London murder victim ID'd as Dutch public health professor

Dutch lecturer Jeroen Ensink stabbed to death in London, Dec 28th, 2015 (Photo: United Kingdom Police)Dutch lecturer Jeroen Ensink stabbed to death in London, Dec 28th, 2015 (Photo: United Kingdom Police)

The victim of a fatal stabbing in London earlier this week was identified as 41-year-old Dutch university lecturer Jeroen Ensink, the British police announced on Friday. A 22 year-old-man was arrested and charged with the Dutch lecturer's murder.

Ensink was found with serious stab wounds in front of his home in Islington on December 28th, according to British newspaper The Guardian. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The motive for the stabbing remains unclear.

Jeroen Ensink worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Senior lecturer in Public Health Engineering and the Director of the MSc for Public Health in Developing Countries, according to his LinkedIn profile. For seven years he worked in developing nations including India Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Tunisia in the areas of water, sanitation and water scarcity. At the time of his death, Ensink was leading a large study in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on how improvements in water supply can control and prevent cholera outbreaks.

Professor Peter Piot, director of the school, told the newspaper that Ensink's colleagues are "deeply shocked and saddened" by his death. "He was a natural educator and immensely popular with students in whom he invested much time and energy", Piot said. "Jeroen will be greatly missed by all the staff and students who had the opportunity to know and work with him, and the legacy of his work will continue in Asia and Africa. Our deepest condolences go to his family and friends."