Dutch man pulled from the Thames had ‘blunt force’ injuries to the head

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A young man whose body was recovered from the Thames suffered “blunt force” injuries and had an altercation with a group of men before he was found, an interrogation is heard.

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Mohammed Musa, 27, was reported missing by his accomplice on October 17.

The Dutch national, who lives in Wandsworth, was last seen walking alone and was wearing a navy trench coat, light blue shirt, dark trousers and canvas trainers.


His body was found in the river on 19 October, the start of an investigation at the West London Coroner’s Court. He was told at the hearing that he had a “quarrel” with a group and there was “unusual activity” in his bank account.

Senior coroner Chinyare Inayama said a lifeboat crew carried his body to Chiswick Pier after the sailors were sighted.

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He told the court: “The back of his head was bleeding profusely which was going into the river.

“There were scratches on the neck… She was known to have altercations with some men. There was some unusual activity in his bank account.

He said that he had “laryngeal injuries” as well as “blunt force injuries to the back of the head”.

The coroner told the hearing that the postmortem by Dr. Robert Chapman failed to determine a conclusive cause of death.

However, their report found that Musa’s lungs were filled with water and he had several injuries, including chest.

The investigation was adjourned till February 4.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Shirley of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Our last sighting of Mohammed is on Sunday, October 17th at 5.29 a.m. on Putney High Street running from Simmons Bar to Putney Bridge.

‘We believe he did not leave Lower Richmond Road or cross the road towards Church and Cinema, but is unclear on his next steps and we are now asking the public’s help in trying to find out what really happened .

In a previous appeal, the police said that Musa was last seen on 17 October at 4.02 am, leaving the Le Fez nightclub in Putney.


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