Unsolved Murders in London: 2009

These seven cases remain unsolved. Can you help?

Eighty-one year-old Molly Morgan died after being mugged in the street on January 15, 2009.

Molly was on her way to Kenton Library to hear a lecture on ‘Buildings of London’ when she was attacked in Streatfield Road, Harrow, at 7.40pm.

Her handbag was pulled so violently that she fell and suffered severe head injuries and a broken left arm.

Molly, a widow with one daughter, died in hospital the next day from a brain haemorrhage.

Four men were arrested in connection with the investigation in July 2010 but were released with no further action.

The case remains unsolved and detectives are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to a prosecution.

CCTV footage of Mrs Morgan shows her popping in to the Morrison’s supermarket in Honeypot Lane during her journey.

CCTV still of Molly Morgan before the attack

Witnesses saw two young men running along Streatfield Road towards Kenton Library immediately after the attack on Mrs Morgan. Police are also trying to trace a man wearing grey jogging bottoms seen walking ahead of Mrs Morgan in Streatfield Road.

Mrs Morgans’s brown leather-effect shoulder bag was seen in Northwick Avenue, Kenton, at 9pm the same night but later disappeared and has never been traced. It contained an electrical extension lead, which was recovered by a local resident, and a gold and gold Primark umbrella.

I am still struggling to come to terms with her tragic loss. Christmas is particularly hard for me to bear. It is such an important time for families. The anniversary of her death follows so soon after. It is hard to find peace when whoever killed her has not been found. The police continue to investigate my mother’s death and I appeal to anyone who may have any information that could identify my mother’s killer or assist the enquiry to contact police.

Molly Morgan’s daughter Hilary Underwood, speaking on the third anniversary of the murder

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Mrs Morgan was an active and highly respected member of her local community and she was killed for essentially an empty handbag. A substantial reward is still available for information that brings the perpetrators to court and we hope that with the passage of time someone who did not feel able to come forward before may now have the confidence to approach police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room at Hendon on 0208 358 0300 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Reggae singer Ian Newtion was murdered as he walked home after a performance at party in May 2009.

The 45-year-old father, who had a top ten hit in the reggae charts with Cash Money in the 1990s, had his throat slashed with a beer bottle in Greenford, west London.

Ian, known as Scoobie Santino, was found lying in a pool of blood in the underpass at Greenford Roundabout at 8.50am on Mothering Sunday, March 22. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had left ‘The Scout Hut’ in Rockware Avenue at 7.45am and was last seen alive by a jogger at the subway exit at around 7.55am. He was wearing dark trousers, trainers and a dark jacket; he was also wearing a black rag-du headscarf on his head.

None of his property was missing although a small number of robberies using a bottle as a weapon were reported in the week preceding the murder.

It is possible that the suspect sustained a hand injury from the neck of the bottle, which was smashed in the assault.

The Metropolitan Police offered a £20,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible.

The person or persons who killed my brother took everything from us that day. I have had to live for so long without my brother; Ian’s daughter has had to grow and live without her father. The local community has been robbed of a passionate performer, who sought to bring the joy he found in music to other people. And for what? Who could do such a thing to such a harmless man. The answer to who killed Ian might well lie within the community he lived in and performed for. I’d say to anyone who may know something – search your heart, and please do the right thing. Ian’s loss has been immeasurable, but if we were to get justice for him, then we may be afforded some small amount of peace.”

Ian’s brother Barry Newtion

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson said: “The passing of time may mean there is someone out who knows something, and whose allegiances to whoever committed this horrible crime may have changed. I want those people to know that it isn’t too late to contact us; you can still help us get justice for Ian’s family. There will be someone with a fragment of information that could lead to us taking a violent killer out of the community. If you are fearful of contacting the police because of reprisals, I urge you to make use of anonymous resources such as Crimestoppers, who do not even ask you for your name.”

Anyone with any information should contact the incident room on 020 8358 0400; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

On Thursday 4th June 2009 Anthony Otton was gunned down on a balcony in Fulham, southwest London.

