A Crimestoppers reward of up to £10,000 is being offered to help solve the murder of a man in Hayes.
The reward will be available to anyone providing information to independent charity Crimestoppers that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murder. It is applicable only for information passed directly to Crimestoppers rather than the police.
Police are appealing for information after 45-year-old Satnam Singh was attacked in Atlee Road near the junction with Ayles Road on Monday, 6 March at around 10pm as he walked with a friend.
A witness reported seeing a male following the pair – this male was speaking on a mobile phone. A silver car then drove up Ayles Road and a man, described as being white, got out and attacked Satnam and his friend with a baseball bat. Following the assault the suspect got back in the car and it was driven away.
Satnam was taken to hospital for treatment but his condition has deteriorated and on Tuesday, 23 May he died from his injuries. His next-of-kin has been informed.
A post-mortem examination will take place on 25 May at Uxbridge Mortuary and gave the cause of death as bronchial pneumonia and a head injury.
Satnam’s friend, a 28-year-old man, was not seriously injured. Detective Inspector Jon Meager from the Homicide and Major Crime Command is leading the investigation.
DI Meager said, “Sadly what was being treated as an attempted murder investigation is now a murder investigation. Satnam was viciously attacked nearly three months ago and had remained in hospital with his family hardly leaving his side. His loved ones have been left completely devastated by his death.
“While there is no evidence at this time to suggest a racial motivation, officers retain an open mind as to the reason for the attack. I am convinced that the answer lies within the local community.
“Satnam had been walking along Atlee Road with his friend prior to the attack – were you in the area? Did you witness any altercation or dispute between the pair and the man who a witness saw following them?
“A substantial reward is being offered for information that leads to a conviction of those responsible and I would urge anyone who knows who is responsible to contact police or Crimestoppers.”
Satnam’s uncle Jasbinder Singh Siekham spoke of his family’s grief, stating, “Satnam was my nephew, he was also my friend. Satnam’s wife simply cannot understand what’s happened and I’m struggling to comfort her. The whole family is devastated by this terrible attack. We all need to understand why this has happened and who has done it. We need to find peace.”
There have been no arrests and enquires continue. Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200 or police via 101.
To give information and qualify for the reward, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111. The reward is valid for three months.