Five more jailed for their involvement in murder of Marcus Innocent in Woolwich

Richard Brennan

Jack Brennan

Patrick Brennan

Sonny Murphy

Perry Sutton

Keli-Ray Birch

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Five Greenwich gang members were yesterday jailed for 55 years in total at the Old Bailey for their involvement in the murder of Marcus Innocent.

The court heard how the group, part of a gang of 20, set upon their victim who was fatally shot in Lord Warwick Street, Woolwich, on November 19, 2012 as part of an ongoing feud.

They travelled from Kidbrooke to Woolwich in six cars armed with a shotgun and other weapons.

Yesterday's result follows a second trial lasting seven weeks:

Richard Brennan, 30, of Plumstead, has been sentenced to 19 years' imprisonment after he had been found guilty at the first trial of possession of firearm with intent to endanger life. He was found not guilty of murder on July 25.

Jack Brennan, 22, of Appleton Road, Kidbrooke, has been sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit GBH on July 25. He was found not guilty of murder and possession of firearm with intent to endanger life.

Patrick Brennan, 24, of Appleton Road, Kidbrooke, has been sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit GBH on July 25. He was found not guilty of murder and possession of firearm with intent to endanger life.

Sonny Murphy, 40, of Hither Farm Road, Kidbrooke, was sentenced for four years for perverting the course of justice and three years for possession of a firearm having earlier pleaded guilty to both offences. These are to run concurrently.

Perry Sutton, 26, of Downs Farm, Dartford, has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment after he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit GBH on July 25. He was found not guilty of murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He had been found not guilty at the first trial of possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm.

Also at the first trial Keli-Ray Birch, 21, of Corelli Road, Shooters Hill, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit GBH. He was found not guilty of murder and possession of firearm with intent to endanger life. He will be sentenced at a later date.

On July 25, at the Old Bailey, Daniel Burgess, 34, a former soldier, of Dartford, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 28 years for the murder.

He was convicted for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to the murder at the first trial.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Toby Carroll, Trident gang crime command, said: "Marcus Innocent was not involved in gangs, however he was wrongly set upon by what we believe was a 20-strong gang over a feud they had with another man, about a broken car window.

“He was punched, kicked and shot dead for no reason. This has and continues to be a long and protracted investigation with a subsequent trial, however I hope the fact that Daniel Burgess is already serving a life sentence coupled with today's sentences will bring some sense of justice to Marcus' family.

“Trident remains committed to relentlessly pursuing those involved in gun crime and place these criminals before the courts."

A number of other defendants face a further re-trial for conspiracy to commit GBH this month following a previous hung jury:

Raffael Scialo, 25, of Elmbrook Road, Shooters Hill.

Jordan Johns-McKenna, 21, of Glenluce Road, Shooters Hill.

John Kiddle, 21, of Merrifield Road, Kidbrooke

Dervis Bayram, 25, of Susan Road, Kidbrooke.

Abdirizak Abdi, 25, of Hervey Road, Kidbrooke.

Jack Humphrey, 21, of Kirkside Road, Kidbrooke.

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