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£20,000 reward to find killer of black cab driver

Police are still investigating the murder of a taxi driver a year after the unprovoked beating that led to his death, just days before Christmas.

Carl O’Brien in his black cab Credit: Met Police

Carl O'Brien was so badly beaten on his own doorstep last December that he was unable to recover and passed away after three weeks in hospital.

The 55-year-old cabbie, who died on December 23, was attacked at his home in Wallington, south London.

Carl O’Brien in his black cab Credit: Met Police

Now police investigating the murder have offered a £20,000 reward to anyone who helps them take down the killers.

A 26-year-old man was arrested and charged with his murder, but was found not guilty by a jury during his trial at Isleworth Crown Court in October.

Carl with son Joe and daughter Laura, at Joe’s graduation Credit: Met Police

Following the acquittal, the case is still open and detectives are appealing for any new information that may lead them to the person who carried out the attack and caused his death.

Carl O’Brien Credit: Met Police

Lovingly named 'Wurzel' by many, nobody would forget meeting him and everyone has a funny story of him.

Dad was a loyal friend and at his funeral over 600 of his friends attended and celebrated his life.

A year later and the loss is real, his friends and family are lost without him, we miss him, we love him but we don't have him anymore.

This attack took place on his only granddaughter's first birthday, a day he had been looking forward to.

He never got to see her again. No words can be articulated or expressed to explain how we feel.

Seeing the injuries that our defenceless dad sustained will haunt us for the rest of our lives.

– Laura, Carl's daughter

Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway, leading the investigation, said:

Mr O'Brien died just two days before Christmas last year, leaving his family totally devastated.

They are still grieving, and now face spending another Christmas without Carl and with his killer not yet identified or brought to justice.

We believe that on the night he was attacked, Carl went to open the communal door to the block of flats he lived in after hearing his bell being repeatedly buzzed.

After a brief conversation with the people at the door, he turned his back and was knocked to the floor and subjected to a violent, unprovoked assault, with those involved stamping on him as he lay injured.

– Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway, Met Police