Murder probe after man dies six months after 'mindless' attack in Trafalgar Square

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man assaulted in a “mindless” attack in Trafalgar Square more than six months ago died in hospital.

Desmond O’Beirne suffered a devastating head injury when he was kicked and punched by two men outside the National Gallery in the early hours of June 3.

The 51-year-old, from Westminster, never recovered and died from his injuries on December 20.

Police are now urging anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information to come forward.

DCI Noel McHugh, from the Metropolitan Police’s major crime command, said: “These two men will have spoken to friends and partners and possibly boasted about their mindless attack. I want you to call us with their names.”

‘Mindless’ -Desmond O’Beirne was attacked in Trafalgar Square more than six months ago (Picture: Getty)

He added: “The males are distinctive and will be known to their group that evening. Desmond never regained consciousness after the brutal attack and it is vital we bring his attackers to justice.”

The attack, which happened at around 12.25am, was caught on CCTV footage. It shows one bearded suspect punching Mr O’Beirne on the back of the head, while a second suspect then kicks him as he lies collapsed on the pavement.

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Scotland Yard said the first suspect had his hair in a “top knot” style and was wearing a red t-shirt, dark trousers and light coloured shoes.

The second man was wearing a black jacket with a white emblem on right shoulder and white writing with a picture on the rear. He was also wearing a white top under the jacket, dark trousers and dark shoes with white soles.

Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

(Top picture: PA/Met Police)

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