Met investigates deaths of man and woman in Ilford

Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are continuing to investigate the deaths of two people in Ilford.

Police were called to a house on The Drive in Ilford, at 12:57hrs on Thursday, August 29, following a report of an injured person.

A woman was found in the garden of the premises with serious neck injuries, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although formal identification has not taken place, officers are confident she is 31-year-old Laura Rakstelyte.

Ms Rakstelyte was living at The Drivem but was originally from Lithuania.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by Met family liaison officers.

A post-mortem examination held on Monday, September 2 gave the cause of death as stab wounds to the neck and chest.

When officers entered the house, they found the body of a 43-year-old-man with wrist and neck injuries.

He has been identified as 43-year-old Rahul Malhi, from Redbridge.

His family have been informed and are also being supported by family liaison officers.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday, September 2 and found Mr Mahli had suffered a significant injury to his neck. However, further examination is required to ascertain the exact circumstances of his death.

Both parties are believed to have been known to each other.

No arrests have been made and no other parties are currently being sought in connection with the matter. Enquiries continue.


Mick Ferris

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