Kingston Crown Court: 23-year-old found guilty of killing Arpith Mandava in stabbing

By Cesar Medina

28th Mar 2024 | Local News

Arpith Mandava was stabbed in Earl Haig Close, Hounslow on 14 October 2022 (Photo: Met Police).
Arpith Mandava was stabbed in Earl Haig Close, Hounslow on 14 October 2022 (Photo: Met Police).

A 23-year-old from Brabazon Road, Hounslow has been found guilty of murdering Arpith Mandava after stabbing him in October 2022.

Through putting together CCTV footage from 71 cameras, the Met Police were able to identify Denis Ivanov and Denis Kusins as prime suspects in Mandava's death.

Following a trial at Kingston Crown Court yesterday (27 March), Denis Ivanov was found guilty of murdering the 24-year-old and stabbing another man who was also injured in the attack as well as for possession of an offensive weapon.

A second man, Denis Kusins, was found guilty of manslaughter, actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

An investigation was launched after Mandava was found seriously injured in Beavers Lane at around 12:40am on 14 October 2022.

A short time earlier he had been stabbed in the heart and his left arm in Earl Haig Close.

He was taken to hospital where he sadly died on 27 October 2022.

CCTV footage recovered from detectives established that Arpith and his friends came to the area to purchase alcohol.

Two of his group had gone to a shop in Cavendish Parade to buy alcohol shortly after midnight.

After leaving the shop, they walked past Arpith's Ivanov and Kusins, who took the alcohol from them.

Denis Ivanov (left) and Denis Kusins (right) were invloved in the murder of Arpith Mandava (Photo: Met Police)

Arpith and his friends came to their aid and the two groups started arguing, this escalated into a disturbance however Arpith and his friends ultimately walked away.

Footage then showed Ivanov asking Kusins for a knife which he used to attack the pair.

The defendants were then seen leaving the area in separate directions.

Ivanov was caught on CCTV attempting to enter a nearby petrol garage on Burns Way.

He was seen putting his hand against the glass door and forensic scientists found his handprint on the glass.

On 16 October 2022 Ivanov then left the UK by Eurostar and travelled to Paris.

He was arrested in France on 25 October and brought back to London.

Kusins, who gave Ivanov the knife, was arrested on 22 October 2022.

Detective Inspector Kevin Martin, who led the investigation, said: "This was a callous attack that resulted in the death of a young man who had simply gone with friends to buy alcohol.

"What started out as a minor disagreement quickly escalated into violence.

"While Ivanov carried out the attack, both men were responsible for Arpith's murder and they will now face the consequences of their actions.

"They could have done the right thing and walked away.

"We will continue to do all we can to tackle violence on the streets of London and hold to account those who carry out such awful crimes."

They will both be sentenced today (28 March) at Kingston Crown Court.


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