Bermondsey stabbing: Tributes to 'always smiling' grandmother who had 'just got over chemo'

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Dolet Hill (L), 64, was killed alongside her partner Denton Burke, 58. (Met Police)
Dolet Hill, 64, was killed alongside her partner Denton Burke, 58. (Met Police)

Tributes have been paid to a woman stabbed to death alongside her partner, daughter and granddaughter- in south-east London.

Dolet Hill, 64, was killed with partner Denton Burke, 58, daughter Tanysha (Rachquel) Ofori-Akuffo, 45, and Ms Ofori-Akuffo’s daughter Samantha Drummonds, 27.

A 28-year-old man from Lewisham, suspected of carrying out the fatal attack at Ms Hill’s home in Delaford Road, Bermondsey, is in hospital in a stable condition after being tasered by police on Monday.

Ms Hill’s friend Paulette Aktes, 65, paid tribute to her, saying: "She was so nice and always smiling and her husband was always smiling."

She added: "She had just got over the chemo and last month I went to visit her with my cousin. She was asking God to help her pull through."

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Police investigations are taking place at the scene on Delaford Road. (SWNS)
Police investigations are taking place at the scene on Delaford Road. (SWNS)

NHS worker Ms Hill was a keen churchgoer and attended the Gateway Church in nearby Dulwich.

Ms Aktes added: "She was a quiet lady and didn’t mix a lot. She was focused on church, her friends and family.

"It is just shocking to know she had just got over her cancer and then this happened."

A friend of Ms Hill's granddaughter Ms Drummonds told reporters she had temporarily moved into the house in Bermondsey while building work was carried out at her flat.

Rudra Brambhatt told the Evening Standard: "She had only recently moved out temporarily while her bathroom was done. Samantha took her cat and went back to the family home.

"We are devastated. We got on so well. She loved music and worked at NatWest."

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Samantha Drummonds, 27, was also killed. (Met Police)
Samantha Drummonds, 27, was also killed. (Met Police)

Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust paid tribute to Ms Hill, an active trade union member.

Alastair Gourlay, director of estates and facilities at the trust, said: "We are devastated to hear about the tragic death of Dolet Hill, who worked as a housekeeping assistant in our pharmacy department for more than 21 years, before her retirement in 2018.

"Dolet was a well-respected colleague, who also helped to improve the workplace for others as an active Unison representative."

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, leading the investigation into the deaths, warned it would be "a protracted inquiry".

She said: "This was a truly horrific incident and I fully recognise that the distress for the family and the community will be overwhelming.

"We are conducting a thorough and detailed investigation into the facts and we are appealing to anyone who can assist with any information to come forward."

Post-mortem examinations are expected to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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