Gangster organised killing from his cell

PUBLISHED: 18:11 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

A GANGSTER who organised a murder on his mobile phone from a maximum security prison has been sentenced to life in prison.

A GANGSTER who organised a murder on his mobile phone from a maximum security prison has been sentenced to life in prison.

Belmarsh inmate Delphon Nicholas, 29, of no fixed address, had Andrew Wanoghu shot in the back by a hitman in Pendrell Road, Brockley, on April 8, 2006.

He and gunman Trevor Dennie, 34, of Albyn Road, Deptford, were each sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison for murder at the Old Bailey last Friday.

Mr Wanoghu, 26, had been suspected of shooting dead Damien Cope, 22, whose mother Lucy went on to form the charity 'Mothers Against Guns'.

But he walked free after the case collapsed due to lack of evidence. The trained boxer died outside the home of Sereata Barrie, 29, a rapper and would-be porn star who was said to have lured him into the ambush.

The alleged 'honeytrap' was cleared of murder as were Erron Cato, 25, from Stamford Hill, and Michael Williams, 28, of Cambridge Road, South Norwood.

Barrie fled from the dock of the Old Bailey in tears as she was cleared of murder.

Nicholas, who compared himself to the 'Teflon Don' John Gotti, had to be separated from Barrie by 12 dock officers after attacking his former lover earlier this week.

The Belmarsh inmate had a history of conflict with Wanoghu, who had 'disrespected' him on Valentine's Day, 2006, by robbing Nicholas' father. The chance for revenge came on the night of April 7, 2006, when associate Michael Williams got into a row with the victim in a nightclub in Lewisham.

Williams was threatened with a beating after he called Mr Wanoghu an 'idiot.'

Over the next hour Dennie repeatedly spoke to Nicholas on the mobile phone smuggled into his prison cell.

Nicholas recruited his lover Barrie to set up a meeting with Mr Wanoghu at her home in Brockley.

Judge Hone said: "We've had real insight into what goes on at Belmarsh.

"It was a real eye-opener for

us all.

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