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Man jailed for 31 years for murdering his nephew

USING DEADLY FORCE: David Pinto (left) and Robert Bleach

TWO MEN have been sentenced to at least 31 years each in prison for murdering a former gangster’s stepson in south London.

Cage fighter Genson Courtney, 23, stepson of reformed gangster Dave Courtney, was shot in the eye by his uncle David Pinto at point-blank range as he left his girlfriend's home in Banning Street, Greenwich on July 3, 2011.

Courtney was also a drug dealer and had made threats to Pinto, asking for the £1,100 he claimed to be owed.

Pinto, 33, of Tyler Street, Greenwich, and accomplice Robert Bleach, 46, of Halstow Road, Greenwich, were found guilty of murder at a trial at the Old Bailey.

MURDERED: Genson Courtney

Detective Chief Inspector Kenny McDonald, who led the investigation, said: "David Pinto and Robert Bleach decided to end an ongoing feud with Genson Courtney by using calculated, deadly violence.

"They plotted the attack, surveying the address they knew Genson Courtney would be staying at, and shot their victim in cold blood as he approached his car in a residential street.

"Genson Courtney had issues with members of his family, including David Pinto but there are many ways of resolving such issues. Violence is not one of them, but it if is used, those who chose this path will be pursued, arrested and put before the courts to face justice."

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