Ricardo Cunha: Family of man shot dead in mistaken identity killing make emotional appeal on 10th anniversary of murder

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The family of a man killed in his home in a case of mistaken identity today made an emotional appeal on the 10th anniversary of the murder.

Window cleaner Ricardo Cunha, 23, and his girlfriend Sapna Daby were watching Match of the Day when they heard knocking at the front door.

Mr Cunha was shot in the head with a 1924 British-made Webley revolver as he looked out of the window at his flat in Pondfield House in West Norwood, south London. Detectives believe he was a victim of mistaken identity.

His mother Maria and sister Liliana said “there is still not a day that goes by that we don’t cry” as a £30,000 reward was offered for information leading to the prosecution of his killer.

Maria said: “Ten years have passed and we still don’t have answers about why his life was taken so cruelly. Nothing will bring Ricardo back to us but I want whoever did this to my son to pay for what they did.

“I appeal to anyone who knows or heard anything to help us find some closure to this pain.”

Detective Sergeant Matt Flynn, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said the family had faced an “agonising struggle”, adding: “Someone knows who shot this innocent man in his own home.”

Anyone with information can contact detectives on 0208 721 4005, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.