On Tuesday 29th March at 17.30 the LBTH Licensing Sub Committee met to review the premise licence for the Boheme Club and the licence for the club has been suspended pending a full review within 28 days. Below is a report by Andrew Jackson (Met Police Licensing Officer). Full document here (PDF download) An article on the Voice Online website gives the victims name as Kelvin Easton, 23, from Broadwater Farm, Tottenham, north London, also known as the rapper Smegz.
According to the Murdermap website…..
A postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
Four men aged between 17 and 27 have been arrested and bailed until May.
Detective Chief Inspector Charles King, of the Met’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “We would urge anyone with any information about the murder of Kelvin Easton, or any witnesses to the incident in the Boheme nightclub, to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 4142 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Monday 28th March the management of the club issued this statement for residents:-
Further to the incident that ended in a fatality, we at Boheme thought it was right to inform our local residents our insight on the incident.
Late on Saturday night / Sunday morning a young man aged 23, got in to an argument with another man inside the venue. He was then attacked with a champagne bottle which struck him in the chest. Our Security team reacted swiftly to attend to the situation by calling the emergency services and attempting CPR.
We will be working alongside the police using our in house ID scan to ensure that the person responsible is caught. We at Boheme apologise for any inconveniences caused during Sunday and the next few days while the police continue their investigation.
MERA issued the following statement on Tuesday 29th March.
As we have been attending the monthly resident liaison meetings we have established a relationship with the Broke/Boheme management.
MERA held their AGM at the club last month; it was a successful meeting and the venue was an appropriate choice.
However, the club management have had to answer some tough questions since they opened – and account for their actions.
They will have to on this occasion as well. Their official statement to us is very brief and we will of course require more detail. We – as all other concerned parties in the Mile End area – will be withholding judgement until reports are issued from the relevent authorities, i.e. the police, the Council (Licensing) and the coroner.
As the investigation is ongoing we cannot draw any conclusions yet, whether for example we want to ‘break’ our present relationship with the club management or to continue work with them as a residents association to mitigate the effects of a night-time venue in a residential area.
Crime happens everywhere and if this was an isolated incident involving two individuals arguing and the club not having any influence on the two’s actions, the club could go on trading. However, if this turns out to be knife crime, or the event was a ‘risky’ event, we will take a different view.
A number of residents want the club closed and as you may expect an on-going dialogue is in process presently on the street, via email and on our website.