Crime

Five years after murder in Leyton of Errol McKenzie, Met Police offer reward of £20,000

Errol McKenzie, 37 years old when he was shot dead a close range in Leyton in 2010. Image: Met Police

Errol McKenzie, 37 years old when he was shot dead a close range in Leyton in 2010. Image: Met Police

The Met Police is offering a £20,000 reward five years on from the murder of Errol McKenzie shot dead in Leyton in April 2010.

The reward is for any information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person or people responsible for Errol’s killing.

Errol was well known in the local Leyton area as ‘Cable Guy’ or ‘Cable Man’ because of his job fixing cable boxes and electrical equipment.

CCTV image of Errol in a shop before his killing in Leyton in 2010. Image: Met Police

CCTV image of Errol in a shop before his killing in Leyton in 2010. Image: Met Police

He was only 37 years old when given first aid at the scene of the shooting by the London Ambulance Service.

He died almost immediately after being shot on a patch of land by Seymour Road, Leyton, in the early hours of April 11th 2010.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had been shot three times at close range and died from a gun shot wound to the chest.

Errol’s daughter Nicole recalled how nice, popular and helpful her father was and asked the public to help provide the information leading to the prosecution of her father’s killer or killers.

Errol’s movements on the day leading up to his murder

  • Detectives know that Errol had been at an address in Tottenham on the evening of Saturday, 10th April, 2010, visiting people he knew to discuss the sale of a cable box.
  • He left the address near to Northumberland Park railway station at about 10.45 pm.
  • He made his way back to Leyton, and was captured on CCTV in a local shop at 11.15 pm that night.

  • After leaving the shop instead of heading to his home, which was only minutes Errol turned right and headed to the playing fields by Seymour Road.
  • It is believed that Errol was in the park for at least half an hour before he was shot.

The mysterious suspects on bicycles

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Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said:

Five years on from Errol’s murder we are appealing for the public’s help to track down the person or people responsible.

We still do not know how Errol travelled back from Tottenham to Leyton that Saturday night. I would ask anyone who saw Errol on his journey that night to get in touch, there are routes he could have taken including public transport or taxis.

We know he bought some food but not where from, and alcohol in Leyton. Did you see him that night? Errol was well known in the local area.

Was Errol due to meet someone that night in the park? He was there for at least half an hour before he was found Dead. Were you in the park? Did you see Errol?

Found beside Errol’s body was a white take away carton, the alcohol that he bought, plus a carrier bag with two cable boxes.

DCI Whellams said detectives have always been baffled as to the motive for targeting Errol.

At the time of his killing the police described the father of one as an innocent man:

There is no obvious motive for Errol’s murder. Over the years people’s allegiances and loyalties change, if you know something concerning the events of that evening, no matter how insignificant that they may seem to you, its vital that you let us know. Please help us find the person or persons responsible and give Errol’s family the answers they so desperately want.

The investigation has been reviewed by the Murder Review Group.

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 0208 345 3775 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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