Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Police release fresh closed-circuit television footage in bid to snare killers of Jason Osu: Liverpool dad was shot as he parked his Mercedes outside his home in November 2012

Dad-of-two Jason, a commercial pilot and currency trader, was shot five times as he waited in his car outside his Liverpool home in November 2012.

This man could help cops catch the killers of a Merseyside dad gunned down in a hail of bullets.

Jason Osu, 31, was shot repeatedly in his car by two masked men who lay in wait outside his Wavertree home.

The trained pilot died in hospital six days after the gunmen opened fire in Beauclair Drive on November 19.

Six months on, police released fresh CCTV footage to the ECHO of a man detectives want to speak to over one of the getaway cars used by the killers.

The gunmen fled in a stolen Citroen C4, which they torched a mile away in  Wavertree Nook Road, close to Waldgrave Road.

They then made their escape in a silver  Audi A4 S-Line, later found burning in Halsnead Avenue, Whiston.

The man cops want to quiz could have key information on that Audi, which was stolen from Queens Park leisure centre in St Helens on September 19.

Detective superintendent Mike Shaw told the ECHO: "This car was stolen in September and then false plates put on prior to being used by the men who murdered Jason Osu.

“I would like to appeal to the man in the CCTV or anyone who knows him to come forward.

“This car was stolen two months before the shooting and there must be someone out there who knows where it was being kept or used during that time.”

Detectives, who have arrested and bailed six over Mr Osu’s death, also want to speak to two young men seen in Waldgrave Road when the Citroen was abandoned and set alight.

Det Supt Shaw said: “They were last seen running in the direction of Northway. I would like to stress that we do not believe that they were involved in the incident, but may well have seen the offenders, who were wearing dark anorak-type jackets and balaclavas, abandoning the car in the road.

“Any information they may have could be vital to our investigation.”

Police earlier this month confessed that they returned Mr Osu’s  Mercedes to his family with the bullets that killed him still inside.

But officers insist that good progress is being made on the hunt for his killers.

Det Supt Shaw added: “It has been six months since Mr Osu was killed and we are following a number of positive lines of enquiry, but we would still like to hear from anyone who may have information that they have not spoken to us about yet.

“Jason Osu was a father, brother and son and was shot in cold blood on his driveway with no means of defending himself. We are determined to find those responsible and put them before the courts."

* The Audi was stolen from Queens Park leisure centre at 12.15pm on Wednesday, September 19. When stolen its number plate was MF60 KVY – when found burnt out the number plate was RV09 KXU. 

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