Mum and daugh­ter of mur­dered man sky­dive in his mem­ory

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THE mother and sis­ter of mur­dered Josh Han­son marked what would have been his 22nd birth­day with a group sky dive.

Mr Han­son, of Kings­bury, was stabbed to death at the RE Bar in Field End Road, East­cote, dur­ing the early hours of Oc­to­ber 11 last year.

His mother Tracey Han­son said: “Two years ago, Josh did a sky­dive to raise money for a girl in Amer­ica who needed an op­er­a­tion, and he was so brave.

“It was sug­gested that a sky­dive would be a great way to cel­e­brate his birth­day this year. I was ex­cited to feel closer to Josh through the sky­dive, but I was also pet­ri­fied.”

Mr Han­son would have turned 22 on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 27.

Be­fore his birth­day, Ms Han­son said: “Twenty-two years ago I gave birth to the most amaz­ing baby. I watched him grow and be­come a man.

“This birth­day, and all those that will fol­low are go­ing to be so dif­fi­cult.

“It has been a tra­di­tion that for ev­ery fam­ily birth­day we go for a curry, but now there will be an empty seat and that is go­ing to be so hard.

“How does one cope when you know Josh should be 22, but he will not be there? Last year for Josh’s 21st birth­day I made a spe­cial Oreo cake and he loved it. This year I have had a sim­i­lar cake made with Josh’s face on it.

“It is sur­real – I have never put my chil­dren’s faces on cakes be­cause they have al­ways been there with me.

“Ev­ery day is a liv­ing night­mare and no one de­serves to go through this.

“If you hold the small­est piece of in­for­ma­tion, please make that call.

“The pub­lic have been so sup­port­ive – I have more than 26,000 fol­low­ers on my jus­tice for Josh Han­son Face­book page.”

Mr Han­son was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the at­tack, and the cause of death was given as haem­or­rhage, in­hala­tion of blood and an in­cised wound to the neck.

Of­fi­cers con­tinue to ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of a man they wish to speak to in con­nec­tion with the mur­der.

Shane O’Brien, 27, of Lad­broke Grove, is be­ing sought by in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers who need to ur­gently speak to him.

A £10,000 re­ward is avail­able for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to his ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion.

Mr Han­son’s sis­ter, Brooke, said of the sky­dive: “I was very ner­vous, but it is a priv­i­lege to sky­dive in my amaz­ing brother’s mem­ory, es­pe­cially on his birth­day.

“The best birth­day present that any­one could give Josh would be jus­tice, and mak­ing the call to the po­lice telling them where Shane O’Brien is.”

DCI Noel McHugh said: “Our work to lo­cate and ar­rest O’Brien, and any­one who may be as­sist­ing him, con­tin­ues. We re­main to­tally fo­cused on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and achiev­ing jus­tice for Tracey, Brooke and all of Josh’s fam­ily and friends. How­ever long it takes, we are not go­ing to give up.

“As with any in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the pub­lic are our eyes and ears. Peo­ple will have seen and heard things about where O’Brien is. I would ap­peal to any­one who may be con­tem­plat­ing whether they should make that call to the po­lice to do the right thing and make the call.”

Mr O’Brien is de­scribed as white, 6ft and of mus­cu­lar build.

He should not be ap­proached by mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Any sight­ings of him should be re­ported to po­lice im­me­di­ately on 999.

n EMO­TIONAL TIME: Josh Han­son pic­tured with mum Tracey and sis­ter Brooke

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