Heartbreak as thieves plunder dead man’s car within hours of Archway Bridge fall
15:06 20 June 2013
The grief-stricken family of a Highgate man who fell from Archway Bridge, say thieves have left them with “almost nothing to remember him by” after stealing his most prized possessions within hours of his death.
In a cruel twist to Jonathan Culverwell-Landsberg’s fatal fall on Friday, June 7, it emerged this week that his clothes, personal documents and gadgets were stolen from his car.
The 33-year-old, who died from severe head injuries, had parked his dark green Vauxhall Astra in Millfield Lane, Highgate, before walking to the bridge across Archway Road.
Police later discovered the passenger window had been smashed and the car ransacked.
This week his heartbroken family made an emotional plea for the return of Jonathan’s belongings, including his favourite black Armani jacket.
Mother Ceidre, 61, who he lived with in Rowlands Close, Highgate, said: “He wore that jacket all the time. It would be so special to have it back.
“These thieves probably don’t know what happened to him, but it just feels like his things have been desecrated.
“It’s like we have nothing to remember him by – his clothes, his shoes, they were a part of him, they belonged to him – it’s like an invasion of what’s left of Jonathan.
“The clothes mean everything to us. He loved his clothes. We want to be able to hold them again so it feels like we’re holding a part of him again. We don’t want to let go.”
Jonathan, a courier who had developed depression, was all set to move in with his sister in Muswell Hill on the day he died. It meant the vast majority of his personal items were packed into the car, including several tops, jeans, belts and shoes.
His personal documents, including his passport, were also stolen along with an iPod and Apple laptop.
Sister Tasharna, 25, said: “He was a fun-loving person and his clothes were a reflection of him. That’s why it’s so important to get them back. If we don’t, it will leave a huge void.”
She added: “He was a family man. He was very protective, would always look out for his sisters and always gave us good advice.”
The family is pleading for any witnesses to the theft in Millfield Lane to call police on 101.