Fresh appeal over burglary that led to elderly man’s death

Police still hunting for burglars they believe are responsible for 98-year-old’s death

Peter Gouldstone, who died in November 2018 following a burglary at his home
Peter Gouldstone, who died in November 2018 following a burglary at his home

Detectives investigating the death of a 98-year-old man who died after being the victim of a violent burglary appealed for help from the public during an appearance on Crimewatch Live.

Pensioner Peter Gouldstone was seriously assaulted during a burglary at his New Southgate home in early November 2018. He sadly died later that month from his injuries.

Detective Inspector John Marriott said: “It is now nearly three years since this tragic incident which saw Peter taken from his family in such horrendous circumstances.

“Despite the passage of time, their hurt has not lessened; and neither has our determination to find those responsible for his death. I am appealing to the public today to help us find these individuals and ensure that they face justice.”

Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 10.06am on Tuesday, 6th November 2018 to an address in Evesham Road, near the North Circular, where they found Peter suffering from a head injury and extensive bruising to his body. He remained in hospital until he died in late November.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as “complication of a traumatic head injury”. There was clear evidence of a disturbance at Peter’s house, and a number of his possessions had been taken, including a 26-inch Panasonic television (model TX-L26X10B) which has never been recovered.

Although a number of people were arrested in connection with the investigation, they were subsequently released with no further action.

Independent charity Crimestoppers previously announced a reward of up to £10,000 for any information they receive that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for this horrific attack against a vulnerable pensioner. This remains available.

DI Marriott added: “We have CCTV footage showing two men who we are still keen to identify, as we believe they may have information which could assist our investigation. I urge anyone who has information, no matter how small a detail, to search their conscience and contact police without delay.

“I appreciate the incident will not be fresh in people’s minds, but would particularly like to hear from people who may recall being offered the Panasonic television that was stolen, or who saw either people or vehicles in the vicinity of Evesham Road that may have appeared out of place.”

Anyone with information concerning this incident should contact police on 020 8345 3715 or 101. Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or use their non-traceable anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.