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Renewed appeal for 20-year-old shot and killed in 2007

APPEAL: Police are appealing for information into the murder of Duane Tomlin, left, and are keen to speak to Robert Bernard

POLICE HAVE renewed their appeal for information into the murder of a 20-year-old shot and killed in north London four years ago.

Duane Tomlin was murdered July 5, 2007 as he made his way home to Enfield, north London in a minicab. A white Vauxhall Combo van began to follow his vehicle and when Mr Tomlin exited the vehicle shots were fired from the van, killing him.

The minicab driver was uninjured but was later treated at hospital suffering shock. The van was found abandoned and alight a short time later in nearby Lackmore Road.

Mr Tomlin’s sister Tiffaney Shaw, 35, said her family have been ‘torn apart’ following her brother’s murder.
She said: "Our lives have been torn apart since the day Duane was taken from us. Words cannot describe the emotions and hurt we feel as a family and have to live with each day.

"Every day we live in hope that we get justice for Duane. I believe that everybody in life has a purpose here so please, I ask anyone that has any information regarding Duane's murder to come forward. Your courage to speak out will not only help us as a family but could prevent another family from having to go through what we are going through now."

Detectives are still keen to speak to Robert Bernard, 28 (19.10.82) about the shooting.

He has family connections to Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia and detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Officers understand that Robert Bernard left the UK on the same day as the shooting and travelled to Thailand.
Detective Chief Inspector John Crossley, from Trident, said: "Duane's family deserve some justice and to be able to move on with their lives and see someone convicted of his murder.

"We would urge anyone with information, especially about Robert Bernard's current whereabouts, to contact us as soon as possible."

Robert Bernard is described as black, 6ft 4ins tall and of heavy build. 

Mr Tomlin’s mother Gwen Forde, 52, added: "I would like closure and the time to heal. I'm emotionally scarred for life.

“How many more of our young men do we have to lose before we say that's enough? Next time it could be your son, your brother that they take from you.

"I would ask if anyone has any information that will lead to the capture of the persons responsible for my son's death please, I beg of you, come forward."

Anyone who can assist should call the Trident incident room on 020 8733 4212 (44 20 8733 4212 from outside the UK). If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 (44 800 555 111).

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