Disabled man had throat slit in 'brutal attack' in Abbotts Close, Thamesmead: Murder probe underway

Disabled man had throat slit in 'brutal attack' in Thamesmead: Murder probe underway

Police guarding the murder scene in Abbotts Close

The back door of the property has been removed.

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A MURDER investigation has been launched after a disabled man had his throat slit in a ‘brutal attack’ in his Thamesmead home.

The victim, who has been named as 56-year-old Colin Greenway, was pronounced dead in his ground floor flat in Abbotts Close at around 2pm yesterday (June 15).

Some neighbours reportedly saw two men going over the gate at the side of his property into the back garden about an hour before Mr Greenway's body was discovered by the emergency services.

Forensics officers are at the scene of the murder this afternoon and have removed one of the doors which leads into the back garden of the flats.

Troy Bedden, who lives nearby, says last night at a social gathering he spoke to one of the ambulance workers who attended the scene.

Mr Bedden said: “He said to me it was a brutal attack what happened to the guy.

“He told me it was one of the worst he’s ever seen.

“From what I can gather the guy had his throat slit.

“Nobody deserves that, it’s disgusting.”

The 43-year-old added: “For something like that to happen, what’s the world coming to?

“I just think ‘God, what’s next?’”

And Maria King is equally shocked about what has happened in her street.

She says Mr Greenway was in a wheelchair because the toes on one of his feet had been amputated due to gangrene and said he would never hurt anyone.

The 51-year-old said: “I have known him for seven years and I used to see him go up and down in his wheelchair.

“He would knock on my door and ask for a teabag and a bit of sugar now and again.

“He was always fairly happy.”

“Yesterday when I came home the road was cordoned off and the neighbours told me what had happened. It came as a shock.”

And Mr Bedden added: “Colin was quite a polite kind of fellow.

“He was just trying to muster through life as best as he could.

“He would go past everyday and if I was outside cleaning my car he would say ‘hello’.

“I don’t think anyone here has any enemies; we help each other out, that’s just the way we are.”

The murder victim has been formally identified but he has not been officially named by police as next of kin have not been informed of his death.

A post-mortem examination held today at Greenwich mortuary gave the cause of death as incised wounds to the throat.

A man aged in his 50s was arrested nearby and is in custody at a south London police station.

Detectives from the Homicide & Serious Crime Command are investigating. An incident room has opened at Sutton under Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the police on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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5:16pm Sun 16 Jun 13

annom86 says...

R.I.P uncle c xxx
R.I.P uncle c xxx annom86
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7:09pm Sun 16 Jun 13

junie says...

poor love r.i.p x
poor love r.i.p x junie
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10:59pm Sun 16 Jun 13

lozzalovesdean says...

to my brother who will be sadly missed r.i.p bro love dixie dean xxxxxx
to my brother who will be sadly missed r.i.p bro love dixie dean xxxxxx lozzalovesdean
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10:28am Mon 17 Jun 13

sue greenway says...

my brother my friend I cannot come to terms with what must have happened to you so far away from home,we will bring you home coke,you never deserved to end your life like this.but I know dads their looking after you,i know we didn't see each other for a long time,but you were always loved and in my thoughts god bless from your heartbroken sister suexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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my brother my friend I cannot come to terms with what must have happened to you so far away from home,we will bring you home coke,you never deserved to end your life like this.but I know dads their looking after you,i know we didn't see each other for a long time,but you were always loved and in my thoughts god bless from your heartbroken sister suexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx sue greenway
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10:52am Mon 17 Jun 13

sue greenway says...

I would also like to thank all the nice comments made by his nieybours thankyou xx
I would also like to thank all the nice comments made by his nieybours thankyou xx sue greenway
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12:40pm Mon 17 Jun 13

annom86 says...

really dont seem real that you have been taken in such an evil way. such a gentle cheeky chappy man! mum is hurting all i can do is promise to be there for her and do my best to help her through this!! all our love nadine and kidsxxx now may you rest in peace xxx
really dont seem real that you have been taken in such an evil way. such a gentle cheeky chappy man! mum is hurting all i can do is promise to be there for her and do my best to help her through this!! all our love nadine and kidsxxx now may you rest in peace xxx annom86
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12:47pm Mon 17 Jun 13

Thamesmead1991 says...

What is this world coming to! I Can Not believe that this brutal attack has happened on my street. You read about it in the papers but would never think that it would happen on your street to your neighbour! It is absolutely sickening. My condolances are with the family at this time and I hope that justice is served for Colin and his family and to all those that knew him.To all that knew Colin he would say hello, ask you how you were and stop for a general chit chat if he saw you, he didn't have a bad bone in his body, a kind person that went about his own day-to-day life not causing harm to any others. R.I.P Colin ****
What is this world coming to! I Can Not believe that this brutal attack has happened on my street. You read about it in the papers but would never think that it would happen on your street to your neighbour! It is absolutely sickening. My condolances are with the family at this time and I hope that justice is served for Colin and his family and to all those that knew him.To all that knew Colin he would say hello, ask you how you were and stop for a general chit chat if he saw you, he didn't have a bad bone in his body, a kind person that went about his own day-to-day life not causing harm to any others. R.I.P Colin **** Thamesmead1991
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12:20pm Tue 18 Jun 13

ChelseyWilson says...

Sleep tight Uncle Coke. You didn't deserve this. You were loved so much by so many, I will always remember the memories I have with you. So many hearts are broken for you. Rest in peace, Love Chelsey. xx
Sleep tight Uncle Coke. You didn't deserve this. You were loved so much by so many, I will always remember the memories I have with you. So many hearts are broken for you. Rest in peace, Love Chelsey. xx ChelseyWilson
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