A counselor met by Princess Anne in recognition of his work with victims of sexual abuse has been found stabbed to death inside his west London flat.
Julian Aubrey, 55, was found suffering multiple knife wounds in his home in Earl’s Court on Monday afternoon. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives today appealed for witnesses to come forward as neighbours described hearing screams in the early hours.
Mr Aubrey was a former co-chairman of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea LGBT liaison group and was pictured in 2014 meeting Princess Anne at Kensington town hall.
He described himself as a counsellor who worked with victims of sexual abuse and offered training to patients dealing with “embedded pain”.
His brother-in-law Nigel Turner said: “Julian was a great guy. I can’t come to terms with what happened.
“He had his problems but he had a lot of time for other people. He did a lot of counselling work. He was a good counselor, he had great empathy, and I’m sure he helped a lot of people. He loved art, he loved people. It’s all a bit raw.”
Residents of the block, above a Tesco store on the corner of Warwick Road and West Cromwell Road, said Mr Aubrey had been involved in several disputes with neighbours in recent months.
A neighbour said police had been called to the block to deal with disputes on many occasions adding: “He does bits and pieces to wind people up. He antagonised people, but he’s a human being. He didn’t deserve to die in the manner he did.”
Detective Chief Inspector Luke Marks, leading the murder inquiry, said: “I am appealing for anyone who was recently in the area of Shaftesbury Place and who may have heard a disturbance coming from one of the flats to contact us. I would also like to hear from anyone who may know why Julian was targeted in his own home in such a violent way.”
Scotland Yard said three men had been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two men, aged 48 and 56, were held at the scene of the murder on Monday. A third man, aged 42, was arrested at nearby Longridge Road this morning.
Anyone with information should call 020 8358 0200 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.