Crimestoppers and ACS Offer Reward for Information on Watford Retailer Murder

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the location, arrest and conviction of Michael McInerney

The 32-year-old, of no fixed abode, was arrested in connection with the murder of shop owner Arulchelvam Prasanna last year but failed to answer bail and is still on the run from police.

Father-of-one Mr Prasanna, from Watford, was found with severe head injuries in a Costco car park in Hartspring Lane, Bushey, Watford, at 2.45pm on May 26, 2013.

The 34-year-old shop owner had driven to the wholesale outlet in his Ford transit van to buy goods for the stores he managed in Kent and London.

He was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital, London, but died of his injuries 11 days later.

Two men have since been sentenced to a total of eighteen years in prison for the manslaughter of Mr Prasanna.

Patrick O’Driscoll, 34, from Hertford, was given ten and half years and James O’Driscoll, 45, from Roydon, was given seven and a half years.

But detectives from the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit are still on the hunt for McInerney.

Now charity Crimestoppers and ACS have offered a reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to his location, arrest and conviction.

Ann Scott, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, said: “This was an extremely serious offence where a young man tragically lost his life.

“Michael McInerney continues to evade police and it is vital that he is found. There must be people out there who know his whereabouts and I would urge them to contact us through our anonymous phone line 0800 555 111 or anonymous online form at We will not take your personal details and we cannot trace calls, or information given online.

“We don’t want to know who you are, only what you know.”

James Lowman, Chief Executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, added: “After this horrific crime, we have agreed with Crimestoppers and the police to make a reward available. We hope that this reward will help with the investigation and bring to justice all those responsible for the murder of Mr Prasanna.”

If you have any information on this incident please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the secure online form at

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