£20,000 reward for information five years on from Samuel Guidera murder near to Penge East station

PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 12 February 2016

Samuel Guidera

Samuel Guidera


Today (Friday) marks the fifth anniversary of Samuel Guidera’s murder

Five years on from the murder of Samuel Guidera near to Penge East station, police are offering a £20,000 reward for information which could prosecute his killer.

Samuel was found collapsed in the street at Bailey Place, 200 metres from Penge East station, at 9.55pm on February 12 2011.

He had been stabbed in the heart and his wallet had been stolen.

He was taken to hospital but died later that night.

Since then, police have investigated and dismissed more than a thousand leads connected to the case.

Police are investigating a number that put into his phone moments before his murder.

DCI Chris Jones explained: “This is still very much a live investigation. Samuel travelled on the 9.17pm train from Bickley to Penge East, arriving just after 9.30pm. He crossed the footbridge over the railway to the Newlands Park exit en route to meet his girlfriend.

“He was last seen at the bus stop opposite Bailey Place at about 9.38pm.

“At 9.48pm Samuel’s phone was used to dial 0740 477 6433, a number which is not connected to Samuel or anyone he knew. Seconds later Samuel tried to call 999 but dialled 9999 and the call did not connect.

“We have made extensive enquiries about the mystery telephone number and have established that it belongs to Lyca Mobile and is a Pay-As-You-Go Sim card which has never been activated.

“I would be very interested to speak to anyone who has any information, no matter how small about this number specifically.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who previous had or still has a Lyca Mobile SIM which has a similar number but perhaps the last few digits differed?

Samuel’s mother and father, Sarah and Chris Guidera, previously said:

“From the moment Samuel was murdered on the 12 February 2011, we as his parents started a life sentence from which we will never be released. We still feel a sense of anger and all we can do is continue to cope with each day as it comes, with the help of medication, family, friends, whatever it takes.

“As parents we have seen the devastation and heartbreak it has caused Sam’s brother and sister, other family members and friends. We just want somebody out there who knows something that could help in the apprehending of the killers to come forward so they do not have the opportunity to take another person’s life and destroy another family.

“It could be somebody reading this who gets the call about the savage death of a loved one next.

“So we miss and think of him so much every single day, we cry, we love him so much. Time is not a healer, we will never get back to normal; the people we were before no longer exist. So please look at your son, brother, uncle, think how you would miss them and if you know anything come forward; don’t let the cowards who took my son’s life kill again.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3734; or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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