These eleven murders in London in the year 2004 remain unsolved. Can you help bring the killers to justice? Call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their website.
Camille Gordon, 23, was stabbed to death outside the Blue Bunny Club in Soho on 1 March 2004.
Police believe her killer was an angry customer of the club, known as a “clip joint” because it charged people large sums of money for spending only a few minutes with its hostesses.
Anton Hyman, 17, was found dead in the River Brent in west London on Mother’s Day 2004.
He had been beaten, stabbed multiple times and shot in the back.
His murder remains unsolved despite repeated appeals by his mother Vanessa, the Metropolitan Police and a £20,000 reward for information.
Anton, who was 5ft 6 and lived with his family in Acton, had planned to go to college to study audio engineering. His acceptance letter arrived the week after his funeral.
He was last seen at around 8pm on Saturday March 20 between Greenford Avenue and Brent Valley Park in Hanwell, when he was wearing distinctive bright multi-coloured gloves, blue and white Timberland boots, dark jeans, dark grey fleece, a green t-shirt and a green shirt with “Iceberg” written on the breast pocket.
It is thought he was killed that night.
Someone answered a call from Anton’s phone that evening but efforts to trace that person have been unsuccessful.
At 11am the next morning his body was found in the River Brent near High Lane, Greenford.
Nine men and one woman were arrested in connection with the murder but following extensive police investigation nobody has yet been charged.
Detectives believe that there are witnesses and friends who have important information that would lead to a breakthrough in the case.
On the seventh anniversary Anton’s mother Vanessa appealed for help solving the crime on the London Today programme.
She said: ‘There has always been a wall of silence. People were too scared to talk and I can understand the fear, but I hope the alliances people had then might be different now and they might feel differently now.’
In a further appeal on 5 April 2017, Vanessa Hyman said: “Mother’s Day, Sunday 21st March 2004, should have been a happy time with my family. Police knocked on my door to tell me my 17-year-old son Anton had been murdered. He had been shot, beaten and stabbed.
“Thirteen years on and still the killers of Anton have not been identified and brought to justice.
“Anton has a little sister; she was only six-years-old when she lost her brother. The innocence of her childhood was taken away. The lives of our family changed forever. We need answers, we need to know what happened but most of all we need justice for Anton.
“Somebody must know who killed Anton; somebody must have noticed something, seen something or heard something. There seems to be a wall of silence around his killers.
“Anton is dearly missed by his family and friends. We appeal to anyone who has information to please come forward.”
Thirteen years have now passed since Anton’s tragic death, but someone somewhere undoubtedly knows who was responsible for this callous murder and has chosen not to come forward. It happened a long time ago, but I am certain that there are people in the local area who remember Anton’s murder, and know what happened. If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, please come forward. It may be that you didn’t contact police at the time due to loyalties or fear of repercussions. We would urge you to do the right things and tell us what you know, safe in the knowledge that the information will be treated with the strictest confidence, so we can gain justice for Anton’s family.DI David Bolton of the Metropolitan Police, speaking in 2017
Anyone with information is asked to call the Incident Room on 020 8785 8244 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Dumbi Moka, 31, was shot dead outside his home in Ponders End, Edmonton, on 3 April 2004.
The Nigerian businessman, a married father-of-one, had planned to open a travel agents in the area.
Police believe he was killed following an argument with a man while parking his Mercedes CLK in Elmcroft Avenue at around 1am. He collapsed near his front door and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. A postmortem gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the heart.
A £15,000 reward was offered for information leading to a prosecution and three people were arrested but the case remains unsolved.
Dumbi’s sister Ashinedu said: “Dumbi was a very friendly and hard working businessman, who has left behind a loving wife and young daughter. He didn’t deserve to die this way and the family feel a great sense of loss. Please help us and give any information that may help with this investigation.”
Police said they were looking for a man of Mediterranean appearance who was seen knocking on Mr Moka’s front door and peering through his living room windows on on 2 April 2004.
Joan Ursula Caddock, 82, died after being mugged near her home in Wandstead, east London.
She was attacked while walking along Halstead Road after visiting the Post Office to collect £100 in cash on the morning of 8 April 2004.
The suspect knocked her to the ground while grabbing her handbag, leaving Ursula with a fractured leg and shoulder. As she lay on the ground he returned to pick up her bus pass.
Ursula was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital but died on 27 April of acute peritonitis caused by her injuries.
