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Man jailed over cafe gun murder

Joseph Olliffe
Joseph Olliffe was shot twice in the head

A man who shot a father-of-two in a south-east London cafe has been jailed for life after he admitted the murder.

Joseph Olliffe, 35, of Bromley, was shot twice in the head at DA Sandwich Cafe in Court Road, Mottingham, south-east London, on 4 March 2009.

Gary Oxley, of Mottingham, south-east London, pleaded guilty to the murder.

The Old Bailey heard Oxley, 48, jailed for a minimum of 21 years, killed Mr Olliffe as he and his family were threatened over drugs and £6,000 debt.

Sentencing, Judge Peter Thornton said: "This was a deliberate, calculated and planned execution. You killed in cold blood."

Oxley had approached police in January to say he and his family were receiving threats but did not give a lot of detail.

'Abandoned police help'

The court heard Oxley went to the cafe to meet two men, one of which was the victim.

When he pulled a revolver one of the men ran away, but Mr Olliffe was shot in the back of the head. Oxley then dialled 999 and told why he killed Mr Olliffe, the court heard.

The judge said the victim and the other man in the cafe had tried to collect the debt on behalf of a Mr B who was in prison.

The judge added: "The police took the allegation seriously but were not able to prevent further serious threats, particularly since you failed to keep subsequent appointments and did not respond to calls.

"You abandoned the help of the police, took the law into your own hands and killed with a firearm."

Courtenay Griffiths QC, defending, said Oxley did not answer calls from the police as he did not know who the number belonged to.

Mr Olliffe was in a long-term relationship and had a three-year-old son and a daughter, aged four.



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