Thamesmead murder: neighbour describes sorrow after finding disabled Colin Greenway dead

PUBLISHED: 16:49 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:58 18 June 2013

Police and forensics teams at Colin Greenway's flat

Police and forensics teams at Colin Greenway's flat


One of the first people to find disabled Thamesmead man Colin Greenway after he was murdered on Saturday described him as a “great neighbour and friend”.

Neighbour Gary Cook was one of the first people to find Colin GreenwayNeighbour Gary Cook was one of the first people to find Colin Greenway

Gary Cook lives in the flat above the 56-year-old in Abbotts Close and said he rushed down after one of his neighbour’s carers rushed to his door in floods of tears.

A murder investigation has been launched after Mr Greenway was found dead at 2pm, having had his throat cut. He said: “Colin was a great neighbour and a friend and I can’t believe what’s happened.

“I’ve known him for about 10 years, he’d help me out and I’d help him out. Because he was wheelchair-bound I’d go and get something for him at the shop if he needed anything.

“We’d have a laugh whenever we saw each other, the last time I saw him was on Thursday and I still can’t believe it’s happened.”

Colin was confined to a wheelchair having had toes amputated due to gangrene and Mr Cook says he is questioning how safe the area is following the events of the weekend.

The 46-year-old said: “I can’t believe something like this could happen in this area, everyone’s so nice. I’ve had to go to my doctor to get some pills because I’m struggling to sleep.

“When one of his carers came to my door in tears I got dressed quickly and rushed downstairs. I saw him lying on the floor and he wasn’t breathing.

“It was clear nothing else could be done for him. I’m still shocked.”

Daha Mohammed, 51, also of Abbotts Close, was charged with his murder and was due to appear at Bexley Magistrates’ Court today.

A post-mortem examination at Greenwich Mortuary gave the cause of death as incised wounds to the throat.

Anyone with information should contact the Met 0208 721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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