Bexley murder: Witness describes moments after man was killed celebrating birthday

PUBLISHED: 19:04 17 October 2011

Bexley murder scene

Bexley murder scene


A mother has described the moment paramedics attempted to resuscitate murdered Paul Gunner minutes after he was assaulted whilst out celebrating his birthday.

Mr Gunner, 32, who worked as an electrical rigger at the BBC, was outside the Charcoal Grill kebab shop in Bourne Road, Bexley, at 1am on Sunday morning when he was punched which resulted in him falling to the ground.

He was taken to hospital but died an hour later.

Mother of one, Sanober Saad, 31, of Bourne Road said: “I heard shouting so I looked out of the window and saw a person lying on the floor and a paramedic was trying to resuscitate him.

“Another man was pacing up and down and he kept saying get up, get up.

“I was half asleep, I’m used to hearing noises on the weekends after pubs close but this was very shocking.”

Mr Gunner was described by his mother as a “wonderful person” and a “brilliant son”.

Police believe the attackers may have been involved in separate incident where a male was assaulted outside the same take away approximately ten minutes earlier. He was not seriously injured and left the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said:

“Paul Gunner lost his life on a night which should have been a celebration for him and his family. I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this assault, or the altercation that occurred shortly before, to contact police.

“I am particularly keen to speak to the victim of the first assault as he may hold vital details which could help us identify the suspects.

“These are two, apparently, unprovoked assaults. Those who carried out these assaults may not be aware of the tragic consequences of their actions. I would urge them, or anyone who knows their identity, to come forward and do the right thing.”

Three men aged 31, 32, and 25, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police are still appealing for information. Anyone with information can call the incident room on 0208 721 4868 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A post mortem will be held in due course.

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