Killer sentenced for Newham club shootings

By Rob Virtue on September 21, 2012 3:02 PM |

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A bloody gang shoot-out near an east London nightclub has resulted in a Newham man being sent to prison for 34 years.

Michael Smith, 28, of Beaconsfield Road in E16, was found guilty last month of the murders of Patrick Ford and Eugene Brown outside the Sugar Lounge club in Katherine Road in E7.

Another man, 37-year-old Kevin Powell of Larix Court in NW10, was also sentenced to 34 years for the attempted murder of Smith, following the trial at the Old Bailey.

The night back on May 29 in 2010 began with Nana Oppong arriving at Sugar Lounge in a £200,000 yellow Lamborghini to celebrate his 30th birthday.

It was said in court that during the evening, CCTV caught Eugene Brown firing four shots with a handgun into the ceiling.

As partygoers fled the scene, Oppong was seen discussing the incident with Smith. Moments later Smith approached Eugene Brown and shot him in the head.

The victim collapsed to the ground and Smith fired two more rounds at him, one hitting Patrick Ford in the chest.

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Patrick Ford, 36, of Tottenham, died at the scene, while Eugene Brown, 27, of E7, died over a month later at the Royal London Hospital.

Smith casually left the scene with Oppong, but Powell (pictured left), an associate of Patrick Ford, then chased them, firing between nine and 14 times at Smith, hitting him in the back, leg, chest and face.

However, Smith managed to jump through the window of a vehicle driven by Oppong, and he was later dropped off at a hospital.

Doctors managed to save Smith, who was then charged by police.

After being found guilty in the trial Powell was sentenced on September 11 while Brown was sentenced on Friday.

Meanwhile, Oppong, of West Road in Stratford, was sentenced to two years for perverting the course of justice.

Detective Sergeant Paul Considine, the investigating officer from Trident, said: "Sadly the combination of dangerous armed individuals that had consumed alcohol and drugs led to a frightening incident that resulted in two men losing their lives and another being seriously injured.

"We can only be thankful that the incident happened in the early hours of the morning otherwise many more innocent victims could have been caught up in this tragic and pointless incident."

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