Unsolved Murders

David Brindle

Age: 23

Sex: male

Date: 3 Aug 1991

Place: Bell Pub, East Street, Walworth

Source: www.courtnewsuk.co.uk

David Brindle and Stanley Silk were shot in a hit at the Bell pub in East Street, Walworth.

It was thought that they have been shot in a gangland feud following the murder of Ahmet Abdullah. It was said that when the gunmen jumped out, one of them shouted, 'This is for Abbi', before firing.

David Brindle was thought to have been the intended target as his brother was on trial at the time for the murder of Ahmet Abdullah, which is itself an unsolved murder.

However, Stanley Silk, who had been drinking in the pub with his wife, was an innocent victim. He was described as a Walworth man.

It was also noted that four others were injured in the attack, including the barman. One person was discharged whilst two others were described shortly after to have been in a serious but stable condition at Guy's Hospital whilst the fourth man, who had been taken to King's Cross Hospital was in intensive care. They were all kept under police guard at the hospital.

They were shot when two masked gunmen burst into the pub and shouted out David Brindle's name. They had been wearing ski masks and armed with an automatic pistol and a revolver.

As David Brindle was shot at, he tried to vault over the bar and escape but was hit by a single bullet in the lower body.

After they were shot, they were taken to hospital where they later died.

It was said that there were about 15 people int he pub at the time and that after they started shooting wildly about, other people started throwing tables. It was said that David Brindle was the last person to be shot.

After the shooting the men got away in a red car.

The men were described as:

  1. 5ft 10in to 6ft tall with dark clothing.
  2. 5ft 8in tall, and also wearing dark clothing.

The pub landlord who had been upstairs at the time said that the pub was, 'A very well-run family house. I have got a very good clientele, but I guess the pub is slaughtered now'.


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