Digbeth Pub Shooting: No Charges Two Years On
8 August 2015, 09:07 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
A mum has told Capital she prays every day someone will come forward with information into her son's murder two years ago in Birmingham.
Sylvester Koroma, 35, from Leicester, was shot dead at close range in the stomach just before midnight outside the Rainbow, Digbeth, on August 10 2013.
He died a week later from his injuries at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Two years since the murder, police have issues another appeal to try and get people to come forward with information as to who did it saying since his death officers have been left frustrated by a ‘wall of silence'.
The 35-year-old father of two, had travelled to Digbeth to attend a music event at the nightclub with a group of friends from Leicester and officers investigating the murder believe the answer to what happened that night lies within Leicester.
They think the shooting was witnessed by a large number of people, who have so far refused to speak to or offer information to police investigating the death.
Detective Sergeant Tim Longbottom from Force CID said: “Despite extensive enquiries and appeals, we still need people to come forward with information about what happened the night of the shooting. We know that there were hundreds of people at the event that evening who would have seen what happened , who have yet to contact us.
“Sylvester travelled to Birmingham with several associates, also from Leicester but so far none of them have come forward to co-operate with or assist police. We urgently need them to listen to their consciences and do the right thing. We know one of his friends helped give him first aid as he lay fatally injured and others could name the person responsible, but have refused to give statements to police.
“Sylvester’s murder has left his family devastated and they desperately need closure. The killer needs to be brought to justice.”
Eunice Koroma, Sylvester’s mother, said: “ The last two years have been every mother’s nightmare. There may be friends and associates of Sylvester’s who were at the club that night and saw what happened or know what happened-but have not told police. These people could hold the key to bringing his killer to justice and I ask that they do the right thing and come forward so we can find some closure.”
A reward of £5,000 from Crimestoppers is available for information leading to the arrests and conviction of the person responsible for the murder.
Anyone who has information is urged to contact West Midlands Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.