These 27 homicide cases from 2019 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Contact the police, or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.
Kamil Malysz, a 34 year-old Polish national, was found stabbed to death at a flat in Alfred Road, Acton, at 10.15am on 27 January. Police are appealing for information about suspect Patryk Makuch, also a 34 year-old Polish national, who is believed to have travelled to Europe. Call the incident room on 020 8785 8244.
Nedim Bilgin, 17, was stabbed in Caledonian Road, Islington, near the junction with Tilloch Street, at around 6.49pm on 29 January. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.15pm. Four males aged between 16 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of murder but no one has yet been charged. Appealing for information, DCI Mark Wrigley said: “We have had reports of people seen running around and on pedal bikes near Caledonian Road junction with Tilloch Street at around this time. Were you there? Did you see anything suspicious? Did you record footage before or after the attack or did have you vehicle’s dashcam on? We need to hear from you to help build a clearer picture of what happened.”
Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, was stabbed to death in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, on 16 March. Lovel Bailey, 29, was charged with murder but the case was discontinued due to insufficient evidence in June 2019.
Abdirashid Mohamoud, 17, was chased and stabbed to death in Union Lane, Isleworth, on 22 March.
Ramane Richard Wiggan, 25, was shot dead in Friar Mews, West Norwood, on 27 March.
Calvin Bungisa, 22, was chased and stabbed to death in Grafton Road, Kentish Town, on 1 April. The suspects then ran back to Vicar’s Road and escaped in a dark coloured VW Bora, which was found burnt out hours later in Court Gardens. Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell said the murder may be gang-related.
Noore Bashir Salad, 22, was found shot and stabbed in Church Road, Manor Park, just before 9.30pm on 8 April. Noore, from Stratford, was pronounced dead at the scene. A postmortem found he died of a stab wound to the leg.
Police described the killing as “savage and intentional” and appealed for witnesses and information. In an early appeal, they said they believed Noore was approached by three men who fled towards Browning Road.
Ten men were arrested on suspicion of murder in the weeks following the attack but nobody has been charged.
Noore was brutally shot and stabbed in the street on this day last year and despite multiple arrests we have yet to charge the murderers. I am hoping that with the passing of a year, someone who didn’t feel they could speak to us as the time of the murder may now feel able to come forward. Noore’s murder was savage and intentional. The injuries inflicted were nothing less than catastrophic making it difficult for medics at the scene to even establish whether they were caused by a gun or a knife.
Eye witness accounts stated that the killers continued to attack him, even though he was mortally injured. The sheer brutality and mindlessness of the violence employed by those responsible makes it vital that they are identified, apprehended and placed before the courts.
If you have information please help us to remove these dangerous individuals from your community. So often people think that their information is not significant and won’t make a difference, but that is never the case. By gathering evidence and speaking with people at the time of the murder we have built a picture of events leading up to, and immediately following, Noore’s death. Could your information be a missing piece of our picture?Detective Sergeant Mike Herrick, speaking in April 2020
Call the incident room directly on 020 8345 3715 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Aron Kato, 28, was last seen being pushed into a BMW car on Ley Street, Ilford, shortly after 4.30am on 18 April. Police launched a murder investigation in July after failing to trace either him or the vehicle. A £10,000 reward for information was offered by the Crimestoppers charity.
Steven Brown, 47, was found stabbed in Matthias Road, Stoke Newington, at 5.47pm on 17 April 2019. He died at the scene at 6.10pm.
Police believe he was attacked by someone he knew in Cowper Road as a result of a dispute. He managed to walk to Matthias Road before collapsing. A postmortem found the cause of death was a stab wound to the heart and blood loss.
Thirteen people have been arrested during the investigation but nobody has been charged.
