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New appeal for information re: 2016 fatal shooting

News   •   Jan 12, 2018 05:30 GMT

[Victim: James Owusu-Agyekum]

More than a year on from the murder of a man in Harlesden, officers continue to appeal for witnesses and information in an attempt to catch his killers.

James Owusu-Agyekum, 22, of Harlesden, died following a shooting on Tynsdale Road, NW10 on 2 November 2016.

An inquest into James’ death was held at North London Coroner’s Court on Thursday, 11 January. The court heard that James had died as a result of four gunshot wounds to the back and a fifth wound to his arm. He was shot by one of two suspects who then fled to the nearby Stonebridge Estate on bicycles.

James was a popular young man from a devout Christian family, who had recently taken time out from his studies to care for his disabled mother. The motive for his killing is still unknown, but it was likely that James had been mistaken for someone else. A verdict of unlawful killing was recorded.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Bolton, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “James’ family has lived with the torment of knowing that his killer is still free for more than a year now. I am doing everything I can to change that.

“We are releasing images of two suspects we would like to speak to in connection with our investigation. I would urge anyone who recognises these people to contact us; all information will be handled in strictest confidence and could be key in helping to bring a small level of comfort to James’ family.”

A serious crime reward of £20,000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for the murder of James Owusu-Agyekum is also still available.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 22:45hrs following reports of a shooting.

Local officers and firearms officers attended and discovered James suffering from gunshot injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination on 4 November 2016 at Northwick Park Hospital Mortuary gave cause of death as gunshot wounds.

Despite extensive efforts to find James’ killers, officers have not yet been able to locate them.

Following the Inquest, James’ parents, said: “James, has senselessly been taken from his family and friends. His loss has left sorrow in all our hearts. We appeal, to anyone who has any information to pass this to police or anonymously to Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 8785 8244 or call police on 101. Alternatively, tweet information @MetCC.

Information can also be given to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the secure online form which can be found on the Crimestoppers website