Unsolved murders in London: 2008

These 12 cases remain unsolved. Can you help?

Ade Pukeliene, 57, died after being robbed by two masked men on a scooter as she walked home from work.

The Lithuanian grandmother fell to the ground and fractured her skull after the muggers snatched her bag in Emerald Close in Beckton at around 6.45am on 28 February 2008.

She was found collapsed on the pavement at 7am but died after being taken to hospital.

Ms Pukeliene, who lived with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, had left a night shift at a bank in Canary Wharf at 6am and caught a train at Royal Albert DLR station. She was carrying a black shoulder bag which was missing when she was found.

Police appealed for help tracing two men who left the scene on a scooter or motorcycle towards Jasper Road and on to Stansfeld Road. The silver/light-grey scooter was seen in Beckton District Park, near the A13 Newham Way.

The suspect scooter

The suspects were described as describe as black, about 5ft 8in to 6ft tall, in their late teens or early 20s, with either hooded tops or hats and possibly wearing scarves over their faces.

In 2009 DI Brian Mather said: “This was a dreadful attack on a well-loved grandmum while her young grandson was waiting for her to come home from work. We still need the public’s help a year on to identify the killers and trace their route through Beckton Park at about 6.50 that morning.”

Doorman Syed Mehdi, 23, was shot dead outside the Blue Ice bar in Ilford at around 11.35pm on March 1, 2008.

Mr Mehdi, a Pakistani national who lived in Ilford, died in hospital four days after the attack in Cranbrook Road. A second victim, aged 37, suffered bullet wounds to his back but survived.

A £20,000 reward is still on offer for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the suspect caught on CCTV footage.

The suspect, described as a black male, aged between 17 and 25 and wearing a grey hooded top, black jeans and black shoes with white laces, approached the victims on foot before firing shots from a handgun.

Before the shooting he was caught on CCTV stopping three men in Cranbrook Road to ask for directions, about 150 metres from the bar. After the murder he ran off towards Ilford High Street.

DC Jon Williams, who was investigating officer in 2012, said: “We would like to speak in confidence to anyone with information – no matter how small they may think it is – and we are keen to trace the potential witnesses. We would like to reassure these men that they’re not in trouble – we would just like to speak to you to see if you have any information that might be useful to us.”

Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder in April 2008 but were later released with no further action.

Anyone with information that could assist police can call the incident room on 020 8733 4758 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Pensioner Alan Bailey died after being beaten up in the street in Kingsbury, northwest London, in the early hours of November 27, 2007.

The 66 year-old retired lift engineer was found lying on the floor in Lewgars Avenue by a passer-by and was taken to hospital.

But staff at Northwick Park Hospital discharged him shortly afterwards without treating his two broken arms and fractured ribs.

He was found dead four months later, wrapped in blankets on the living room sofa at his home in Boycroft Avenue on March 3, 2008. A postmortem revealed he had suffered multiple injuries and may have been dead for months.

Mr Bailey had become estranged from his family and shut himself off from the outside world.

An inquest concluded that a ‘fuller examination’ of Mr Bailey would have revealed his injuries.

Police offered a £20,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, but detectives said that the investigation had run out of leads because vital evidence was lost due to the length of time between the attack and the discovery of Mr Bailey’s body.

Nicholas Clarke, 19, was shot on 14 March, 2008, on the Myatts Field Estate in Stockwell.

He was taken to hospital but died the following day. A post-mortem examination found he had died from a gunshot wound to the head.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a group of eight young men were seen on the Myatt’s Field Estate when shots were fired at around 8pm.

Mr Clarke, a student who lived with his mother, was found fatally injured at Fountain Place shortly afterwards.

The inquest in 2015 heard that police believed it was gang-related but were unable to gather enough evidence to charge anyone. One witness told police that the victim was linked to the “OC” gang, while his family insisted he was not a gang member.

It was also suggested that Mr Clarke may have fired a gun during the incident, as a firearm was found in the road near a blue balaclava “heavily covered in gunshot residue”, but the evidence was inconclusive.

A man was jailed for 12 years for possession of the gun which was used to shoot Mr Clarke but he claimed he obtained the weapon weeks after the shooting.

The coroner, Andrew Harris, returned a narrative verdict, saying he there was not enough evidence to return a verdict of unlawful killing given that he could not exclude the possibility of self defence.

