'Please do the right thing': Family plead for murder suspect to hand himself in
The family of a murdered man have issued a plea for information as police continue to hunt the case's prime suspect - more than year on from the killing.
Giovanni Lewis, 28, died from a stab wound to his heart after being attacked in Hadfield Way, Kingshurst, Birmingham, on October 18 last year.
Police identified Jammal Chase as the key suspect in the murder inquiry but have never been able to trace him, despite a number of appeals and a Crimestoppers award.
Now Dawn Lewis, the wife of murdered Giovanni, has come out pleading for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the 20-year-old to come forward.
Mrs Lewis said: "I just want him to hand himself in, its been long enough now, he does not know what pain it is causing my family and I, we want to lay Giovanni to rest but there can be no rest until he is in custody. Please do the right thing, stop our suffering and hand yourself in."
Detective inspector Paul Joyce from West Midlands Police has also appealed for information, as well as warning anyone who might by sheltering Chase that they run the risk of being jailed.
He said: “Our enquiries lead us to believe that Chase remains in the West Midlands. Do you know where he is? Do you have any information? Do the right thing and give us a call.
“The family of Giovanni have had to live the last 12 months knowing that the person who murdered him still hasn’t been brought to justice for what they did. This is still very much a live investigation and we are determined to get answers to help bring closure to Giovanni’s loved ones."
A reward of up to £5,000 is still available to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest of Jammal Chase.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Team on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.