The 28 year-old was shot in the heart outside 262 Fulham Court at around 6.50pm and died at the scene.

A £20,000 reward was offered by the Metropolitan Police Service for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the killer.

One theory was that he was shot dead in revenge for the murder of Darcy Austin-Bruce, who was shot dead outside HMP Wandsworth on 1 May 2009. Gunman Rupert Ross, 30, and getaway driver Leon De Saint Aubin, 34, both from Fulham, were both convicted of murder.

DCI Howard Groves said: “I have no doubt there are people out there who know who killed Anthony and why. It takes a great deal of courage to come forward, but to stop gun crime in our community people must have the courage to help and support the police.

“There are measures that we can put in place to support those that speak to us and I implore anyone who has any information to contact my officers.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information can call the incident room on 020 8247 7821 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Football manager Ryan Musgrove, 36, was shot dead by a masked gunman on playing fields in West Wickham, Kent, on July 17, 2009.

The father-of-two had arrived early for a coaching session with Coney Hall FC at around 6.30pm when the killer jumped out from behind a bush and opened fire with a WWII-issue Luger P8.

Ryan was hit three times and suffered wounds to his heart, kidneys and spleen. He bled to death before the emergency services arrived.

The gunman, described as a slim, white man wearing dark clothing and possibly a balaclava, goggles, sunglasses or a helmet and a face mask, was chased by several players at the scene as he rode off on a mountain bike.

He fired another shot to scare them off before disappearing in the direction of New Addington.

Ryan, who worked as an electrician and lived in South Norwood, regularly coached teams at the Sparrows Den playing fields off Addington Road every Thursday during pre-season and it is believed the killer knew of his routine.

It has been claimed the victim was working for drug dealers as a debt collector. His only conviction was for threatening behaviour many years earlier.

Police arrested and bailed two people in connection with the murder but it remains unsolved.

On the third anniversary of Ryan’s death detectives renewed their appeal and announced a £20,000 reward was on offer for information leading to a conviction.

DCI John McFarlane of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “Ryan drove to the playing fields and arrived at around 18.35hrs to organise football training with Coney Hall FC. The team had only recently started using Sparrow Den playing fields as a training venue. 

“Ryan parked his silver VW Golf and with a companion walked to the playing fields and met another member of the football team.

“As they were talking a man appeared from a nearby hedge, dropping his bicycle to the ground and walked up to the men. He then shot Ryan three times and fled on the bike across the adjacent field in the direction of New Addington.

“The suspect had been seen in the area of Sparrows Den playing fields between 18.00hrs and 19.00hrs on Tuesday 14 July and he was also seen in the vicinity of Coney Hall Football club, West Wickham, about half a mile away between the same times on Thursday 9 July.

“Through our investigations we have established that Ryan led a compartmentalised lifestyle which included connections to organised cannabis farming and to criminals for which he enforced drug debts.

“We believe this was a planned and targeted attack on Ryan. We also believe his killer was aware of his movements and had visited the location prior to the murder on a reconnaissance mission.

“I strongly believe that there are people out there who know exactly what happened to Ryan and who is responsible for his murder. I would urge them to come forward in the strictest confidence.”

Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Nathan Williams, 24, was shot dead in New Cross at 1.30am on July 28, 2009.

The father-of-one was sitting in a black VW Golf in Ludwick Mews when he was blasted with a shotgun and a handgun.

He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 2.11am.

Witnesses said four males may have been involved in the shooting.

A £20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible.

I am confident that there are people out there who know why Nathan was shot that night and I am appealing to them to come forward. I appreciate that people may feel apprehensive about coming forward but I would like to reassure them that we can take measures to protect them if required. The perpetrators of gun crime and violence rely on a climate of fear in order to silence the communities they blight with their crimes and it is crucial that people with information come forward.

