11/02/2010

Valentine's Murder Appeal Renewed

Detectives investigating the murder of a north Clapham teenager three years ago have renewed their appeal for information.

Billy Cox, 15, was shot in his Fenwick Place home on Valentine's Day 2007

Police believe Billy may have known his attacker as there were no signs of a forced entry.

Billy was found by his 12-year-old sister, who had heard a bang before entering the house.

A friend arrived and helped administer first aid, however paramedics pronounced Billy dead at the scene.

A post-mortem gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the chest.

Detective Inspector Russell Duke said: "We retraced Billy's steps that day leading up to the shooting. We know he left Acre Lane, Brixton, SW2 at 2.36pm and made his way home to Fenwick Place."

DI Duke appealed for anyone who saw Billy during his journey or was close to his home that day to come forward.

"After three years, we believe that anyone who knows who killed Billy Cox should feel that they can tell police what they know. We will treat all calls in the utmost confidence and urge you to pick up the phone, for the sake of Billy's family."

In June 2007, officers arrested five men at an address near Clapham High Street. Four were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and were later released without charge.

A fifth man, then aged 20, was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Billy Cox. He was also released without charge in 2008.

(PR/BMcC)

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