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22-year-old charged with murder after stabbing at Stratford Centre

Beniamin Pieknyi, from Milton Keynes, 21, was stabbed to death at the Stratford Centre.

Yakymchuck is due before Thames Magistrates Court (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Yakymchuck is due before Thames Magistrates Court (Gareth Fuller/PA)

A Ukrainian national has been charged with murder after a 21-year-old man was stabbed to death at an east London shopping centre.

Vladyslav Yakymchuck, 22, of no fixed abode, was arrested on Saturday and charged on Sunday night following the incident at the Stratford Centre on March 21.

While formal identification is yet to take place, detectives believe the victim is Beniamin Pieknyi, from Milton Keynes. His next of kin have been informed.

Yakymchuck has been also been charged with three counts of robbery, one count of theft and one count of possession of a bladed article.

Scotland Yard said he had been remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Thames Magistrates’ Court on a future date.

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