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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 16:23 GMT
Life for killer caught by dog DNA
A pitbull terrier
The law states pitbulls should be muzzled
A killer who was caught using the DNA of a dog has been jailed for life.

Duane Daniels stabbed a bouncer to death after one of his friends was ejected from a nightclub.

On Thursday, he and three others were sent to prison for a total of 45 years.

The Old Bailey was told Daniels had committed nearly 1,000 other crimes, before murdering George Napier.

Why should the public have to put up with such dreadful violence on the streets and clubs in London?

Judge Giles Forrester
On Thursday, the court heard the killing came after Daniels' friend Spencer Sheppard was "boiling with indignation" when he was forced to leave the London club.

As he was thrown out of the Paradise Club in New Cross, Sheppard told Mr Napier he would "regret it".

Afterwards he got his three friends together and returned to the club with his American pit-bull dog Colonel.

However, the court heard the group was unaware Daniels, 27, was armed with a knife.

At the club, the bouncers tried to shut the door on the gang but Colonel ran at one of the doormen and began dragging him out by his trouser leg.

Sheppard then began punching Mr Napier, known as the "gentle giant", as Daniels stabbed the knife through his heart.

'High on cocaine'

Passing sentence Judge Giles Forrester said: "Why should the public have to put up with such dreadful violence on the streets and clubs in London?

"You are a menace to society as a whole and of course to the victim, his family and friends."

Prosecutor John Bevan QC told the court: "Daniels had been taking cocaine which made him excitable."

Mr Richard Carey-Hughes, QC defending Sheppard's older brother Louis said: "Daniels was using the knife on a frolic of his own.

"After the incident Louis said 'It wasn't supposed to be like this'".

Dog destroyed

The pit bull was stabbed during the incident outside the New Cross club and police followed its blood to Daniels' home.

DNA taken from the blood trail linked Daniels to the attack on the doormen.

Daniels, of no fixed address, was convicted of murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, on 10 November last year.

He was jailed for life, with another 12 years to run concurrently.

Spencer Sheppard, 29, of Albyn Road, Deptford was jailed for eight years.

His brother, Louis, of the same address, and Danny Clarke, 40, of Rosenthal House, Rushey Green, Catford received a jail sentence of five years each.

Judge Forrester has ordered Colonel, an eight-year-old, must be put down for his part in the violence.

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