March 14 2014 Latest news:
by Court Reporter
Friday, September 21, 2012
Two men have finally been jailed for their part in in an early morning shoot-out described as an “affront to civilised and peace-loving society” which left a Tottenham man dead.
Patrick Ford, 36, of Waltheof Gardens, died where he fell after unemployed David Smith, 28, shot him in the chest outside the Sugar Lounge in Forest Gate in the early hours of May 29, the Old Bailey heard.
Smith had already shot Eugene Brown, 27, in the head - showing scant regard for the partygoers spilling out of the club after Mr Brown had fired four shots into the ceiling. Mr Brown died later in hospital.
Mr Ford’s associate Kevin Powell, 37, then “took the law into his own hands” and chased Smith through the quiet suburban streets, shooting him repeatedly at point blank range staining his white suit red.
Smith only escaped after managing to dive into the open window of a car. His friends later dumped him at the hospital, where he made a full recovery - enabling the two men to be tried together.
Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, could barely hide his disgust with the violence, which broke out after a birthday party and left the pavement covered in blood and bullet casings. He said: “To have a case of three guns and two bodies after an extraordinary escape from the jaws of death, is an affront to civilised and peace-loving society.
“This was a brutal and callous use of powerful weapons in London streets with a complete indifference to the results.
“These were acts of revenge done in the streets with complete disregard for the public.”
Judge Barker jailed Smith, 28, of Canning Town, for a minimum term of 34 year after he was found guilty of two counts of murder.
Student Powell, of Harlesden, was also jailed for 34 years for attempting to murder Smith, following a retrial.
Speaking after the sentencing, investigating officer Det Sgt Paul Considine, of Trident, said the image which emerged in the wake of the incident was a “shocking one” of young men with “little or no regard for the lives of those around them”.
He added: “Here lethal weapons are being used as accessories to a night out. Sadly the combination of dangerous armed individuals that had consumed alcohol and drugs led to a frightening incident that resulted in two men losing their lives and another being seriously injured.
“We can only be thankful that the incident happened in the early hours of the morning otherwise many more innocent victims could have been caught up in this tragic and pointless incident.”