Police say they have charged a man with the murder of a woman who is believed to be a nurse who previously performed earlier this year in a charity choir on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent.
It was reported earlier this week that Simonne Samantha Ker, 31, had been found fatally injured at a house in Grayshott Road in Battersea, London.
Police were called to the Victorian terrace shortly before 12.40pm on Wednesday. She was pronounced dead at the scene, despite paramedic’s efforts.
Desmond Sylva, 40, also of Grayshott Road, was yesterday charged with her murder. At this stage, the police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with their investigation.
A post-mortem, also carried out on Thursday, gave the cause of death as injuries consistent with stabbing, according to a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police.
Mr Sylva will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates Court today, the police statement added.
“While formal identification awaits, police are confident that the victim is 31-year-old Simonne Samantha Kerr, originally from Wembley,” it said.
After qualifying as a nurse in January this year, Ms Kerr joined Guy’s Hospital, near London Bridge, the following month.
The haematology and oncology nurse appeared in the ITV talent show, which aired between April and June, as part of the B Positive Choir to help encourage blood donations.
The 60-strong choir, which reached the final of the contest, was formed by NHS Blood and Transplant as an initiative to help raise the awareness of sickle cell disease and to try and attract new donors to give blood.
As well as a number of TV and public appearances, the choir released a charity single, called Rise Up, in late 2017.
Ms Kerr previously said she had joined the choir to raise awareness of the urgent need to give blood, after her six-year-old Kavele died in 2015 from complications of sickle cell disease.
Writing on the social media site Twitter, the nursing academic and author Dame Elizabeth Aniowu said: “Just cannot believe the news that my beautiful friend Simonne was murdered yesterday…R.I.P.”
Also on Twitter, John James, chief executive of the Sickle Cell Society, said: “So, so shocked to hear that our friend, Sickle Cell Society volunteer and B Positive Choir member Simonne Kerr has been tragically killed. In shock. My thoughts are with her mother, siblings and other family members.”