Four men have been arrested this morning (Monday, October 28) in connection with the investigation into the death of Luke O’Connell in Watford.
Twenty-six-year-old Luke died in hospital after being brutally murdered on Gammons Lane, Watford, which occurred just before 3am on Saturday, August 31.
Today a 48-year-old man, a 31-year-old man, a 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were all arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The men, who are all from Watford, are currently in custody.
Five other men have been previously charged in connection with the investigation.
Shahnavaz Azad, aged 27, of Nicholas Close, Watford; Mohammed Haroon Azad, aged 21, of Nicholas Close, Watford; Aamir Mustafa, aged 22, of St George’s Road, Watford and Hamza Shah, aged 19, of Hagden Lane, Watford have all been charged with murder.
A pre-trial preparation hearing is scheduled for December 3 at St Albans Crown Court.
A provisional trial court date has been set for March 2, 2020 at St Albans Crown Court.
Omar Hamid-Chohan, aged 25, of The Harebreaks, Watford, has been charged with assisting an offender.
He has been released on conditional bail and is due to appear before St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 15 for a first hearing.
A 19-year-old woman from Watford was last month arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
She has been summoned to appear before St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Friday, November 15 to answer two charges of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.
Anyone with further information in regards to this investigation is asked to report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting Operation Orient.
If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.
Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org