Reward Offered For Information About Doorman Murder 20 Years Ago

15th March 2017

Detectives investigating the murder of a doorman at a nightclub in Ilford 20 years ago continue to appeal for information that could assist the investigation.

By releasing the pictures and CCTV footage - plus camera footage of the suspects - Detectives hope to unearth new information about the killing of Christopher Lombard on 1 December 1996.

A £20,000 reward is also available for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible for Mr Lombard's murder

Christopher Lombard was shot in the foyer of the Island Nightclub in High Road, Ilford at 03:35hrs. A post-mortem examination showed that Mr Lombard, of Green Lane, Ilford, who was 30-years-old at the time of his death, was shot a number of times, but was killed by a gunshot to his head. Two other door supervisors were also shot but only Mr Lombard's wounds proved to be fatal.

On the night of the shooting the club hosted a public event, attended by around 1,600 people.

The two male suspects tried to get in to the event but were told by other clubbers that the doors had closed at 03:00hrs.They knocked on the doors to get the attention of the door staff.

When they came over, one of the suspects fired seven shots through the glass doors into the foyer where the door staff were standing.

The men then fled along Green Lane and got into a silver car parked between Connaught Lane and St Mary's Road.

The car sped off east along Green Lane toward Goodmayes and Becontree Heath.

The fleeing suspects were captured on a camera inside an unmarked police traffic car that was in the area at the time and had stopped at a red light a short distance from the club.

Despite the case being thoroughly investigated at the time of the murder and subsequent appeals, no one was ever charged.

DI Rita Tierney said: "Christopher was a law-abiding man who was just doing his job that evening when he was brutally gunned down. It appears that the doormen were deliberately targeted - possibly because of an earlier incident between them and the suspects.

"More than 20 years have passed and it is likely that the gunman has told people about the incident over the years. I ask that anyone with information, no matter how small, contact us as soon as possible. After all these years, Mr Lombard's family deserves to know who took him from them."

The gunman is described as a very dark-skinned black man, aged 17-20 and 5ft 8ins with hair shaved at the sides and closely cropped on top. He had a small circular scar above his right eye and another circular scar to the right of his mouth. He wore a dark top or jacket.

A second suspect is described as being of Mediterranean appearance, possibly Greek or Turkish, aged 18-25, 5ft 9 - 10ins with dark hair and a moustache and wearing a hat and light-coloured top or jacket.

Mr Lombard was a single man who lived alone. He was the youngest of four children and was a keen basketball player.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Crime Unit incident room on 020 8345 3868 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

+ A man (no further details) was arrested in connection with the investigation on 20 March 1997. He was later released with no further action.

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