UK’s ‘most wanted fugitive’ charged with murder after returning back to UK


One of Britain’s ‘most wanted men’ have been charged with the 2015 murder of Josh Hanson. Shane O’Brien, 31, was charged on Friday evening after arriving back in the UK following his extradition from Romania, the Met Police said. O’Brien is due to appear in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

He was detained by authorities in Romania in March over the murder of 21-year-old Josh, who was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack at the RE Bar in London.


Josh was found with a serious wound to the neck and was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as haemorrhage, inhalation of blood and an incised wound to the neck. O’Brien travelled to Germany after the incident and is believed to have spent time in the Netherlands, Dubai and Prague.

A £50,000 reward was put on O’Brien’s head in 2017. He is on top of the National Crime Agency’s ‘most wanted list’. Police photos taken at the time show he had changed his appearance, having longer hair and a beard, and a new, large tattoo of an owl holding a skull that covers a large portion of his back.

O’Brien is on the world-wide most wanted list (Picture: PA) The new tattoo was an attempt to cover up a distinctive tattoo, which said ‘Shannon 15-04-06’ – however, the new one is even more distinct. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s relationship ‘is back on’ two decades after divorce Ian Cruxton, the National Crime Agency’s head of international operations, said:

‘I’m delighted that the pressure brought to bear by this has finally resulted in him being captured as a result of close working with the Romanian authorities. ‘I hope his arrest offers some comfort to the family and friends of Josh Hanson.’ O’Brien was detained in Cluj-Napoca in late March and arrived at Heathrow Airport at 7.30pm on Friday.




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