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WATFORD MURDER: Man charged with murder of Luke O’Connell 

 Published on: 10th November 2019   |   By: News Desk   |   Category: Uncategorized

Police have charged a 21-year-old man with murdering Luke O’Connell in Watford.

Umar Sarfraz, of Whippendell Road, Watford, was arrested yesterday (Saturday, November 9) and charged with murder. He will appear at Hatfield Remand Court tomorrow, Monday, November 11. 

26-year-old Luke died in hospital following an incident on Gammons Lane, Watford, just before 3am on Saturday, August 31.

Five other men have been previously charged in connection with the investigation.

Anyone with further information in regards to this investigation is asked to report information online at, speak to an operator in their Force Communications Room via online web chat at 

Or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting Operation Orient.

If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.

Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at

  • Shahnavaz Azad, aged 27, of Nicholas Close, Watford; Mohammed Haroon Azad, aged 21, of Nicholas Close, Watford; Aamir Mustafa, aged 22, of St George’s Road, Watford and Hamza Shah, aged 19, of Hagden Lane, Watford have all been charged with murder. A pre-trial preparation hearing is scheduled for December 3 at St Albans Crown Court. A provisional trial court date has been set for March 2, 2020, at St Albans Crown Court.
  • Omar Hamid-Chohan, aged 25, of The Harebreaks, Watford, has been charged with assisting an offender. He has been released on conditional bail and is due to appear before St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 15 for a first hearing.
  • A 19-year-old woman from Watford was arrested in September on suspicion of assisting an offender. She has been summoned to appear before St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 15 to answer two charges of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

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