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 Armel Gnango

 


Name:

Armel Gnango

AKA:

Toner

D.O.B:

1989
Kill Total: 1

Kill date:

October 2007

Kill Place:

New Cross

Status:

Single

Occupation:

 
Victim: Magda Pniewska

D.O.B:

1979

 


Court:

St Albans Crown Court
Case No:  

Judge:

Mr Justice Cook

Prosecution:

Brian Altman QC

Defence:

 

 

 

 

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FACTFILE

 

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 London.

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 instantly.


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 him.
 

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 Enterprise rule.

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