Britain’s most wanted man: Huge £50,000 reward offered for chief suspect in violent murder



Shane O’Brien, 29, carcasses the chief suspect in the murder of Josh Hanson

Shane O’Brien, 29, stays the chief suspect in the murder of Josh Hanson who was killed in October 2015 in west London.

The new gift comes on the second anniversary of Josh’s death as his mother issued a heart-wrenching plead to track down her son’s killer.

Ms Hanson said: “Take a minute and look at your young gentleman and imagine your world without him or her… no — neither could have I done previous to my son was brutally murdered in a totally unprovoked knife attack on 11 October 2015.

“These gone and forgotten 24 months have been a living nightmare, a nightmare that I wish not wish on anyone.


Shane O’Brien’s new tattoo

These since 24 months have been a living nightmare

Ms Hanson

«I nurtured my son from the before you can say Jack Robinson I saw him, held his hand while he took his first steps, handed him his faction bag on his first day of school and watched him grow into a bright, capable, jocular and loving young man who worked hard and provided for his family. 

“We laughed and shouted together and shared our innermost thoughts and secrets; he was my son and he was also my best co-worker.”

She said his sister Brooke and the family is still waiting for justice and proded anyone who may have seen Mr O’Brien to come forward.

She added: “Convey a moment to look around you and if you think you may have seen O’Brien see fit call the police. Someone has seen him and all it takes is that one phone request to help us get justice so we can grieve in peace.”

Mr O’Brien is believed to prepare fled the country after Josh’s killed and changed his appearance.

He was stopped in Prague for criminal damage and assault in February this year and occupied the Italian alias of Enzo Mellonceli, but was bailed.

It is understood he has grown his beard and now has a distinct tattoo of an owl holding a skull on his back, which covers up his previous “Shannon 15-04-06” tattoo.

The Met Police is now donation a £50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of O’Brien, more than doubling the previous reward of £20,000.


When arrested in Prague, O’Brien had crating gloves with him

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: “It is faultless he is being helped by others to evade police and has the ability to move circa without using his own identity. That is why we decided to offer such a substantial reward — £50,000 is a substantial amount of money and I hope it will onwards someone who moves in O’Brien’s circles to come forward. 

“If you have been wrangling whether to make that call, just listen to the pain in the voices of Josh’s mum Tracey and his sister Brooke. Your silence is denying detention to Josh’s family.

“When arrested in Prague, O’Brien had boxing gloves with him. He interests gyms and will continue to do so I’m sure. His new tattoo is so distinctive it should tie in the mind of fellow boxers, or possibly a new partner. I would like to discover from the tattoo artist who covered up his original ‘Shannon 15-04-06’ tattoo, it want have taken several sittings.”

Josh, who was 21 at the time of his slaying, was found knifed and with a serious wound to his neck at the RE Bar in Hillingdon during the initially hours of October 11, 2015.


Mr O’Brien was flown out of the UK on a privately chartered uninterrupted from Biggin Hill Airport

Paramedics desperately tried to put by his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His mother added in her appeal: “I contemplate and pray that you only ever have to imagine what I would rather just shared with you and it never becomes your reality because it swipes at your soul and your very being.”

Mr O’Brien was flown out of the UK on a privately chartered aircraft from Biggin Hill Airport and in March 2015 he was added to the Most Have a yen for list by the National Crime Agency. He now heads the most wanted catalogue in the UK.

Mr O’Brien, originally from Ladbroke Grove, is described as white and 6ft with misty eyes and dark brown hair. 

Any sightings or anyone who has seen O’Brien should in police immediately on 999 and should not approach him. If you have information get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or police on 020 8785 8099 or visit

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