Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Gunmen jailed over street shoot-out

Two men have been jailed for a total of 68 years following a shoot-out at a nightclub in London

Gunmen who turned a quiet street into a scene like a Quentin Tarantino film have been jailed for a total of 68 years.

Two men died after the early morning shoot-out outside a birthday party at a nightclub.

The street outside the Sugar Lounge in Forest Gate, east London, was covered in blood and littered with bullets from four guns.

The first gunman, Michael Smith, was chased through suburban streets and shot repeatedly at point-blank range by Kevin Powell. Smith survived the blasts and stood trial with Powell, the man said to have "taken the law in his own hands".

Smith, 28, unemployed, of Canning Town, was found guilty of murdering Eugene Brown, 27, and Patrick Ford, 36. He was given two life sentences at the Old Bailey with a minimum term of 34 years.

Powell, 37, a student, of Harlesden, was found guilty of attempting to murder Smith, following a retrial, and jailed for 34 years.

Nana Oppong, 32, a cleaner, of Stratford, was previously cleared of murder and a firearms charge after two juries failed to reach verdicts. He was jailed for two years after being found guilty of perverting justice.

Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, told them: "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."

Smith and Powell were given concurrent ten-year terms for the firearms offences.

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