Madeleine – DCI Andy Redwood background

Since I did a reprise of the expertise of DCI Nicola Wall, the current leader of Operation Grange, I was curious as to how that stacked up against the expertise of the previous leader, DCI Andy Redwood. So here are some of his prior cases.


On 16 Sep 2007, Edvin Johnson, 19, was stabbed to death in the stairwell of a block of flats in south London. Edvin suffered a single stab wound to his groin and was produced dead on arrival at hospital.

Detectives believe 5 youths out of a gang of 12 took part in the assault on Edvin and another man. Neither man is thought to have been the intended victim.

Three knives were recovered from the area and one of them had Edvin’s blood on it.

DCI Andy Redwood said: “I hope that the youths who were not part of the group that attacked Edvin now have the courage to come forward and speak out against the cowards who committed this offence. I would also urge anyone with information, particularly anyone who remembers a knife going missing in September 2007 to contact the incident room. Any information we receive will be treated in confidence.”

A total of 16 suspects were arrested in the investigation, but no-one was charged.


A gunman killed first Nezir Golaj, 45, on 8 July 2007, then attempted to kill a second man the next day, before killing Osman Grbic, 58, on 9 July 2007.

Builder Nezir Golaj was shot multiple times outside his home in north London as he was entering his car.

The next day the gunman, Hajdar Kasumaj, 51, chased Safet Rakaj, 43, from Rakaj’s home in north London, before shooting him in the back. Rakaj was released from hospital, but still has a bullet lodged in his back.

Kasumaj then went to the home in north London of Osman Grbic and shot him dead.

Later the same day, Kasumaj was arrested by armed officers. Two handguns were found in his car.

Kasumaj was charged with two murders, one attempted murder and possession of a prohibited weapon.

He first pleaded guilty to possessing a 9mm handgun. Then on 15 Sep 2011, he was convicted of two counts of manslaughter, due to diminished responsibility, and one attempted murder. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 20 years.

DCI Andy Redwood, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said “Kasumaj carried out these shootings because he believed he was owed money by each of the victims.”


{Extracted from a Daily Record report dated 15 May 2011.}

The detective who will lead Scotland Yard’s review of the Madeleine McCann case conducted an investigation which snared a killer after a cold case review.

Scotland Yard said DCI Andy Redwood, from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, will be the senior investigating officer in the case.

He caught Miguel da Silva, who went on the run for 15 years after strangling Susan Martin, 44, in 1994.

Da Silva, who killed his lover at her flat in Notting Hill, London, handed himself in to police.

But he escaped from hospital the following year and fled to Spain where he took on a false identity. It was only after DCI Redwood launched a cold case review 14 years later that da Silva’s fingerprints were sent to Spain and Portugal and it was discovered that the 40-year-old was in jail serving sentences for two rapes.

After da Silva was jailed for life at the Old Bailey last November, DCI Redwood said: “This case demonstrates that, despite the passage of time, da Silva was hunted down and has been held to account, thanks to the determination of the police.


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