Case: Teenager shot dead on orders of gang member: Samuel Ogunro
Samuel Ogunro
Ola Apena
Status: Solved
Categories: Teenage Victim
Case synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Samuel Ogunro was shot dead in a 'hit' planned by a gangster in prison.

Samuel was last seen alive by his family at around 8pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 31 May, 2010.

His dead body was found in a burning Rover 618 car in Jowett Street, Peckham, south London, at 10.15pm on June 1, 2010.

He had a single bullet wound to the back of the head. A petrol can with matches was found nearby.

Samuel Ogunro car

On July 22, 2011, Ola Apena was convicted of conspiracy to murder after a trial at the Old Bailey. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 32 years behind bars on July 29.The court heard he was linked to the Peckham Young Guns and Shoot Instant, an offshoot of the notorious 'Peckham Boys.'

Three other men, Adeoyin James-Odukoya, 22, of Bermondsey, Rocky Thompson, 25, of no fixed address, and a 17 year-old who cannot be identified because of his age, were cleared of the charge.

Samuel Ogunro had no previous convictions and was studying for a sports leadership qualification at Lewisham College.

He had been conned by Apena into going with him on a trip out of London to buy the gun in August 2009.

After they were arrested with the weapon in Aylesbury, Bucks, Apena branded Samuel a 'snitch' for giving a statement to police and tried to persuade him to plead guilty and take the blame.

The day before the trial was due to start, Apena used a smuggled mobile phone to arrange the murder from his prison cell.

Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Damian Allain, Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “Samuel had a bright future ahead of him and had not been in trouble with the police before. Apena, an older man, duped him into a situation which ultimately cost him his life. Samuel was executed in a cold-blooded and truly evil act just so they could escape justice.

"His family have had their lives ripped apart by his death and I hope that today’s convictions go some way to help them come to terms with their loss.“

Southwark Police Borough Commander Wayne Chance said: I'm pleased that the jury has returned guilty verdicts in this tragic case and I hope it will bring some closure to both Samuel's family and the community in and around Peckham.

"If there is one thing to learn from Samuel’s dreadful murder, that is we all need to protect innocent young men, boys and girls from being swept up by people using them for their own criminal activities.

"This is a call to all families, communities, congregations and authorities to work together to protect our children and young people from those who seek to cause them harm for nothing other than their own selfish reasons.

"Samuel's death has deeply affected a multitude of people, including myself, and we should not allow his death to pass without trying to bring some good from this.”

Ola ApenaSamuel Ogunro

Peckham gangster Ola Apena (left) and victim Samuel Ogunro

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