Police offer £20,000 reward for information in murder investigation

Image: Darren Augustine

Police offer £20,000 reward for information

The Metropolitan Police have put out a £20,000 reward for any information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the murder of 44-year-old Darren Augustine.

Darren was a father of two who died after being stabbed in Brentwick Gardens, Brentford in the early hours of 26 April 2023. He died on the street shortly after 5.15.am.

Police had earlier been called to the scene after a report of a break in and Darren was pronounced dead at the scene despite the efforts of paramedics to save him.

A post-mortem examination found cause of death to be stab wounds to the chest and abdomen.

In a statement his family said:

“Darren was a family man, he leaves behind his family including two children, he did not have a bad bone in his body.”

Officers have been “working tirelessly” but have yet to come up with any worthwhile leads

Detective Inspector Suzanne Soren of Specialist Crime, Homicide & Major Crime Command said:

“Officers have been working tirelessly on this case for a year now. While the investigation continues, we are appealing to people to dig deep into their consciences – if you have information that can help, I urge you to come forward.

“Despite the passing of time, the heartache felt by Darren’s family has not faded. Allegiances and friendships will have changed, in particular there may be people who felt they could not come forward before, but I urge you to do so now.

“Darren was only 44 when he was killed. He left behind a loving family who are desperate to know what happened to him. We still need the public’s help to find who was responsible for Darren’s brutal murder.

“Were you in the area at about 5am on Friday, 26 April 2023? Did you see or hear anything? Do you have any information that could help police at all?

“We are offering a generous reward of £20,000 for any information that could lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for his murder so if you know anything at all, we encourage you to contact police.

“You can call police on 020 8721 4961 or contact us anonymously via the independent charity, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Any information you have could help to take a killer off our streets, as well as giving a grieving family the answers they deserve.”