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Maida Vale deaths: Yasmin Chkaifi was 'clever, kind and witty' Maida Vale deaths: Yasmin Chkaifi was 'clever, kind and witty'
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Yasmin Chkaifi's family said her death was preventableYasmin Chkaifi's family said her death was preventable
The husband of a woman stabbed to death in the street by her violent ex-partner has said he is "so grateful" for the time he had with her.The husband of a woman stabbed to death in the street by her violent ex-partner has said he is "so grateful" for the time he had with her.
Yasmin Chkaifi was killed by Leon McCaskie in Maida Vale, west London, on 24 January, weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest.Yasmin Chkaifi was killed by Leon McCaskie in Maida Vale, west London, on 24 January, weeks after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Joseph Salmon told the BBC his wife was "smart, clever and witty".Joseph Salmon told the BBC his wife was "smart, clever and witty".
Other members of her family said she had a "big, caring heart" and would still be alive if police had done more.Other members of her family said she had a "big, caring heart" and would still be alive if police had done more.
The police watchdog is investigating the case.The police watchdog is investigating the case.
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Watch: Joseph Salmon, the husband of Yasmin Chkaifi, says not enough was done to protect herWatch: Joseph Salmon, the husband of Yasmin Chkaifi, says not enough was done to protect her
Watch: Joseph Salmon, the husband of Yasmin Chkaifi, says not enough was done to protect her
The warrant, saying McCaskie should be held without bail, was issued on 4 January after he failed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in relation to an alleged stalking protection order breach.The warrant, saying McCaskie should be held without bail, was issued on 4 January after he failed to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in relation to an alleged stalking protection order breach.
He was hit by a passing car as he attacked his former wife and also died at the scene. The driver of the car was released without charge on Tuesday.He was hit by a passing car as he attacked his former wife and also died at the scene. The driver of the car was released without charge on Tuesday.
Paying tribute to his wife, Mr Salmon said: "I'm grateful for the chance to talk to her, marry her, be happy with her, and fall in love with her."Paying tribute to his wife, Mr Salmon said: "I'm grateful for the chance to talk to her, marry her, be happy with her, and fall in love with her."
He added that both he and his family were "at a loss" and "heartbroken".He added that both he and his family were "at a loss" and "heartbroken".
"I just think domestic abuse is a very bad problem and, if there's no education about it from very young, if things aren't sorted, if men can't keep their hands to themselves, I don't know what we're going to do," he said."I just think domestic abuse is a very bad problem and, if there's no education about it from very young, if things aren't sorted, if men can't keep their hands to themselves, I don't know what we're going to do," he said.
McCaskie was hit by this car whilst stabbing Ms Chkaifi to deathMcCaskie was hit by this car whilst stabbing Ms Chkaifi to death
Azhar Elfaddi, Ms Chkaifi's cousin and best friend, said: "She was probably the smartest and wisest woman I knew. She was just a simple, loving, amazing woman. I've never seen anyone compare to her, her parenting, as a person, her heart.Azhar Elfaddi, Ms Chkaifi's cousin and best friend, said: "She was probably the smartest and wisest woman I knew. She was just a simple, loving, amazing woman. I've never seen anyone compare to her, her parenting, as a person, her heart.
"She was always forgiving, she never really liked to speak bad about people.""She was always forgiving, she never really liked to speak bad about people."
Another cousin, Inass Elfaddi, said it was "sad that no one did anything about it" and she had many questions for police.Another cousin, Inass Elfaddi, said it was "sad that no one did anything about it" and she had many questions for police.
She said: "It could have easily been prevented.She said: "It could have easily been prevented.
"I think I would asked why her case wasn't a priority, why [McCaskie's] warrant wasn't a priority, why his criminal record wasn't enough for him to be searched for, as you did have a warrant?"I think I would asked why her case wasn't a priority, why [McCaskie's] warrant wasn't a priority, why his criminal record wasn't enough for him to be searched for, as you did have a warrant?
"Obviously they didn't see him as a threat.""Obviously they didn't see him as a threat."
Azhar Elfaddi says her cousin never complainedAzhar Elfaddi says her cousin never complained
The Met Police said it was unable to comment because the case had been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).The Met Police said it was unable to comment because the case had been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The force previously confirmed the stalking order had been obtained against McCaskie, who also used the surname McCaskre, but not whether he had been arrested in relation to the alleged breach.The force previously confirmed the stalking order had been obtained against McCaskie, who also used the surname McCaskre, but not whether he had been arrested in relation to the alleged breach.
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