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Anniversary appeal in Valentine's Day murder


POLICE ARE offering a reward of £20,000 for information into the murder of 35-year-old Omer Jama Abdi on Valentine's Day last year.

It is understood that Mr Abdi had been involved in an altercation with two men, described as being of Somali appearance, outside an address in St John's Road, Wembley, prior to the assault, which took place at approximately 2am on February 14, 2012.

A initial post-mortem examination did not establish a formal cause of death, but following the results of further tests it was established Omer died of coronary heart disease with a causational link to the assault.

The following day, detectives released an image of a man they wished to speak to in connection with the investigation He is believed to be in his mid-30s, Somali in appearance. He has never been identified or contacted police and officers are continuing to appeal for information about him.

DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN?: The image previously released in February 2012 of the man officers wish to speak to

On 15 March 2012, officers issued an image of a vehicle they wish to trace. The silver three-door Vauxhall Corsa was seen leaving Elm Road shortly after the murder in nearby St John’s Road. Officers are now releasing CCTV footage of this car and another, a dark coloured Vauxhall Astra.

APPEAL: A still of a Vauxhall Corsa seen leaving Elm Road shortly after the murder

CCTV: A still of a dark coloured Vauxhall Astra seen leaving Elm Road shortly after the murder

Officers wish to speak to the drivers and any passengers of these vehicles in connection with the investigation.

They have also released images and footage of potential witnesses seen on CCTV. A group of three men were seen walking on St John’s Road at approximately 2:05am and a single man took the same route at approx. 2:10am.

POTENTIAL WITNESSES: Stills of the potential witnesses in St John's Road sought

Detective Inspector Jamie Stevenson, who is leading the investigation, has asked for the Somali community to "have confidence" in the Met and "feel they can come forward" with information about what happened on the night of his death.

He said: "It is now one year on since Omer died and his family is still no nearer to seeing those responsible brought to justice.

"There are a number of people we wish to identify and trace so we can speak to them about Omer's death and we hope the people will recognise themselves on the CCTV footage and images and call us."

He added: "We are also still keen to hear from anyone who knew Omer, that hasn't spoken to police and can help us identify anyone that he may have had any altercations with.

"I am also asking the Somali community to have confidence in the Met, and that any information that they have for us will be treated in the strictest of confidence. If preferable we have Somali speakers on hand to talk to anyone with information."

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200; for a dedicated Somali speaking line dial 020 8358 1241; or if you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A 39-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on the day of the assault. He was later bailed but subsequently released with no further action on August 20, 2012.

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