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Reward in sleeping man death case

Malcolm Barnett
Barnett was attacked in his sleep

A 20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the death of a man in his bed during a burglary.

Malcolm Barnett, 43, died after being beaten with a baseball bat when six men entered his home in Dagenham, east London, on 18 October 2006.

Cash and property was stolen before the suspects made off in get-away cars from Witham Road towards Reede Road.

Five of the suspects were described as black and one was white or mixed race.

'Extremely unusual'

All were wearing hooded tops and were aged between their late teens and mid 20s.

Mr Barnett suffered serious head wounds in the attack and died in hospital five days later.

The suspects, who entered his home through an unlocked back door, demanded cash from two women, who also lived there, before entering Mr Barnett's room and attacking him.

The women, aged 44 and 21, suffered minor injuries.

Three men, two aged 19 and one aged 21, from Dagenham, were arrested over the killing before being bailed to return on a date in late November. No further action was taken.

In October last year, a 20-year-old man appeared at Barking Magistrates' Court charged with aggravated burglary, robbery and actual bodily harm.

He was later also charged with the murder of Mr Barnett and grievous bodily harm with intent but the charges were discontinued on 22 February this year.

Investigating officer DI Jimi Tele said: "Over the course of the past two years, nine people have been arrested but it has not yet been possible to bring charges against anyone.

"An attack of this type is extremely unusual and I hope that the offer of a substantial reward will provide the breakthrough this investigation needs."

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