Died 4th August 2014

Palmira Silva (82) has died, apparently by being beheaded, in the garden of a house in Edmonton, north London. Officers found her collapsed in a back garden and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody. It is unknown at this stage whether he was known to Ms Silva.

The man is in hospital being treated for injuries suffered during arrest. A Taser was used during the arrest and a firearms officer is believed to have suffered a broken wrist.

Police said they were initially called to reports of a man armed with a knife and eyewitnesses said he had attacked an animal, possibly a cat or a dog. There were also reports that a machete had been used.

Detectives were anxious to reassure the public that there was no suggestion the killing had a “terrorist motive”.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin said: “I can understand why this may cause people concern, however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage.
Whilst it is too early to speculate on what the motive behind this attack was I am confident, based on the information currently available to me, that it is not terrorist related.”

The case is being investigated by Scotland Yard’s Homicide Command and the Independent Police Complaints Commission has also been informed of the incident.

Note: This report was drawn from a report in the BBC.

FOD Comment: FOD notes that when journalists have been beheaded abroad it has dominated the news and political debate. However, when women are beheaded in domestic settings, it generally doesn’t make headlines. Police and commentators have suggested we ought to be relieved that the death of Palmira Silva appears not to be”terrorist related”. In fact, of course, such killings are acts of terrorism. Male journalists like Sarfraz Manzoor may tweet that they feel “relief”. We do not.
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