Nicholas was the most caring, loving and kind individual you could ever meet. His life was brought to an abrupt end at the hands of his murderer, who killed him in cold blood on that night two years ago. He is dearly missed by all who came into contact with him and we would urge anyone who knows anything to come forward and talk to the police. The individual who took Nicholas’ life has left a grieving family and a huge gap in our lives that can never be filled.

Sharon Barnett, the mother of Nicholas Clarke

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Martine Vik Magnussen, 23, was last seen alive leaving a nightclub in London’s West End with the son of one of the wealthiest businessmen in Yemen at around 2am on 14 March 2008. She was found dead in a basement at 222 Great Portland Street two days later. Police have named Farouk Abdulhak as the prime suspect but he is believed to be in hiding in Yemen. Read more.

Stephanie Elaidi, a 34 year-old French mother-of-one, was found dead in the River Lea on May 20, 2008.

A fisherman discovered her decomposed, partially-clothed body near Bream Close, Tottenham Hale, and she was only identified after DNA testing.

Miss Elaidi had suffered a puncture-type wound to the back of her skull and detectives believe she was murdered. Nobody has ever been charged and the case remains unsolved.

She had moved to the UK in 2000 and was known to use drugs and work in the sex trade.

In April 2011 it was reported that detectives were planning to speak to the serial killer Stephen Griffiths, known as the ”Crossbow Cannibal.”

Ezekiel Adeboyego Ojo, 24, was shot dead in Southwark, south London, in the early hours of August 22, 2008.

The Nigerian-born victim was found with a bullet wound to the chest in Penrose Street near the junction with Walworth Road at 2.45am.

His murder was investigated by Operation Trident but nobody was ever charged and the case remains unsolved.

DCI Tony Boughton said: “The area is near a very busy part of south east London. A large number of bus routes use Walworth Road and it contains many fast food outlets. I am appealing for anyone who was in the area around 2.30am to 2.45am or even before that time, and may have seen or heard anything suspicious.”

Anyone with any information should call 020 8247 4553 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Lucan Gordon, 23, was stabbed to death the day after celebrating his 23rd birthday.

He was attacked outside the Domino club in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, south London, at around 9pm on September 19, 2008.

Lucan, from West Norwood, was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival from a stab wound to the neck.

A £5,000 reward was offered for information about the murder but nobody has ever been charged and the case remains unsolved.

DCI Cliff Lyons, who led the investigation at that time, said: “Lucan was with friends outside the Domino Club at around 9pm that night when he was subjected to a vicious attack by another man.”

Our son’s life was cut short by a coward. There isn’t enough reason in the world to give justification for taking Lucan’s life. Lucan wasn’t a monster, maybe a bit misguided but never a threat to society or anyone. He was our son and a brother, loving, kind and very genuine at heart. His warm presence is sadly missed and not enough shoulders in the world could give us the strength we need to stand up. We only hope and pray that anyone who knows about his death will have a conscience and come forward so that justice will be served. I know someone out there knows something, please come forward so that our family will at least have some closure.

Lucan’s mother Pat Gordon

Ashley Kemete, 20, was shot dead in Kennington, south London, on Friday, October 17, 2008.

He was found suffering from three bullet wounds in White Hart Street at 9.10pm and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nodody was charged with the murder and the case remains unsolved.

Reports suggested the shooting was gang-related and that Ashley Kemete, nicknamed Termz, was associated with members of the Peckham Boys/SN1 group.

Detective Inspector Tony Broughton, who led the investigation at that time, said: “This murder happened in a busy part of town, just after 9pm on a Friday night. We know there were many people in the area. Several witnesses have already come forward, but there will be others who saw something or know something. We need those people to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Nathan Douglas, 20, was stabbed to death after travelling to a meeting to buy drugs in Wandsworth, south London, on November 3, 2008.

He left his friends, who were parked in a silver Renault Megane on Lebanon Road, at 11.15pm.

Minutes later he returned suffering from a stab wound to the neck.

Mr Douglas, who lived in Grosvenor Terrace, Southwark, was pronounced dead at the scene and a postmortem found the stab wound was most likely inflicted with a screwdriver.

Two men were arrested but nobody has been charged and the case remains unsolved.

An inquest in August 2011 heard detectives were able to link two suspects to the scene but the Crown Prosecution Service concluded there was insufficient evidence to bring a prosecution, partly because several witnesses refused to cooperate with police.

