Died 19th March 2014
Naudel Turner (42) died in hospital after she was stabbed at least four times in the neck in Bruce Grove, Tottenham, north London on 19th March 2014.
Dariusz Miakienko (46) from Tottenham has been charged with murder.
Ms Turner worked as a nurse or health care worker in the area and lived in Fulham, West London. She had two sons, aged 22 and 19. Her husband William was said to be “shell-shocked”.
A close friend and neighbour, who asked not to be named, said Ms Turner “loved her family to pieces,” adding “They’re upstanding members of the community. It’s a massive shock. She was such a gentle woman. She’s an angel.”
Witnesses say the alleged attacker waited to be arrested after the incident. Reports that suggest Ms Turner knew her attacker and that he argued with her before the attack. There has been speculation that she was killed by a patient or ex-patient.
Witnesses said Ms Turner had just left Castle View Surgery in Tottenham when she was accosted by a man who started a “blazing row”.
One woman said Ms Turner screamed “leave me alone” and “froze in fear” as she was stabbed. There are reports that after the attack, her assailant calmly rolled a cigarette as he stood over her body, wiped his hands on her clothing and said: “I told you, I told you.”
He was allegedly then seen pulling the blade out of her neck and placing it on her chest as she lay dying on the busy street.
Police arrested the man at the scene. Ms Turner was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save her.
A witness added: “I heard the screaming so I went over to see what was happening.
I saw the woman lying on her back with neck wounds. There was blood everywhere. There was a man stood a few feet away from her against the railings. I asked him if he was okay, but he didn’t answer.”
A witness said “I looked at her and she was still breathing. A kitchen knife was laying on her chest. It wasn’t embedded, it had just been placed there.”
Officers were said to be looking at traces of tobacco, following claims the alleged killer smoked after stabbing Ms Turner. A friend asked “Who could stab a wife, a mother, a community nurse? How can anybody do that and roll a cigarette over her dead body?”
Staff at Mrs Turner’s workplace refused to discuss whether her attacker was a former mental health patient, but police said the possibility was being explored.
One colleague, Dr Fariba Azarian, said they were “shocked and distraught” adding
“She was an absolutely lovely, lovely lady. One of the most professional and caring people that I have seen. She was somebody who would go out of her way to help people and patients. She was very, very kind.”
As Ms Turner slumped to the ground, some bystanders filmed the scene on their mobile phones. Scotland Yard appealed for those seen recording at the scene to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “Mrs Turner was a hard-working mother of two boys. We now believe she knew her attacker. I would like to directly appeal to anyone who may have captured images or footage before and after the incident to contact us immediately. In particular we would like to speak to a black male who was wearing a white tracksuit top who witnesses saw taking images at the scene. I would appeal to him or anyone else to contact us with the footage or images they took as a matter of urgency, and not to upload them to the internet or share them with friends as it may harm our investigation.”
Notes: This report was drawn from reports in the Daily Mail.