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Victim who will be mourned by few

By Chris Summers
BBC News

Two people have been jailed for life for murdering Andrew Wanogho, on a street in south-east London. The court heard he was a man with many enemies.

Andrew Wanogho
Everybody fell out with Andrew. He would fall out in an empty room
Delphon Nicholas

In July 2002 as he lay dying on a street outside Browns nightclub in central London, Damian Cope supposedly named Andrew Wanogho as his killer.

But two witnesses who heard his last words refused to testify at an Old Bailey trial and the case against Mr Wanogho collapsed in the summer of 2004.

Damian's mother, Lucy, set up the Mothers Against Guns campaign group and she was in tears when Mr Wanogho walked free.

So some might have forgiven her if she had celebrated when, in April 2006, Mr Wanogho himself was gunned down in a street in Brockley, south-east London.

But instead she described his death as "very sad" and offered her condolences and support to his mother.

She said at the time: "My heart goes out to his mother. It has totally robbed me of getting any justice for my child.

"This is not justice, it is not the way forward."

'Teamed up'

It turned out Mr Wanogho - known by the street name Sparks - had made an awful lot of enemies in south London and two of them, Delphon Nicholas and Trevor Dennie, "teamed up" to kill him.

Trevor Dennie
Trevor Dennie was the gunman who killed Mr Wanogho

Nicholas and Mr Wanogho had been friends, but they fell out and in February 2006 Mr Wanogho deliberately insulted Nicholas by assaulting his father and stealing his car.

Nicholas said in court: "Everybody fell out with Andrew. He would fall out in an empty room."

Nicholas, who was on remand in prison for an unrelated offence, began planning his revenge and recruited a female friend, Sereata Barrie, who unwittingly helped set a death trap for Mr Wanogho.

On Thursday Miss Barrie was acquitted of murder.

The court heard she had had sexual relationships in the past with Nicholas, Mr Wanogho, Dennie and Dennie's brother.

This conviction has removed two very dangerous organised criminals from the streets of London. It was a painstaking task to bring them to justice
Det Insp Dave Manning

She told the trial she dealt in "weed" (cannabis), and on the night of 7/8 April 2006 Mr Wanogho was coming round to her flat to buy some for £3,700.

But Nicholas and Dennie planned to ambush him before he arrived.

Nicholas used a smuggled mobile phone to communicate with Dennie and Miss Barrie on the outside.

The gun which killed Mr Wanogho
The gun which killed Mr Wanogho was linked to four other shootings

By 1am Mr Wanogho was parked in the street near Miss Barrie's house. He tried twice to call her but she did not answer the phone.

At 1.30am he got out of the car and, as he approached her flat, Dennie shot him in the back and ran off.

Mr Wanogho was fatally wounded and died on the way to hospital.

Nicholas even had the temerity to call Mr Wanogho's phone to check he was dead or dying.

But dogged detectives eventually traced the killing back to Nicholas, and on Friday both were ordered to spend a minimum of 30 years in jail.

Passing sentence, judge Richard Hone told them: "You are two cold-blooded killers. You both exude an aura of violence and are both extremely dangerous men."

The judge also ordered Nicholas to lose 270 days of remission for a "ferocious attack" on Miss Barrie in the dock on Tuesday after the jury had retired.

He jumped on her, punched her repeatedly and had to be dragged off by police officers. She sustained serious bruising.

Detective Inspector Dave Manning, who led the inquiry, said: "This conviction has removed two very dangerous organised criminals from the streets of London. It was a painstaking task to bring them to justice."

Chris.Summers-INTERNET@bbc.co.uk





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