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 Michael Pech

 


Name:

Michael Pech

AKA:

Harvey Nichols Killer

D.O.B:

1982
Kill Total:

1 + Self

Kill date:

March 2005

Kill Place:

London

Status:

single

Occupation:

Security Guard
Victim:

Clare Bernal

D.O.B:

1985

 


 

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22-year-old Clare Bernal was shot by her former boyfriend Michael Pech, he then turned the gun on himself.

 

Miss Bernal split up with Pech following a brief relationship earlier in the year, deciding she "didn't want any more to do with him".
Pech, who was a former security guard at the exclusive store, Harvey Nichols, where the shooting took place, pleaded guilty to harassing her two weeks previously..

Despite having threatened to kill her as long ago as March 2005,  Pech was out on bail on condition that he did not contact her or enter Dulwich Village, the upmarket area of south London where she lived.

But he began to stalk her, following her in the street, pestering her with phone calls, standing around outside her house and bombarding her with text messages.

26th March 2005 Pech followed Claire from her work place to London Bridge Station where he pushed her in the back and told her: "If you dare report me I will kill you."

One of Claire's colleagues, claimed that when Miss Bernal made clear she was not interested in taking him back, Pech told her: "If I can't have you, nobody will."

When Pech's behaviour became intolerable, Miss Bernal went to the police and an investigation was launched by Southwark's Hate Crime Unit.

April 2005 Pech appeared before Tower Bridge magistrates charged with harassment.

31st August 2005 Pech at first denied the harassment charge, but he changed his plea to guilty when he appeared before magistrates.

13th September 2005 Pech walked into Harvey Nichols in London and shot Claire in the head, in front of staff and customers, he then shot her three further times, he then shot himself.

A post mortem confirmed that both had died from the same gun. Police were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

 

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