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"Part of me has gone with him" Carl O'Brien was a devoted father and grandfather. At 55 years old, Carl was a well known and well liked member of the local community. A proud black cab driver, he loved his family and was looking forward to celebrating his beloved granddaughter's first birthday. In the early hours of the morning on Saturday 3rd December 2016, Carl was awoken by the persistent buzz of the communal door of the block of flats he lived in. After a brief conversation with the people outside, Carl turned to head back into his flat. He was knocked to the floor and then subjected to a vicious and unprovoked attack, with those involved stamping on him as he lay injured. Carl bravely managed to make it back to the safety of his flat where he attempted to rest and recuperate before his granddaughter's first birthday party that afternoon. A few hours later, Carl lost consciousness and was rushed to hospital. Instead of celebrating with his family, Carl was rushed into emergency surgery after which he fell into a coma. His bereft family waited by his bedside for almost three weeks, hoping that he would wake up. He never did. Carl died of his injuries on 23rd December 2016, just two days before Christmas. Following the one year anniversary of his tragic death, detectives have launched a fresh appeal with a £20,000 for information which may help identify those involved in this awful attack. Carl’s daughter Laura said in a family statement: “Our dad was an amazing dad, granddad, son, brother and friend to so many. “At a time when most families were looking forward to their Christmas, all we had were tears, grief and sorrow. “One year on, we would like to appeal to people to come forward with information relating to this attack so that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice. We are a normal family who never imagined that something so unjust, so unnecessary and so senseless would happen to such a gentle and well-loved person. “We as a family wouldn't want anyone to have to go through what we live with every day. “Please search your conscience, look at the ones you love, imagine them gone tomorrow by the cowardly actions of individuals. Please help to get justice for Carl, our dad. Thank you.” DI 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. “I am sure that there are people who know who did this to Carl, and that someone - most likely in the Sutton or wider South London area - has the information to help us solve this case. “You may be fearful of providing information, or have loyalties that are stopping you from doing so. My message would be to do the right thing and come forward. You are protecting a killer. “We are counting on you to get in touch, and we await your call to our incident room. We would treat any information provided with the strictest confidence.” Anyone with information about Carl’s death can contact the Incident Room on 020 8721 4005, or via the police non-emergency number 101. To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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