Anniversary Appeal 12 Sep 16:13

A year on from the murder of Ricardo Cunha, police continue to appeal for information.


Ricardo suffered a gun shot wound the head at about 23:20 hrs on Saturday 11 September 2010 at his flat in Pondfield House, Elder Road, SE27.


Ricardo and his girlfriend were watching TV in their bedroom when they were disturbed by noises outside. Ricardo went to investigate by looking out of the living room window and was shot.


At the time of his death Ricardo, a Portuguese national, was working as a window cleaner and was well known for his love of Sunday morning football. His family has been left devastated by his death.



Police also appealed in January this year to anyone who recognized an unusual gun which they believe was used to murder Ricardo. The gun, a British-made Webley mark six revolver, is believed to have been produced in 1924 and is in good condition. Police believe that this weapon may have been kept by someone as a keepsake for the war and may have had it taken in a burglary.


Detectives from Homicide and Serious Crime Command, who are investigating, also know that the same gun was fired during an incident on 14 September 2010 in Picton House on the Clapham Park Estate in Brixton. No one was injured in that incident but the gun was found the following day on the Clapham Manor Estate in Brixton. Forensic ballistics identified that this type of gun was used in Ricardo's murder.


Detective Chief Inspector Nick Scola from the MPS Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said:


"It is now a year since the Ricardo died and we want the people that have information to come forward. Someone out there knows exactly what happened that night, and they owe it to Ricardo's loved ones to come forward.


"Ricardo was a young man with no criminal past or connections. Despite taking statements from over 200 people who knew Ricardo or who lived near where he was killed, the motive for his murder remains unknown. A reward of up to £20,000 is still available to anyone who can help bring Ricardo's killers to justice."


There have been no arrests in the investigation.


Anyone who has information or can assist police with identifying the gun is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 7214005, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.