Reward Appeal After 2007 Shooting

8th September 2015

The family of a man who was gunned down in an apparent case of mistaken identity are appealing for information eight years on from his murder.

Moses Ssendawula, 41 was shot as he walked through Burgess Park, SE5, shortly before 01:00hrs on Saturday, 8 September 2007.

Eight years on, Moses' family are renewing their appeal for anyone with information to contact the police. A £20,000 reward is available for information leading to the successful conviction of those responsible for Moses' murder.

Moses was a man who liked to walk rather than taking public transport and in the early hours of Saturday morning he was making his way through Burgess Park close to the entrance at St George's Way when he was shot.

Police and London Ambulance Service were called but paramedics were unable to save Moses and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination held at Greenwich Mortuary later that day gave the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the back, which penetrated Moses' heart and lung. There was also an additional gunshot wound to the shoulder.

At the time of his death, Moses was wearing a blue checked shirt, black trousers and a light coloured woollen hat.

Detectives investigating Moses' murder believe that this was a case of mistaken identity. The weapon used has not been recovered nor has it been connected to any other incident since. The firearm is described as a 9mm handgun; the make and model are unknown.

Detective Inspector Peter Hine from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: "Eight years is a very long time to go without any answers and understandably Moses' family and friends are desperate for any new information that will ensure that his killers are brought to justice.

"Moses was well known in the African community for the voluntary work he undertook. He dedicated his time steering teenagers away from crime and the local community too have been left devastated.

"We remain committed to finding those responsible for murdering an innocent man as he went about his business. We have explored a number of lines of inquiry and hope that today's appeal will encourage more people to come forward.

"Despite the shooting taking place in the early hours of the morning, I believe that there were people within the vicinity of Burgess Park who have not come forward. I would like to take this opportunity to ask them to contact police as they may have some information that helps us to solve this terrible crime. I would like to reassure anyone that any information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

"Someone out there must know something and I would urge them to come forward and speak to us. Whatever the reasons for you not coming forward at the time don't let that stop you from coming forward now."

Anyone with information should contact the Incident Room on 020 8785 8267; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

+ On 7 November 2007, a 29-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder. On 25 November 2007, a 36-year-old man was arrested in connection with the investigation. They were bailed and later released without further action.

In Nov 2008, a 19-year-old man was arrested and taken to a south London police station before being bailed to return pending further inquiries. He was later released without further action.

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