The murder of Gogglebox star Sandi Bogle’s nephew in Croydon is still unsolved, a forensic pathologist has heard.
Bjorn Brown, 23, was fatally stabbed in the shoulder during an alleged robbery in March 2017.
CCTV caught the mechanic in a 20-second conversation with two men at the intersection of Kelling Gardens and Bensham Lane, between Thornton Heath and Broad Green, on March 29.
The three are then seen walking into Kelling Gardens, which is not covered by CCTV, and 90 seconds later the two men are seen running away from the scene.
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A “shiny” object can be seen being put in a bag by one of the suspects, the court said.
The investigation into his death at South London Corner’s Court on Tuesday, November 9, heard police search 1,000 hours of CCTV footage covering a square kilometer to identify the suspects – but they have never been found.
The South London Coroner’s Court heard a passerby first thought the men were fighting, but then one of the suspects moved his hand in a “stabbing motion” against Bear’s arm and saw a pool of blood.
Bjørn, from Norwood, was able to cycle away, but collapsed after a few meters – and told a man who stopped to help him: “They were trying to rob me”.
An ambulance was flown down, and Bjørn told a paramedic that he had been stabbed with a kitchen knife, the court stated.
He was rushed to hospital but died five days later.
An autopsy found he had damage to the axillary artery in his left arm, causing severe blood loss and a cardiac arrest that led to multiple organ failure and a brain injury.
However, a pathologist was unable to identify which weapon had been used, whether there were multiple stab wounds or one, and how deep the wound was.
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In tribute to Bjørn, his cousin Romika said: “He loved bikes, but motorcycles were his favorite. He was into ‘boys’ things, but he loved animals, especially cats, and he loved music – we have Jamaican heritage, and he had moments where he thought he was in Jamaica and wanted to do fun dances to make us laugh.
“He was a mechanic and he would fix anything – cars and bikes. His loss hurts – it will not go away. As a family we can only cover the scar, but I do not think it would be healed until there is justice.
“None of us will ever be able to move on knowing that someone has been taken from us – someone who was such a big part of our lives.”
Bjørn went to school with the grime star Stormzy – who paid tribute to his childhood friend on Twitter at the time.
Stormzy wrote “Woke up to hear that my childhood friend is no longer with us RIP Bugz ..” and added praying hands, a rose and a heart emoji.
Bjørn’s aunt Sandi, who appeared on Gogglebox for three years with her friend Sandra Martin, offered a passionate prayer to the killer to appear at a press conference two years ago.
She said: “I want the person who did this to realize that you can not keep believing that you can kill someone and that it will not be a consequence of that,” she said.
“You took someone’s life.
“You have not only ruined our lives, you have also ruined the people around us, our friends and family.”
With a conclusion about the illegal killing, assistant forensic pathologist Edmund Gritt said: “We have heard evidence that from an investigation of the CCTV that was available from the interaction, it did not appear that Bjørn knew these two men or they knew him. There was a conversation about 20 seconds before the three of them entered Kelling Gardens. They did not go very far into it.
“What happened there was not captured on CCTV. It is not clear what happened in Kelling Gardens. He told a paramedic that he had been stabbed with a kitchen knife. It appears to be the shiny tool, one of The men were about to lay down in his bag.
“There is no evidence that I can conclude that these men acted in self-defense. It follows that the acts were unlawful. I find on a probabilistic basis that this was an unlawful act on his part that caused his death.”
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