Man lied to po­lice over fa­tal shoot­ing

De­fen­dant ad­mit­ted mak­ing false state­ment in mur­der case

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

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

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