Detectives investigating the murder of 38-year-old Rocky Djelal, who was fatally stabbed in Southwark Park shortly before 2pm on Wednesday, 31 October, have released CCTV footage of the suspect that they wish to trace.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “We are releasing a short clip of CCTV footage of the man we want to speak to in relation to the fatal stabbing of Rocky Djelal. The video shows the suspect in the park prior to the attack and then leaving shortly after he has killed Rocky.
“I hope that by releasing the footage someone might recognise the suspect, his walk, his clothing or maybe his gait.
“From leaving the park at 2pm, the suspect walks out onto Gomm Road. At the end of Gomm Road the suspect turns left onto Lower Road passing in front of the Seven Islands Leisure Centre, heading towards the large roundabout at the north end of Southwark Park close to the entrance to the Rotherhithe Tunnel.
“I’m sure that someone would have walked past him and I need these sorts of witnesses to come forward and help us piece together his movements. I also would like to hear from anyone who may have taken pictures or video on their mobile phones whilst in Southwark Park between 11:00hrs and 14:15hrs on Wednesday, 31 October.
“It was a clear sunny day and was of course Halloween which may make the public remember where they were.”
Witnesses have described the suspect as a white man, believed to be aged between 20 and 35 years old. He was wearing dark clothing with a hood covering his face. He was also wearing a fluorescent hi-vis vest over the top of his clothing.
The investigation was launched after police were called to Southwark Park shortly before 14:00hrs on Wednesday, 31 October to reports of a man assaulted.
The attack happened by a playground near the Gomm Road entrance.
The footage http://news.met.police.uk/videos/cctv-footage-of-man-police-wish-to-identify-40390 shows the suspect, dressed in a hi-vis yellow jacket, dark clothing and hoodie covering his head, arriving at the park with a white plastic bag; and leaving the park after the killing.
Officers, London’s Air Ambulance and the London Ambulance Service attended and found Rocky suffering from stab injuries. Despite the efforts of emergency services, he died at the scene.
A post-mortem took place on Thursday, 1 November and gave the cause of death as a stab wound.
Anyone with information are urged to call the incident room on 020 8721 4205 or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111. You can also tweet police via @MetCC
There have been no arrests; enquiries continue.
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