£20k reward offered in murder hunt
SUFFOLK Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of 24-year-old Jimoh Plunkett at Ipswich's Zest Nightclub in December 2006
SUFFOLK Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murder of 24-year-old Jimoh Plunkett at Ipswich's Zest Nightclub in December 2006.
As the second anniversary of the shooting approaches, Suffolk Police are taking the unusual step of offering the reward in a bid to get those who know what happened that night to come forward.
Detective Superintendent David Cole, who has led the enquiry over the past two years, said he hoped the offer of what could be a life-changing sum, would prompt those with information to consider the benefit of helping put the final pieces into place.
He said: “This is still very much an active enquiry. We know that over 800 people attended Zest for a 'Funky House' music event on Friday 8 December 2006 - 90 percent of them from London.
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“We know that in the early hours of Saturday morning a number of shots were fired within the club, that Jimoh was struck with a bullet to his chest, and that he then ran from the club before collapsing outside in the street.
“Through our enquiries we also know who was in the club that night and where they came from, and we have a good idea of the events that led to his death. We believe that he was not the intended victim of the shooting but that this was a case of mistaken identity.”
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Mr Plunkett was pronounced dead at Ipswich Hospital in the early hours of Saturday 9 December 2006. Three other men were injured in the incident inside the club.
The former Zest premises are currently up for sale after being closed in the wake of the shootings. Suffolk officers have maintained regular liaison with the Metropolitan Police Operation Trident team throughout the enquiry and a team of officers have been in London this week to continue working on the case.
DS Cole said: “What we need now is the final pieces of information that will allow us to bring those involved that night to justice. 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.
“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.”