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Man jailed for shooting friend in bungled business deal

JAILED: Daniel Tesfay

A MAN has been sentenced to life in jail for the murder of his friend.

Daniel Tesfay, who was convicted at the Old Bailey on Monday (Nov 26) accidentally fired the fatal shot, which hit 21-year-old Jonathan Barnes, during a scuffle following a bad business deal.

During the trial the court heard that on the night of the shooting Tesfay and Barnes went to an address in Croydon, south London, for a pre-arranged appointment to view and potentially purchase Rolex watches.

After inspecting the watches they left the property briefly but returned a short while later and agreed a price with the sellers.

Tesfay produced a gun and threatened the sellers. With the watches in their possession, both Tefay and Barnes attempted to leave the property.

A scuffle ensued and Tesfay fired the gun he had been holding twice. The first bullet hit the staircase and the second hit Barnes.

Tesfay fled the scene before the arrival of the emergency service but was arrested a week later by officers who saw him leaving a hotel in the Earls Court area in south London.

On September 2, he was charged with the murder of Jonathan and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He was found guilty of both charges and given 10 years for the firearms offence. This will run concurrently with the life sentence - a minimum term of 30 years.

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