I really miss my Dad, I still can’t believe that he is gone. Somebody out there knows who did this to him. People in the community talk but they need to talk to the police so that they can arrest those responsible for killing my dad. I miss him so much, it’s unfair that the people who did this to him think they have got away with it.”Steven Brown’s 18-year-old daughter Shenell, speaking in April 2020
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Considine said: “I believe Steven may have known the perpetrators and the motive for the assault was over some dispute between them. The attack took place on a residential street in the early evening, when many people would still have been out and about. I am convinced that there will be members of the community who know who is responsible for this horrific act, that has left Steven’s family devastated. They cannot begin to recover from the grieving process until they see justice served.
“My team have made numerous arrests in relation to this enquiry. Some of those individuals very much remain under investigation but I need the public’s help. Perhaps you know something and are concerned about telling us what you know or you might be someone that would not usually engage with police. I want you to know that any information you have will be treated in the strictest confidence. Alternatively you can make use of anonymous methods like the independent charity Crimestoppers – however you choose to make contact with us, what matters most is that you tell us what you know.”
Contact the incident room on 020 8345 3865.
Mohammed Shah Subhani, 27, was last seen alive on 7 May 2019.
At 1.45pm that day he arrived at Acton police station to collect property, including a set of number plates and two mobile phones. Police believe someone may have been under the mistaken impression he had also been handed back £3,800 in confiscated cash.
His white Audi Q3, registration LC67 CXS, was later caught on CCTV travelling from Actonto a business in Derby Road, Hounslow, where he was due to collect £5,000, at around 3pm. It left at 3.19pm but police do not believe Shah was driving and he was not seen leaving the premises.
Shah’s family reported him missing shortly before midnight, having not seen him since 12.30pm.
His Audi was recovered in Camden on 19 June following a police pursuit, but the three occupants evaded arrest. False plates had been fitted to the vehicle within one or two days of Shah’s disappearance.
In August 2019 police announced the disappearance was being treated as a murder inquiry.
Shah’s remains were found during a search of a woodland area near Hedgerley Lane, Beaconsfield, Bucks, in December.
A year on and the pain is still as fresh as it was when Shah first went missing. For 7 months we held on to hope and prayers that our beloved brother would return. But one day, we were told his body was discovered in an isolated woodland in Buckinghamshire and that day it was all over, our dreams were shattered, our hearts were broken, our brother had been snatched from us in the most brutal way.
We are still hopeful that we will get justice for him and put those monsters behind bars so they can never do anything so horrific to another being again, but we need your help, you may be a friend, a relative, a partner of someone who has brutally taken the life of another, it’s only humanly right to step up and help get justice for a mother and father who lost their 27-year-old son who had his whole life ahead of him, 6 loving siblings, a lifelong partner and a beautiful daughter who never got the opportunity to meet her father or experience his love, how unfair is that, you can help us, something so small may be something so significant. It only takes one phone call.Iqra Subhani, Shah’s sister
Detectives are appealing for information about a black BMW X5 seen in the area in the days after 7 May. It was stolen in Farnborough, Hampshire, on 8 February 2019 and given the cloned numberplate YC67 MFY. It was recovered in Hounslow on 3 August.
Detective Chief Inspector Vicky Tunstall said: “I still believe there are people out there who either have knowledge of what happened to Shah on the 7th May, or the days just after. I also believe there are people who may have seen suspicious activity in and around the Hedgerley Village area of Buckinghamshire, around that time. I would like to appeal to the hearts of the people with knowledge, first of all, and ask this direct question; ‘Can you live with this knowledge for the rest of your life?’ When he went missing Shah’s partner was expecting a baby and has now given birth to a little girl, who is now eight months old. Shah will never see his baby; his daughter will never know her father. Shah was also a brother, a son and an uncle to a close and loving family. Please don’t disregard this lightly – you could provide the final missing piece in this most tragic and challenging of investigations. You could make the difference. We will deal with whatever you tell us sensitively and in strictest confidence, you have nothing to fear and, be assured, it is the right thing to do.”
Detectives are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
Contact police on 101, or via Twitter @MetCC, quoting Operation Rockton, or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Ismaila Ceesay, 33, was stabbed in the abdomen during a fight in Warwick Road, Forest Gate, at around 1.15am on 28 May.
