Man charged with murder of Justin Henry after his disappearance in Croydon

Justin Henry is believed to have been murdered by Louis Benjamin. Pic: @5starstunner1 on Instagram

A man has been charged with the murder of Justin Henry after his disappearance in Croydon two weeks ago.

Justin Henry, 34, was last seen at his partner’s address in Brixton on the evening of October 15. He was last captured on CCTV in Croydon later that evening ordering food at a McDonald’s drive-thru.

The Metropolitan Police have said forensic evidence and the circumstances of his disappearance suggest he man was seriously injured or murdered after he went missing.

Henry has not yet been found.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Webb, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said the police had “approached the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] who have authorised a charge of murder.”

Police revealed the name and age of the accused: Louis Benjamin, 29, of Waddon New Road, Croydon.

He was arrested at a Croydon address late on October 24 by homicide detectives investigating Henry’s case.

Benjamin appeared in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on October 26.

He will next appear at the Central Criminal Court on Monday, 30 October.

Prior to Benjamin’s arrest, a 27-year-old woman suspected of abducting Justin Henry was arrested on October 18. She was released on bail pending further investigation until mid-January 2024.

Police are still trying to trace Henry’s movements between the time he was last seen and the time his disappearance was reported the following day.

Henry’s vehicle, a silver Mercedes E-class, was caught on CCTV at several locations.

After leaving the McDonald’s drive-through on London Road in Croydon, his car was spotted in Waddon New Road, where his vehicle remained for two and a half hours.

This is Henry’s last known location.

Blurred CCTV footage released by the police shows the Mercedes arriving at Kingswood Drive, SE19, just after 1am, but Henry’s family believe the driver in the footage is not him.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Webb said: “I have assured his family that the search to find Mr Henry continues and I know they will be hoping that all may yet be well.”

“I want the public to understand that this charge does not mean the end of our appeal.”

Police urge any witnesses or anyone with information to call 101 or contact via Twitter/X @MetCC and quote “Operation Ashgulf or CAD 5224/21Oct”. 

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