Case: Drugs, money, death: Sunny Eze
Victim
Name:
Sunny Eze
Gender:
Male
Date:
2009-03-04
Nationality:
Nigerian
Weapon:
Knife
Killer
Name:
Mark Brown
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
Jamaican
Killer
Name:
Michael Henry
Gender:
Male
Nationality:
Jamaican
Status: Solved
Categories: Robbery, Drug Related
Case synopsis:

Sunny Eze, 33, paid the price for dealing drugs to the gangsters of south London when he was stabbed to death in a bungled robbery.

He had come to the UK from Nigeria in 2007 and set up a crack cocaine factory at his flat in Vyvyan House, Campbell Close, Shooter's Hill, south London.

On March 4, 2009, he and his friend Olisa Chibuzo travelled to Woolwich to meet two Jamaican men wanting to buy drugs.

Having checked they had the money, Mr Eze took them back to Vyvyan house to complete the deal.

One of the buyers asked to go to the toilet. Seconds later he emerged with a gun and demanded the cocaine, worth an estimated £25,000.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC said: 'Olisa Chibuzo saw Sunny Eze kneeling on the floor telling them ''Take it all, take it all.''

'The two intruders were shouting ''Is this it?''

'The males began running to the door but could not get out. They demanded the keys to the flat.

'Sunny Eze then got up and tried grabbing the gun. He fought with the gunman and while they were struggling the second male, was stabbing Sunny Eze with the knife.

'He saw the second male repeatedly bringing the knife down on to Sunny Eze's back.'

Mr Eze suffered two stab wounds to the back and one in the neck and died of massive internal bleeding at the scene.

At first Mr Chibuzo was reluctant to help police and decided to make an anonymous call from a nearby phone box.

But detectives were able to track him down and he went on to identify the gunman as Mark Brown, 35, and the knifeman as Michael Henry, 39.

Henry's broken mobile phone was found lying next to the victim's body and Brown's fingerprints were found on the victim's car.

Brown handed himself into police voluntarily and later blamed Henry for stabbing Mr Eze to death.

Henry was caught five months later after an appeal on BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Both were convicted of murder and robbery after a trial at the Old Bailey and jailed for life in April 2010.

Michael HenryMark Brown

No remorse: Killers Michael Henry (left) and Mark Brown (right)

Judge Paul Worsley QC told them they would each spend at least 30 years behind bars before being considered for parole.

The judge added: 'I have detected not a flicker of remorse from either of you.

'You fled taking with you the money, drugs, mobile phones, a laptop, the gun and the knife.'

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