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Suspected killer of 14-year-old Nigerian Daniel Anjorin in East London sword attack hauled up in court

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Following the killing of 14-year-old Nigerian Daniel Anjorin in an east London sword attack, authorities have charged a 36-year-old man with murder.

The Metropolitan Police also charged Marcus Aurelio Arduini Monzo, of Newham, with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of grievous bodily harm, aggravated burglary, and possession of a bladed article.

On Thursday, the dual Spanish-Brazilian national will appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.

Daniel Anjorin, 14, died on Tuesday as he walked to school in Hainault.

His death has left staff and students at Bancroft’s, an independent school, in “profound shock and sorrow.”

Just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Monzo allegedly crashed a van into a fence in Laing Close and then attacked two members of the public with a sword.

He allegedly killed Daniel before gravely injuring two police officers who attempted to stop him, one of whom nearly lost her hand.

Monzo was initially taken to the hospital after he was injured by crashing the van.

Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London North, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has authorized the Metropolitan Police to charge Marcus Arduini Monzo with the murder of 14-year-old Daniel Anjorin, who was fatally stabbed in Hainault on Tuesday, April 30.

“A further four people, including two police officers, were seriously injured, and Monzo has also been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of grievous bodily harm, aggravated burglary, and possession of a bladed article.

“Our thoughts remain firmly with the family of Daniel and all those who have been impacted by this horrific incident.

“We remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that they have a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there be no reporting, commentary, or sharing of information online that could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

The boy’s family told Sky News he was “a wonderful child” who was “well loved” and “hardworking,” adding that his death “leaves a gaping wound in the family.

“No family should have to go through what we are experiencing today,” they told the broadcaster.

“Any family will understand it’s an absolute tragedy.”

A statement from Bancroft’s said: “We are devastated by the heartbreaking news of the death of Daniel Anjorin, who attended our school. This has left us in profound shock and sorrow.

“Daniel joined Bancroft’s when he was seven and quickly became a core member of our community.”

“He was a true scholar, demonstrating commendable dedication to his academic pursuits.

“His positive nature and gentle character will leave a lasting impact on us.”

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