Family of Jude Gayle plead for information on second anniversary of death

The family of a young father killed while popping out to a corner shop have urged witnesses to “be brave” and come forward with information as they issued a fresh appeal on the second anniversary of his death.

Jude Gayle was stabbed to death in an alleyway near his mother’s home in West Norwood, south London, two years ago on September 24.

Three men went on trial at the Old Bailey for his murder but were found not guilty.

The Metropolitan Police are now offering a £20,000 serious crime reward for any information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

Described as a doting father to his young daughter Serenity, Mr Gayle was with his mother preparing a Sunday lunch when he left to buy a bottle of ketchup from a corner shop.

Jude Gayle
Jude Gayle died after being found with stab injuries in Dunbar Street, Lambeth (Metropolitan Police/PA)

The 30-year-old personal trainer was repeatedly stabbed as he made his way home on the Dunelm Estate.

Jordan Xavier, Mr Gayle’s brother, told the PA news agency that his initial thought was that Mr Gayle had cut himself while cooking after his sister called to relay that he had been stabbed.

“It was a bit of a shock, in my mind I was thinking he had cut himself while he was cooking, so I pictured him sitting in the kitchen bleeding,” he said.

“I made my way down to my mum’s and I remember getting another call to say there’s been an air ambulance.

“By the time I got here, I made my way around to the house and I remember just being numb, in shock.

“I walked around to the side of the park area and then just a few metres away from here, walking around the side and seeing his feet. Paramedics, police, everyone was around.”

Jude Gayle visiting a corner shop on the junction of Dunbar Street and Norwood High Street
Jude Gayle visiting a corner shop on the junction of Dunbar Street and Norwood High Street (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Mr Gayle’s mother Pett Roach added: “By the time I got out there (to the scene), I was upset and angry they wouldn’t let me go to him.

“Sometime after a while of working on him I felt something, a force, left my womb and I knew from that moment he had gone.”

Despite receiving emergency treatment from London’s Air Ambulance, Mr Gayle was pronounced dead at the scene at 6.42pm.

A post-mortem examination the following day gave the cause of death as incised wounds.

Following the result of the trial, the family said they hope the latest appeal will urge people to come forward and inspire others who have lost loved ones to “continue and fight”.

“I do believe, and it’s something that I hope for, that there are other people not directly involved in killing him but there are people who were part of it,” Ms Roach told PA.

Mr Gayle’s mother Pett Roach
Mr Gayle’s mother Pett Roach (Emma Bowden/PA)

“I hope that they too will have to pay for their retribution. I do believe that we will get justice and when we do get justice.

“And it’s not just going to be just justice for Jude and his family, but there’s a vast amount of people who have not had justice for their loss and loved ones.”

Mr Xavier added: “Just think about us as a family and how you can help us, we will be relieved to know that somebody is brave enough to come forward.”

DCI Tim Wright, leading the investigation from the Specialist Crime Command, told PA: “I hope the chance that people may have had to reflect on things, they may have changed their position.

“I hope with this fresh appeal by the family, if they do have concerns they are able to come and talk to us and there are a number of measures we can offer if they do have any fears.”

Anyone with information about Mr Gayle’s death can contact the incident room on 0208 721 4961, via the police non-emergency number 101 or anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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