POLICE have renewed appeals for witnesses to the murder of a Hornsey man to come forward.

Wajahat Sheikh, also known as Junaid Sheikh, believed to be 21, was assaulted in a King's Cross nightclub on Sunday, May 19, and died less than an hour later.

He had been at La Scala club in Pentonville Road when he was involved in a brawl. During the scuffle, he was punched in the head a blow that turned out to be fatal.

Police were called to the club at 3.40am and Mr Sheikh was taken to University College Hospital where he died at 4.20am.

Investigating officers believe there were a number of fights within the club, and the one in which Mr Sheikh was involved included a number of people.

A post-mortem at St Pancras mortuary found the cause of death to be a head injury.

The man who punched Mr Sheikh is described as Asian, between 18 and 24 and about 5ft 8ins tall. He had dark hair which was close-cropped at the sides and gelled on top.

Since Mr Sheikh's death, police have interviewed 480 people who were in the club on the night. However, 600 are believed to have been clubbing that night at the "Cookies and Cream" event at La Scala and officers would like to hear from more of these potential witnesses.

DCI Norman McKinlay, leading the investigation for the Serious Crime Group West, said: "Mr Sheikh was a young man who had his whole life ahead of him and I would ask all persons who may have information in connection with his death but who have not yet come forward to do so.

"I would like to thank all those interviewed for their help so far."

If you have any information that could help police, contact the incident room at Barnes on 8247 7821 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Seven men were initially arrested at the club and bailed to return to a north London police station last month.

Four were released with no further action to be taken and the other three were bailed again to return this month.

August 8, 2002 17:00