Grieving mum of knife victim Isschan Nicholls hopes for breakthrough in police investigation

THE grieving mother of Isschan Nicholls, who died after being knifed in Bow a year ago today, says she cannot move on until her son’s killer is brought to justice.

Jennifer Williams, 42, has called on anyone with information about the attack on her 18-year-old son by up to 15 youths in Parnell Road on January 13 to come forward.

Isschan was left with stab wounds to his abdomen and thigh and died two days later at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Police today announced a reward of up to �20,000 for information leading to a successful prosecution.

Jennifer, who lives in the Isle of Dogs, said: “It’s still really raw, it’s an open wound and it’s not beginning to heal.

“I don’t think it will ever start to heal until someone has been brought to justice.”

As Jennifer prepares to welcome friends and family to her home on the anniversary of Isschan’s death, she remembered the son she described as ‘calm’ and ‘a pleasure to be around’.

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She said: “Seeing how his friends reacted, I saw that he was their magnet and they would come to him with their problems.

“He left a hole in their hearts.”

Police recovered the knife they believe was used to kill Isschan and have made 16 arrests in total, with five men due to return to an east London police station on January 15.

But no charges have yet been brought.

Officers will hand out leaflets, revisit witnesses and return to the scene of the crime today in the hope of uncovering new information.

DCI Dave Manning, who is leading the investigation, said: “There are people who saw and know what happened to Isschan.

“I would ask that they examine their consciences and consider the trauma and devastation suffered by Isschan’s family.”

Jennifer said: “It would be the best thing ever if this appeal makes the difference.

“Then we can say let’s try and make something of the lives we have left.

“At the moment we’re playing the waiting game.”

Anyone with information can call the incident room on 020 8721 4054 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.