Man charged in Beigel Bake family double murder

Man charged in Beigel Bake family double murder

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A man has been charged for the murder of his mother and sister in North London.

Joshua Cohen, 27, allegedly stabbed his mother Leah Cohen, 66, and his sister Hannah Cohen, 33, to death at their home in Golders Green.

The family are owners of East London institution Beigel Bake, famous for its 24-hour service on Whitechapel’s Brick Lane. Beigel Bake was set up by the Cohen family in 1974 and was first Britain’s first bagel bakery.

Emergency services arrived at the family home at about 8.50pm on Friday 11th August. The two women were pronounced dead at the scene.

Cohen was found in nearby Golders Hill Park at about 2pm on Saturday after a tipoff from a member of the public.

The public had been warned not to approach Cohen, who had shaved off his hair and eyebrows.

“Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command investigating the murder of two women aged 66 and 33 at an address in Golders Green Crescent, Barnet on Friday, 11 August have charged a man,” said Scotland Yard.

“Joshua Cohen, 27, of Golders Green Crescent, Barnet, was charged at 21.50hrs on Sunday, 13 August with two counts of murder.”

Cohen appeared at Hendon Crown Court on Monday 14th August and was unrepresented at the brief hearing.

The Cohen family paid tribute to the two women who were described as “loving and wonderful”.

It appears that Mr Cohen was not named in his father’s will earlier this year, with the directorship of the bakery business passing to his brothers. Mr Cohen senior died in December 2016 aged 81.

Forensic investigation is ongoing at the £2.5m family home in Golders Green Crescent.

Cohen will appear at the Old Bailey in September for a plea and trial preparation.

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