Fresh appeal for help in tracing killer of Hackney DJ

Police offering reward of £20,000 for information

Detectives have launched a fresh appeal for help in tracing the killer of a well-known Hackney DJ, and offered a £20,000 reward.

Wayne Powell, aged 38, was shot dead in Chingford on 5th July 2010. Wayne’s girlfriend was expecting their baby.

A reward of up to £20,000 is available for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

Wayne, who was also a keen bodybuilder and worked as a customer assistant for the London Underground at Seven Sisters, sat in his car close to the gym he used in Higham Station Avenue, E4 at about 23:10hrs when a lone gunman approached the vehicle.

Wayne got out of the black BMW to talk to him.

The suspect fired four shots before calmly making off along a footpath in the direction of Coningsby Gardens.

Wayne, known as ‘DJ Connoisseur’, was taken by ambulance to the Royal London Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An incident room is open at Trident. Detective Inspector Dave Rock said: “Wayne Powell was a good man. He was not involved in criminality or gangs. He worked hard for a living and was universally popular.

“Aside from his family the two main interests in his life were DJing and bodybuilding. He did not deserve to die in the way he did. I am confident there are people in the community who know who is responsible for this shooting and I would urge them to come forward.”

Anne Boriel, Wayne’s partner and mother of their son, also called Wayne, said: “My partner Wayne was a good hard-working man who loved his family. When he was killed I was pregnant with his child.

“Baby Wayne, who is now six months old, will never get the chance to meet his daddy. Wayne’s six children will never see him again. Neither will his parents or brothers and sisters who are equally affected by this senseless killing.

“In addition to his family, Wayne loved bodybuilding and DJing. As DJ Connoisseur, he was well-loved on the music scene but in particular on Energy FM. On the day after his murder we were touched by the sheer volume of listeners expressing their grief and sympathy. The police have told us that during the course of their investigation they have not heard a single negative word said about Wayne. He was universally popular. We can think of no reason why anybody would want to kill him. He was a big strong guy but never used his physical presence to bully or gain advantage; he would shy away from confrontation and help anyone whenever he could do so. This was not a gangland murder; Wayne had no links to any gang, drugs, guns or crime.

“Someone knew exactly where Wayne would be on the night of Monday 5 July. That person had ready access to a gun and was prepared to use it – coolly and callously. We cannot believe that person has not bragged or expressed his guilt to another about what he did.

“It should not need money to encourage people to come forward but the police are offering a reward of up to £20,000. I am imploring anyone who can help identify the killer to contact the police so we can ensure no other family has to go through what we have experienced and that justice and closure can be achieved for Wayne.”

The gunman is described as possibly black, about 5ft 10ins and wearing a tracksuit. The weapon used is believed to be a handgun.

The motive for the murder remains unclear.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8733 4704. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.