Date: 30 Sep 2006
Place: Magdalen Road, Earlsfield
Stuart McMahon was shot at his home on Magdalen Road in Earlsfield.
The police found him dead in his kitchen on the Saturday 30 September 2006 at about 5pm. They said that he must have staggered from the front door to the kitchen before dying. The glass in the door was broken and it was thought that the gunman might have broken it to check that he had hit Stuart McMahon. A total of six shots were fired and the empty cartridge cases were found on the floor.
He had been shot through the door and it was thought that he had been shot whilst trying to close the door on the gunman. It was thought that he had been shot deliberately rather than having been shot in a robbery gone wrong. The police said that they thought that the shooting was planned and that someone had been ordered to shoot him. The police said 'We have ruled out burglary. We believe someone came here in order to kill him'. It was also thought that he might have known his killer or killers.
The police were called after a neighbour noticed that the glass in his door was broken. It was noted that it had taken them four and a half hours to come out after having received the call. When they arrived that found the glass in the door broken and when they looked in they saw a trail of blood along the hallway and then found him dead in the kitchen with obvious gunshot injuries.
The police said that he had been shot with a .22 gun which they said was an unusual gun to have been used in a murder.
His post-mortem stated that he had died from a bullet wound to the chest.
He was seen the day before, on 29 September 2006, by a friend that had been helping him to decorate the property. The man said that he had dropped by and had gone in for a cup of tea. The police said that after the man had left it appeared that Stuart McMahon had called another friend to make an arrangement to meet later that night and then changed his clothes, turned on his television and then started to work on some correspondence.
The police said that they thought that Stuart McMahon had been shot between 9.30pm and 9.40pm on the Friday 29 September 2006.
At the scene of the crime the police found a silver earring and said that they were interested in finding out who had owned it.
The police also said that they were also interested in speaking to an unknown black man that Stuart McMahon had been seen arguing with outside his house a few days before.
He had sold the house he was killed at, which he had renovated himself, the day before for £850k. He also had another home in Fulham.
His neighbours described him in a variety of ways. Some said that he was a very friendly man, always shaking hands and hugging people and affectionate, whilst others said they avoided him saying that he was a bit of a wide boy and that he often argued in the street.
Stuart McMahon ran a building firm, SM Building and Development Services, and had two children. He had recently separated from his wife following months of arguments which was said to have upset him and had been living alone at the property. However, his wife's car was still at the property during the months after they had separated and she had been seen there several times.