Woman admits feud killing

|News, Violent crime

A female killer who stabbed another woman in the heart as part of a series of arguments between two groups of friends has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Siobhan Collins-Grant, 26, fatally stabbed 22-year-old Sahkira Loseke in Belmont Street, Chalk Farm on Sunday, 8 September last year.

The victim had accused Collins-Grant of making advances towards her girlfriend some weeks before. The pair had fought about it at a nightclub in Shoreditch.

Today (Thursday, 12 March) at the Old Bailey Collins-Grant pleaded guilty to manslaughter ahead of her trial. A charge of having an offensive weapon will lie on file.

Prior to the killing, Collins-Grant had been staying at the homes of different friends after being evicted from her hostel. On the night of the attack, a friend with whom she had stayed wanted her to pick up her belongings, having alleged that the defendant had been speaking about her behind her back and had also slept with the boyfriend of another friend.

Collins-Grant came with four friends to pick up her belongings that had been placed into plastic bags. She was met by the other group of girls, which was to include Miss Loseke. The group of girls stood outside talking about their issues. The atmosphere was hostile and the defendant feared that she may be attacked. Others in the group, including the victim, were armed with knives. Collins-Grant retrieved a knife from her belongings and without warning stabbed Sahkira Loseke in the chest.

Collins-Grant fled from the scene despite being pursued, but returned moments later as others were trying to save Miss Loseke. She was heard saying ‘What have I done?” before picking up the weapon and leaving again.

The knife had penetrated Miss Loseke’s heart and despite the best efforts of paramedics, she died at the scene.

Sally-Anne Russell, from the CPS, said: “The circumstances of this case demonstrate that carrying knives can have grave consequences for all those involved. In this situation, it has led to the tragic death of a young woman who had her whole life ahead of her.

“Collins-Grant has admitted to unlawfully killing Miss Loseke when faced with the evidence presented by the prosecution.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Sahkira Loseke.”

Sentencing will take place on Friday 13 March 2020 at the Old Bailey.

Notes to editors

  • Siobhan Collins-Grant (DOB: 22/05/1993) is of no fixed abode
  • Sally-Anne Russell is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the homicide team at CPS London North.

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