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Fresh appeal following murder of man at Hackney house party

News   •   Sep 21, 2019 08:00 BST

[Image: Elyon Poku]

Police investigating the murder of a 20-year-old man in Hackney are re-appealing for information one year on from his death.

Elyon Poku, from Stamford Hill, was fatally stabbed at a house party Wilderton Road, N16 on 22 September 2018.

Detectives believe that there may be witnesses to the incident who have not yet come forward to police.

They remain keen to hear from anyone who may have seen anything leading up to and following the murder, as well as those who have any footage from the party itself.

Detective Inspector Rita Tierney, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “It has been one year since Elyon was killed and while our investigation is progressing, we believe there are still people out there who can provide some of the information we are missing.

“We want to remind anyone who attended the party to check their phones to see if they have any videos of that night, even if they think the footage is insignificant.

“Elyon’s parents continue to grieve for their son and are desperate to know what happened that night – we urge anyone who can assist in any way to come forward. Any information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

A reward of £10,000 offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers remains in place for anyone providing information to them that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for the murder.

Elyon’s dad, Tony Poku, said: “It has been a year since we last saw our beloved son Elyon and still we have no answers.

“The last year has been the most difficult period of our lives and every day we ask ourselves why this happened to our son and our family.

“Not a day goes by when we don’t think of Elyon and what he would have been doing if he were still here today.

“We know Elyon is not coming back but it would be a great relief to the family if those who were responsible were identified and brought to justice. We hope that a year on, anyone with information feels they can now come forward and help with the investigation. ”

Anyone with information, including videos or images, should call the Incident Room on 020 8345 3865, quoting Op Pavey, CAD 297/22Sep18.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for the reward of up to £10,000 please contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit Crimestoppers-uk.org. The reward does not apply to information given directly to the police.

++ Nine men aged between 18-29 years have been arrested as part of the investigation into Elyon’s death – six have been released under investigation and three released with no further action.