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Desmond O'Beirne assault

News   •   Apr 09, 2018 08:00 BST

[Victim]: Desmond O'Beirne

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Trafalgar Square in June, 2017 that resulted in the death of the victim.

Desmond O'Beirne, 51 (27.08.66) from Westminster was attacked in the area outside the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, WC2, by two men at around 00:25hrs on Saturday, 3rd June 2017.

London Ambulance Service attended and treated Desmond at the scene before taking him to hospital. However, he subsequently died from his injuries on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

A post-mortem examination took place at Westminster Mortuary on 3 January 2018 and gave the cause of death as a head injury.

Mr O’Beirne’s death in hospital in December last year, six months after the assault took place, prompted the launch of a murder investigation by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command led by Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh.

A serious crime reward of £20,000 is available to anyone providing vital information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the murder.

DCI Noel McHugh, investigating, said: “Someone might see this video and remember that they witnessed this incident; you will see a female who is clearly shocked by what has happened and holds her hands up to her face.

“You may have been part of the group and did not realise how seriously Desmond was hurt and that he has now died. That may pray on your mind. You can contact us and help us get justice. Desmond was an inoffensive man, a big man and character, who was out having a drink. The CCTV shows that he was senselessly attacked and he never stood a chance.

“The events of Desmond's attack precede the London Bridge Terrorists attacks which were in the following evening. So whilst there is a passage of time, people will remember where they were in London, and could remember this incident. I’m asking anyone who took any footage or selfies around that time in to contact us; take a look through your photos and see if you have something that can help us.”

Desmond’s sister; Vivienne Folan said: "My brother Desmond was hard working and larger than life. He was on a night out in Trafalgar Square when he was brutally and viciously attacked by two cowards who then calmly walked away and left him for dead.

“As a direct result of this attack he suffered a traumatic brain injury and was left in a vegetative state. Desmond's life was ended far too soon and our family is left devastated by his loss.

“Unfortunately for Desmond, his attack happened less than 24 hours before the London Bridge/Borough Market terrorist attacks and I feel that possible witnesses may have focused their attentions on those events. I am appealing to members of the public who may have been in the Trafalgar Square area on the night and witnessed this assault to come forward to the police.

“I am trying to get justice for Desmond, his two attackers were very distinctive and part of a larger group. I hope that witnesses and those from that group who did not know how serious the attack was will now come forward."

Suspect descriptions:

Suspect 1: has a top knot hair style, full beard, red t-shirt, dark trousers and light colour shoes. Suspect 1 can be seen to punch to the back of the victim's head.

Suspect 2: was wearing a black jacket with a white emblem on right shoulder and white writing with a picture on the rear. He was also wearing a white top under the jacket, dark trousers and dark shoes with white soles. Suspect 2 can be seen to kick the victim after he collapsed on the pavement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

You can also tweet information via @MetCC.