Police released CCTV footage of suspect of arson attack on Nigerian family in London
A man police were trying to trace over a fire that killed a seven-year-old boy has been spoken to.
Joel Urhie’s body was found in the in the bedroom he shared with his mother Efe Urhie at the house in Adolphus Street, Deptford, on 7 August.
His mother Efe Urhie, 49, a nurse escaped by leaping 15ft from the first floor with the intention of Joel. His sister Sarah, 19, also jumped to safety.
Officers said they had spoken to the man, who is not a suspect, seen on CCTV an hour before the arson attack. Ms Urhie who suffered head injury and broken arm and pelvis in the leap,revealed her son’s last words.
“He told me, ‘i love you mummy’, and “we are going to make it together”, she said. After Joel’s death, Ms Urhie described her youngest son as ‘sweet and caring” and always curious to learn “A man was seen on camera cycling with a petrol can, which he appeared to fill with fuel at a Shell garage in Shooters Hill Road and then cycled away.
He has now been ruled out of the investigation, police said.In August two men, aged 21 and 29, were arrested in south London on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.
They have been released while inquiries continue. The Met said nobody had been charged in connection with Joel’s death.