Detectives investigating the unexplained death in 2010 of a man in Palmers Green have today, Thursday 5 March launched a new appeal for help and information.
The badly-burnt body of Kester David was found under a railway bridge in Broomfield Lane, N13 on Wednesday, 7 July 2010. Police believe he died in the early hours of that day. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as burns and inhalation of fumes.
Officers are keen to trace two sets of potential witnesses:
1) At about 02:30hrs on Wednesday, 7 July 2010, two men, one in a grey hoody, were seen in an alleyway near Maple Leaf Court, on the other side of the railway line to where Kester was found.
The man wearing the hoody appeared to be squeezing through a fence (not the railway fence) into the alleyway that runs at the side of Maple Leaf Court. Both men then walked to the right behind a red brick building.
In order to reach where Kester was found, they would have had to then mount anti-climb fencing next to the railway line, cross the line and tackle another anti-climb fence.
Nevertheless, detectives are keen to trace these men in case they have any information useful to the investigation.
2) Two men, described as white, around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 11ins and of average build, were seen walking across Morrisons’ car park at 03:45hrs that day. They walked towards the far corner where there were charity recycling bins. There was also an anti-climb fence separating Morrisons’ car park from Travis Perkins yard next door.
Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, who is leading the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:
“Were these two separate groups of men? Or in fact the same people seen on two occasions that night?
“Even with the passage of time, I believe those individuals will recognise themselves from their actions, location and the significant appeals we have made around Kester’s death.
“I would like to make it clear that my priority is investigating the circumstances of Kester’s death. I am really keen to speak to you – you may not realise that you hold important information that would assist my investigation.
“Do you know anything or do you recognise yourself from the information given?”
Officers are also still anxious to trace Kester’s missing mobile phone.
His Blackberry Curve 8520 has never been found. It was used, i.e. at least switched on, on 14 and 15 July 2010 in the general vicinity of Wood Green shopping centre and on 22 July around the area of Whittington Hospital. It would have been locked so no calls could be made. It has not been used since.
DCI McHugh added: “It may be that someone found the Blackberry or was given it and has since thrown it in a drawer and forgotten all about it or passed it to someone else.
“We need to find Kester’s phone and the easiest way to identify it is via the IMEI number, found on a sticker underneath the battery. Please check if you found or were given a Blackberry 8520 and it was locked or did not work.”
The IMEI number of Kester’s phone is 35943003791209.
Detectives are also reiterating previous appeals made during the course of the investigation.
Two days before Kester’s death, a relative called Kester on his BlackBerry mobile phone. A man who wasn’t Kester answered the phone. Police are also still keen to trace this person and if it was perhaps one of his work colleagues.
Officers are also still anxious for the author of an email sent to police to come forward.
Two weeks after Kester’s death, police from an Enfield Safer Neighbourhoods team received an email from someone calling themselves ‘Sharon Clarke’, who appeared to have known Kester well. Sharon claimed to know who was responsible for Kester’s death. Police urgently need to hear from this person.
Kester Michael David was born on 6 July 1957 in Grenada and turned 53 the day before his death. He moved to the UK in 1975 aged 17. From 1997 Kester lived in Russell Avenue, Wood Green, N22.
Kester was a part-time bus driver with Arriva working from the Wood Green depot. He had a passion for DJ-ing as DJ Bain in the Soca (Soul Calypso) music scene. Kester was very health conscious and an active member of Virgin Gym in Wood Green.
For a period in early 2010 he worked for an internet radio station in Stoke Newington called Lynx Radio using the name DJ Bain. Kester’s mother describes him as loving and caring.