Four ar­rests in shoot­ing of former drugs baron

All ac­cused of con­spir­acy to mur­der dad killed on drive­way

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

PO­LICE in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mur­der of Red­wan ElGhaidouni, who was shot dead on the drive­way of his home in Uxbridge more than a year ago, made four ar­rests last week.

A 36-year-old man was ar­rested on Fri­day May 13, on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to mur­der and re­mains in cus­tody.

A 41-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were ar­rested at around 6am on Wed­nes­day May 11 for con­spir­acy to mur­der and re­main in cus­tody at sep­a­rate Lon­don po­lice sta­tions.

A sub­stan­tial re­ward of £50,000 re­mains on of­fer for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion of the per­son or peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the fa­therof-three’s mur­der in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Noel McHugh, of the Homi­cide and Ma­jor Crime Com­mand, said: “Ex­ten­sive en­quiries have been car­ried out over the last year and we have made good in­roads into un­der­stand­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Red­wan’s mur­der, lead­ing us to these ar­rests today.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues and we are still very much en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come for­ward

“I would like to thank all those who have as­sisted us so far and I hope the large re­ward on of­fer will prompt any­one who has yet to do so to ap­proach us in con­fi­dence.”

Red­wan shot as he was fa­tally

sat in the driver’s seat of his car, on the drive­way of the home he shared with his part­ner and three chil­dren, on Vine Lane, Uxbridge, just be­fore 7pm on Fe­bru­ary 3 2015.

Af­ter the vic­tim pulled into his drive­way, he was ap­proached by a man who shot him mul­ti­ple times through the car win­dow.

The sus­pect ran off through an al­ley­way that leads to Saun­ders Road. He turned the cor­ner where he was caught on a CCTV cam­era be­fore run­ning in the di­rec­tion of Dowd­ing Road.

He was wear­ing a dis­tinc­tive dark hooded top with a large logo on the front as well as dark bot­toms, dark gloves and dark shoes or train­ers.

CCTV also shows the sus­pect – again wear­ing the top with the large mo­tif – in Saun­ders Road on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions on Jan­uary 31 and Fe­bru­ary 2. It is thought these were failed at­tempts to shoot Red­wan.

Of­fi­cers are also still keen to hear from any­one who can iden­tify a man seen an hour be­fore Red­wan was mur­dered, at about 6pm, stand­ing on the verge by a tele­graph pole at the junc­tion of St An­drew’s Road and Vine Lane, op­po­site Red­wan’s house.

Po­lice have put out re­newed ap­peals and the case has ap­peared on BBC’s Crime­watch.

DCI McHugh added: “As we’ve pre­vi­ously said, Red­wan did have a crim­i­nal past and had been linked to drug im­por­ta­tion.

“He had been re­leased from pri­son al­most seven months be­fore his death but he had been work­ing full-time at a car deal­er­ship and en­joy­ing be­ing a fam­ily man again.

“We con­tinue to look into his back­ground for an­swers about what hap­pened but what­ever the cir­cum­stances, his mur­der has left three young sons with­out a father and his long-term part­ner dev­as­tated.”

Mean­while, Mar­wais Kakar, 34, was given a six-month jail sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, af­ter ham­per­ing de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killing.

On Au­gust 10 last year, Kakar, 34, of Great Field Drive, Uxbridge, was sen­tenced at Isle­worth Crown Court to six months’ im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for two years, for pro­vid­ing false in­for­ma­tion to de­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing Red­wan’s mur­der.

Call the in­ci­dent room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111 if you have any in­for­ma­tion.

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