41-year-old Keziah Macharia of Montague Road in Dalston, Hackney, appeared in Thames Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning facing charges of murdering her four-year-old son, Kobi Macharia Dooly.
The devastating incident unfolded on Wednesday, December 20, when young Kobi was discovered with fatal knife wounds at their London residence. Macharia did not enter a plea during the initial proceedings and is currently held until her next court appearance at the Old Bailey scheduled for December 28. The Metropolitan Police has announced that a special post-mortem examination will take place on the same day.
Authorities were alerted about the incident that transpired at the Montague Road address around 10:50 pm on the fateful Wednesday, prompting an immediate response. Upon entering the residence, officers found Kobi with knife injuries. Despite the swift intervention of emergency services, the young boy tragically succumbed to the injuries.
A resident, speaking to the PA news agency, describes the household as a “loving family.” She discloses that the police had to forcefully enter a flat on the top floor of Montague Road. The resident, a seasoned hairdresser, shares memories of witnessing the vibrant and energetic Kobi joyfully riding his scooter. The Metropolitan Police has clarified that they are not seeking any additional individuals in connection with the incident as the mother has been taken into custody.
Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway emphasizes their collaboration with various partners, including Hackney Council and the school community, to ensure that those affected receive the necessary support.
“We are working with our partners, including Hackney Council and the school community, to ensure support is there for people who need it,” he says.