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Police name suspect with £20,000 reward to find killers

PUBLISHED: 17:26 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010

Rosemarie and James still grieve for Darren (inset) murdered 5 years ago

Rosemarie and James still grieve for Darren (inset) murdered 5 years ago

POLICE are offering a £20,000 reward to find the killers of a 22-year-old stabbed to death in a midnight street attack five years ago in London's East End. Darren Sherman was found lying in a pool of blood near his home in Manchester Road, on the Isle of Dogs

POLICE are offering a £20,000 reward to find the killers of a 22-year-old stabbed to death in a midnight street attack five years ago in London's East End.

Darren Sherman was found lying in a pool of blood near his home in Manchester Road, on the Isle of Dogs, after a confrontation with two men on March 7, 2003.

Now detectives have named Ibrahim Bangura (pictured top) as a man they want to question in connection with the murder.

Bangura was believed to have gone back to in Sierra Leone shortly after the killing.

But detectives are now convinced he has returned to Britain.

They have been investigating Darren Sherman's murder for five years... but even now have never found the murder weapon.

"This was a vicious and sustained attack on a young man who had everything to live for," said Det Ins Tim Wilkinson.

"I would like to offer justice to Darren's family who have spent all this time not knowing who was responsible for his death.

"There are people who know the events of that night.

"I am asking them to contact police with any information they have."

Bangura is black, approx 5ft 10ins tall with a short skinhead haircut.

Anyone who knows him or has information is being asked to call detectives on 020-8345 4142, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555111.

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PARENTS APPEAL AFTER FIVE LONG YEARS

By Gemma Collins

THE distraught parents of murder victim Darren Sherman still grieve for their son five years on.

Today they plead for his killers to be caught as the anniversary of his death approaches.

Mum-of-two Rosemarie Belle is calling for justice for her son who was stabbed to death near his home on the Isle of Dogs at the age of 22.

Five years on, Rosemarie, now 47, says her grief is as raw as the day he died.

"It has been five years and I still don't know what happened to my son," she said at her home in Old Ford Road, Bow.

"It is very difficult. Some people say it gets easier, but it doesn't.

"There are Christmases and birthdays when everything comes flooding back to me.

"Every year it is worse because my son isn't here with me. And my daughter misses her brother.

"I now have to go to a cemetery to see him. I shouldn't be doing that."

Rosemarie desperately needs to know who killed him so she can have 'closure.'

Darren had been working with his dad James as a carpet fitter for a store in London's Marble Arch.

James told the Advertiser: "He was my only child and had everything going for him.

"The way he was murdered was nasty and cowardly.

"There are enough people out there who know what happened to him.

"I am appealing to anyone who has a heart and knows what it is like to lose a child."

Darren only two weeks before his death had moved into a flat in Alice Shepherd House on the Isle of Dogs with his girlfriend of four years.

For his mother, the pain never goes away.

"My son was taken away from me and he had his whole life in front of him," she said.

"We don't know why they wanted to attack Darren.

"But somebody must know something.

"Why should his killers be walking the streets and my son isn't?"

gemma.collins@archant.co.uk

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