Reward Offered After Woman Shot Dead in Kilburn

6th June 2017

A Crimestoppers reward of up to £10,000 is being offered to help solve the murder of a young woman shot in Kilburn.

The reward will be available to anyone providing information to independent charity Crimestoppers that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder of 20-year-old Mohanna Abdhou. It is applicable only for information passed directly to Crimestoppers rather than the police.

In addition to the reward detectives have released CCTV images of the two males they believe to be responsible for carrying out the shooting.

The images were captured as the two males made their way to and from Malvern Road. The CCTV footage shows the two suspects at 20.53.00hrs cycling along Malvern Place, seconds before turning into Malvern Road where the shooting took place. At 20.53.56hrs - after the incident - they were seen on Shirland Mews, W9 approaching Fernhead Road; and seconds later (20.53.58hrs) again in Fernhead Road.

The two males are described as being slim to medium build, both wearing dark clothing and concealing their appearance through the use of face coverings.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said: "The Crimestoppers reward is a significant one and we hope that this will encourage people to come forward and put a name to those we are seeking to identify.

"Valuable information has been passed to us but we are certain that people in the local community know who has committed this horrific attack. I would like to reassure those who are apprehensive about coming forward; you have the choice to speak to Crimestoppers anonymously. If you know something then please say something, do not keep this to yourself.

"My detectives have already searched meticulously through hours of CCTV and have managed to track the movements of those we believe are responsible for killing an innocent woman as she stood talking with friends. Whilst this work continues I believe the release of these images presents a realistic chance of obtaining valuable information.

"This attack was carried out yards from a children's playground and took place when lots of people were out enjoying the sunshine. I am convinced that upon seeing the CCTV images someone will recall seeing these two individuals in the vicinity of Malvern Road and I would urge those who do have information to come forward.

"I would like to take this opportunity to specifically appeal to those who are harbouring the individuals responsible; those mothers, those sisters, those girlfriends; if you have the slightest indication that your loved one may have been involved now is the time to say something. Please do not remain silent, do the right thing and come forward.

"These individuals should not be shielded by friends or family, or supported in any way. No right-minded person would want those responsible for depriving Mohanna's family from ever seeing her again to evade capture. Mohanna's family deserve answers and that will only happen if the local community tells us who carried out this attack."

On Friday, 26 May, police were called at 20:54hrs to reports that a woman had been shot on Malvern Road, NW6.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found 20-year-old Mohanna Abdhou, who is known as 'Montana' to her friends, suffering from gunshot injuries.

She was pronounced dead at the scene at 21:34hrs. Her next-of-kin have been notified.

A post-mortem examination on Saturday, 27 May gave the cause of death as a single gunshot wound.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) are investigating, led by DCI Partridge.

Enquiries have established that Mohanna and her friends were approached by two males on bicycles. The suspects were both wearing dark coloured clothing and had their faces covered.

One of the suspects discharged a firearm towards the group and Mohanna was shot. The suspects fled along Malvern Road heading in the direction of Shirland Road, where they entered Shirland Mews at around 20:54hrs.

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene on Friday, 26 May. He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

A 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were arrested in west London on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Wednesday, 31 May. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8358 0300 or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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