Couple charged with murder of ex-Helix guitarist: London police

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Two people are charged with the murder of a well-known local musician who was found dead in Gibbons Park, just north of central London, police say.

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It was early last Sunday, November 6, when 52-year-old Daniel Joseph Fawcett was found dead near the park entrance. He was a longtime local guitarist who, in the early 2000s, was a member of the band Helix.

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On Friday evening, London police announced the following charges in the case:

  • Craig Allen, 48, is charged with one count of second degree murder
  • Allana Lebars, 40, is charged with one count of manslaughter.

It was not immediately clear what connection they had to Fawcett, if any. The investigation over the past five days has been unusual in that police have not taken the normal step of declaring whether it was a targeted or random killing – the latter suggesting there may be have a risk for others.

London musician Dan (Dutch) Fawcett was found unresponsive by rescuers in Gibbons Park on the morning of November 6, 2022 and pronounced dead a short time later.  London police said it was a homicide.  (Picture: Facebook)
London musician Dan (Dutch) Fawcett was found unresponsive by rescuers in Gibbons Park on the morning of November 6, 2022 and pronounced dead a short time later. London police said it was a homicide. (Picture: Facebook)

Police also announced the arrests on Friday evening, hours after the accused duo first appeared in court, which is also unusual. They remain in custody.

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Just weeks ago, Windsor police asked the public for help in locating Allen and Lebars in connection with a series of locker room robberies at gymnasiums in this town two hours west of London. They identified the duo as being from London and said they were wanted on a series of theft and fraud charges involving stolen debit and credit cards.

Fawcett’s homicide is the fifth in London in 2022. Friends have expressed shock at his murder, which has shaken the local music community and sparked an online fundraising campaign which as of Friday night raised 21,000 dollars that the organizer says will go to Fawcett’s daughter, Layla.

“He’s one of the greatest musicians London has ever produced,” longtime friend and fellow musician Tim Hendry told the Free Press earlier this week. “Whenever there was a need for a replacement, he was there. He could just step in and play as if he had always been a member of this group.

  1. Well-known London musician Dan (Dutch) Fawcett was found unresponsive by rescuers in Gibbons Park on the morning of November 6, 2022 and pronounced dead a short time later.  London police said it was a homicide.  (Picture: Facebook)

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  2. A London Police officer and a member of Search and Rescue London search the car park at the Grosvenor Street entrance to Gibbons Park on Monday November 7, 2022. A man was found unresponsive on Sunday and later died in what police calls it a homicide.  (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

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