The following month detectives said they had linked the attack to four other street robberies in Woodford Green and Wanstead between 5 and 9 April. The suspect was described as a light-skinned black male 5ft 9in tall.
Her son David told the BBC: “He mugged her for the bag and then came back for a bus pass. It’s my mum this time but next time it could be somebody else’s.
David added: “She walked with a walking stick but she certainly wasn’t frail.
“She was in reasonably good health for somebody that age. She wouldn’t give up. She was a very nice person.”
Nine-year-old Emojeffe Okobia died in a house fire in Shifford Path, Lower Sydenham, Lewisham, southeast London, on 29 Jnune 2004.
He was at home with his teenage sister while their mother was working a night shift as a psychiatric nurse when the blaze started at around 3.15am.
His sister escaped by jumping out of a first-floor window and was treated in hospital for burns but Emojeffe’s body was later found in a rear bedroom.
Witnesses saw a man aged around 18 or 19 running away shortly after the fire started.
It was thought the fire was started deliberately as the the house had previously been targeted in an attempted arson attack in the early hours of 16 June, when petrol was poured through the letterbox but not lit.
According to the Evening Standard, detectives were investigating the possibility that Emojeffe, known as Effie, was the innocent victim of a feud between street gangs.
Two males aged 15 and 25 were arrested but nobody was charged.
Thomas Brown, 27, was stabbed to death as he walked home from a night out with friends in the early hours of 21 August 2004.
Police were called shortly before 4.30am after he was seen lying on the ground by a passing motorist in Southgate High Street, near Chandos Court, less than 200 metres from the house he shared with his older brother.
Tom, who worked for the BBC as an archivist and librarian, had suffered several stab wounds but no defensive wounds and there were no obvious signs of a struggle.
His mobile phone and wallet were found in his pockets, leading detectives to believe that the stabbing was either random or that he may have got caught up in an argument.
Nobody was ever charged and the murder remains unsolved.
On the evening before his death Tom had visited several pubs in the Southgate area before returing to a friend’s flat in Mayfair Terrace.
He was wearing glasses, a blue zip-up top, beige jeans and black trainers.
At around 3am he left the flat and began the 20-minute walk back home via Chase Road, Southgate Circus and Southgate High Street.
Police appealed for witnesses who may have been in the Chandos Court area between 3am and 4.15am and released CCTV images of two men seen running along Meadway at 3.48am.
An efit of a man who was seen sitting on a wall with a woman just yards away the scene was also issued by detectives.
The appeal was featured on the BBC Crimewatch programme in September 2004 and a £20,000 reward was offered for information leading to a conviction.
Tom had finished a politics degree at Southampton University in 2003 and had ambitions to become a cameraman. He would have celebrated his 28th birthday the following day.
His brother Paul, making a public appeal for help solving the murder, said in 2004: “Whoever murdered Tom has no feeling or conscience and could definitely kill again with the same ruthlessness.”
Keetheswaran Shanmuganathan, 29, was shot in his car outside Shirley Court, Highfield Avenue, Kingsbury, Brent, on 28 August 2004.
The Sri Lankan Tamil was sitting in the driver’s seat of the blue Honda when the gunman approached and fired at least one shot through the window.
Three of his friends were also in the car at the time, having left a flat in Shirley Court with Keetheswaran a short time earlier.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene at around 9.10pm but he was pronounced dead a short time later. A postmortem confirmed the cause of death was a gunshot wound.
The suspect was described as tall and slim. He is believed to have left the scene via Highfield Avenue before turning into Buck Lane. He then got into a dark-coloured car which drove off towards Hay Lane. It is thought the car had been parked in the area for some time before the murder.
Detectives offered a £20,000 reward for information during a public appeal a year later in August 2005 but the case remains unsolved.
John Coffey, 55, was stabbed at Wood Street train station, in Walthamstow, Waltham Forest, on the night of 5 September 2004
He had spent the evening with a friend at the nearby Plough Inn before heading to the station to catch the last train home to Hackney. The train was expected to arrive at the platform at 11.30pm.
John was next seen by passers-by lying injured in the station lobby at 11.47pm. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as loss of blood resulting from a stab wound to the stomach.
Detectives believed he was attacked on the station platform and made his way to the station foyer before collapsing. His black wallet was missing, suggesting he may have been targeted by muggers.
Two men were arrested in connection with the murder but nobody was charged and the case remains unsolved.
John was originally from Beauford, Co Killarney, and left Ireland at the age of 17 in 1967 to work as a builder.
