Murder probe launched after assault victim dies six months after being attacked outside National Gallery

A murder inquiry has been launched after an assault victim died more than six months after being attacked outside one of London’s busiest tourist attractions.

Desmond O’Beirne, 51, suffered devastating head injuries when two thugs attacked him in June near the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.

Police say he never regained consciousness and died in hospital of his injuries on Wednesday, December 20th.

Shocking CCTV stills show the attackers kicking Desmond while he is lying helpless on the ground.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh, from the Metropolitan Police Homicide and 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.

Two men caught on camera attacking Desmond O’Beirne near the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square on June 3 2017.

“They 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 happened at about 12.25am on Saturday, June 3 2017.

Paramedics Desmond at the scene before he was rushed to hospital.

A post-mortem at Westminster Mortuary, conducted on January 3, revealed the cause of death as a head injury.

His next of kin have been informed, police said.

The first suspect seen punching Desmond in the back of the head, had a top knot hair style, full beard, red t-shirt, dark trousers and light colour shoes.

The other 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 and was kicking the victim after he collapsed on the pavement.

A Met Police spokesman added: “Officers are keen to trace anyone who was in the area at around this time and witnessed the incident, particularly anyone who filmed or took photos of the attack, or the events either side of the attack.”

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