Armel Gnango, aged 17, was
born in Sierra Leone and came to trhe UK as a child.
2nd October 2007, Magda
Pniewska, aged 26, a nursing assistant at a nearby
Bupa care home was caught up in as an innocent by-stander,
and died in crossfire between two gunmen in
New Cross, south London.
The two were involved in a
wild-west style shoot out in New Cross, South
The two young gunmen met in John
Williams Close, New Cross, both armed with handguns, the row
was thought to be over a debt for less than £100.
On the firing across the road a
single bullet caught Magda in the head, killing her
Gnango named another youth, a former school friend, as the
other gunman, who wore a red bandana over his face, but
police were not abler to gather enough evidence to charge
Although forensics proved that
it was 'Bandana Man' who actually fired the fatal shot,
Gnango was charged under 'Joint Enterprise' laws.
May 2008, Trial
starts at the old Bailey.
Monday 23rd June 2008,
Gnango was jailed for life for murder, after the sentence
was handed down at St Albans crown court.
For the protection of the public, the judge also gave
Gnango a minimum 12-year sentence for attempted murder and
a five-year sentence for possession of a firearm. Both
sentences are to run concurrently.
Mr Justice Cook told him: "The fact of the matter is that
you went armed to find your man who then shot at you and a
gun fight ensued
14th December 2009,
Appeal against conviction.
26th July 2010, Second
appeal, the court dismissed Gnango's renewed application
for leave to appeal against sentence.
This has become quite a big case
in UK criminal law, often used to justify the Joint