CCTV footage released in JJ McPhillips murder investigation
Smartly dressed man could hold the key to catching killers, Met says
21 June, 2017 — By Emily Finch
The suited man police are keen to speak to
A SMARTLY dressed man caught on camera as he walks down Upper Street could hold the key to catching the brutal killers of father-of-two Jonathon ‘JJ’ McPhilllips.
CCTV footage of the brawl outside the Town Hall in Upper Street during which the 28-year-old was fatally stabbed was released on by the Met on Wednesday as detectives appealed for witnesses to come forward.
The footage of the February 25 attack shows six to eight hooded youths, some holding large knives, grouping in Richmond Grove before running towards and attacking a group of men JJ was with.
The footage of the attack released by police
As JJ and his friends are being chased, the father-of-two is seen to collide with a smartly dressed male bystander dressed in a suit, who calmly watches the melee going on around him.
In a statement, the Met said of the man: “Officers are particularly keen to speak to this gentleman as a significant witness, but he has never been identified despite numerous appeals. His identity has been protected, but it is hoped he will see the footage and recognise himself. His information could prove vital.”
The CCTV was shown on the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow programme on this morning where JJ’s mum, Michelle McPhillips, appealed for witnesses to come forward.
She told the Tribune: “JJ was not a gang member. My son wasn’t in the wrong place, he was where he always was in Upper Street. The people in the wrong place are the people with the knives.”
Of the key witness, who has yet to come forward, she said: “Please come forward, you watched what’s going on. My son pushed you, did he save your life? Please come forward and help me get justice for my son.”
Mother Michelle with baby boy JJ
Detective chief inspector Dave Whellams, who is leading the investigation, added: “Every piece of information will be treated in confidence, and could prove crucial in helping us bring justice to Jonathon’s family. We would also appeal to friends and family of those who have carried out this attack.”
The footage also shows the 17-year-old knife victim running into a shop where he collapsed. He was taken to hospital and later discharged. He has not been willing to cooperate with the police investigation.
JJ, who lived nearby, was taken to hospital following the attack, where he died days later.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the incident room on, 020 8345 3775 or give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.