Man charged with murder after jazz musician dismembered

A man has been charged with murder after a jazz musician was stabbed to death and dismembered in London.

William Algar, a 53-year-old trumpeter, was discovered dead at his flat in Barnes on 3 January.

A post-mortem examination found he suffered multiple stab wounds including a fatal wound to his chest.

Police later found human remains thought to be part of Mr Algar’s body near Edgar Road, close to Hounslow Heath, seven miles away.

Mr Algar had been known to friends and family as Blaise.

Emeka Dawuda-Wodu, 19, was charged with murder by postal requisition on Monday.

Dawuda-Wodu, of no fixed address, had previously been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Janayo Lucima, 18, had a charge of murder discontinued at court and is now charged with perverting the course of justice.

Lucima, of Longridge Road, Earl’s Court, remains in custody.

Mark Harding, 44, of The Drive, Isleworth, and Simon Emmons, 40, of no fixed address, both face a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Harding and Emmons also remain in custody.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on 3 June on suspicion of murder and has been released under investigation.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on 31 January on suspicion of murder and preventing the lawful burial of a body.

He was released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Detectives continue to appeal for information and are especially keen to hear from anyone who had contact with Mr Algar in December last year.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police’s incident room on 020 8721 4054, or they can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.