Man charged in North London bagel dynasty murders

Joshua Cohen, 27, accused of killing his mother, 66, and sister, 33, in Golders Green home Friday, after he was excluded from will

Joshua Cohen, 27, sought by London police in connection with double murder in Golders Green. (Met police)
Joshua Cohen, 27, sought by London police in connection with double murder in Golders Green. (Met police)

A 27-year old London man was indicted in court on Monday on suspicion of murdering his mother and sister in Golders Green.

Joshua Cohen, who police said has paranoid schizophrenia, appeared in Hendon Magistrate’s Court following the double murder Friday of his mother Leah Cohen, 66, and sister, Hannah.

The suspect refused legal representation and spoke in court only to confirm his name, age and address. He is to appear in the Old Bailey Central Criminal Court on Wednesday.

The judge urged Joshua Cohen to hire a lawyer to represent him. “I know you haven’t got legal representation, I would urge you to think about that and be legally represented,” he said.

The millionaire family owned Beigel Bake, a popular bakery in east London’s Brick Lane.

The co-founder of the bakery, Asher Cohen, passed away in December, and a few weeks ago the executors of his will revealed that he had excluded his son Joshua from his will, the Daily Telegraph reported. Joshua Cohen’s older brothers Nathan, 30, and Daniel, 34, were named as directors of the company.

The family, in tributes, described Leah and Hannah Cohen as “loving and wonderful.”

Hannah, along with her sister-in-law Deborah Cohen, ran a cake business called Coco Cakes, the Telegraph said.

Deborah Cohen praised Hannah, saying, “She was a loving aunt to her niece and four nephews and the older ones loved nothing more than baking with her. She was absolutely selfless and did everything for everyone else.”

After the murders the company’s Facebook page read simply, “I’m very sad to say, there will be no more cakes by Coco Cakes.”

Deborah Cohen also praised her mother-in-law Leah Cohen.

“She was loving and generous and a wonderful mother to her five children,” she said.

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