This Sunday will mark one year since the murder of a young man who was dragged to his death in Chessington.
Ahead of the first anniversary, detectives are renewing appeals for witnesses to the murder of 25-year-old Liam Dent. They believe that there are still people with information regarding that night who are yet to come forward.
Detective Inspector Garth Hall, from Specialist Crime, said: “Liam had been out enjoying a summer’s evening with his friends in Chessington and was on his way home when he was killed.
“Liam was deliberately struck by a Ford SMAX and dragged half a mile – he did not stand a chance. His death has left an unfillable gap in his family, and we are still unable to explain to them why this happened.
“Detectives from Specialist Crime have worked tirelessly to identify the persons responsible for Liam’s death and to date have made 10 arrests, but we still need the public’s help to piece together the events of that night. Someone knows what happened, and I would urge them to search their conscience about the impact their silence is having on everyone who knew Liam.
“I would like to hear from anyone who thinks they have information. Perhaps you have already spoken with officers but have since remembered something; I can provide absolute reassurance that any such information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.”
Detectives have released CCTV footage of events leading up to the murder, in the hope that it will jog someone’s memory.
The first shows Liam walking with friends near Rhodrons Avenue in Chessington shortly before his murder. The second shows footage of the two vehicles a Ford S Max and black BMW used by the suspects travelling in convoy shortly before Liam is struck.
The third depicts a Volvo V40 travelling along Cox Lane, which Liam and his friends were in an altercation with shortly before Liam’s death. This car was later found burnt out on Alexandra Road in Epsom.
Police were called to a car in collision with a man on Moor Lane in Chessington at 00:13hrs on Friday, 26 July 2019. The driver did not stop and the man was dragged under the car for some distance.
Officers attended the scene with the London Ambulance Service where they found Liam with serious injuries.
Despite their efforts, Liam – who was from the local area – was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination held at Kingston Mortuary on 27 July 219 established cause of death as injuries consistent with a collision.
A burnt out Ford S Max was found on Cyclamen Way in Epsom, approximately one mile from the crime scene. Since then a black BMW and a silver Volvo have been recovered.
Homicide detectives from the Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation.
Liam’s mother, Stacey Dent, said: “I know that there were lots of people there who saw what happened and I know how scared people are to come forward but this is a callous crime. I don’t have any doubt that this person will do it again.
“Two children have lost their father; I have lost my son. It is complete devastation for all the family.
“The thought of the attacker getting away with this is too much for me. We want justice so that we can move on with our lives.
“One person coming forward could make the difference between this person being convicted or being free to do the same to someone else’s family member.”
Maisie Johnson, Liam’s partner, added: “I urge anyone to come forward if they have any information. My children have lost their father and I have lost my soul mate.”
A total of 10 people – aged between 17 and 22 years old – have been arrested as part of the investigation. They were arrested on suspicion of offences including murder and perverting the course of justice; they all currently released under investigation.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information that may assist police, should call the incident room number on 020 8721 4622 or 101 quoting reference Cad 96/26Jul19.