Eniola Aluko, 19, was shot dead in a car park in Hartville Road, Plumstead, at around 4.54pm on 14 June. His family said in a statement: “Eniola was a wonderful son who was looking forward to starting university later this year. He was good, kind and respectful and we are struggling to understand why he has been taken from us.”
Edward Simpson, 25, was shot dead at Exeter House on Water Mill Way, Feltham, at around 11.08pm on 21 June.
Craig Small, a 32-year-old rapper known as Smallz, was shot outside a shop in Harrow Road near Monks Park, Wembley, at around 8.10pm on 5 July. He died shortly after arriving at hospital.
Courtney Ellis, 34, was charged with murder, Christopher Kyei, 32, and Horaine Nicholas, 29, were charged with perverting the course of justice, and Aaron Youngsam, 28, was charged with assisting offender but the case was discontinued due to lack of evidence. Friends of the victim believed the killing was carried out by members of the rival St Raphs street gang.
Two days later they shot dead an innocent man in a botched revenge attack because he bore a resemblance to a leading member of that gang.
Amanda Gretton, 57, was found dead at garages in Prendergast Road, Blackheath, at around 5pm on 5 July.
She was last seen in the early hours of 15 May when CCTV captured her walking with another woman along Lawn Terrace in Blackheath. Staff members at her assisted living accommodation reported her missing later that day. Police said there are no known sighting of her after that until the discovery of her body.
The garages were known to be used by homeless people and for fly tipping and detectives are trying to identify a white van which was seen driving to and from the garages on 15 May. The occupants, a man and a woman, spoke to a man at the scene.
Detectives said Amanda Gretton had “injuries suggestive of third party involvement”, including fractures to her neck and nose. However the postmortem was unable to establish a cause of death.
In addition to establishing who was in the van, I need to speak with anyone who used those garages in Prendergast Road last year. They may have information that will be crucial to this investigation.DCI Richard Vandenbergh, Metropolitan Police
Call police with any information on 020 8721 4961.
Boluwatife Oyewunmi, 22, died in hospital on 11 July of cardiac arrest, pneumonia and brain injury caused by a gunshot wound. He had been shot in Lincoln Road, Enfield, more than two years earlier, at around 9.45pm on 5 April 2017. A murder investigation was launched following his death and five men remain under investigation.
Kye Manning, 19, was stabbed in the heart on Brighton Road, Purley, Croydon, at 9.10pm on 11 July.
Robert Komuro, 41, was found with serious head injuries on Gordon Road, Yiewsley, Hillingdon, shortly after 10pm on 23 July. He died in hospital at 1.49pm on 25 July.
Liam Dent, 25, died after being deliberately run over and dragged for half a mile along the road in Moor Lane, Chessington, at around 12.13am on 26 July.
The car used by the killers, a Ford S Max, was later found burnt out in Cyclamen Way in Epsom.
Detectives believe Liam was involved in a dispute outside the Lucky Rover pub in Chessington earlier that night. He and his friends had an altercation with a group in a Volvo V40, which was later found burnt out on Alexandra Road in Epsom.
The suspects then travelled in convoy in the Ford S Max and black BMW before launching the attack.
CCTV footage showed Liam walking with friends near Rhodrons Avenue in Chessington shortly before he was run over.
Liam had been out enjoying a summer’s evening with his friends in Chessington and was on his way home when he was killed. Liam was deliberately struck by a Ford SMAX and dragged half a mile – he did not stand a chance. His death has left an unfillable gap in his family, and we are still unable to explain to them why this happened. Detectives from Specialist Crime have worked tirelessly to identify the persons responsible for Liam’s death and to date have made 10 arrests, but we still need the public’s help to piece together the events of that night. Someone knows what happened, and I would urge them to search their conscience about the impact their silence is having on everyone who knew Liam. I would like to hear from anyone who thinks they have information. Perhaps you have already spoken with officers but have since remembered something; I can provide absolute reassurance that any such information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.Detective Inspector Garth Hall, Metropolitan Police
Liam’s mother, Stacey Dent, said: “I know that there were lots of people there who saw what happened and I know how scared people are to come forward but this is a callous crime. I don’t have any doubt that this person will do it again. Two children have lost their father; I have lost my son. It is complete devastation for all the family. The thought of the attacker getting away with this is too much for me. We want justice so that we can move on with our lives. One person coming forward could make the difference between this person being convicted or being free to do the same to someone else’s family member.” Maisie Johnson, Liam’s partner, added: “I urge anyone to come forward if they have any information. My children have lost their father and I have lost my soul mate.”
