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Danno Sonnex & NIGEL FARMER


Kill Total: 2 Kill place: New Cross, London
Kill date: 29th June 2008 Victim(s): Laurent Bonomo Gabriel Ferez
Date of Birth:

Farmer 1975

Sonnex 1985

Marital Status:  
AKA: Unknown Occupation:  



Sunday 29th June 2008, The bodies of Laurent Bonomo aged 23, and Gabriel Ferez also aged 23, were found in a ground floor flat in the New Cross area of south-east London. The emergency services attended in Sterling Gardens after local residents reported hearing an explosion just after 11pm. The flat was ablaze and the front windows had been blown out.


Mr Bonomo  had 197 stab wounds, 100 of which were in his back. Mr Ferez had been stabbed 47 times. Flammable liquid was then poured over their bodies before they died. They were then set on fire, police believe they died before the fire started.


Sunday 6th July 2008, Police released an E-fit of a man seen running away from the scene of the murders. This had been reported by a neighbour.  Describing him as white, aged 30 to 40 and slim. He was wearing a light-coloured baseball cap, dark top, blue jeans and white trainers.


Monday 7th July 2008, A 33 year old man walked into a south London police station and handed himself in, in connection with the double murder. While at the police station he was continually rubbing cream into his hands and face, he was taken to hospital suffering from severe burns.


Wednesday 9th July 2008,  Unemployed Nigel Farmer aged 33, of no fixed address, was charged with murder.
He also faced charges of arson and attempting to pervert the course of justice when he appears before Greenwich Magistrates Court.


Police studying CCTV from the area detected a known local offender, one Danno Sonnex who had spent virtually all his adult life in prison.


21st November 2008, Nigel Edwards Farmer, 33, of no fixed address, and Danno Sonnex, 23, from Peckham, south London, denied murder, arson, burglary and false imprisonment.
They were remanded in custody by an Old Bailey court until April 2009.


22nd April 2009, Jury sworn in for the trial at the old Bailey.



Sonnex must serve a minimum of 40 years. Farmer was told he must stay in prison for a minimum of 35 years.



In April 2008 magistrates had granted Sonnex bail on charges of handling stolen goods. He was supposed to be recalled to prison to serve the remainder of an earlier sentence but the paperwork was not ready and he walked free from court.

In May 2002, when Sonnex was 16, he stabbed another youth, Ersan Topcu, in a row over a car, and in September of that year, took part in a spate of robberies with a friend.

Sonnex comes from a family with a history of crime and violence.
His brother, Bernie Junior, has served 10 separate prison sentences, his father, Bernie Senior, has been convicted of 47 offences, including gun and drug offences, and has served six jail sentences. His sister, Louise, is currently in jail after being convicted of wounding and causing grievous bodily harm.

prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC