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Police offer £20k reward 12 years on from east London murder

STABBED TO DEATH: Karl Hamilton was killed in 2004

MORE THAN 12 years after the unsolved murder of an east London teenager, a reward is being offered in the hope that those responsible will finally be caught.

Catering assistant Karl Hamilton was 17 when he was fatally stabbed while being attacked by a group of around 15 youths in Hackney during the evening of January 10, 2004.

Detectives are renewing their appeal for information and witnesses and are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for Karl’s murder.

At approximately 22.35pm that night, Karl was with a group of friends who became involved in an altercation with another group of males.

As Karl ran from the scene he was stabbed, receiving multiple stab and puncture wounds to his head, torso and left thigh. A knife was recovered from the scene.

A post mortem-examination held at Poplar Mortuary two days later gave cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

Numerous enquiries were carried out by murder detectives at the time and a total of 13 male suspects were arrested in connection with the investigation. Of those, three were charged and subsequently acquitted at court. The remaining 10 were released with no further action.

The case has remained open and detectives continue to work to bring those responsible to justice.

Current senior investigating officer, detective chief inspector Chris Jones, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "For more than a decade Karl's family have lived in limbo, not knowing who was responsible for taking their son, brother and grandson from them.

"We are hoping allegiances may have changed and individuals who may have previously been in fear may now feel able to speak to police and pass on any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem."

Karl's mother, Kim Williams, said: "We know some of you may have been young at the time but you may now have families of your own. Maybe that will help you to understand how we, Karl's family, felt at the time and how we have suffered since his murder in 2004."

She added: "We still feel the loss of Karl tremendously and not a day goes past where we don't think about him and the way our family was torn apart that night."

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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