Sunday, 16 January 2011

Life For Moped Gunman Who Killed Innocent Student

A moped-riding gunman, who was part of an armed scooter gang who shot a teen dead outside a South London convenience store, has been caged for life – with a 24-year minimum.

Student Ryan Bravo, 18, ( seconds before he was shot) was fatally injured outside Costcutter’s, Camberwell Road, Camberwell in August 2008 on his way to buy some milk with two of his brothers and a cousin.

Jobless Ashley Bucknor, 21, (pic.mid.) was convicted at the Old Bailey of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

An accomplice, Nathan Miller, 19, (pic.bottom) of Bramah Green, Myatt’s Field Estate, Brixton was convicted of possessing ammunition, with intent to endanger life, and will be sentenced later this year.

The five-strong gang rode by the shop on mopeds, wielding at least two guns and firing bullets towards the shop at 9:30pm, leaving Ryan fatally wounded on the pavement outside.

Minutes later Territorial Support Group officers spotted five young males, including Bucknor – who was holding two motorcycle helmets - running in Gosling Way, Kennington.

He was caught after a chase and police seized the purple latex gloves he was wearing along with a handgun wrapped in a sock with an empty cartridge case jammed in the breech.

The gun had been fired outside the shop, but it was not the weapon that killed Ryan.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Trident – which specializes in investigating violent black-on-black crime – searched Miller’s home four days later and seized the murder weapon and ammunition.

Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Allison of Trident said: “This verdict is a great result as officers have worked relentlessly to bring the right people to trial for this murder.

“I believe that Bucknor and Nathan Miller are a danger to the public. They went out that night armed with a firearm intent on targeting two young men as part of retaliation for an incident earlier in the day in Lambeth.

“Ryan was from a close-knit family that had been enjoying an evening together.

“He was no gang member. He was expected to start a university course soon and was generally known as a good lad.

“It was an absolute tragedy that he died at the hands of these criminals.”

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