Information about the death of Eric Michels

Galop is deeply saddened to learn about the death of Eric Michels; our thoughts are with Eric’s family and friends at this very difficult time.

Gerald Matovu has been charged with Eric’s murder and a number of other offences against a further three victims.

Galop is working with community and statutory contacts around the investigation and offering support for individuals.

We know that LGBT people may be concerned about this news. There may be people who knew Gerald Matovu or Eric Michels. You may be feeling upset about what’s happened or have information which you’re not sure should be passed to police.

If you think you’ve been a victim of Matovu or have information which might be relevant to the investigation, you can talk confidentiality to Galop. We can put you in touch with police or pass on your information anonymously. You can talk to us completely confidentially, without any pressure.

The police have set up a direct phone line for those who would like to speak to the investigating team: 020 8358 0400.

  • If you need confidential advice about your options …
  • If you want to talk about whether or not to pass information to the police …
  • If you’ve been a victim of crime and need some advice or support …
  • Contact Galop for independent, confidential, expert advice and help

Helpline: 020 7704 2040

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