Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CHARITY CHIEF IS STABBED TO DEATH; London Jewish Leader Attacked as He Shielded Woman Companion

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

CHARITY CHIEF IS STABBED TO DEATH; London Jewish Leader Attacked as He Shielded Woman Companion

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Byline: JACK LEFLEY

A LONDON charity worker was stabbed to death in Washington DC as he tried to protect a female friend from being sexually assaulted by muggers.

Alan Senitt, a former member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and a Labour candidate in Edgware in the May elections, had recently moved to work in the American capital.

As the 27-year-old returned home with a woman friend in the early hours yesterday, they were confronted by four muggers. A row followed and Mr Senitt was knifed. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

Police are still investigating but have confirmed that four attackers demanded that the victims hand over their money and belongings.

Police have arrested and charged two men, a youth and a woman with murder.

One of the men was also charged with intention to commit sexual assault.

Mr Senitt was today described by Lord Janner as "bright, outstanding and a delight to work with".

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "The local police are investigating the circumstances of the death and next of kin have been informed. We are providing consular assistance."

Lieutenant Robert Glover of Washington's homicide unit said: "We located the two males at 5.30am and the 15-year-old and the female gave themselves in to police at 12.30."

Washington police have confirmed that Mr Senitt was stabbed in the Georgetown area of the capital but would not release any further details.

An autopsy was set to take place and Mr Senitt's relatives were thought to be making arrangements to fly out to the United States.

Mr Senitt, a past national chairman of the Union of Jewish Students, sat on the all- party British-Israel Parliamentary Group and was the director of the Coexistence Trust, a registered charity that aims to bring together Muslim and Jewish political leaders in the fight against growing Islamophobia and anti-Semitism worldwide. Lord Janner, the trust's joint president and vice president of the World Jewish Congress, had worked with Mr Senitt for the past year. …

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