Jake Berry MP has called upon the Met police to reopen the murder investigation of a talented gay actor and playwright, Drew Griffiths, calling the initial investigation “scandalous”.
Mr. Griffith was the victim of a vicious homophobic murder in the summer of 1984. Despite an initial investigation nobody was ever found guilty of his murder. The MP for Rossendale and Darwen said that because the case was not properly investigated, someone has “got away with murder”.
Jake Berry MP said,
“It is an absolute scandal that this case was not properly investigated, there is someone out there who has literally got away with murder.
‘There are allegations that this case was not properly investigated by the police at the time because of Drew’s sexuality and his work as an activist. Drew’s friends quite rightly want assurances that all potential avenues to solve this murder are pursued.”
The Metropolitan Police have advised that they are examining the original case files from the 1980’s but have yet to confirm whether the investigation will be formally reopened.”
Drew’s friend, Glynn Kelly, who brought the case to Mr Berry’s attention said,
“Drew was lively, witty, intelligent – and great company; He was a dynamic and positive life force. However, at the time of his murder he was dealing with some mental health issues and was very vulnerable.”