Hunt for Isle of Dogs killer continues ten years on


Ibrahim Bangura. Pic: Met Police

The search for one of London’s most wanted criminals continues as police launch a fresh appeal a decade after his involvement in a fatal stabbing.

Scotland Yard detectives remain “keen to trace” Ibrahim Bangura who murdered Darren Sherman, 22, a carpenter who was stabbed to death near his home at Alice Shepherd House in Isle of Dogs on March 7, 2003.

A £20,000 reward is still available for anyone who offers information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

Rosemarie Belle, Sherman’s mother, said: “Its been 10 years since Darren was taken from us. If anyone has any information, please come forward. I need to know what happened to my son.”

Belle said: “Darren came from a loving family and had his whole life ahead of him. We don’t know the circumstances of his death but someone must know something.

Police hope that in the decade gone by “allegiances may have changed” and someone will now come forward with information on Bangura’s whereabouts.

Belle added that many friends of both her son and Bangura must now be much older and possibly have their own children. She hopes the appeal might provoke them to imagine how they would feel if this happened to their son or daughter.

Sherman died from multiple stab wounds at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, after being found by police at around 23:40.

Shortly beforehand police believe he became involved in an “altercation” with two men on Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs.

Four men were charged in connection with the murder, but charges were later dropped.

The murder weapon is yet to be recovered and police are keeping an “open mind” about the motive.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Derrmott Carroll, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “A decade is a long time and I hope that the people who know what happened that night or have information about Ibrahim Bangura may now feel more confident about coming forward and speaking to us in confidence.”

Bangura’s last known address was Mellish Street, Isle of Dogs. He left the UK shortly after Sherman’s death, but police believe he is now back in the country. However, details of his whereabouts and movements since his return remain uncertain.

Bangura is described as black, of proportionate build and approximately 5ft 10ins tall with a short black skin-head haircut.

Anyone with information should call Scotland Yard’s incident room on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to remain anonymous.

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