Wilson Alexandre Garcia Varela, 24, was shot in the chest near the Fiddlers Elbow pub on Malden Road, Kentish Town, shortly before midnight, on 8 September 2019. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.10am on 9 September. Police said it appeared to be a drive-by shooting by two suspects on a moped and that Mr Varela was wrongly shot by gang members in a case of mistaken identity.
Assad Abdullah Yarow, 25, was stabbed to death near Camden Town tube station on Camden High Street at around 11.10pm on 12 September.
Omar Smith, 34, suffered stab and head injuries during a fight at a chicken shop in Downham Way, Grove Park, Lewisham, at around 11.55pm on 13 September. He died in hospital on 14 September.
Zoe Orton, 46, was found dead at her flat in McMillan Street, Deptford, at 10am on 21 October.
There were no signs of a disturbance or entry having been forced to the property. She had suffered a single injury to the neck and a postmortem confirmed she had been strangled.
Detectives believe Zoe was murdered on or around 4 October but have ruled out robbery as a motive as nothing was stolen.
She was known to frequent Deptford and Woolwich to associate with local drinkers.
At around 4am on 1 October Zoe was captured on CCTV leaving Woolwich DLR station. She was last seen alive two days later but her phone records suggest she was still alive in the early hours of 4 October in Woolwich Town Centre.
This a terribly tragic case, with the victim killed in her own home for reasons we have as yet been unable to establish. Zoe led a chaotic lifestyle and though she lived alone, she often had individuals coming in and out of the property. We need to find the person who has done this and hold them to account; and I hope the added incentive of a significant reward will encourage anyone with information which could assist to come forward. Any details provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.Detective Inspector Steve Keogh
Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4961.
Vladislavs Radionovs, a 57-year-old Latvian national, was found dead by the side of the road in Oaks Lane, Iflord, at 6.12am on 2 November. He had suffered a head injury. Detectives said he may have been assaulted elsewhere before being left at the scene and appealed for information from anyone who used the road or footpath near Aldborough Hatch Farm during the previous night.
Justin Bello, 38, was found dead in a communal bin shed at the rear of premises in Lovett Way, Neasden, at 8.16am on 25 November. The case was initially treated as unexplained but on 9 December police said they were investigating it as murder. Police have not revealed the cause of death. His family said: “So many lives have been destroyed by this senseless evil act which took Justin from us and we urge the public to come forward with any information they might have.”
Albert Amofa, 33, was stabbed in the leg in Drake Road, Croydon, at around 9.18pm on 15 December. He died in hospital on 17 December. Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman said: “It appears Albert was simply returning home to be with his family. He was killed near his own home and his family have been left devastated. I believe that someone in the local community will have information about who was responsible for killing Albert. You cannot imagine the pain this has caused his family and I am directly asking the community to give them the answers they deserve.” Contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005.
Lee Styles, 39, was found suffering serious head injuries in Fishponds Park, Surbiton, shortly before 3pm on 18 December. He died in hospital on the afternoon of 19 December. Homicide detectives took over the investigation on 27 December and said they believed Lee had been assaulted. Two men were arrested and released on bail. Contact the incident room 020 8785 8244.
Note: Unsolved is defined here as meaning no suspect has been charged with or convicted of murder / manslaughter. ‘Lawful’ homicides (e.g. self defence) are not included.