So Unhappy! Younger Nigerian Drug Supplier Kills His Aunt And Nephew In UK (Pictures)
A Nigerian drug seller Obina Ezeoke, 28 who shot useless an harmless mother-of-nine and her nephew has been discovered responsible of the double homicide following an unprecedented 5 trials over 4 years, Metro UK has reported.
It was gathered that Ezeoke was intent on settling a ‘vendetta of violence’ when he killed Annie Ekofo, 53, and psychology pupil Bervil Ekofo, 21, in East Finchley, north London, on September 15 2016. Ezeoke was convicted of the murders by a majority of 11 to 1 on Wednesday.
The verdicts adopted a report variety of successive trials on the Previous Bailey during which jurors did not agree.
The primary trial in 2017 collapsed after the then trial choose suffered a foul again mid-way via, earlier than two subsequent juries failed to achieve verdicts in 2018 and 2019, regardless of a majority course. Historically, a defendant is just tried twice if a jury can not attain settlement. A fourth trial was then deserted because of the coronavirus lockdown simply because the jury was deliberating in March. Prosecutors referred to as for a fifth trial as quickly as attainable, regardless of opposition from the defence who argued that ‘sufficient is sufficient’. In earlier authorized argument, Ezeoke’s lawyer James Scobie QC had stated: ‘We’re in uncharted territory. To hold on this case could be oppressive.
‘If there’s an expression to summarise this case it’s actually “not confirmed”. The truth of it’s that’s the place we’re after close to on 4 years of trials. ‘Some would possibly say to present a fifth alternative was in itself a step too far. The system has not been in a position to produce a outcome a method or one other. ‘Is it actually proper and correct for this defendant to truly have the appalling prospect of a fifth try attempting to get a conviction over the road? We submit, sufficient is sufficient.’ However prosecutor Mark Heywood QC efficiently argued the ‘public curiosity’ in a case ‘of this distinctive form and such gravity’.
Jurors have been instructed that the ‘murderer’ Ezeoke ‘crept noiselessly into the second-floor household dwelling’ simply after daybreak and fired a bullet into the again of Bervil’s head with a classic Western-style revolver as he slept. He then wheeled round and blasted Mrs Ekofo within the chest with the Smith and Wesson .44 when she got here out of her bed room dressed solely in her underwear to research the noise. Neither Bervil nor Annie have been the meant targets, the courtroom was instructed. Ezeoke then fled the scene in a Vauxhall Meriva at round 6.30am.
Mr Heywood stated: ‘Ezeoke went there fairly intentionally, with a gun and naturally enough ammunition to make use of it, to assault and kill one of many younger males of the household. ‘His hate was such that he didn’t falter when confronted by a second individual and he merely took her life as properly. Each lives taken have been wholly harmless.’ Mr Kalikaka-Ekofo was visiting the flat in East Finchley at brief discover for one night time solely, so he was not a type of who may have been anticipated to be there.
The prosecutor stated: ‘It was two separate murders inside a brief area of time. Nobody may, or will, we perceive, presumably recommend anything. ‘These have been execution killings, in impact.’ Mr Heywood instructed jurors there was little question they amounted to homicide however the ‘core query’ could be whether or not Ezeoke was concerned.
Ezeoke had admitted dealing in Class A medicine, and stated he was the sufferer of a severe assault in 2014, after which he switched to dealing hashish as a substitute. The important thing proof towards him centred round firearms residue present in Ezeoke’s automobile, which was used within the getaway, and on his prime recovered from a feminine good friend’s dwelling. Ezeoke instructed successive juries that he had an alibi for time of the shootings.
He claimed his Vauxhall Meriva had been leased from a person who took it again the day earlier than the homicide. He tried to clarify the presence of the gunshot residue saying the car, which was registered underneath false particulars, will need to have been utilized in a earlier capturing. The fifth jury to attempt the case deliberated for 41 hours over eight days to search out Ezeoke of Cambridge Heath, east London, responsible of two counts of homicide. He was remanded into custody to be sentenced on October 1.
Sally-Anne Russell, from the CPS, stated: ‘This was an execution of two relations throughout the area of a couple of minute. Obina Ezeoke’s actions have devastated a household. ‘He went to the flat to hold out a revenge assault due to an ongoing feud between himself and one other within the family. When he couldn’t discover the individual he was on the lookout for, he murdered a younger man and a mother-of-nine as a substitute.
Each victims have been totally harmless. ‘No person noticed precisely how these occasions unfolded however the prosecution case included proof of Ezeoke’s management of the automobile, CCTV footage of the automobile travelling to and from the scene, in addition to a gun case found underneath Ezeoke’s mattress, gunshot residue proof and proof of the continued feud between Ezeoke and different family members concerned.
‘Though Ezeoke denied any involvement within the killings, the jury accepted the prosecution case and convicted Ezeoke of each murders. I hope the household and associates of each Annie Besala Ekofo and Bervil Kalikala-Ekofo could be happy that justice has now been served.’