By Louise Ridley
A £20,000 reward is being offered by police in an attempt to solve the murder of a New Cross man in a nightclub two years ago.
Jimoh Plunkett, 24, was shot inside Zest Nightclub, Ipswich, on December 9 2006 at a night attended by over 800 people.
Despite an extensive enquiry and a police appeal last year for the support of the South London community to catch the killer, no one has yet been charged for Plunkett’s murder.
Suffolk Police said last week that they are taking the “unusual step” of offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, in the hope that the potentially life-changing sum will prompt witnesses to come forward.
Detective superintendent David Cole, who has led the investigation for the past two years, said: “We know there are individuals who have the information we need – and we are now offering them the opportunity to claim a reward if they help us.”
He continued: “This is still very much an active enquiry. We know that over 800 people attended Zest for a music event on Friday 8 December 2006 – 90 per cent of them from London.”
Plunkett was hit in the chest with a bullet in the early hours of the morning and ran from the club before collapsing in the street outside.
He was pronounced dead at Ipswich Hospital several hours later.
Detective Cole said police believe that Plunkett was not the intended victim of the shooting and was killed in a case of mistaken identity.
He said: “This is not just about the person that fired the shot that killed Jimoh, it’s about allowing Jimoh’s family the chance to know what happened.”
On the night before the second anniversary of his death on Tuesday, Plunkett’s mother wrote on a website dedicated to him: “It’s almost two years now to the day that you was taken from us but there’s not a day goes by we are not thinking of you and miss you.”
Three other men suffered gunshot injuries during the incident at Zest, whose premises are up for sale after being closed in the wake of the shootings.
A report by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (CCJS) last year found that British communities affected by gun crime were often reluctant to give evidence to police because they feared reprisals. This has led to much gun crime going unreported.
A team of Suffolk Police officers were in London last week to continue working on the case.