Case: Minicab driver shot dead: Abdi Gutale
Abdi Gutale
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Minicab driver Abdi Gutale, 24, was shot dead in his car in Leyton on 14 May 2016.

Police were called to reports of a collision the junction of Melbourne Road and Capworth Street at 3.15am.

Abdi, from Leytonstone, was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound.

A friend, who was in the car with Abdi, suffered a gunshot wound to the foot and received treatment at hospital.

Detectives said Abdi had finished work and was driving his Vauxhall Zafira when shots were fired at it from the street.

Abdi reversed his car in an attempt to escape but collided with a parked vehicle.

On 3 June 2016 Kingsley Harvey, 25 (14.04.91) from Leytonstone, was charged with murder but the case was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service on 22 August 2016.

The Metropolitan Police issued a new appeal for witnesses on 15 May 2017.

Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Packer, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "A year has now passed and we still need to speak to anyone who has information about this incident. Were you in the vicinity of Melborne Road or Capworth Street in the early hours of the 14 May last year?

"Even if you don't think what you know is of huge importance, please come forward and help us progress this investigation."

Officers said they would particularly like to hear from a female with black hair who was at the scene. This potential witness climbed over a low fence at the church on Capworth Street before walking away.


Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8345 3865, or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at

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