The Metropolitan police have announced that they believe that the men who murdered gay bar manager, Jody Dobrowski (pictured), 24, on Clapham Common verbally abused a woman fifteen minutes earlier in a nearby street.
Mr Dobrowski was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital. He had suffered a violent, homophobic attack that caused head, neck and facial injuries.
Det Chief Insp Nick Scola, who is leading the investigation made an appeal to the public for “anyone who had a similar encounter with these men or who may have seen them in the area earlier in the evening. If it was you involved in this incident please come forward so you can be eliminated from the inquiry.”
It emerged today that two 17-year-olds and a 13-year-old, arrested in Battersea, southwest London, who were arrested in connection to the enquiry were released on bail.
Police have also appealed for ten to twelve people who were known to have been on the common at the time and who may have witnessed the attack to come forward. They also wish to establish Mr Dobrowski’s movements between 10:15pm when he left a friends house and just after midnight when he was found by a police officer.
Detectives are examining the links between the murder and a series of homophobic attacks on the popular cruising ground.
Both suspects are believed to be white, between 20 and 30, one is 6ft tall, with shaved hair and the second is shorter and stockier.