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New CCTV of suspected getaway vehicle in Calvin Bungisa murder investigation

Four months on, police launch further appeal

02 August, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of Calvin Bungisa in Gospel Oak have released new CCTV of the vehicle believed to have been driven by his suspected killers.

Police told the New Journal last month that the community and witnesses should have “no fear” in coming forward to help crack the unsolved case. A £10,000 reward is also now on the table.

Now four months on, new footage shows a dark colour VW Bora fleeing after 22-year-old Calvin, from Kentish Town, was chased and ambushed in Grafton Road on April 1.

The new CCTV clips show three different scenes:

  • The first clip shows the car driving along Grafton Road before the attack
  • The second clip shows the car fleeing the scene at speed and dangerously drive through a red traffic light.
  • The third clip was taken two hours later as the vehicle was driven into Court Gardens, before being burnt out.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell who is the lead investigator said: “Irrespective of the time lapse we are no less committed to establishing the facts and finding those callous killers who deprived Calvin of his life and took him away from his loving family.

“At the start of this investigation the community were excellent in helping us to pull together the events that led to the murder. However, naturally, with time, the flow of information is dwindling and we still have much work to do.

“We hope the CCTV clips may remind someone of the events that evening and encourage them to come forward, if not direct to police, then anonymously through Crimestoppers.

“No matter how insignificant you may think the information is, it could help us bring these killers to justice, give some peace to a grieving family and make a community safer.

“Sadly there remains the possibility that Calvin’s murder was gang related and if so, there is a good chance that there are a number of people who will know what happened that night, and more importantly, who is responsible.

“Specifically there were a group of young men who we know were with Calvin prior to his murder and we would very much like to speak with them.

“If you knew Calvin or if he was your friend, please consider doing the right thing. His mother, sister, brothers and grandmother, are grieving and need to know why he was killed.”

Floral tributes to Calvin in April

Detectives believe several male suspects ran out of Vicar’s Road and chased Calvin down Grafton Road before fatally attacking him.

They then ran back into Vicar’s Road and got into the VW Bora and drove off in the direction of Weedington Road.

The car was found hours later in Court Gardens, near Highbury and Islington station.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on July 1. He has been released under investigation.

Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for any information leading to the conviction of Calvin’s killers. To remain anonymous, call the charity on 0800 555 111.

Calls can also be made to the police incident room on 0208 721 4054.

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