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Archway father murder hunt: ‘People must come forward,’ says detective

Gun victim David Robinson

Gun victim David Robinson

Published: 2 December, 2016

THE detective leading the investigation into the killing of a father-of-one in Archway in August has renewed his call for witnesses to come forward.

David Robinson, 25, also known as Dawood, was shot numerous times, including in the head, in what police have described as a “cold-blooded” killing at a music studio in Sunnyside Road. 

The Tribune understands that a number of arrests have been made in connection with the killing. But four months on from Mr Robinson’s death no one has been charged.

Speaking to the Tribune this week, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “We continue to work with the evidence we have and continue to search for suspects. It’s important to keep the case in the public gaze and we continue to appeal for witnesses.” 

Police believe an altercation that began inside the relatively unknown Big House 101 music studio just before 9pm resulted in Mr Robinson being shot at point-blank range.

“We know there were a lot of people there immediately before and during [the shooting],” DCI Whellams added. “We need those people to come forward. They can speak to us in confidence and we can give them reassurances about their safety.”

It is thought that on the night he was killed Mr Robinson, who lived with his mother and brother in Barnsbury, had gone to the studio to meet someone. It remains unclear whether the shooting was the result of an argument that got out of hand or the tragic consequence of a long-standing grudge between victim and killer.

The victim has been portrayed by some as a man who was trying to turn his life around after converting to Islam in prison. But other sources have said Mr Robinson had declined offers of help to exit a life of crime. 

DCI Whellams added: “He was no stranger to the law but we believe he was trying to turn his life around.” 

Islington has seen a rise in gun crime, in line with an increase in the capital in recent months, mainly linked to gangs. 

There has been a 36 per cent increase in knife crime and incidents of serious youth violence rose by 21 per cent between April and November this year, compared to the same period last year.


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