Renewed appeal following murder – Oxford
Thames Valley Police is issuing a renewed appeal for witnesses as the six month anniversary of a murder in Oxford approaches.
At 7.55pm on Wednesday, 3 January, officers were called to Friar’s Wharf following reports that a teenage boy had been found with stab wounds.
Officers attended the scene along with the ambulance service and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment, where he later died.
He was formally identified as 16-year-old Harun Jama from Birmingham.
A 25-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man, both from Oxford were arrested in connection with the investigation.
The 33-year-old man was charged with murder and drugs offences. However, the murder charge has since been discontinued.
Since the incident, officers have continued enquiries, and are now issuing a renewed appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard, of Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “We have spent the months since Harun’s murder carrying out a full investigation and pursuing several lines of enquiry.
“We believe that there could have been several people who witnessed this incident who have not yet come forward.
“These people could have information which is vital to our investigation, and which could help to bring offenders to justice.
“Harun was a 16-year-old boy who was needlessly killed and his death has had a devastating effect on his family.
“It is vital we speak to anybody who was in the vicinity of Friar’s Wharf at the time of his death, especially if they were in the towpath area between Folly Bridge and the black and white old gasworks bridge between 7pm and 8pm.
“If you were in or around Friar’s Wharf that evening, or saw anything which you think could help our investigation, no matter how insignificant it may appear to you, I would ask you to come forward.
“We remain dedicated to finding those who are responsible for Harun’s death and bringing them to justice.
“If you think you can help us to do this, please call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number on 101.”
You can also report information relating to this incident online, via the Major Incident Public Portal https://mipp.police.uk/operation/810.