£8,000 reward offer for clues leading to killers of islander
LONDON police have offered an £8,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for the murder of a man from Achill island, Co Mayo.
Martin Lavelle (48) was living in Willesden, north-west London, when he was assaulted on January 4 last. He died three weeks later.
British police said some of his friends who were also living in London have returned to Dublin since the murder and may have information that could help find Mr Lavelle's killer and they are anxious to trace them.
A police spokeswoman said it was known Mr Lavelle left Tony's Bar in Willesden High Road between 11-11.30pm on January 4. A friend saw him afterwards lying on Meyrick Road where he had a bedsit.
A man was seen running away and police are anxious to trace him. He is described as 5'10' tall, slim build, with short dark curly/wavy hair, he has a foreign accent and was wearing a beige coat. Another witness saw three men in Willesden High Road, near the junction with Meyrick Road at the time of the assault and police need to trace them.
After the attack Mr Lavelle was taken home by his friend. Two days later friends knocked at his door but didn't get any answer. They eventually forced an entry and found Mr Lavelle collapsed.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room in London at Hendon on 020 8358 1766 or Crimestoppers UK at 0800 555 111.