adidas vespa Killer admits murdering victim who died on Valentine’s Day at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital
Members of the public including children watched in horror as he attacked Mr Ramalho in a garden, with several passersby bravely intervening and injuring themselves to provide first aid to Mr Ramalho.
Mr Ramalho was taken into theatre but his condition deteriorated while in intensive care and he died the following day.
His family and friends paid tribute to the ‘loving and caring’ man after his tragic death, while wellwishers laid flowers in the street where he was attacked.
Mr Ramalho, who was known as Adomi to loved ones, worked at Cowley based Unipart House, in Garsington Road, for three years.
Judge Ian Pringle QC told the murderer, who was accompanied in the dock by a Tetum interpreter, he would face the mandatory life sentence for the crime before remanding him into custody.
Senior investigating officer,
detective inspector Dave Hubbard from Thames Valley Police’s major crime unit, said: “Da Silva Alves brutally murdered Romalho in public, during the day time on a busy Oxford street, in front of terrified members of the public including children.
“This was a horrific incident and, while we would never advise that members of the public risk their own safety to intervene in such situations, they acted courageously to stop the attack,disarm Da Silva Alves and provide first aid to Domingos before the emergency services arrived.
“Whilst it was an isolated incident, it is a pertinent reminder of the dangers of knife crime.
“I am pleased that Da Silva Alves has recognised the severity of his actions and pleaded guilty to prevent the victim’s family from enduring further anguish by having to go through a trial.
“I hope the conviction helps to enable them to move forward from this deeply distressing time in their lives.”
Inspector Martyn Williams added: “Local neighbourhood teams are aware of the effects such a tragic event can have on residents of Oxford and we are working closely with local communities and leaders.
“If anyone has any concerns or wants to raise any issues please contact Thames Valley Police via our non emergency number 101, to speak to your local neighbourhood team or you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”