Case: The Gangland Execution of Daniel Herbert
Daniel Herbert
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Gang, Drug Related
Case synopsis:

Nightclub promoter Daniel Herbert, 27, was forced to his knees and shot in the head in a gangland execution.

He was set upon by five men in the street in Rotherhithe, south London, at around 2am on August 17, 2009.

Mr Herbert, who lived with his mother in Orpington, Kent, was heard to plead 'help me, help me' before being beaten unconscious in Clements Road at the junction with St James' Road.

He was then shot in the head at close range.

Two men were charged with the murder - Bobby Winser, 21, of Eldridge Court, Rouel Road, Bermondsey and Michael Campbell, 24, of Jago Walk, Camberwell, south London.

During the trial in April 2011 the court heard Daniel Herbert was hunted down because it was believed he and his friends were responsible for a series of raids on Winser's cannabis factory.

Detectives found a letter Bobby Winser had sent to a friend in prison explaining that his home had been broken into and his gang were driving around Bermondsey seeking revenge, likening it to the film 'Football Factory'. Winser also claimed his group were ready to 'go to war'.

An informant also told police that Winser bragged about Campbell having 'put one through his nut.' It was claimed Campbell was caught on CCTV wearing a stripey top similar to that described by an eyewitness.

Both men denied involvement in the attack. Campbell also claimed he could not be the gunman as he was left-handed and not right handed as claimed by a witness.

On May 19, 2011, both Winser and Campbell were cleared of murder but convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent, on the basis they were not a part of the final shooting.

They were both jailed for 14 years.

Judge Richard Hone QC told them: "This was a brutal attack, perpetrated in revenge for a drugs burglary.

'The stamping and kicking in which you were both found to have caused serious injury. You have not shown a flicker of remorse.'

Winser's grandmother Doreen Mitchell, 68, and uncle Darren Mitchell, 42, were convicted of assisting an offender by providing false witness statements. Doreen was jailed for two years and Darren was jailed for four years.

After the verdict, Daniel's mother Androula Herbert, aged 48, said: "The death of my son has left me and my family devastated. I have lost a wonderful son and I will miss having him around everyday for the rest of my life.

"I miss our chats and our laughter. I miss our hugs. I miss him saying I love you mum. I miss the sound of his voice, which I worry that I am going to forget in time. My family and I will never get over this, but we will try to move on and cherish the time Daniel spent with us."

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