Mother makes plea to Dubai residents
The mother of a man stabbed to death in the UK has made an emotional plea to 7DAYS readers to help find the main suspect in the case, who is believed to be in Dubai.
Shane O’Brien (pictured, inset) is wanted in connection with the death of 21-yearold Josh Hanson, who was killed in west London last year.
In March, O’Brien was added to the most wanted list by the UK’s Crimestoppers and National Crime Agency.
Earlier this week, 7DAYS reported online how the reward for information about O’Brien had been raised to just under Dhs100,000 (£20,000).
Now, Josh Hanson’s mother, Tracey, has called for readers to report any information they might have about O’Brien and to help put an end to her family’s suffering.
“We are finding it very hard to grieve for Josh because of all this,” she said. “We can’t, though, because we have to deal with this every day.”
She added: “We are always hoping and praying that today is the day. It’s been a massive strain on me and my family. By Patrick Ryan
“My mother’s 80 and this has ruined her life, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”
She called on people with any information about O’Brien’s movements in Dubai to come forward.
“If this was happening to you what would you want people to do?” she said.
“The most important thing is that if you think you have something, no matter how small, to come forward.
“Don’t doubt yourself, even if it’s only a tiny possibility that it’s Shane O’Brien.”
While the Metropolitan Police are chasing up a number of enquiries, they are confident that intelligence linking O’Brien to Dubai is genuine. Josh’s mother paid tribute to the Dubai residents for the support they have already offered her.
“I would like to thank the people of Dubai for all their help,” she said.
NO TIME TO GRIEVE: Josh Hanson is pictured with his mother Tracey