Kilburn man vows to continue weekly vigils to death spot where brother was murdered

Popular musician had his throat cut while walking home from a party

THE heartbroken brother of a musician murdered on his way home from a party has vowed to continue weekly vigils at the death scene until his killers are found.

Barry Newtion of Torbay Road, Kilburn, has visited Greenford subway every week since 45-year-old Ian Newtion was killed there on March 22, 2009.

His throat was slashed with a broken bottle and he was left to die in a pool of blood.

Mr Newtion, who was known as Scoobie Santino, was a popular character in the black community across north west London, and a member of the renowned reggae sound system One Love.

Two years on and his devastated brother has vowed to keep his homage going until his family gets justice.

He said: “My brother’s killers are still out there so the subway is still an active scene.

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“Our family will keep putting up appeal banners and posters, we will keep a candle vigil, we will be there every Sunday until the killers are found.

“But, to find them we need to answer one question – why did this happen?

“My brother wasn’t mixed up in anything, he was a peaceful loving man so why did this happen?

“Someone out there must know why.”

The father-of-one, who worked as a delivery driver, was nicknamed the ‘Icon of Peace’ because of his warm, loving nature.

Such was his popularity that more than 1,000 mourners attended his funeral two months after his death.

Making an appeal for information leading to his brother’s killers, Mr Newtion said: “My brother should be here and someone out there knows why he was taken away from us and who did it.

“Please, please, seek it inside yourself to give us some sort of closure so we can really start grieving.

“Until the murderers are caught, we cannot do so.

“His daughter misses him, my son was just a few days old when he met him just the once, his death has left a huge void in the family.

“If you know something please help us, help us to grieve, help us to move on.”

Echoing Mr Newtion’s appeal, DCI Lee Presland said: “It’s been two years since this family have had to come to terms with losing such a well-loved, admired, incredible man.

“We are urging people to come forward with information to help us catch Ian Newtion’s killers.”

Anyone with information should call the incident room on 020 8358 0400 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.