Dartford ex-soldier who murdered Marcus Innocent in Woolwich jailed for 28 years

Dartford ex-soldier who murdered Marcus Innocent in Woolwich jailed for 28 years

Marcus Innocent

Dartford ex-soldier who murdered Marcus Innocent in Woolwich jailed for 28 years

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A Dartford former soldier has been jailed for 28 years after gunning down an innocent DVD salesman in Woolwich during a gang feud.
 
Daniel Burgess, 33, shot Marcus Innocent, 35, in the stomach after he was dragged into a car park by the gang from Kidbrooke. 
 
Mr Innocent was in the "wrong place at the wrong time" when he met the 20-strong posse who were looking to avenge the vandalism of a friend's car.
 
He was set upon by the mob as he tried to walk away, blasted with a bullet in the lower abdomen from no more than six inches and left bleeding to death in the street as the gang fled in a four-car convoy.
 
Today, (July 25) Burgess was convicted of murder by an Old Bailey jury and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 28 years. 
 

This Is Local London: Forensics at the scene after a fatal shooting in Lord Warwick Street, Woolwich

Judge Richard Marks told the killer: "If ever there was a man who was in the wrong place at the wrong time it was the unfortunate Marcus Innocent.
 
"He was punched and kicked and at some point you picked up that gun which had been unloaded from your vehicle.
 
"You have a knowledge of guns from your time in the army."

Judge Monks added: "As soon as you had shot him you fled, thinking only of yourself, and did everything you possibly could to avoid justice."
 
The confrontation, on November 19 2012 was sparked when the windscreen and side window of a car belonging to Burgess's pal Jack Brennan, 21, was damaged. 
 
But instead of going to the police, he rounded up an armed posse to try and track down the perpetrators.
 
They drove around Woolwich for an hour looking for rival gang members before stumbling across Mr Innocent in Lord Warwick Street at around 6.20pm.
 
The posse was hunting for a man named Curtis 'Curly' Cowan and tried to use Mr Innocent to lure him into a trap. 

Burgess, of Weardale Avenue, Dartford, was convicted of murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
 
Co-defendants Perry Sutton, 25, of Green Street Green Road, Dartford, and brothers Richard Brennan, 30, of Elmdene Road, Plumstead, plus Patrick Brennan, 24, and Jack Brennan, 22, both of Appleton Road, Kidbrooke, were all cleared of murder.

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11:36pm Sun 27 Jul 14

AnonButNOTForLong!NoMoreSilence says...

I mean, C'MON! I know he didn't vandalise the car- but let's, for arguments sake, say he DID- do u REALLY shoot somebody and murder them for vandalising a friend's property!? What the hell are you doing with a gun anyway? Stories like this make me fearful, raising a daughter in South East London. This stuff needs to end NOW! It's mindless, senseless, and pure wicked and evil. R.I.P x x x
I mean, C'MON! I know he didn't vandalise the car- but let's, for arguments sake, say he DID- do u REALLY shoot somebody and murder them for vandalising a friend's property!? What the hell are you doing with a gun anyway? Stories like this make me fearful, raising a daughter in South East London. This stuff needs to end NOW! It's mindless, senseless, and pure wicked and evil. R.I.P x x x AnonButNOTForLong!NoMoreSilence
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8:29pm Wed 30 Jul 14

CharltonFella says...

how did the rest of them get away with it? they might now of shot him but they all beat him up badly b4 he was shot, they knew he had the gun therefore they are all guilty of murder!! the funny thing is if they were all black then they woulda all been convicted of murder! stuff the justice system and stuff this **** country. R.I.P Markus
how did the rest of them get away with it? they might now of shot him but they all beat him up badly b4 he was shot, they knew he had the gun therefore they are all guilty of murder!! the funny thing is if they were all black then they woulda all been convicted of murder! stuff the justice system and stuff this **** country. R.I.P Markus CharltonFella
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1:12am Fri 8 Aug 14

angel89071213 says...

Glad the murderer finally got done and glad Richard Pat and Jack all found innocent they didn't no about the gun and tried pulling people off him so before anyone judges get all the facts 12 -15 people couldn't pull the trigger so stop joint enterprise there is such a thing as wrong place wrong time and no matter what they went out for doesn't mean they wanted anyone dead release the innocent this isn't a racial attack either so people need to grow up if you don't like it move away or leave this country simple
Glad the murderer finally got done and glad Richard Pat and Jack all found innocent they didn't no about the gun and tried pulling people off him so before anyone judges get all the facts 12 -15 people couldn't pull the trigger so stop joint enterprise there is such a thing as wrong place wrong time and no matter what they went out for doesn't mean they wanted anyone dead release the innocent this isn't a racial attack either so people need to grow up if you don't like it move away or leave this country simple angel89071213
  • Score: 3

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