Polish university student Ania Jedrkowiak was pronounced dead at the scene in Church Gardens, Ealing, west London
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Man, 29, who ‘ambushed his ex-girlfriend, 21, in an alleyway and tried to cut off her head with a kitchen knife’ appears in court accused of her murder

  • Dennis Akpomedaye ‘tried to decapitate’ Ania Jedrkowiak as she walked home
  • The Polish student was pronounced dead at the scene in Ealing, west London 
  • The defendant appeared at the Old Bailey charged with her murder today

A man who allegedly ‘ambushed his ex-girlfriend in an alleyway and tried to cut her head off with a kitchen knife’ has appeared in court accused of her murder. 

Dennis Akpomedaye, 29, is accused of fatally stabbing Ania Jedrkowiak’s in upmarket Ealing, west London, shortly after midnight on Tuesday.

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Church Gardens, but the Polish university student, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene.

She had been walking home with a friend shortly after finishing a shift at a restaurant when the alleged attack took place.

Akpomedaye, who also suffered an injury to his arm during the incident, wore a bandage as he appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link from Wandsworth prison charged with her murder today. He spoke only to confirm his identity.

The court heard that Ms Jedrkowiak was ambushed and suffered multiple stab wounds during ‘an apparent attempt to decapitate her’.

Polish university student Ania Jedrkowiak was pronounced dead at the scene in Church Gardens, Ealing, west London

Polish university student Ania Jedrkowiak was pronounced dead at the scene in Church Gardens, Ealing, west London

A forensic officer at the scene following the stabbing in the early hours of Tuesday, May 17

A forensic officer at the scene following the stabbing in the early hours of Tuesday, May 17

A large police presence at the scene on Tuesday in the hours after the fatal stabbing in Ealing, west London

A large police presence at the scene on Tuesday in the hours after the fatal stabbing in Ealing, west London

Ms Jedrkowiak met the defendant through online dating after moving to Britain to study in 2020.

But the relationship was said to have ended when she began to study at the University of West London and got a job working part-time in a restaurant. 

Akpomedaye was detained by police as he waited at Victoria station for a coach to return to his home in Newport, south Wales.

Judge Mark Dennis set a plea and case management hearing for August 8 and a provisional trial from May 15 next year.

Akpomedaye was further remanded into custody.

Police are continuing to appeal for more witnesses to come forward.

A number of forensic officers were seen working in the area of South Ealing along with a police dog unit

A number of forensic officers were seen working in the area of South Ealing along with a police dog unit

Police at the scene in South Ealing on Tuesday after Ms Jedrkowiak was pronounced dead despite the efforts of paramedics

Police at the scene in South Ealing on Tuesday after Ms Jedrkowiak was pronounced dead despite the efforts of paramedics 

Detective Chief Inspector Brian Howie, the senior investigating officer, said: ‘Ania’s life was taken in the most tragic of circumstances and her family are understandably completely devastated by what has happened.

‘My team of detectives have already made significant progress, however I believe there may be people with information who we have not yet spoken to and I am keen to speak with them as soon as possible.’

Local residents told of waking up to a ‘commotion’ after hearing sirens and shouting in the early hours coming from the alley which runs behind a number of detached houses. 

A large police cordon was erected around the crime scene, which included the Grange School, Grange Nursery and Grange Pre-School – which were are all closed to students.

The scene was also near St Mary’s Church, a Victorian-built Anglican church, and the University of West London’s main building.

Families who live close to the alleyway – which is often used a short cut for people walking to a nearby London Underground station – said they avoid the ‘badly lit’ place after dark. 

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