Unsolved Murders

Ricardo Cunha

Age: 23

Sex: male

Date: 12 Sep 2010

Place: West Norwood, Southeast London

Source: www.met.police.uk

Ricardo Cunha was shot in his own home.

It was thought that he was not the intended target and was the victim of mistaken identity.

Ricardo Cunha and his girlfriend were watching Match of the Day on the television together at around 23.20pm on 11 September 2010 in the bedroom of their flat in Pondfield House, Elder Road when there was a knock at the door and noises outside. When Ricardo Cunha went to look out of the front bedroom window he was shot in the head.

An ambulance was called but he soon died on the scene.

The cause of death was given as a gunshot wound to the head.

Police said that they thought the gun used might have been a 1924 Webley Mark Six Revolver. It was also thought that the gun might have been stolen from someone in a burglary which wasn't reported before coming into the hand of Ricardo Cunha's killers. They said that they know that a similar gun was fired three days later in a separate incident in Picton House on the Clapham Park Estate, Brixton on 14 September 2010. The gun was then found the next day on Clapham Manor Estate and was identified as the type of gun that had been used to kill Ricardo Cunha. Police said that it dated from around 1924 and had probably been a keepsake from the second world-war.

Neighbours who heard the shot said that they thought it was a firework, and said that they heard footsteps running off after.

Ricardo Cunha was Portuguese and worked as a window cleaner. He shared the flat with his mother.


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