Man rearrested in murder investigation of teenager

Pic: Nassem Galleze died following an incident in Brockley last month. Credit: Met Police

Pic: Nassem Galleze died following an incident in Brockley last month. Credit: Met Police

A man has been rearrested on suspicion of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the murder of teenager Nassem Galleze in Brockley.

The 21-year-old suspect was originally arrested on September 27 as part of the investigation into the 17-year-old’s death the day before and released on bail, but will now remain in custody at a south London police station.

Galleze, a student from Bromley, died of multiple injuries after a lump of concrete was thrown at the car he was a rear passenger in on the Turnham Estate.

The concrete smashed the windscreen and caused it to crash into a lamppost as it headed towards Loampit Vale.

Two other occupants of the mint green Vauxhall Corsa suffered minor injuries.

“This arrest further demonstrates the thorough and meticulous work of my officers as they continue to work through the evidence surrounding Nassem’s murder,” said Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh of the Homicide and Major Crime Command who leads the investigation.

“We will find those responsible for this crime and they will face justice.”

As well as the 21-year old, three other men, aged 20, 23 and 19 years old, were arrested on September 27 as part of the murder investigation and have since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Another two men, aged 19 and 22, were arrested on September 29.

The 19-year-old has been released on bail, while the latter was charged with violent disorder.

Galleze’s father Hakim is appealing for people to go to the police with information.

“I am numb with pain,” he said.

“Every time my phone rings or there’s a knock at the door, I pray it is Nassem.

“Our beloved Nassem’s life has been brutally ended and my family are devastated.

“People will have seen what happened and they will have heard things; you might be thinking do I talk to the police?

“Take a look at the car where my son died and you know there’s only one thing to do for Nassem and our family.

“Please assist the police.”

Police are “keeping an open mind” about the motive for the attack as they continue to investigate the circumstances that led to Galleze’s death and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

“Please do the right thing and be assured we will treat all information in the strictest confidence,” McHugh added.

Anyone who can help should contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Telegraph Hill Safer Neighbourhoods team can be contacted on 020 8721 2722.

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