9/5/14, "Nick Salvadore, suspect for beheading of Palmira Silva, is would-be cage-fighter and Muslim convert," UK Telegraph, by Sawer, Rayner, Perry, Whitehead, Brooks-Pollock
Nicholas Salvadore, 25, was charged late on Friday with the murder of 82-year-old Palmira Silva, who was hacked to death in an apparently random attack on Thursday afternoon. Mr Salvadore was also charged with assaulting a police officer.
Mrs Silva is understood to have been attacked by a suspect who had argued with his flatmates minutes earlier, prompting them to flee in terror in a car as he smashed one of its windows. The killer then beheaded two cats, ranting as he did so, before targeting Mrs Silva.
A neighbour said the suspect had told her a week ago: “The police are looking for me, but they can't find me, I'm going to hide.”
Neighbours said Mr Salvadore had been living with friends a few doors down from Mrs Silva in Edmonton, north London, for several months and was well known in the area, where he was nicknamed “Fat Nick”.
An hour before Mrs Silva’s murder, Mr Salvadore had been involved in an argument at the local Nightingale Café, where he ordered a takeaway burger and left without paying.
Fatima Altun, 20, who works in the cafe, said: "I went after him and said 'You haven't paid'. He gave me the money, it was £3, but he was a bit angry about it. To me he seemed a bit depressed or upset about something."
He was also involved in a row with a local taxi firm last year. A shopkeeper in Nightingale Road said: “I don't know what the argument was about but it ended up with him breaking a window.”
Khairul Islam, 40, who runs an Internet cafe close to Mrs Silva's home, said: “He'd come over quite a lot and search the internet for things like cars. He was one of these people that just hangs around, a bit of a ruffian but never violent to me. He seemed OK, just a loafer."
Lewis Young, 24, a tattoo artist who attended the local Nightingale Academy secondary school with Mr Salvadore, said: “At school he was just a normal bloke. He has seemed pretty cool. I just can’t believe he could have done something like this.”
Mr Salvadore had ambitions to become a cage fighter, but had gone off the rails and was known locally for dealing drugs.
Another acquaintance of Mr Salvadore said: “He was having problems at work. He's just been sacked. He'd had problems with drink and drugs in the past.”
Dave Jensen, 52, a builder who once employed Mr Salvadore as a labourer, said he had converted to Islam five years ago.
However he added that he had never behaved aggressively regarding his religion or beliefs.
Mr Jensen said: "Nick told me in passing he'd turned to Islam, about five years ago. But he wasn't in your face about it. He didn't try and convert others or talk about religion and politics at all.
"He worked for me off and on, labouring and clearing rubbish in houses round here.”
Police disclosed that it took almost half an hour to arrest the suspect after the first 999 call was received at 1.07pm on Thursday. A police helicopter was overhead by 1.12pm, by which time it is thought Mrs Silva was already dead, and officers on the ground “contained” the suspect as he roamed between back gardens
before he was finally cornered in a house and arrested at 1.35pm....
The alleged killer was shot with a Taser during his arrest, and spent Thursday night in hospital being treated for injuries sustained in a struggle with police, but was discharged on Friday morning and taken to a police station for questioning. Scotland Yard said the murder was not related to terrorism....
Myrvin Kirwan, an installer with Virgin Media, was working in a customer’s house nest to Mrs Silva’s home when he came face to face with the bare-chested knifeman....
"I looked out through the glass doors into the back garden and then I saw him - bloody hands, machete, and no shirt. He was looking through me....
After arguing with his housemates and chasing them into the streets, the killer is said to have grabbed a machete and shouted: “Where are the cats?” and “The cats have stolen my lighter.”
Witnesses said he went from his own back garden into the next door garden, where he beheaded a cat before going into the street and butchering another cat. He then ran through the front door of a house that had been left open, got into the back garden and from there went into Mrs Silva’s garden.
A first-floor flat in Enfield, around two miles from the scene of the murder and believed to be an address linked to the suspect, was searched by police who took away a bag of possessions....
Dave Smith, 49, a customer at Silva’s Cafe for 28 years, described Mrs Silva as a "kind and gentle" woman who was a "wonderful" cook....
The Metropolitan Police released a statement late on Friday night confirming the charges against Mr Salvadore of murder and assault of a police officer.
He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in north London on Saturday." Image of Muslim Salvadore who beheaded en elderly lady and two pet cats from UK Telegraph
BBC sanitized version: No mention of Islam, "suspected beheading," omits beheading of two pet cats, instead references report that "an animal had been attacked."
9/5/14, "Nicholas Salvador accused of 'beheading' Palmira Silva," BBC
"A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of 82-year-old grandmother Palmira Silva, who was killed in a suspected beheading in north London.
Mr Salvador is also charged with assaulting a police officer.
He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on Saturday.
Police had found Ms Silva's body after being called to the area following reports that an animal had been attacked.
Officers evacuated nearby homes before the suspect was Tasered. One officer suffered a broken wrist.
Mr Salvador was taken to hospital and was kept under police guard before being questioned by officers and charged on Friday.
Neighbours have paid tribute to Ms Silva, an Italian widow who ran a cafe in Church Street, near Edmonton Green station.
Sylvia Lewis said: "She was a lovely lady, she didn't have a bad bone in her body.""