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Monday, 27 May, 2002, 04:48 GMT 05:48 UK
Men claim immunity over stabbing
Damian Broom
Police have an open mind about the motive
Police want to question two Colombian men about the death of a 23-year-old man in west London.

Scotland Yard has renewed its appeals for information over the death of Damian Broom who was fatally stabbed after being chased from the Tesco store on the A40 in Perivale.

A Colombian diplomat and his son have pleaded diplomatic immunity to questioning, prompting Foreign Office talks with the Colombian embassy.

Mr Broom and a friend were chased from the supermarket following a row in the drinks aisle.
Damian Broom and daughter
Mr Broom with his baby daughter

He was stabbed nearby shortly after 2115 BST on Tuesday.

In order for the two Colombians to be interviewed by police, the Foreign Office formally approached the embassy to request they waive their diplomatic immunity.

The embassy is said to be "fully co-operating".

Diplomats have immunity from criminal jurisdiction of the country to which they are sent under the 1961 Vienna Convention.

Knife wounds

Mr Broom was taken by ambulance to the Central Middlesex Hospital on Tuesday night, where he died soon after arrival.

He leaves a wife and six-month-old daughter Kalisa.

A post mortem examination gave the cause of death as shock and internal bleeding as a result of knife wounds.

Police said they were unable to say whether Mr Broom knew his attackers but said they were keeping an open mind about the killing.

They appealed again on Saturday for any witnesses to the attack to come forward, particularly two members of the public, seen in the petrol station when the victim was chased through it.


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