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Man charged after Britain’s Got Talent singer stabbed to death in Battersea, south London

Culled from Evening Standard

A man has been charged with murdering a nurse who starred on Britain’s Got Talent as part of an NHS choir following the death of her six-year-old son, Evening Standard reported.

Simonne Kerr, 31, a nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, was fatally stabbed at her home in Battersea, south-west London on Wednesday.

Her death marked the 90th murder investigation in the capital this year.

Desmond Sylva, 40, was charged over her death on Thursday night. Scotland Yard said they are not looking for any other suspects.

Ms Kerr had appeared on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year as part of B Positive, an NHS choir set up for those affected by blood-related conditions.

She had previously revealed how her son Kavele died from sickle cell disease in 2015 at the age of six.

Her death marked the 90th murder investigation in the capital this year.

B Positive made it through to the Britain’s Got Talent final in June, where they moved the judges and audience to tears with a rendition of ‘Rise up’.

Simonne Kerr's son Kavele died from complications caused by sickle cell disease in 2015 (PA)

Ms Kerr joined the choir soon after the death of her son Kavele in order to raise awareness about blood conditions and the need for more donors.

In a blog on the NHS website, she said her son was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth but lived “as normal a life he could”.

She said he woke up at 5am one day with a high temperature and vomiting. “I gave Kavele medication and monitored him throughout the morning,” she said.

“However, he became more lethargic and I felt his condition was not improving so I called for an ambulance and was told we would have to wait up to 45 minutes. An hour later I telephoned 999 again because Kavele's breathing became more laboured.

“Kavele went into cardiac arrest approximately 20 - 30 minutes after several ambulance crews started to arrive. He did not recover and passed away in hospital several hours later."

Sylva, who lived in the same address in Grayshott Road, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday, according to the Metropolitan Police.

Officers said Ms Kerr, whose death sparked the 90th homicide investigation in the capital this year, was living in the flat but was originally from Wembley, north-west London.

Police were called shortly before 12.40pm on Wednesday to the Victorian terrace but she was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics.

The woman's next-of-kin have been informed and a post-mortem examination was due to take place on Thursday.

A Britain's Got Talent spokesman offered condolences to her family, and added: "We are deeply saddened and shocked to hear that Simonne Kerr has died."

My view: Such a monster, why stab her to death?, pure evil.

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