Man up before Thames magistrates charged with Russell Brown’s murder in Bethnal Green

Murder Squad detectives in Nelson Gardens

Murder Squad detectives in Nelson Gardens - Credit: Archant

A man has been charged with the murder of Russell Brown on the Nelson Gardens housing estate in London’s East End.

Murder Squad detectives in Nelson Gardens

Murder Squad detectives in Nelson Gardens - Credit: Archant

Grant Carpenter, 32, who lives on the estate at Bethnal Green, appears in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court charged with Russell’s murder, after being arrested on Tuesday.

Russell died at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel on Sunday afternoon, 24 hours after being air-lifted by helicopter from Nelson Gardens where he collapsed with stab wounds.

A second man aged 26 was arrested yesterday on “suspicion of murder” and remains in custody today at an east London police station, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Enquiries by the Homicide and Major Crime Command continue.

Murder Squad detectives in Nelson Gardens

Murder Squad detectives in Nelson Gardens - Credit: Archant


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Russell—who had recently registered as a kidney donor to help save his sick aunt—was air-lifted by helicopter to the Royal London in Whitechapel, the same hospital where he was due to undergo surgery to remove a kidney.

A post-mortem at Poplar Mortuary on Sunday gave cause of death as stab wounds. Next of kin were informed.

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Detectives who carried out house-to-house inquiries on the estate on Monday are still appealing for anyone who was at a party in Nelson Gardens or was in the area between Hackney Road and Old Bethnal Green Road on Saturday afternoon to call the incident room on 020-8345 3724, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111, email crimestoppers-uk.org.

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