A man and woman, whose bodies were discovered at their Paddington home over the weekend, are feared to have been murdered by their rapist son who police discovered dead 24 hours earlier.
The mother allegedly killed by her rapist son in Paddington alongside her husband was ‘fed up with London’ and wanted to return to her native Morocco.
Zohra Amrani, 59, and her husband Hassan Amrani, 72, were found dead on Saturday (February 14) lunchtime at Landor House, in Westbourne Park Road, by officers who were visiting to tell them their son, Ashraf Amrani, had been found dead in a suspected suicide 24-hours earlier.
Officers are treating the parents' deaths as suspicious but are not looking for anyone else, a Met Police spokesman said.
It emerged on Sunday that trainee plumber Ashraf Amrani, 30, was jailed in June 2010 at Southwark Crown Court, for seven years, after filming a sex attack on a young woman he lured to his home and raped.
He had recently been released from prison but was arrested a few days before his death and was bailed to return to a police station this week. His body was discovered on Friday (February 13) on the first-floor roof of Mickleton House, the building next door to where his parents lived.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is due to look into the case.
On Monday, residents of the large housing authority estate described their shock at the deaths. Two Muslim women prayed outside the Amrani's home, which is cordoned off by police tape with a blue forensics tent outside, and neighbours laid flowers at the scene.
Farhad Chowdhury, 28, has lived two doors down from the Moroccan Muslim Amranis since he was 13-years-old.
He told getwestlondon: "We’re all so shocked. The wife was such a lovely woman, she always chatted to us and was very good-looking for her age. She even came to my twin sister’s wedding so when we heard she had died my sister burst into tears.
“I used to play football in the courtyard with Ashraf but we weren’t friends. He always seemed quite disturbed and when he suddenly wasn’t around I guessed he might be in prison, but I didn’t know. It’s so strange nobody knew anything had happened, nobody heard anything.
“I spoke to Zohra the day before they were found dead and it seemed like she wasn’t her usual happy self. She said she was fed up with London and wanted to go back to Morocco. Hassan had been spending a lot of time in Morrocco recently so he wasn’t around as much.”
The Amranis lived in a row of four duplex flats, surrounded by several other high-rise council-run buildings on Westbourne Park Road, on the Notting Hill Carnival route.
Neighbours in the surrounding buildings were issued with police witness appeal notices on Sunday asking for any information about "a male found deceased at Mickleton House" on February 13 and another incident "involving the occupants of No 4 Landor House".
Another neighbour, Ahmed Musse, 60, said he had not seen the Amranis since he moved there with his wife and five children in August.
“We’re all very shocked,” he said. “We didn’t know them because they kept themselves to themselves but it’s so shocking to have something like this happen just a few doors down.”
Another neighbour, who did not wish to be named, told getwestlondon her children had seen two body bags being taken from the estate.
A post-mortem for Ashraf Amrani was due to take place on Monday while post-mortems for Mr and Mrs Amrani are scheduled for Tuesday.
A police spokesman said: “Ashraf Amrani’s death is being treated as unexplained.
"Both Zohra and Hassan Amrani are believed to have died in suspicious circumstances.
"A murder investigation has been launched. No arrests have been made but police are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident at this stage. Enquiries continue."