and black folks to offer blood whereas doing one thing constructive and motivational.’
Kerr has additionally appeared in an NHS attraction urging others to offer blood, the place she additionally talked concerning the loss of life of her son.
It the emotional one minute lengthy recording, she mentioned: ‘My son’s identify was Kavele, and Kavele was a really full of life boy, cherished dancing, and he was in 12 months two of Leopold major faculty when he handed away.
‘I used to be simply into my second 12 months of college when all this occurred.
‘I did not take into consideration giving blood till after Kavele handed away.
‘So becoming a member of B Constructive choir it was a chance that I used to be actually enthusiastic about. It was all about elevating consciousness, not just for sickle cell, but additionally the necessity for blood.
‘It is actually vital that you’ve got executed one thing good to somebody.’
The 31-year-old was additionally nonetheless serving to to lift consciousness for the illness which killed her son, and was selling a sickle cell household enjoyable day charity occasion on her social media, resulting from be held on the East London Rugby Membership on August 18.
Ms Kerr studied to turn out to be a nurse, qualifying in January 2018 and joined Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospital, in February 2018 as a employees nurse in haematology and oncology.
Scotland Yard mentioned detectives are usually not searching for another suspects within the investigation into Ms Kerr’s loss of life.
The sufferer’s next-of-kin have been knowledgeable and a autopsy examination was resulting from happen on Thursday.
A neighbour described how the 40-year-old suspect arrested by police regarded ‘calm’ as he was taken into custody on suspicion of homicide.
He added: ‘I heard somebody known as the police as a result of they heard screaming and shouting.
‘Everybody’s had their home windows open as a result of it is heat, so I assume somebody may need heard it.
‘It is solely a one bed room flat, so I am undecided if the youngsters would have lived there.’
A lady who lives close by mentioned of the sufferer: ‘She has two children, a six-year-old boy and a 3 month previous.
‘The eldest baby is the one which known as the police. He discovered her. My pal lives within the flat beneath and he or she advised me.
‘She mentioned the girl was ringing her doorbell at 9am, however she could not reply as she’d simply had an operation.’
One resident mentioned they noticed a younger man accompanying a baby across the age of six or seven out of the property, and was additionally holding a child.
Armed police have been seen breaking down the door on the south London property.
A 40-year-old man was arrested at 12.30pm this afternoon after police have been known as to a residential road in Battersea
An empty ambulance was seen throughout the cordon, with an empty stretcher positioned alongside it on the pavement
Armed police have been seen breaking down the door on the south London property earlier than a person was arrested
One other resident mentioned he noticed police then depart the home with a folding stepladder.
The tip of terrace home within the well-heeled Lavender Hill space, close to Clapham Junction, has been cordoned off whereas police examine.
Clusters of individuals watched from the sides of the cordon – some with kids in buggies and of their arms.
An empty ambulance was seen throughout the cordon, with an empty stretcher positioned alongside it on the pavement.
Vickie Foot, a 43-year-old who lives close by, described the killing as ‘completely stunning’ and mentioned she noticed the arrest.
‘They handcuffed him and put him into the van. He regarded fairly calm,’ the mother-of-three mentioned.
Police reassured residents, telling them: ‘It isn’t gang-related.’
A neighbour mentioned: ‘My spouse and I noticed armed police break down the door and enter the home.
Paramedics and forensic investigators in dialog outdoors the handle the place Ms Kerr was killed
‘We initially thought somebody had been shot. One police officer left holding a small stepladder.’
It comes as Britain’s high police officer insisted yesterday that Britain was not as violent as America, and a interval of obvious ‘lawlessness’ in London was stabilising.
Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick claimed violence within the capital was waning, regardless of 88 killings to this point this 12 months, in contrast with 118 in 2017.
She insisted there was way more bloodshed in main US cities, though in February and March London overtook New York’s homicide charge for the primary time.
Yesterday, she mentioned the homicide charge had slowed in London – including that there have been 161 killings in New York this 12 months, nearly double that within the capital.
Clusters of individuals watched from the sides of the cordon – some with kids in buggies and of their arms
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