Sorry for the defunct links, but I seriously couldn’t find a functioning article in any mainstream news source. Another white man is murdered by another Muslim gang, and it barely gets the local papers. This one really has gone down the memory hole!
Reward to find killer
DETECTIVES believe eyewitnesses to a murder in Hoxton are sheltering the identity of the killer.
James Houliston, a 44-year-old builder from Regan Way, was left with a fractured skull after he was attacked in June.
His life support machine was turned off at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel three weeks later.
Officers believe there are people in Hoxton who know who threw the punch that killed the father-of-two.
The Met Police has now put up a £20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the killer
Officers also returned to the scene on Tuesday in a bid to jog the memories of residents and park users.
Det Chief Insp Carl Mehta, who leads the investigation, said: “I am renewing my appeal for information in connection with the assault because I strongly believe that there are people who live locally, who saw the incident and know the identity of the assailant.
“I urge them to come forward and speak to us and I am hoping that the offer of this substantial reward will encourage people to do so.”
Mr Houliston, had been walking close to the side entrance of Shoreditch Park at 7.30pm.
He was near the Mintern Street entrance when he became involved in an argument with another park user.
Mr Houliston was punched in the face and fell to the floor, crashing his head on the pavement.
Police want to speak to a dark-skinned Asian or Middle Eastern man in
his late teens with an athletic build and “pointed” sideburns.
He was wearing light tracksuit bottoms with a black stripe down both sides and was possibly holding or wearing a white T-shirt.
It is believed the man may have been with a group of about six Asian and black youths in their late teens, including one white girl with blonde or bleached hair.
Scottish-born Mr Houliston was a construction worker who moved to Hackney 20 years ago.
He had two sons, Kevin, 26, and Michael, 18, and two grandchildren, Jordan and Liam.
James Houliston, 44
12th July 2007
Shoreditch Park, Hackney
A MURDER hunt is under way after a builder beaten up in a busy Hoxton park lost his fight for life. James Houliston, 44, of Regan Way, was left with a fractured skill when he was attacked in Shoreditch Park three weeks ago. Police are keen to trace a dark-skinned Asian man in his late teens, who is about 5ft 11ins tall and has an athletic build. He was wearing light-coloured shorts and was wearing or holding a white T-shirt. It is believed he was with a group of about six Asian and black youths in their late teens, as well as a white girl with blonde or bleached hair.