Unsolved Murders

John Rouse

Age: 45

Sex: male

Date: 31 Jul 2008

Place: Westerdale Grove, Hull

Source: www.humberside.police.uk

John Rouse was shot through the head.

He was found slumped on the bathroom floor by his mother on 31 July 2008. She had let herself in with a key after no one answered the door. The shower screen was broken and he was slumped dead in the shower with a single gunshot wound to the head.

A man was tried but the jury returned a hung verdict.

John Rouse had past convictions for drug dealing and it was thought that he had been shot in relation to a drugs debt.

An ambulance was called to his flat in Westerdale Grove at 5.16pm and he was taken away in a body bag.

He had been jailed in March 2002 for five-and-a-half years for supplying drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, worth £162k. He was also arrested in 1999 as part of a police anti-drugs operation called Operation Overlord. After he pleaded guilty to separate drugs offences Hull Crown Court imposed a confiscation order for £4,580. However, when police later got a tip that he had more money stored in a loft at a house in Nornabell Street and found £93k in banknotes, wrapped up in carrier bags, thought to be the proceeds of drug trafficking the judge reassessed his original confiscation order and ordered him to pay more than £100k.

A man was tried twice for his murder but was found not guilty after two juries failed to reach verdicts. However, the police said that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder, although, they said they were conducting a review of forensic evidence using new techniques.

At his trial the court heard that the accused owed John Rouse about £75k and that John Rouse wanted it back. The court heard that the accused had driven up from London to Hull to kill John Rouse after John Rouse started demanding his money back. The prosecution stated that the accused's car was seen in the area at 7.39am and then again leaving at 9.04am. The prosecution said that whoever shot John Rouse probably knew him quite well and was comfortable enough with that person to have a shower while they were in his flat. The accused and John Rouse had known each other for 20 years.

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