A REWARD of £10,000 is being offered by the Crimestoppers charity to anyone who provides information leading to the conviction of the men who kidnapped, tortured and murdered a man who turned up on a doorstep in Bickerstaffe pleading for help.
Polish national Tomasz Samel, 45, was abducted from his home in Raleigh Close, Handsworth, in the West Midlands by three men in a white Peugeot Boxer van (registration number OY55 MVT) at around 8.45am on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.
On the same day, after being driven nearly 100 miles from his home, Mr Samel was dumped in Bickerstaffe.
He suffered from 75% burns. At 10.45pm, he banged on the door of a property in the area to get help, before he was taken to hospital by ambulance. Sadly, Mr Samel died from his injuries in a specialist burns unit at Whiston Hospital, near Prescot, on June 21.
West Midlands Police recently issued an appeal to help trace Kevin Wooden who is wanted in connection with the murder.
Now, Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information it “exclusively” receives that leads to the conviction of Mr Samel’s killers.
Gary Murray, regional manager at Crimestoppers, said: “This is a shocking and horrendous crime and we are appealing to anybody with any information to speak to our charity 100% anonymously.
“What you know could make all of the difference to help get justice for Tomasz who suffered for months before eventually dying from his severe injuries.
“It is important to Crimestoppers that communities are kept safe, which is also why we would like those behind this murder to be brought to justice and unable to cause harm to anybody else. If you have any information about Kevin Wooden and his whereabouts, you can tell our charity anonymously.
“You can speak to us anonymously by calling our UK Contact Centre which is open 24/7 on 0800 555 111, or you can use our easy and secure anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org/.
“I would like to emphasise that no matter how insignificant you think the information you have may be, please contact us.”
Crimestoppers stresses that any information passed directly to police will not qualify for the reward – it must be shared with Crimestoppers.
The van used in this crime was seen earlier on the same day at Hopwood Park Services in Bromsgrove. CCTV footage of the murder suspects show them buying fluorescent tabards. It is believed these purchased items were used to deceive Mr Samel.
(Photos. Tomasz Samel, left, and Kevin Wooden, wanted in connection with Tomasz’s murder.)