Ipswich Zest nightclub death: Jimoh Plunkett unlawfully killed

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No-one has ever been charged after Jimoh Plunkett was shot at the Zest nightclub in December 2006

A 24-year-old man who was shot in an Ipswich nightclub in 2006 was unlawfully killed, a coroner has ruled.

Jimoh Plunkett, of New Cross Road, south London, was shot at Zest, on Princes Street, in the early hours of Saturday, 9 December.

He died two hours later at Ipswich Hospital from a chest wound.

Eighteen arrests were made in the police inquiry, but no-one has ever been charged with any offences.

Several shots were fired in Zest at about 01:50 GMT, and Mr Plunkett managed to get out of the club but was found collapsed in the street.


Suffolk coroner Peter Dean described the death as "very sad" and urged anyone with information about the killing to contact the police.

Suffolk Police said they believe people still have information which could lead to a conviction, but they had not come forward because of fears about gang and gun culture.

There were more than 800 people in the nightclub on the night of the shooting, and the inquest heard the atmosphere was "hostile and aggressive".

Three other people were injured in the shootings.

Speaking after the inquest, Acting Det Insp Trevor Prior said: "Most definitely there are people out there who know, or have information, about the persons responsible for this.

"What I hope is that, after nearly seven years, allegiances change and people can feel strong enough to come forward and provide that evidence so that we can have a successful prosecution.

"It is frustrating, but you have to keep your professionalism up."

The nightclub was closed by police and Ipswich Borough Council immediately after the shootings, but it has since re-opened under new owners and a new name.

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