Shocking footage shows moment Danny Pearce’s killers spot the young dad as a target before ‘truly horrendous attack’
PUBLISHED: 15:32 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:39 23 November 2017
Met Police continues to appeal for the public’s help
Footage showing the moment two moped robbers identified murdered Bromley father Danny Pearce has been released.
The 31-year-old dad is seen walking back to a parked car with his girlfriend and two friends in Greenwich, when a moped drives past.
As the group walk off camera, a pillion passenger then raises his arm, highlighting Danny as a potential victim, minutes before he was fatally stabbed in a “truly horrendous” attack by violent robbers.
The appeal comes as Jan Pearce, Danny’s 63-year-old mother, has spoken out for the first time since the murder.
She said: “It has been just over four months since my Danny was randomly murdered in Greenwich.
“He left behind a family who loved him unconditionally, including two sisters and a brother. But it is not only us as adults suffering - Danny’s nieces and nephews are grieving and it hurts them in different ways.
“How do you answer a child when they ask where uncle Danny is?
“We need to get these murderers off the street - who knows who will be next and then another family will go through the same devastation as us.
“If you know who did this to my son please, please tell the police. I don’t want another mum to go through this agony. I need to know those responsible will be locked up for a very long time.”
Danny, a keen footballer, was walking back to a car in King William Walk after leaving Oliver’s Jazz Club when two men, who were unknown to him, threatened him over his Rolex watch at 12.15am on Saturday, July 15.
When he refused to hand over his designer watch, the father to a five-year-old girl was repeatedly stabbed and shot at.
His girlfriend and two friends witnessed the entire incident.
Det insp Jo Sidaway, of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “Moments after he refused to surrender his Rolex, the first suspect produced a large knife and began chasing and stabbing him whilst the second man shot in his direction as Danny ran for his life, having already acted to protect his friends by urging them to get away as fast as possible. We know the handgun was discharged at least four times, and while it was the stab wounds that caused Danny’s death, a mark found on his back was consistent with a bullet graze.
“Danny sought help at an address in the street but these men showed no mercy, returning again to use the knife against him even as he was collapsed on the steps outside the house. It was only when his girlfriend shouted out that she’d give them the watch if they ceased that they left off. Without a hint of remorse they grabbed the Rolex and fled the scene.”
DI Sidaway has asked anyone who may have seen a £5,000 Silver Rolex Datejust 2 2017 since the attack to come forward.
She added: “It is vital that the men involved are brought to justice before anyone else is seriously harmed. The level of violence used against Danny was truly horrendous and the length of time over which they carried out the attack - up to two minutes - marks it out as the most sustained random stabbing attack I’ve seen in my 26 years in the police service.
“If you can help, please contact police via 101 or on the dedicated incident room number of 020 8721 4005.”
A reward of £10,000 offered by the independent charity Crimestoppers for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Danny’s murder still stands.
To give information and qualify, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Two men aged 21 and 27 have been arrested since the incident, one is on bail until early December while the 21-year-old has been released under investigation.