£20k re­ward to help bring jus­tice for Josh’s fam­ily

Po­lice be­lieve main sus­pect is ‘be­ing helped by other peo­ple’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A £20,000 re­ward has been of­fered in the hunt to find the lead­ing sus­pect in the mur­der of Josh Han­son in Hillingdon.

The Met de­scribed Shane O’Brien as “one of Bri­tain’s most wanted fugi­tives” on Thurs­day July 7 as they dou­bled the sum avail­able for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the 28-year-old’s ar­rest and pros­e­cu­tion.

O’Brien and is on the most wanted lists of Crimestop­pers and the Na­tional Crime Agency, was thought to have been hid­ing in the Nether­lands but po­lice now be­lieve he has trav­elled to Dubai.

Josh died af­ter what po­lice de­scribed as a “bru­tal” and “un­pro­voked” in­ci­dent at the RE Bar in Field End Road, East­cote, in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 11 last year.

The 21-year-old, of Kings­bury, was pro­nounced dead at the scene, with a post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion later giv­ing a wound to the neck as one of the causes of his death.

In Jan­uary this year, Josh’s mum Tracey said the search for jus­tice was adding to the an­guish for his heart­bro­ken fam­ily.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Noel McHugh, from the Met’s homi­cide and ma­jor crime com­mand, said: “We hope the of­fer of this sub­stan­tial re­ward will en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward and help us de­tain O’Brien.

“Clearly O’Brien is be­ing helped by other peo­ple to evade po­lice – some of those al­legedly as­sist­ing him have al­ready been ar­rested.

“The fact that O’Brien is mov­ing from coun­try to coun­try demon­strates he has the means to travel with­out us­ing his own iden­tity.

“So we would ask peo­ple to look closely at O’Brien’s photo and if you recog­nise him con­tact us. He has a dis­tinc­tive tat­too on his back that says ‘ Shan­non 15-04-06’ which may help iden­tify him.”

He added that po­lice had taken calls about po­ten­tial sight­ings across the world, and urged peo­ple to get in touch with any in­for­ma­tion as they could hold that “cru­cial clue”.

Josh’s mum Tracey said: “It has been eight-and-ahalf months since my son and Brooke’s brother Josh was mur­dered in an un­pro­voked knife at­tack and we are still fight­ing for jus­tice.

“Not a sin­gle sec­ond, minute or hour of the day goes by with­out us not be­ing able to prop­erly grieve or mourn for Josh as Shane O’Brien, the man po­lice would like to speak to in con­nec­tion with Josh’s mur­der, is still at large.

“We are ask­ing the pub­lic to help in any way they can, if you have the slight­est doubt in your mind as to whether you think you may have seen Shane O’Brien or know some­one who has, please come for­ward and help us get jus­tice.

“Our lives will never ever be the same with­out Josh and it just gets harder and harder ev­ery day, so please if you have any in­for­ma­tion at all no mat­ter how small or ir­rel­e­vant you think it may be, please call the po­lice.”

O’Brien, who is orig­i­nally from Lad­broke Grove, is de­scribed as white, 6ft tall with grey eyes and short dark brown hair. He may use the name Troy O’Brien.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic have been ad­vised not to ap­proach him, and to re­port any sight­ings im­me­di­ately to po­lice by di­alling 999.

Two men have al­ready been ar­rested as part of the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

On Oc­to­ber 28 last year, a 24-year-old man and a 29-year-old man – who were on an in­bound flight to the UK – were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and as­sist­ing an of­fender.

Both men re­main on po­lice bail pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries, and are next due be­fore po­lice on a date in early Septem­ber.

n MUR­DERED: Josh Han­son was killed in a vi­cious and un­pro­voked at­tack n WANTED: A re­ward of £20 £20,000000 has bee been of­fered for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of Shane O’Brien, who may use the name Troy O’Brien

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