Man charged with murder of a Ukrainian lorry driver in South East London

A man has been charged with the murder of a Ukrainian lorry driver in Belvedere, South East London. Christopher Brownly-Otiede, 27, of Sorrell Close, SE28, was charged yesterday (April 1) following the death of Vitali Skrypniak, 45 late last year.

An investigation was launched after police were called to reports of a man found injured outside Belvedere Railway Station at 10.13 pm on September 18 2021. Despite the efforts of emergency services, Mr Skrypniak, from Lviv Oblast in Ukraine, died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held three days later determined the cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest. Brownly-Otiede will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on today (April 2).

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Belvedere Railway Station outside which Mr Skrypniak was stabbed

Mr Skrypniak arrived in the UK on August 15 and was working for a logistics company transporting goods. The father of one was not on duty when he was stabbed but was found five minutes from where his lorry was parked on Hailey Road. The motive for his death remains unknown.

Mr Skyrpniak’s family previously said in a statement: “This is a great tragedy for our family. My daughter has lost her husband and their son a father. We want those responsible to be punished with the maximum penalty.”

At the time of the incident, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers said: “Vitali was a married man with a toddler back at home in Lviv Oblast. His death has torn their lives apart, leaving his wife distraught and a young boy without a father. Our thoughts are with them, and we are keeping them as informed as we can as our investigation progresses.

“Vitali worked hard as a lorry driver but was off shift at the time of the incident. We believe he had parked his vehicle up overnight in Hailey Road, five minutes away from Belvedere Station. He had bought some drinks and had spent some time speaking to fellow drivers before he was attacked. Vitali was left to die in the street. The motive at this time remains unclear; we’re keeping an open mind and pursuing a number of lines of inquiry. ”



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