Richard Wellington, 38, was shot dead in his car in Wyborne Way, Willesden, Brent, on 12 November 2004.
Police believe he had been parked outside James Dudson Court for about half an hour before he was killed.
Minutes before the shooting, two men with Jamaican accents were heard arguing outside Wyborne House.
When police arrived at the scene they found Richard’s body in a burning BMW.
It is thought the BMW crashed into two other cards after he was shot.
Detectives said they believed three armed men were involved.
In a public appeal in June 2005, DCI Neil Basu said: “There is strong intelligence to support the theory that the murderers are locals.
“There is no doubt that a climate of fear exists that is preventing witnesses coming forward.
“The Metropolitan Police Service can and will protect witnesses that come forward and give evidence.”
The remains of Jeff Mensah, 27, were found in a burnt suitcase in a garage in Dartford Road, Edmonton, north London, at around 10.15am on 8 December 2004.
A postmortem was unable to determine the cause of death but experts concluded he had died before being set on fire.
Police believe he was abducted from his home in North Street, Plaistow, east London, at some point after he was dropped off by a friend at around 11pm on 7 December.
The second floor of the house was set on fire and the emergency services were called to the address at 1.20am on 8 December. Nobody was found inside the property.
Police appealed for help tracing two suspects believed to have abducted the victim. One was described as a light-skinned black man, taller than 5ft 8in and of medium build, seen wearing a baseball cap, high-neck jumper, trousers, gloves and a yellow-and-black patterned mask. The second man was described as a darker-skinned black male about 5ft 8in tall, of slimmer build, seen wearing a round-necked jumper, gloves and mask, all of them dark coloured.
Jeff, who also used the name Kwaku Amah, was a Ghanaian national who travelled to the UK in February 2002. He worked as a kitchen assistant in a restaurant and then later a delivery driver.
Police issued an appeal for information in Ghana in 2005 but the case remains unsolved.
Solomon Shiloh Martin, 24, was shot dead in Thornton Heath, Croydon, at around 7pm on 31 December 2004.
He was sat in the back seat of a silver Renault Clio when he was hit in the head by a bullet fired from a dark saloon car in Carolina Road.
Forensic evidence suggested 16 shots were fired in total from the suspect vehicle, from three different weapons. Two other men were in the car but escaped unharmed.
The Clio was then driven to Pilgrim Hill in West Norwood, and abandoned. Solomon was found dead in the Clio by emergency services at 7.30pm.
Solomon, from Brixton, was the son of a reggae producer known as Blacker Dread, who ran a music store in Coldharbour Lane.
Police said the two other men in the car were friends of Solomon, who had got into their car after leaving the World of Cuts barbers in Green Lane, Thornton Heath.
With the murder still unsolved two years later, detectives issued a further police appeal for witnesses.
Detective Inspector Tim Neligan said: “In particular, we need to speak to those who were in the car with Solomon, before he was left at Pilgrim Hill. We have no doubt that they hold vital knowledge about his murder and their assistance would be invaluable to us. Despite suffering from a gun shot wound, Solomon was left on his own at a time when he needed them most. It is my belief that Solomon and his friends knew who his killer(s) were.”
Solomon’s mother also appealed for the two men to come forward.
I have been told that my son’s death was an accident and the bullet that pierced his brain was not meant for him, yet no-one else in the car he was in was injured. These two so-called friends ran away unharmed, leaving my son bleeding to death. I know that these two will be scarred for life by their own guilt and fear, but they have one thing that my son doesn’t. Life! They can still live, love and laugh but will never be happy. You who know why this catastrophe took place must talk. If you had an ounce of love or respect for my son whom you regarded ‘a friend’ it is you I appeal to for answers. You who have watched him grow from a child must allow my beloved boy to rest in peace. Until then your lives will be fruitless and in torment. Therefore let the truth set you free.
This Christmas when you celebrate, exchange gifts, laugh and love. When you look around your table, eat Turkey and drink wine, a huge smile across your face because all your seats at the dinner table are full, please take another look around and remember me. Think of my pain and the devastation at seeing an empty chair that can never again be filled. My table will forever have one seat empty.Alison Lyken, Solomon’s mother, speaking in December 2006
The following additional cases were mentioned in a Met Police FOI release listing unsolved murders in 2004, but no further details are known.
Rajiv Chander, 9, Asian male, on 3 April 2004.
Peter Hamill, 32, White European male, on 19 August 2004.