The coroner returned a conclusion of unlawful killing.

Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Straight A student Ricardo Cox was gunned down in a drive-by shooting after leaving a KFC restaurant in Croydon.

The 20 year-old was walking home with his brother Oniel when a car pulled up beside them in Derby Road at 9pm on October 26, 2008.

The killers asked: ‘Do you know anyone in the Byrd Gang?’

When Ricardo replied: ‘No’ he was shot twice in the chest with a .22 calibre revolver He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at hospital.

The car used by the gunman, a black hybrid Honda Civic, was found abandoned in Peall Road, Croydon, five days later.

The Honda Civic car used by the killers

Ricardo’s brother and aunt Juliet Mitchell have both for witnesses to come forward.

Oneil said: ‘My brother was not in a gang. He was always having a laugh. We just miss him. We want him to come back.’

Ms Mitchell described Ricardo as a ‘gentle giant’ and added: “This gang culture can stop and it must. You are not born into a gang, so you shouldn’t die in a gang. Ricky is another one gone too soon. The gang culture that killed him must stop. If you know anybody just come forward. Call the police anonymously.”

Everything I have looked at so far has indicated that Ricardo Cox was totally innocent. I am still in no doubt that there are people within the community who have information that could help our investigation. It is likely that the people involved in this incident may have boasted of their crime to friends or associates and I would ask that these people contact us. Ricardo’s family deserve to know what happened that night and have a right to see his killers brought to justice.

DCI Damian Allain, who led the investigation in 2008

Call police on 020 8721 4805 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Lorry driver Andrew Cunningham was stabbed to death in a sadistic attack on 10 December 2008.

The 52 year-old’s body was found in his caravan at the Business Centre on Riverside Road, Earlsfield, south London, shortly after 7.30am.

He had died from multiple knife wounds to the head, neck, chest and groin. Detectives have confirmed he suffered ‘unusual injuries’ to his genitals.

His caravan was also ransacked and his wallet containing up to £6,000 and a Scottish £100 note were missing.

Mr Cunningham had been convicted of unlawful sex with a 15 year-old girl in 2001 but was taken off the Sex Offenders Register in March 2008.

Detectives have considered a range of motives including a vigilante attack or a violent burglary gone wrong but the killing remains unsolved. Three men were arrested on suspicion of murder and released with no further action.

On December 8, 2011, returned to the scene to issue a further appeal for information.

Andrew Cunningham’s murder was most unusual and his killer or killers were brazen enough to spend a considerable amount of time inside his caravan committing this offence. Also, Andrew’s caravan was in a busy location fairly close to a local dog track and near to a frequently used cut-through, making it a fairly high-risk location. Therefore I believe his killers probably knew Andrew and were familiar with his home and his movements. For reasons unknown to us at this stage the killers inflicted injuries to Andrew’s genitals – why and what the significance of these injuries only his killer knows at this time but it is possible that they may have confided in someone or even boasted about it.

I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this murder to contact the police. I appreciate that you may feel frightened but I would like to reassure anyone with information that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.

It is the case that Andrew had previously been on the Sex Offenders’ Register for an offence he committed in 2000, however in the three years since his murder we have carried out an exhaustive investigation which has brought us no closer to a motive. Andrew was the victim of a sadistic killer and we remain determined and confident that we will identify and arrest the person or persons responsible.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola, speaking in 2011

An inquest was held on 9 November 2012 and returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

Westminster Coroner’s Court heard Mr Cunningham had been seen inviting three teenage schoolgirls into his caravan the day before his death.

Detectives interviewed 800 witnesses and scoured recordings from local CCTV cameras during their investigation without result.

The inquest also heard CCTV at the nearby Corner Pin public house was turned off at 4pm on the evening of the murder and only came on again at 11am the next morning. Four samples of DNA were found on the blinds and oven in the caravan but as yet no match has been found.

Deputy Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said it was clear Cunningham had died in a “frenzied attack.”

She added: “The fact we’re holding an inquest doesn’t mean that’s the end of the matter – it will remain an open case on police files. If someone is arrested for another offence and goes on the DNA database, a link may be made. We can only hope, for the family’s sake, that something will come up in the future.”

Contact the incident room at Sutton on 020 8721 4005 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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