David ‘Les’ Ross murder: One year on

David 'Les' Ross
David 'Les' Ross

The family of murdered nightclub boss David “Les” Ross have made a plea for the public’s help to catch his killer, a year after the 39-year-old was found dead with a head wound.

Today, December 17, is the first anniversary of the unsolved crime, marking a year of heartbreak and frustration for Mr Ross’ mother Pauline and his brother Glen, who live in Kettering, and brother Niall, of Manchester.

On December 17, 2012, the popular cab driver, who had recently opened Rubix nightclub in Corby with a business partner, was found dead in the Village Express Hotel in The Jamb, in Corby Old Village.

He died as a result of a blow to the head.

A 40-year-old Corby man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Mr Ross and in July a further six men from the town were arrested in connection with the case.

They have all been released without charge and are no longer on police bail.

Despite a reward of £10,000, national coverage of the case on BBC’s Crimewatch programme and dozens of police appeals for information, no one has been charged with the murder.

Mr Ross’ brother, speaking for the family, said: “This has been a terrible year for us. It has been frustrating that we have not been able to see justice done for David.

“There is someone out there who knows something.

“We are appealing for anyone with information, even if it is just a rumour, to come forward and speak openly and candidly to the police.

“It may be something they think is insignificant, but that could be the information needed to make a breakthrough.

“Glen and I have been supporting our mother through the past year. All our lives have been affected but we carry on, even though it’s hard.

“Coming up to the first anniversary of David’s death, it is difficult but we’ll be together on Tuesday to visit David at Kettering Crematorium.”

On December 14, just days before Mr Ross’ death, his Corby home was broken into.

Among the items stolen were an iPhone, a Blackberry Playbook and a laptop computer.

Police said it was not an opportunist crime but a planned break-in.

Mr Ross moved into the Village Express Hotel after the break-in but, despite trying to keep his whereabouts quiet, someone found out where he was staying.

Det Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “This has been a challenging case.

“We believe that Mr Ross’ death is linked to his involvement with Rubix nightclub.

“That’s not to say there is anything untoward about the club, but we believe someone was trying to take over his involvement in Rubix. We believe he was under pressure to give up his involvement.

“People held the view that the police would solve this case and that we didn’t need their help.

“Later in the year people who were initially reluctant to come forward did so and we have now spoken to a great many people. However, we still need the public’s help.”

By June, six months after the the murder of Mr Ross, 221 statements had been taken and police had spoken to a total of 1,045 people.

Murder investigation timeline

December 17, 2012

David “Les” Ross is found dead in the Village Express Hotel, The Jamb, Corby, at about 2.40pm. He had a head injury.

January 4, 2013

Following a post mortem examination, police confirm the death is being treated as a murder.

January 22, 2013

A reward of £5,000 is offered by Crimestoppers

February 14, 2013

The murder is featured on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

February 22, 2013

The funeral of Mr Ross is held at St Mary’s Church, Kettering.

February 27, 2013

The reward in the hunt for the killer is doubled to £10,000.

March 20, 2013

A 39-year-old Corby man arrested on suspicion of the murder of Mr Ross and is released on bail.

June 17, 2013

A fresh appeal for information is made six months after Mr Ross’ death.

July 4, 2013

Six men arrested in connection with the investigation and are released on bail.