Police murder investigation names Brazilian cleaner as victim

Police investigating a suspected murder have named the victim who was killed in a fire in Streatham last month.

The investigation was launched after police were called to a multi-occupancy house in Glenister Park Road by the London Fire Brigade (LFB) at around 7pm on February 25.

Basilio Dos Santos Antonio, 49, was found dead inside the house.

Mr Dos Santos Antonio, who was originally from Brazil, had been in the UK for a number of years and worked as a cleaner, the Met said.

Mayara Loiola Ataide, 34, and Gevaldo Tavares Dos Santos, 46, both of no fixed address, were charged with murder on Wednesday, February 28, in connection with Mr Dos Santos Antonio’s death.

Basilio Dos Santos Antonio was found dead following a house fire in February (Picture: The Met)

They were also charged with two counts of arson with intent to endanger life.

Both appeared in custody at the Old Bailey on March 1, where they were remanded in custody. A trial date has been set for January 2, 2025.

Detective Chief Inspector Kate Blackburn, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts are with his family and friends as they continue to come to terms with their loss.

“Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to call 101 or post on X @MetCC quoting CAD 5631/25Feb.

“Information can also be provided 100 per cent anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.”

Pictured top: Basilio Dos Santos Antonio (Picture: The Met)

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