The mother and sister of Josh Hanson are urging the public help trace the man wanted for his murder.
In a video released to coincide with the two year anniversary of the 21-year-old’s death, mum Tracey Hanson urged people to help police find Shane O’Brien.
Sister Brooke Hanson said she had been robbed of the chance of seeing Josh living his life.
They were speaking on Wednesday (October 11) on the second anniversary of his death, as police increased the reward for information leading to the capture of O’Brien to £50,000, and released a new image of the 29-year-old from Ladbroke Grove, showing a changed appearance.
That image was taken in February by police in Prague after he as arrested for criminal damage and assault. However, he provided false ID and was able to leave.
Holding the new poster murder reward poster, which shows images of O’Brien and a new distinctive owl and skull tattoo on his back, Mrs Hanson, from Kingsbury in Brent, said: “Josh did nothing wrong. He’s 21 years of age, just out with his friends in a bar for a very short period of time.
“Do the right thing, continue to keep sharing this new poster and don’t let people forget the face that they’re supposed to be looking for.”
Police believe O’Brien was flown out of the UK in a privately chartered plane from Biggin Hill Airport following the murder, which happened at the RE Bar in Eastcote.
At that time it was believed he could be hiding in the Netherlands but information later indicated he had travelled to Dubai.
But police have now revealed he was arrested in Prague earlier this year.
Urging people to give information, Brooke said: “Don’t even do it for us, do it for Josh.
“At the end of the day there are people out there who know where this guy is. They’re helping him, he’s not alone.”
O’Brien used the Italian alias of Enzo Mellonceli, supported by false documentation, following his Czech Republic arrest.
Images from police show he has grown his hair and has a full beard and a distinctive new tattoo on his back of an owl holding a skull, which covers up his previous “Shannon 15-04-06” tattoo.
Investigating officer Noel McHugh says in the film that O’Brien is the UK’s most wanted man.
Anyone with information about O’Brien or his whereabouts can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org or the police incident room on 020 8785 8099.
On October 28 2015 investigating officers arrested two men on an inbound flight on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender.
They were bailed to return on a date in October pending further enquiries.
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