Case: Uxbridge shooting: Redwan El-Ghaidouni
Redwan El-Ghaidouni
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Car dealer Redwan El-Ghaidouni was shot dead in a suspected 'hit' outside his home in Uxbridge on 3 February 2015.

The 38 year-old father-of-three was sat in his Audi A3 on the driveway of his home in Vine Lane when he was approached by a lone gunman.

His killer, described as a man in a dark hooded top with a large motif on the front, light bottoms, dark gloves and dark shoes, fired eight shots through the car window before fleeing on foot through an alleyway to Saunders Road and Dowding Road.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene in Vine Lane near the junction with St Andrews Lane shortly before 7pm. Mr El-Ghaidouni was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 8pm.

Detectives are offering a £50,000 reward for information and have issued an efit of a man who was seen standing opposite Redwan's house an hour before the murder. Six men have been arrested during the inquiry but nobody has yet been charged with the murder.

Victim Redwan El-Ghaidouni and an efit of a potential suspect

Moroccan-born Mr El-Ghaidouni was released from prison in 2014 after serving an eight year sentence for his role in an international cannabis conspiracy.

The case was featured on BBC's Crimewatch on 16 November 2015 and CCTV footage was released of the suspect.

Referring to the CCTV, Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: "We have released CCTV footage of the man we believe murdered Redwan making off after the shooting and also visiting the area before the incident. He had been seen in Saunders Road, which is next to Vine Lane, numerous times in the days before the murder - we believe these were failed attempts by the suspect to get an opportunity to shoot Redwan.

"He was wearing a distinctive dark hooded top with a large motif on the front - do you recognise him? Or the logo on his top?

"I would urge anyone who can help to come forward - there is a large reward available and we hope this may encourage people to tell us what they know in the strictest confidence."

On 14 September 2016 two men, who were in prison at the time of the shooting, were arrested on conspiracy to murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Extensive enquiries have been carried out and we have made good inroads into understanding the circumstances surrounding Redwan's murder.

"Our investigation continues and we are still very much encouraging people to come forward. I would like to thank all those who have assisted us so far and I hope the large reward on offer will prompt anyone who has yet to do so to approach us in confidence.

"As we've previously said, Redwan did have a criminal past and had been linked to drug importation. He had been released from prison almost seven months before his death but he had been working full-time at a car dealership and enjoying being a family man again.

"We continue to look into his background for answers about what happened but whatever the circumstances, his murder has left three young sons without a father and his long-term partner devastated."

Call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mr El-Ghaidouni's partner Samantha Taitt said in a statement: 'I was expecting my beloved Redwan to return home from work to look after our three children. As he arrived home he was executed and he never stood a chance.

'Our three young children will now grow up without their loving father. His mother, father and siblings are left without a son and brother.

'We would like to appeal to the public to assist the police with any information they can provide.

'We are left numb with pain and he will be greatly missed.'

In July 2015 Marwais Kakar, 34, 24.02.8 (24.02.81) of Great Field Drive, Uxbridge, admitted making a false statement about his contact with the victim over the two months before the murder. He was later sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years at Isleworth Crown Court.

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