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Gunmen who killed wrong man in 'roadside execution' jailed for 28 years

PUBLISHED October 21, 2011

Michael Ofori murdered in front of his wife after spate of drug-related shootings in London Two members of a gang who shot and killed an innocent man by mistake have been jailed for 28 years each. Michael Ofori, a 35-year-old personal trainer, was sitting in his car talking to his wife about her holiday plans when he was shot. Mr Ofori had been mistaken for the intended target after a spate of drug-related tit-for-tat shootings, the Old Bailey heard. Sahid Sule, 23, of no fixed address, and Nicholas Allon-McVytie, 23, of Deptford, south London, were found guilty of murder. Sule was said to have orchestrated the shooting and Allon-McVytie was the getaway driver. Both were jailed for life with a minimum term of 28 years. Judge Peter Thornton told them: "This was a deliberate execution carried out in a public street in the presence of the victim's wife. You have brutally take the life of a man loved by his friends and relatives." Mr Ofori was shot twice by a gunman in Catford, south London, just after midnight on June 23. Aftab Jafferjee, QC, prosecuting, told the court: "The intended target of this roadside execution was in fact another man all together. To put it bluntly, they killed the wrong man." Two other men face a retrial for murder after the jury could not agree verdicts. London Gun crime Crime © 2011 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds