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David Robinson murder: cop in plea for witnesses to break silence

Father-of-one was shot five times in studio in what police described as 'cold-blooded' killing

15 September, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

David Robinson

Seven people are thought to have been present when a gunman turned his weapon on 25- year-old David Robinson in an obscure music studio in Archway on August 20 last year, shooting him five times in what police have described as a “cold-blooded killing”.

But every single one of them has claimed they did not see what happened – despite being in the same room as gunman and victim. A year on, the man responsible remains at large.

“There is still this wall of silence,” Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, who is leading the murder investigation, told the Tribune this week. “And I don’t think I can say we are breaking it down. This is replicating itself in a lot of investigations around London. It boils down to people being present but for one reason or another don’t want to engage with us.”

Mr Robinson, a Muslim convert who had started calling himself Dawud, had visited a nearby mosque before heading to the music studio in a dark corner of Sunnyside Road, near the junction with Hornsey Lane. Police believe an altercation that began just before 9pm inside the Big House 101 music studio, which has since closed, resulted in Mr Robinson being shot five times at point-blank range.

The former pupil of Islington Arts and Media School, who lived with his mother and brother in Barnsbury, died in hospital three hours later.

“Maybe someone knew he was going to be there,” DCI Whellams said. “It’s not a case of mistaken identity, I believe. It was against a specific target.”

The detective said seven people who were in the studio at the time of the shooting have been interviewed by police. But all have claimed not to have witnessed it.

DCI Whellams added: “It [the shooting] would have caught people’s attention [in a small studio] but no one is willing to say. There’s always that reluctance but there are measures we can take to protect them [witnesses].

“All information will be treated in confidence. We can meet them anywhere. It doesn’t have to be a police station. I would say to people: ‘Be brave enough to speak to us’.”

Anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any information can contact the incident room on 020 8345 3775.

To give information anonymously, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at


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