Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Was Man Accused of Waving Knives in Street Free to Kill My Husband? Widow Slams Court Decision over Mentally Ill Attacker

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Why Was Man Accused of Waving Knives in Street Free to Kill My Husband? Widow Slams Court Decision over Mentally Ill Attacker

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Byline: Sophia Sleigh and Tristan Kirk

A WIDOW whose scientist husband was stabbed to death in a random attack on the street today demanded to know why the mentally ill man responsible had been free to kill.

Dr Jeroen Ensink, 41, was knifed repeatedly by 23-year-old Femi Nandap outside his Islington home on December 29 last year, after going to post cards announcing the birth of their first daughter, Fleur.

Six days earlier, Nandap had walked free from court after knife possession and assault charges against him were dropped. He had been accused of waving two kitchen knives in the street in Edmonton and attacking a police officer, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was "insufficient evidence" against him.

At the Old Bailey today, where Nandap was due to be sentenced for the manslaughter of Dr Ensink, his widow Nadja Ensink-Teich, 37, asked why Nandap was free to walk the streets.

"I have some questions which need to be answered," she told the Standard. "Why his mental health wasn't picked up or people weren't aware of anything? I don't want to accuse anyone, but why were the charges dropped?" Ms Ensink-Teich was due to face Nandap in court today, and is expected to demand a formal inquiry into the events leading up to her husband's death.

Dr Ensink was a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Medicine and an expert in sanitation and water management in countries including Ethiopia, Senegal, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. At the time of his death, he was working on a study in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help prevent cholera.

He was stabbed to death by Nandap yards from his home and Ms Ensink-Teich, a yoga teacher, went outside after he failed to return and found the road cordoned off by police and the bloodstained cards strewn about the pavement. …

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