Police ask LGBT people for help in suspected homophobic murder in east London

Members of the LGBT community are called upon to participate in the investigation into an alleged homophobic murder in east London.

Ranjith “Roy” Kankanamalage, 50, was found in the grounds of Tower Hamlets cemetery with head injuries on the morning of August 16.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy has shown that Kankanamalage, a gay man who lived in east London for many years, died from a blunt trauma to the head.

The Metropolitan Police called for witnesses who were in the cemetery between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. on the night of August 15.

A 36-year-old man was arrested and released on bail in connection with the attack.

The investigation team is also keen to speak with a member of the LGBT community to find out more about the victim.

Detective Superintendent Pete Wallis said: “We want to understand the community Roy has chosen to live in, and we are reaching out to various advisory groups, including the LGBT community…

“So we can learn to understand this community so that we can engage with them and hopefully earn their trust. “

Police said the incident was being treated as a homophobic hate crime, although investigators say they are keeping an open mind.

Police officers will be at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park on the weekends handing out leaflets and liaising with the public and anyone who may be aware of the events of that night.

Detective Superintendent Wallis said: “We are looking to identify witnesses who may have seen the victim in the park, and we have posted a photo of him, but also who may have known the victim in the community.”

Mr Kankanamalage’s family are supported by specialist officers and the police are working with LGBT charity Galop to keep the community up to date.

Police have asked anyone with information to call 0208 345 3865, 101 or tweet MetCC citing 1277/16. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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