Who killed Colin Roach?

Colin Roach, aged 21 years, died in January 1983 after receiving a fatal gunshot wound in 1983 while in the custody of Stoke Newington police station, London. He is alleged by the police to have shot himself in the mouth.


Authorities alleged that he had committed suicide after entering the Stoke Newington Police Station. Many believed that there was reason to doubt this story and instead argued that Roach was murdered by police.

The police surgeon who was called to Roach’s corpse in the foyer of the police station said that the body position was inconsistent with that of a suicide. The shotgun with which he was killed could not be fitted into the sports bag Roach had with him, not even when broken down.

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