Met offers £20,000 reward for video footage of fatal stabbing of Bilal Kargbo in Peckham

News Desk (29 July, 2017) Crime

"Devastated" family also urge witnesses to help police

16919Bilal Kargbo, photo issued by Met Police

Detectives have offered £20,000 to anyone who can provide video footage of the fatal stabbing of father-of-three, Bilal Kargbo, in Peckham.

Mr Kargbo, 26, lived in Borough and worked in a phone shop in Rye Lane. He died in Blenheim Grove after receiving two fatal stab wounds during a fight on April 28, at 3:15pm, that was watched by a crowd of “60 to 70” onlookers.

A 23-year-old man from Burrage Road in Greenwich, Parish Ofoeme, denied the charge of murder during a court appearance at Inner London Crown Court on July 24.

A statement from the Met today called on any witnesses who had filmed the incident to share their evidence, and receive the £20,000 reward if their evidence helps contribute to securing a conviction.

Mr Kargbo’s family have also released a statement, which reads: “Please think of the trauma and hurt caused to our family. Bilal has left behind three lovely children who deserve justice.

“Our family is absolutely devastated with Bilal’s loss; he was a wonderful father, partner, son and friend. Bilal meant so much to us and it is heart-breaking to know that we will never see or speak to him again.

“It is hard to put into words the suffering that this has caused our family and it will take a long time for us to come to terms with what has happened.”

Detective inspector Jason Grafham, who is leading the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Our enquiries have led us to believe that a large crowd gathered around the altercation Bilal was stabbed during; a crowd of around 60 to 70 people.

“Crucial to our investigation, the enquiry team believe a number of people recorded the attack on their mobile devices. Therefore we are now offering a reward of up to £20,000 for video footage that would assist and ultimately lead to the conviction of the person(s) responsible.

“I would urge anyone that hasn’t spoken to police to contact our incident room as soon as possible.”

A 28-year-old man who was arrested on May 1 on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released with no further action.

Any witnesses are urged to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8267 or email jason.grafham2@met.police.uk, or alternatively contact or police via 101 or by tweeting @MetCC.

To give information anonymously, they can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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