Huge blow in nightclub murder probe

AN INVESTIGATION into the gunning down of a reveller at an Ipswich nightclub has today suffered a major blow after the remaining suspects have had their bail cancelled.

AN INVESTIGATION into the gunning down of a reveller at an Ipswich nightclub has today suffered a major blow after the remaining suspects have had their bail cancelled.

Detectives probing the murder of Jimoh Plunkett at Ipswich's Zest nightclub today said the inquiry is continuing and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

However it is understood they have been confronted with a wall of silence and the leading detective in the case today urged those who saw the incident to do the right thing and tell the police what they know.

Detective Superintendent David Cole added the 24-year-old's death was believed to have been one of mistaken identity and that he was not thought to be the intended victim of the shooting.


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In the 18 months since Mr Plunkett, 24, was struck by a bullet at Zest nightclub in the early hours of Saturday, December 9, 2006, police have arrested a total of 16 people in connection with the murder. Eleven of those had their bail cancelled in January followed by the remaining five this week.

Det Cole, who has led the inquiry from the start, said: “We know that people witnessed this shooting.

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“They know who took Jimoh's life and inflicted the injuries sustained by three other men in the club that night however, for whatever reason, they do not feel able to come forward and do the right thing.

“We know it will take courage for them to talk to us and provide the evidence we need to proceed but we would ask them to consider the feelings of Jimoh's family and friends and those of the other victims of this shooting.

Det Supt Cole said police have a good idea what happened on the night in question but require evidence to bring the culprit or culprits to justice.

He said: “The inquiry to date and liaison with Operation Trident has provided us with what we believe to be an accurate picture of the events that led to Jimoh's death.

“However, although we have a clear intelligence picture, we still require evidence.

“Just because these bails have been cancelled it does not exclude further arrests or re-arrests at a future date.”

More than 800 people were attending Zest for a private hire house event, 90 per cent of them from London. A number of shots were fired inside the club and Mr Plunkett was struck with a bullet to his chest. He managed to run out of a fire escape door and ran 40 yards before collapsing in the street.

Anyone with information about the shooting to call the incident room on 01473 782000, text 07624 800174, e-mail zestshooting@suffolk.pnn.police.uk or can call Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.

Do you believer the killer will be brought to justice? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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