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'Guns are not the way to solve problems'
By Chris Summers
BBC News

Jason Greene's enemies used his love for his children to give them the window of opportunity they needed to kill him.

Jason Greene
Name: Jason Greene
Date: 18 Jul 2006
Age: 29
Place: Wembley, north-west London

His two young sons may never get over the trauma of seeing their father gunned down in front of them.

On the morning of 18 July 2006, the 29-year-old turned up as usual to take the boys, aged four and eight, to school in Wembley, north London.

But his enemies had planned an ambush with military precision.

Crowds of young children and their parents, on their way to a nearby primary school, watched in horror as up to six masked men piled out of two cars and surrounded Jason's car.

The gang had three guns but only one of them fired any shots.

Jason opened one of the car's doors and pushed the oldest boy to safety before being hit with two 9mm bullets.

999 call

One of them passed through his liver, lung and heart.

He collapsed on top of his youngest son, pinning the terrified boy underneath him as the killers sped off.

Police officers at scene of shooting
Did it occur to them, or did it matter that the children could have been hit by bullets?
Gemma Brown
Jason Greene's mother

A detective who worked on the case said: "All you can hear in the background of the 999 call is screaming children. There was a school right next to where the shooting occurred and it was 8.20am, and there were lots of mothers and children and prams around."

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Wilson said: "This was a callous and calculated attack, committed in front of two young children with no concern whatsoever for their safety."

In a victim impact statement, Mr Greene's mother, Gemma Brown, said her youngest grandson's clothes were soaked in blood and he remained traumatised and unable to sleep on his own.

She said: "His killers chose a time when he was at his most helpless - his young children were with him.

"The fact that the children were in the car to witness their father's murder makes this event all the more horrendous.

"I cannot help but think that the people who did this need to possess a particular level of evilness. Did it occur to them, or did it matter that the children could have been hit by bullets?"

Christopher Toussaint-Collins
Christopher Toussaint-Collins shot Mr Greene twice
So far only one of the killers has been brought to justice.

Christopher Toussaint-Collins was identified by a schoolgirl as one of the gunmen.

In September he was jailed for life, with a recommendation that he serve no less than 25 years behind bars.

The Recorder of London, Judge Peter Beaumont, said: "You participated in the premeditated killing by the shooting of a man outside his home as he prepared to take his children to school."

Toussaint-Collins yawned as the judge passed sentence, and gestured to his family in the public gallery as he was led down.

The trial heard that Mr Greene's killing was a result of a spiralling tit-for-tat war between two groups of young men from a small area of north-west London.

John Shorrock QC, prosecuting, said Mr Greene's brother Gavin had been shot at in Harrow in February 2005, and the brothers blamed Shaun "Stunts" Stanislas.

Later that month Stanislas was shot dead on the Stonebridge Park estate in north London.

Friends of Stanislas, who grew up on the same road in Wembley, were convinced the Greene brothers were responsible and nursed a lethal grudge.


Early in 2006 Toussaint-Collins, who was serving a 30-month sentence for assault with intent to rob, wrote to a friend: "It's almost a year since Stunts died and no one has taken any action."

He was clearly impatient for revenge.

In May 2006 he was released, and two months later Jason Greene was dead.

The gun used to kill him has not been found.

Mrs Brown said of the sentence meted out to Toussaint-Collins: "I hope it sends a message to our young black men not to pick up a gun, that it's not the way to solve their problems."

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