Valentine’s Day massacre: New appeal by police

POLICE have renewed appeals for information about the execution-style murder of an Irishman in Kilburn seven years ago

Ed Thomas

POLICE have renewed appeals for information about the "execution-style" murder of an Irishman in Kilburn seven years ago.

Mark Connor was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head on Valentine's Day night in 2001.

The 30-year-old's body was discovered in a flat in Claire Court, Shoot Up Hill.

No evidence was ever found to prosecute anyone.

On the anniversary of the killing, his sisters visited the flat along with detectives desperate for new information.

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"It is seven years since Mark was found murdered and the investigation into his death remains open," said DI Alan Caldwell, from the Met's specialist crime directorate.

"His sisters have come over from Ireland to commemorate the anniversary of his death and they join me in appealing to anyone who may have any information about this murder to come forward.

"They are supportive and grateful for the continuing investigation and are hoping those responsible will be held to account.

"It would mean so much to them to see the person or persons responsible brought to justice."

Mr Connor was also known as Peter John Joyce.

He lived with his girlfriend at her home in Slough but had walked out on the evening of February 11 2001 because he had "business to attend to".

Police know he had been using the address in Claire Court frequently but have never been able to establish why.

When his girlfriend had not heard from him for several days, she became worried and turned up at the Kilburn flat where she discovered his body.

"Mark appeared to have been shot 'execution-style'," said a police spokesman.

"It is believed that a pillow was put over his head and he was shot through it in the back of his head.

"He was found clothed and lying in a bath full of water.

"We believe he was probably killed on February 11 and was put in the bath after the murder."

The specialist crime directorate based at Belgravia is investigating the murder.

A series of arrests were made for murder and the perversion of the course of justice after the discovery of Mr Connor's body.

But not enough evidence could be presented to the courts to convict a killer.

Anyone who can help the ongoing enquiry is asked to call 020-7321 7228 in confidence.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.