A MAN HAS been arrested over the rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl in Hampstead, London, over 30 years ago.
On 13 August, 1982 the parents of 17-year-old Yiannoulla Yianni, found their daughter’s body at their family home. She had been raped and strangled.
James Warnock, now 56, was arrested on Tuesday and was charged with the 1982 crimes last night.
He will appear before JPs in Hendon today.
Detective Inspector Julie Willats of the Metropolitan Police’s homicide and major crime command, said: “The Met never closes unsolved murders.
“Regardless of the passage of time, cases can and will be reviewed for any new opportunities to develop previously unknown lines of inquiry and to follow-up any fresh information which has become known to us.”
On the day she died, Friday August 13, 1982, Yiannoulla had spent the morning at home with her mother, and at around 12.30pm they walked together to the family’s shop nearby to take the teenager’s father lunch.
At 1.30pm she returned home alone to prepare dinner while her mother stayed at the shop. When her parents returned home at around 3pm they found her dead.
Yiannoulla, who attended Quintin Kynaston School in St John’s Wood, had a part-time job at Woolworths in Finchley Road, north London.