Five sentenced for killing “wholly innocent man” in West Norwood
10:00am Thursday 12th July 2012 in Top Stories
Five teenagers found guilty of a cold-blooded shooting of a father-to-be were jailed for a total of 82 years on Monday.
Daniel Famakinwa, 20, was murdered outside the West Norwood Snooker Club, Norwood Road, on August 6, 2011.
During the Old Bailey trial, the jury heard he was attacked by the group while waiting for a bus home in the early hours of the morning and was kicked and punched before Ezekiel Charles-Sterling shot him with a pistol.
Before sentencing the men, Judge Nicholas Cooke said Mr Famakinwa was the “blameless victim” with evidence suggesting the incident was an attempted robbery that was a “killing for gain”.
Charles-Sterling, 19, of Upper Norwood, was sentenced to at least 24 years in prison for the murder of the professional dancer.
Four accomplices were also sentenced after being found guilty of manslaughter. Rohmelle Bogle, 18, of Acre Lane, Brixton, was given 14 years while Christopher Perry, 18, of Barcombe Avenue, Streatham, and Joshua Chieke, 18, of Stockwell, were each sentenced to 12 years.
Adrian Rhodes, 19, of Amesbury Avenue, Streatham, was sentenced to 20 years – 14 for manslaughter and six years for two charges of possessing of a prohibited firearm, to run consecutively, which related to a separate incident four weeks after the murder.
Mr Famakinwa leaves behind a son, Lorelle, who was born a month after his death.
Judge Cooke said Mr Famakinwa was a “wholly innocent man” adding it was tragic he would never get to know his son.
He said: “Daniel Famakinwa was a blameless victim whose death has caused grief and misery for his family and friends.
“It has left a fatherless child and Daniel will not get to see his child.
“You are all in some sense responsible for his death, even if Ezekiel Charles- Sterling is primarily responsible.
“An effort must be made to prevent gun crime and its glamorous image. The law must stamp it out.”
In a witness impact statement read out in court, Mr Famakinwa’s uncle, Hakeem Orogiri, said the death had left a huge vacuum in their lives.
He said: “It is difficult to put into words.
“His son will never be able to learn from him, his father.
“We would give anything to have Daniel back.”
Leoni Andrews, 21, the mother of Mr Famakinwa’s son, said: “Daniel was so excited about the birth of his son.
“Lorelle will grow up without knowing his father. He can’t even have his father’s name.
“His death has had a significant impact on me.
“I am aware that one day I will have to explain to my son what happened to Daniel.”
Detective Constable Scott Machardie, who was in charge of the case and part of the specialist crime and operations unit at the Metropolitan Police, said he was pleased with the length of sentences.
He said: “It was a needless killing, that is the most terrible part.
“It is now left with the family to pick up the pieces and a sentence will never make up for their loss.”