POLICE are still trying to trace the killer of a drug dealer who was shot dead 18 months ago.

Kimble McPherson died from a single gunshot wound to his neck in Lucas Court, Sydenham, on September 19, 2005.

An inquest on March 14 into the death heard how the 36-year-old Jamaican man was found dead in his house.

The shooting happened after neighbours heard a disturbance at his home between 9pm and 10pm on September 19.

The weapon used was a Russian Tokarov 9mm handgun.

Detective Sergeant David Phillips told Southwark Coroner's Court there was no sign of forced entry to the home where Mr McPherson used to carry out his cannabis and crack cocaine deals.

He said: "He would only open the door to people he knew and was very secretive in his work."

Det Sgt Phillips told the court police had spoken to everyone, from friends to drug suppliers, who was connected with the victim.

Ten months into the investigation, police also discovered he was part of a drug network in Bolton and Manchester.

Det Sgt Phillips told the court Mr McPherson, who was a painter and decorator, left Manchester in September 2005 and was never seen again in the north of England.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward while the investigation continues.

Det Sgt Phillips added: "The person who carried out the killing is still out there.

"We never stop investigating until we find the person.

"I've not stopped appealing for information and there are still enquiries in Bolton and Manchester to be followed up."

A post-mortem examination on September 21, 2005, revealed Mr McPherson died of a brain haemorrhage.

Coroner John Sampson recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

Anyone with information should call the murder incident unit in Lewisham on 020 8721 4971.