Missing man linked to ‘gangland killing’

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An “execution-style killing” and the disappearance of a man believed to be a gangland enforcer 13 years ago are being re-examined by Scotland Yard, it has emerged.

Detectives now believe that the case of Gilbert Wynter, who vanished from his home in Haringey, north London, in 1998, is linked to a murder.

Saul Nahome, a 48-year-old accountant, was shot dead in Finchley, north London in November that year.

The two men moved in the same circles and had done business with each other in the past.

Det Chief Insp David Manning, who is leading the latest probe, said: “We are now convinced that the two cases are linked. Mr Nahome and Mr Wynter both associated with the same people and they were also well known to each other having been business associates at various times.”

Mr Wynter, 37, a self-employed jeweller, was last seen when he left his family home off St Anne’s Road, Tottenham, at 8am on Monday, March 1, 1998.

He was using his girlfriend’s car, a white Nissan Micra, which was found abandoned in Woodford, north east London, three months later.

After his disappearance it was reported that Mr Wynter had links to organised crime.

Mr Manning added: “The cases have never been closed despite the lack of new information. Having reviewed both investigations and with advances in DNA techniques, we decided to launch a last-ditch effort to bring them to a successful conclusion.”

Mr Nahome was gunned down outside his home in Arden Road, Finchley in November 1998 by a man wearing a balaclava. He was shot in the back several times as he tried to run away, and then in the head as he lay on the floor.

The killer walked to the end of the road and fled on a J reg 125cc black motorbike.

At the time officers branded the murder an “execution-style killing” because the gunman showed no stress or emotion after the murder and calmly walked away.

Mr Manning said: “Over time, allegiances change. I would appeal to anyone with information, despite the time lapse and however insignificant they think it might be, to contact us.”