Scotland Yard detective Sergeant Nick Miller said afterwards of the “terrifying” case: “Thankfully, stranger killings are incredibly rare in this country.”
But it was the third similar vile attack in an west London ‘triangle’ by a beast from Latvia – population less than 2 million, with 100,0000 nationals living in the UK – since the state joined the European Union in 2004.
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The murder scene is five miles from where Viktors Dembovskis, 42, raped and stabbed to death A-level student Jeshma Raithatha, 17, in 2005.
In 2014 Arnis Zolkalns, 41, abducted Alice Gross, 14, whose body was found in a river near Hayes.
Andrejs Ritins, whose dad set up London’s Latvian Cultural Centre, said: “I can offer no explanation why these crimes should be in a the same area.
“The Latvian community in those parts is divided into smaller communities, and then there is the loner type who don’t hang about with anyone because they don’t have the personality or something is wrong with them.
“They are scum – they make me cringe.”
Tory MP David Davies said: “It is difficult to know why there have been these three horrendous murders committed by nationals of the same country in a small area.
“It does seem to be more than coincidence. It needs to be investigated.
“The bigger picture is once we have left the European Union there will be no room for serious offenders from outside the EU.”