Police reveal mystery telephone number clue in hunt for murderer of student found dead near Penge East station in 2011

PUBLISHED: 16:52 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:52 12 February 2015

Samuel Guidera

Samuel Guidera


Fourth anniversary of Samuel Guidera killing marked by new appeal for information

A CCTV still of Samuel in a shop, shortly after he leaves Penge East StationA CCTV still of Samuel in a shop, shortly after he leaves Penge East Station

Police have marked the fourth anniversary of the murder of Greenwich University student Samuel Guidera today (Thursday) by issuing a fresh appeal for information about his death.

Just before 10pm on February 12, 2011, Samuel was found collapsed in the street at Bailey Place on the junction with Newlands Park, just 200 metres from Penge East station.

He had been stabbed in the heart and his wallet has been stolen. He died in hospital later that night.

A student of history and politics, Samuel had spent the day watching football with friends.

Today, the detective leading the investigation revealed for the first time a mystery telephone number that was inputted into Samuel’s phone, moments before he was murdered.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones and his team are working on a theory that Samuel’s killer, or killers, may have got his attention on the pretext they wanted to use his mobile telephone.

Det Chief Insp Jones said: “Samuel travelled on the 21:17hrs train from Bickley to Penge East, arriving just after 21:30hrs. 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 21:38hrs.

“At 21:48 Samuel’s phone was used to dial 0740 4776433, a number which is not connected to Samuel or anyone he knew. Seconds later Samuel tried to call 999 but dialed 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?”

Det Chief Insp Jones continued: “I believe the answer to this murder lies locally in and around the Penge area. I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact us.

“Four years is a long time for Samuel’s family and friends to wait for justice and it is also long enough for alliances to change. Someone out there has information which can help us to identify Samuel’s attackers and I would appeal to them to contact the police.”

Speaking previously Samuel’s friend Claire Smith, said: “Sam was studying History and Politics and would have been an amazing teacher. He never felt that he was better than anyone else; he was friends with people from every walk of life.

“Everyone who knew Samuel is so proud to have known him and shared a part of his life. I feel so privileged to have been able to say “I love you” and hear him say it back. Now we direct those words to a hole in the ground and hear nothing but silence in response.

“He was 24- years-old. There will never be a time that I stop dreaming of seeing that smile again.”

Samuel’s mother and father, Sarah and Chris Guidera, previously said: “From the moment Samuel was murdered on the February 12, 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.”

During the course of the investigation detectives have followed and eliminated over a thousand leads, viewed and released hundreds of hours of CCTV and have spoken to nearly 900 witnesses.

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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