Josh Hanson murder: Suspected killer Shane O'Brien on Interpol's 'most wanted' list

The suspected killer has been on the run for two years from UK police; they say he is dangerous and should not be approached

                            Josh Hanson murder: Suspected killer Shane O'Brien on Interpol's 'most wanted' list
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A new person has been put in Interpol's worldwide 'most wanted' list and he's a suspected killer from Britain who has been evading capture for more than two years.

30-year-old Shane O'Brien had allegedly murdered 21-year-old Josh Hanson in what was a completely unprovoked knife attack in a bar in Hillingdon, west London, in 2015.

O'Brien then escaped and was believed to be in the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates before it is thought that he went back to Europe. A source close to Daily Mail said that the belief with the authorities is that O'Brien was getting "outside help" to fund his escape.

Interpol has placed him on their worldwide 'most wanted' list and there is also a £50,000 reward for any information that may lead to his capture and subsequent prosecution.

The victim's mother, Tracey, along with her sister Brooke said: "Our lives will never be the same without Josh and I would not wish our living nightmare on anyone, it is a pain that no words alone can describe."

"Someone somewhere also knows where O'Brien is and can change the pain and uncertainty that each day brings for us."

"We ask you to try and imagine the emptiness that we have been left to live with, please, please, please do the right thing and make that call or encourage someone else to."

The Metropolitan Police said that O'Brien was got on to a privately chartered plane in London from the Biggin Hill Airport and he was flown out of the city.

A break in the case happened when O'Brien was arrested in Prague for criminal damage and assault in February 2017 using his Italian alias, Enzo Mellonceli, but he was released on bail. He vanished again and the authorities lost track of him.

According to the police, O'Brien has been "extensively" travelling and there have been sightings of him in Gibraltar, Nice (France), and Prague after an appeal for information was lodged in October 2017.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: "Based on what we know about O'Brien's lifestyle and interests, we are looking to people in nightclubs and boxing gyms as well as expats and any women he may have become involved with to come forward.

"Please do not assume that someone else will call in, what you perceive to be a small piece of information could in fact be the missing piece of the jigsaw that gets justice for Josh."

He then added: "Everyone wants to give Josh's mum Tracey and his sister Brooke the news they so desperately need to hear. As the months go by, the lack of justice only adds to their heartbreak."

"Josh was an amazing young man with his whole life ahead of him and Tracey and Brooke miss him desperately. They need to see O'Brien brought to justice."

The victim, Hanson, who is from Kingsbury north-west London, was stabbed by O'Brien in the neck while he was out at the RE Bar on October 11, 2015. He died at the scene from his injury.

O'Brien, who is from Ladbroke Grove, has been described as white, 6ft, with grey eyes, dark brown hair, a full beard, and a tattoo on his back that depicts an owl holding a skull. This is a cover-up tattoo to the one he had previously — Shannon 15-04-06.

Police have alerted the general public and that he should not be approached under any circumstances. Anyone with information should call 999.