Shoreditch shooting appeal on BBC Crimewatch

Mavin Couson in hospital. Pic: Met Police

Mavin Couson in hospital. Pic: Met Police

A reconstruction of a Shoreditch shooting which left a man confined to his hospital bed for 13 years will be shown on the BBC 1 Crimewatch programme this evening, February 8.

The dramatic events police are appealing for information about took place in the early hours one Saturday in 2002 at a bar in Curtain Road. Father-of-two Marvin Couson was shot in the chest. His injuries left him bedridden and unable to communicate. He died last August, aged 39, after spending almost 13 years in hospital and a murder investigation was opened.

When the shooting happened on Saturday 12 May 2002, he was attending a party inside the Lime in London bar, now the Queen of Hoxton pub, when shots were fired. People fled the bar and between 200-300 people gathered in the streets outside.

Couson’s friend saw a red/burgundy Ford Fiesta fleeing the scene along Curtain Road. The vehicle struck Couson’s friend and he struggled with the front seat passenger and more shots were fired. The friend walked back to the bar and found Mr Couson lying shot on the ground. Police say it is unclear whether or not the shot came from the car.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “We need to speak to everyone who was there that night. I remain concerned some people could have a misguided sense of loyalty and are possibly protecting those who carried out this attack. Marvin should have celebrated his 40th birthday in November. Instead he spent 13 years in a hospital bed unable to do anything for himself before tragically succumbing to his injuries.”

One man was arrested in May 2002 but was later released without charge. Detectives are keen to trace to the occupants of the car and are appealing to anyone with any information, regardless of how insignificant it may seem, to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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