Detective Inspector Peter Hine

Witnesses or anyone with information should contact the Incident Room on 020 8785 8267 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Woodpecker estate was also the scene of the killings of Nathan Allen on May 3, 2010, Jason Gale-Bent, 29, on September 17, 2006, Peter Buahin, 23, on July 25, 2005, and Orville Davidson, 25, on March 28, 2005.

Oktay Erbasli, 23, was shot dead in his Range Rover in a suspected gangland revenge attack at around 4pm on October 2, 2009.

He was attacked as he sat at traffic lights at the junction of The Roundway and Great Cambridge Road with his girlfriend and five year-old stepson.

Witnesses said the gunman pulled alongside the car on a high-powered motorcycle before shots were fired.

Nobody has been charged with the murder and the case remains unsolved.

Mr Erbasli, who ran Tottenham’s Pound Stop Shop, is thought to have been a member of the Tottenham Boys.

It is believed he was targeted by the rival Bombacilar gang as part of a bloody feud dating back to January 2009.

The feud between the Bombacilar and the Tottenham Boys also claimed the lives of Ahmet Paytak, Cem Duzgun, Ali Armagan and Zafer Eren.

Daniel Duke, 22, was shot shot three times in Alberta Street, Kennington, south London, at around 6.45pm on 2 November 2009.

He managed to call 999 and speak to the operator before collapsing at the front door of a nearby house in Ambergate Street.

Daniel Duke

Daniel died in hospital the next morning.

The case remains unsolved after two men were found not guilty of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey in November 2010.

Jurors were told Daniel was a small-time cannabis dealer who had arranged to meet a customer near Kennington tube station.

Witnesses walking nearby heard the shots and saw two men running back to a silver Ford Mondeo which raced away from the scene.

The gun used to kill Daniel was later found in the possession of a teenager who hid the weapon in his bedroom.

Police have appealed for help tracing two men who were captured on CCTV footage at a petrol station on Camberwell Road a few hours after the murder. The silver Mondeo was found burnt out close by.

Police said they could be ‘significant witnesses’

DS Stansfield added: “If you recognise who is in these pictures, or that is you, we would strongly urge you to come forward – these people may have crucial information which could assist the investigation.”

Coping with Daniel’s death meant changing my name, undergoing operable cancer surgery, ageing quickly and my body failing me. Living a double life, people who know me now and those who knew me prior to the murder. I have tried to be strong for our family, my boys and friends but I’m crying on the inside.

Daniel was kind, always thoughtful and loyal and he had an extremely close bond with his siblings. Sadly we could not save him from his killers. Daniel was loved so much. Seeing him during identification behind the glass screen, he looked very different and this was my first experience of seeing someone who had died. My son was not coming back home.

During the investigation you have no control. I wanted to solve the case and wrote everything down that happened from the day Daniel was shot. For weeks my phone rang it was the police, friends and family night and day. No one had the answer to my question ‘why?’

I do not believe this is the end, I don’t have religious faith but hope one day someone will come forward, a mother, sister, brother or even the killers. Our family has never been the same, we have been through this trauma together, the pain together and will be together when the killers are caught and prosecuted for this crime. Please help us to find and convict Daniel’s killers.

Daniel’s mother, Khadija Samuels, speaking in 2020

To provide information, call 101 quoting Operation Traxler. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Last sighting of Philip Silvester

Philip Sylvester, 62, was last seen alive visiting a local convenience store in Whetstone Road, Kidbrooke, south London on December 2, 2009.

He was found dead on December 13 after police officers forced their way into his home in Kellaway Road at 5.50pm. Mr Sylvester had suffered fatal injuries to his head and chest.

Detective Inspector Nigel Foster, from the Met’s Homicide Serious Crime Command, said: “Despite continued efforts we are still in the dark as to why anyone would want to murder such a quiet and private man who kept himself to himself. Mr Silvester was a very quiet man who lead a private life and generally kept himself to himself. He rarely socialised and was careful about opening his front door to strangers. I would particularly like to appeal to anyone who was in Kellaway Road between Tuesday 1 December and Sunday 13 December 2009 and heard a disturbance in the area to contact the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 8721 4868 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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