Crimestoppers offer £20,000 reward on fifth anniversary of Coventry murders - The Coventry Observer

Crimestoppers offer £20,000 reward on fifth anniversary of Coventry murders

Coventry Editorial 23rd Mar, 2023 Updated: 24th Mar, 2023   0

CRIMESTOPPERS have put up a £20,000 reward on the fifth anniversary of the murders of two men in Coventry, as detectives release new evidence.

Police believe 33-year-old Johnny Robbins, who disappeared on March 21, 2018, was tortured before being murdered, although his body has not been found.

Johnny’s death is linked to the murder of Daniel Shaw, who was found with gunshot injuries to his chest in Copland Place, Tile Hill on March 25 of the same year.

Police believe before Johnny was murdered, he was taken to Daniel Shaw’s home on Torrington Avenue on March 21 2018.

Several arrests have been made during the investigation although as of yet no one has been charged.

A picture has also been released of an Audi SQ5 which is believed to have been used to transport Johnny after he was kidnapped.

Police found it in Birmingham 18 months later, and it has been forensically examined.

Police have also re-appealed for information to help trace a man in a motorcycle helmet (below) who was seen on CCTV outside Mr Shaw’s address before the shooting.

And a fresh appeal has been launched for information on the whereabouts of Ryan Hobday, who was 28 at the time of the murders.

Coventry man Hobday is wanted in connection with the murders.

Police are still seeking his whereabouts but believe he may also have been murdered.

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Johnny’s mother Ginnie has revealed plans for a memorial to him later this year, as they have been unable to lay him to rest.

She said: “What happened to Johnny five years ago is still incomprehensible to us, we continue to live daily with unanswered questions and deep sadness.

“The community have been invited to assist police with their enquiries.

“We would like to invite that same community to attend a memorial for Johnny on a date to be confirmed in May.

“We’ve waited in vain to be able to lay Johnny to rest as he should be and we feel the time has now come to pay tribute to him by holding a memorial service.”

Daniel Shaw’s sister Blossom said she misses the little things about him such as his giggle, kindness, and him being silly.

“We hold on to a little bit of hope every day that those people, who we know have information about the murders of both Dan and Johnny will speak up and come forward.

“We struggle to understand how people will not help us let go of some of this grief we have been carrying for Dan for the last five years.

“Five years can seem like a lifetime, but when you lose someone in the way they murdered Dan. It seems like yesterday and as life continues around us, we are stuck, stuck in grief.

“Dan was so kind, generous, and loving, he wasn’t part of a gang and had no criminal record.”

The Crimestoppers reward will only qualify if the information is passed to the charity.

People can do so anonymously by visiting or calling 0800 555 111

Visit to upload information and footage.


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