Case: Southwark Park stabbing: Rocky Djelal
Rocky Djelal
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Rocky Djelal, 38, was stabbed to death in Rotherhithe on 31 October 2018.

He was attacked by a playground near the Gomm Road entrance to Southwark Park.

Police and paramedics were called to the park shortly before 2pm.

Mr Djelal, from the Rotherhithe area, died at the scene. A post-mortem confirmed the cause of death was a stab wound.

On 17 November 2018 Stephen O'Rourke, 46 (02.10.72). of Grosvenor Park, Southwark, was charged with murder and Jason O'Rourke, 34 (21.06.84) of Foundry Close, Southwark, was charged with assisting an offender.

They are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on 13 May 2019.

During previous appeals, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: "This was a calculated and brazen attack, carried out in broad daylight in the middle of a busy park where children were playing.

"Any speculation about the motive is unhelpful at this early stage, but we do believe that Rocky may have been targeted.”

Witnesses described the suspect as a white male aged between 20-35 years old with dark clothing and a hood covering his face. He was also wearing a fluorescent hi-vis vest over the top of his clothing.

DCI Harding added: "The video shows the suspect in the park prior to the attack and then leaving shortly after he has killed Rocky.

“I hope that by releasing the footage someone might recognise the suspect, his walk, his clothing or maybe his gait.

“From leaving the park at 2pm, the suspect walks out onto Gomm Road. At the end of Gomm Road the suspect turns left onto Lower Road passing in front of the Seven Islands Leisure Centre, heading towards the large roundabout at the north end of Southwark Park close to the entrance to the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

"I’m sure that someone would have walked past him and I need these sorts of witnesses to come forward and help us piece together his movements. I also would like to hear from anyone who may have taken pictures or video on their mobile phones whilst in Southwark Park.

“It was a clear sunny day and was of course Halloween which may make the public remember where they were.”

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 0208 721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111. You can also tweet police via @MetCC

Rocky’s family said: "We would like to thank everybody for the kind words, love and support you have shown our family at this time. Thank you to all of the people who rushed to Rocky's aid in the park and made sure our boy was not alone in his final moments. Thank you to all of our friends and family who waited in the park with us while we waited for our boy to be taken away, we couldn't have done it without you. The messages and phone calls of support we have received have blown us away. It's so comforting to hear all the lovely things you all have to say about Rocky and to know our boy was truly loved.

"We are absolutely grief stricken. We have lost our boy, our son who we adored. A father who was idolised by his daughter, a brother who was loved dearly and an uncle, nephew and friend who was loved and respected. We are broken-hearted, we miss you so much and you will live in our heart's FOREVER, we are so proud of you. We are so SORRY if we let you down in anyway, you were always there for us.

"Rocky I'm so proud to be your mum and I cherish every moment that we shared. Anyone who really new you knows you have a heart of gold and you'd do anything tho help those you love.

"Daddy/Rocky our hearts are broken and will never be the same again. We have always loved you and we always will. We will miss you forever, your baby Macy and Jane.

"For those who are helping the police with their enquiries we can't thank you enough and urge anybody to come forward with any information no matter how insignificant you may think it is.

"This happened in a child's play park in broad daylight and we would not want any other family to go through what we are going through."

Rocky Djelal was a suspect in the murder of Christopher Foster in November 2013 and was jailed for six years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to cause GBH. The murder charge was dropped.

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