“Marvin was very much loved by us all”: new appeal after man died thirteen years after being shot

Police need your help as they search once again for witnesses in the case of Marvin Couson, a West Norwood man who died in 2015 after he was shot in Shoreditch in 2002.

He died in August last year after being confined to a hospital bed for the whole time, unable to communicate.

He was shot in the Lime in London Bar – commonly known as the Lime Bar, and now known as the Queen of Hoxton – in Curtain Road in Shoreditch in May 2002.

“This is a tragic case. Marvin’s family visited him every single day in hospital for 13 years before his death and they still don’t know who shot him or why,” said Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

“We have followed up every call received in the incident room. There have been some significant calls and it’s fair to say that even the criminal fraternity are angered by what happened to Marvin.

“Marvin was not involved in gangs or crime but clearly those who killed him and were in possession of firearms that night had a criminal background.

“In such murders we hear that there is a code and you don’t speak out; if that is your thinking, please take a look at the pictures of Marvin suffering and consider the years of distress his mother has endured and continues to endure. You could hold the key to unlocking this investigation.

“We continue to appeal for witnesses and information. The incident was many years ago but it would certainly stick in your mind if you were in the Lime Bar that night and were one of those who fled in panic as shots were fired inside the venue.

“A lot of time has passed and loyalties change so I hope for the sake of Marvin’s family – and his two children who are now teenagers – that someone can find it within themselves to do the right thing. A large reward is on offer and we hope this will also encourage people to contact us.

“If you have information, not matter how small and irrelevant you may think it is, please come forward. You can speak in confidence to my investigation team or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”

His family and police have released an emotional video to coincide with what would have been his 41st birthday.

Marvin’s mum Emily and sister Margaret said: “Another birthday for Marvin with him not being with us. It is very difficult to accept he is no longer here; we as a family cannot accept this reality.

“Marvellous Marvin was very much loved by us all, not seeing him does not change this – we remember him and how he was before he was shot and left with hypoxic brain injury. We remember him always wanting to celebrate with others his birthdays and their birthdays, and how much he valued family and friends.”

 

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