Po­lice still search­ing for fa­ther’s as­sas­sin

De­tec­tives urge wit­nesses to come for­ward

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amy De-Keyzer amy.de-keyzer@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SIX months af­ter a fa­ther-of-three was gunned down out­side his Uxbridge home, po­lice con­tinue to hunt for his killer.

A mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched by the Metropoli­tan Po­lice on Fe­bru­ary 3 af­ter a man was found in Vine Lane suf­fer­ing from gun shot wounds.

The 38-year-old vic­tim – later named as Red­wan El-Ghaidouni – was pro­nounced dead at the scene shortly be­fore 8pm.

Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to the Gazette’s sis­ter web­site, getwest­lon­don, in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer DCI Noel McHugh, from the Met’s Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, said: “Six months on from Red­wan’s mur­der, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find his killer (or killers) is as ac­tive as it was on day one, and we re­main com­mit­ted to bring­ing who­ever is re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice.

“I have said be­fore and re­it­er­ate again to­day, that there are peo­ple out there who know who did this and they need to come for­ward and speak to us.

“Red­wan had been linked to crim­i­nal­ity in the past. I am sure his mur­der re­mains widely talked about in crim­i­nal cir­cles – I urge those in the know to speak to us in the strictest con­fi­dence.”

In the days fol­low­ing the shoot­ing, po­lice said they be­lieved it was a “tar­geted at­tack”.

Neigh­bours said they heard the shots – which sounded “like fire­works” – and saw the emer­gency ser­vices ar­rive at the scene.

Lo­cal peo­ple spoke of their shock that some­thing so sin­is­ter had hap­pened on their doorstep, with one say­ing: “It’s a very quiet area nor­mally. Noth­ing like this has ever hap­pened be­fore.”

The vic­tim lived in Vine Lane with his part­ner and fam­ily.

Of­fi­cers said the vic­tim had been in­side his parked car, on the drive­way of his home, when he was ap­proached by a lone male sus­pect who fired a num­ber of shots into the ve­hi­cle be­fore mak­ing off on foot.

Ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion from the public, po­lice said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that the shoot­ing was con­nected to Mr El-Ghaidouni’s past. DCI McHugh said: “He was linked to crim­i­nal­ity and had re­cently served a sen­tence for drug im­por­ta­tion. Did some­one have a griev­ance against him drugs or crim­i­nal­ity?”

In June, de­tec­tives re­leased an e-fit of a man seen near Mr ElGhaidouni’s home shortly be­fore he was shot and killed. Po­lice of­fered a £50,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion to bring the killer to jus­tice.

Mr El-Ghaidouni’s part­ner, Sa­man­tha Tait, also ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion. She said: “It feels like a night­mare.

“The po­lice have been work­ing tire­lessly around the clock, but they need your help, for all his fam­ily and his chil­dren’s sake make that call. We des­per­ately seek the truth and to ob­tain jus­tice for Red­wan.” re­lated to

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IN­VES­TI­GA­TION:

n Far left, Red­wan El-Ghaidouni who was mur­dered out­side his home. Above, the e-fit of a man seen in the area be­fore he was g gunned down in his drive­way

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