Tower Hamlets: Man arrested over ‘homophobic murder’ of Ranjith Kankanamalage

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Ranjith Kankanamalage (Met Police)
Ranjith Kankanamalage (Met Police)

A 41-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a gay man in Tower Hamlets.

Ranjith Kankanamalage, 50, known as ‘Roy’, was violently attacked and killed in Cemetery Park on Thursday, August 16.

Police said a man was arrested on Wednesday, October 27, in connection with the murder and has been taken into custody.

A 36-year-old man, who was previously arrested in connection with the investigation, has been released on bail to a date in mid-November.

Mr Kankanamalage was found with fatal head injuries and a post-mortem confirmed they were caused by blunt force trauma.

The “horrendous” murder sparked fear in London’s LGBTQ+ community.

Officers from Specialist Crime are investigating the murder, which has been categorised as a homophobic hate crime from the outset.

Enquiries remain ongoing.

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