Man lied to police over fatal shooting
Defendant admitted making false statement in murder case
A MAN has admitted lying to police investigating the gunning down of Uxbridge dadof-three Redwan ElGhaidouni.
Marwais Kakar, from Great Field Drive, Uxbridge, admitted to making a false statement at Isleworth Crown Court on July 8.
The murdered man’s partner Samantha Taitt said it was ‘heartbreaking’ that people would lie to police and urged anyone with information to come froward.
Kakar, 34, was originally charged with perverting the course of justice but a plea to making a false statement was accepted by the prosecution. He will be sentenced on August 21.
The 38-year-old victim was shot as he sat in the driver’s seat of his parked car on the driveway of the home he shared with Ms Taitt and his children in Vine Lane, Uxbridge, just before 7pm on February 3.
He had taken over 90 minutes to return home following work, instead of the usual 20 minutes, and police were keen to determine the cause of his delay.
Kakar was identified as someone who had been in contact with the victim shortly before his murder and was traced and interviewed by police. He initially told detectives he only knew the victim by a different name and that he had been a regular customer at his taxi firm.
But in subsequent interviews he changed his story several times, eventually admitting that El-Ghaidouni had rented a room from him for occasional visits over the course of two months prior to his death.
It was four months before the full truth emerged, by which time any evidence the victim had rented a room from Kakar was gone.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, leading the investigation, said: “Kakar deliberately misled the police investigation by providing false information, which not only hampered our enquiries but has been heartbreaking for Redwan’s family.
“As with any murder, no stone is left unturned. When people lie to us, we will uncover their deceit and they will be held accountable.”
Ms Taitt said: “It is heartbreaking that people would lie to the police, especially in a murder. For Redwan’s children, please do the right thing and contact the police.”
El-Ghaidouni was shot eight times through the car window after pulling into his drive. The gunman was wearing a distinctive dark hooded top, with a large motif on the front, dark bottoms, dark gloves and dark shoes or trainers.
He ran off through an alleyway that leads to Saunders Road, and turned the corner where he was caught on one CCTV camera, before running in the direction of Dowding Road.
Officers are still appealing for public help in identifying a man seen an hour before the murder, at around 6pm, standing on the verge by a telegraph pole, opposite the victim’s house at the junction of St Andrew’s Road and Vine Lane.
He was standing opposite the alleyway the gunman used to escape. Police have issued an e-fit of the man and say he may hold crucial information.
A £50,000 reward remains on offer for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the murder.
n ‘HEARTBREAKING’: Marwais Kakar (above) made a false statement in the murder investigation of Redwan El-Ghaidouni