Unsolved Murders

Moses Ssendawula

Age: 41

Sex: male

Date: 8 Sep 2007

Place: Burgess Park, Camberwell

Moses Ssendawula was shot in the back as he walked home.

It was thought that he had been shot in a case of mistaken identity.

He was a voluntary worker and had been walking home through Burgess Park in Camberwell at 12.55am on Saturday, 8 September 2007 when he was shot near to the entrance at St George’s Way. He had been wearing a blue checked shirt, black trousers and a light coloured woolly hat

An ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His post-mortem stated that he had been shot in the back and that his heart and lung had been penetrated. He had also been shot in the shoulder.

It was thought that he had been shot with a 9mm handgun.

At his inquest the police suggested that his shooting might have been target practice by someone who was testing the gun. The Coroner suggested that it might have been a gang initiation killing although a policeman said that whilst plausible, there was no evidence to back that up or the idea that he had been shot in a form of target practice.

Three days after he was murdered a man from Lower Addiscombe Road in Croydon confessed to his murder. However, he later confessed to wasting police time after it was found that he had made a false confession. The police noted that his confession had cost them 409 hours of wasted time which had included committing a specialist search team to find the murder weapon in a place where he said he had disposed of it.

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