Unsolved Murders

Leonard Gomm

Age: 75

Sex: male

Date: 13 Jun 1990

Place: Hampden Gay, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire

Source: en.wikipedia.org

Leonard Gomm was stabbed to death on a grass verge near the hamlet of Hampden Gay, Bletchingdon, Oxfordshire.

He had been stabbed once in the chest.

He was a taxi driver and his blue Ford Granada taxi, registration A592 ARD, was found nearby. His body was found by a passing lorry driver in a ditch about five yards from his taxi-cab.

It was thought that he had just picked up a fare from Gloucester Green bus station in Oxford at about 6.15am after he radioed his employers to say that he was taking a fare to Bicester.

He was found on the grass verge about four hours later at 10.50am.

Two witnesses said that they had seen Leonard Gomm driving his taxicab about early that morning with a fare. The police said that they were working on the theory that his last passenger was his murderer but noted that they had no evidence to prove that.

It was noted that nothing was taken from his taxicab and the motive was not known. When he was found, he had money in his pockets and the cash box in his taxicab was left untouched.

Amongst the possible leads, the police said that they were interested in identifying a hitch hiker who had been picked up about 8 miles from Hampden Gay and later dropped off in Banbury. The hitch hiker was thought to have been headed for Glasgow and was noted for having had facial injuries indicating that he had recently been in a fight.

The police said that they were also trying to trace a man who had been seen that day over a four-hour period in Oxford City Centre who had been carrying a light-coloured sports bag.

Leonard Gomm had worked for ABC Taxis in Cowley after having retired from the Cowley Rover works.

In 2010 the police revealed that they had found new forensic evidence that they hoped would help solve the case.

He was from Forest Hill and had three grown up children.


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see Oxford Mail

see Oxford Times

see BBC

see Sandwell Evening Mail - Thursday 14 June 1990