Dealer's killers set for 30 years in jail
PUBLISHED: 11:04 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:47 25 August 2010
TWO Jamaican gangsters who murdered a drug dealer during a bungled robbery are facing at least 30 years each in jail. Michael Henry, 39, and Mark Brown, 35, attacked 33-year-old Sunny Eze after setting up a bogus meeting to buy crack cocaine. Mr Eze was
TWO Jamaican gangsters who murdered a drug dealer during a bungled robbery are facing at least 30 years each in jail.
Michael Henry, 39, and Mark Brown, 35, attacked 33-year-old Sunny Eze after setting up a bogus meeting to buy crack cocaine.
Mr Eze was stabbed three times after he tried to fight back in the kitchen of his flat in Shooter's Hill.
Henry and Brown then fled with the consignment of drugs and the money, leaving Mr Eze to bleed to death on the floor.
The pair blamed each other for the killing, but were both convicted of murder and robbery last Thursday at the Old Bailey.
They will be sentenced on a date to be fixed next month. Judge Paul Worsley QC told them: "I indicate the starting point for the minimum period of life imprisonment will be 30 years. That can either be reduced or extended."
Sunny Eze came to the UK from Nigeria in 2007 and sublet his flat at Vyvyan House, Campbell Close, Shooter's Hill.
It is thought he was using the property to manufacture and sell cocaine and crack cocaine.
Police went to the scene on March 4 last year after receiving two anonymous 999 calls from Mr Eze's friend Olisa Chibuzo.
Mr Chibuzo later told police they met two Jamaican men in Woolwich and returned to Vyvyan House to complete the deal.
But, Brown pulled out a gun after visiting the toilet and demanded the victim hand over the drugs.
Brown's fingerprints were found on the victim's car and Henry's mobile phone was found broken next to the victim's body.
In evidence, Brown told the court that he was only interested in completing a drugs deal and denied knowing of any plan to commit the robbery. He said he saw Henry stab the victim to death after two other men burst into the flat.
Henry, of Roupell Road, Streatham Hill and Brown, of Woodville Road, Thornton Heath, both denied murder and robbery.
Brown was also convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.