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Men guilty of 'payback' murder jailed

JAILED: Colliston Edwards and Andre Johnson

TWO MEN who were found guilty of murdering south London man in a revenge attack have been jailed for life.

Colliston Edwards, 38, was ordered to serve a minimum of 32 years and Andre Johnson, 24, a minimum of 33 years, over the death of 43-year-old Leroy Burnett on November 13 last year

During the trial the jury heard that Mr Burnett sold drugs on behalf of Edwards and Johnson and was murdered when they discovered he was using drugs he was supposed to be selling and was therefore in debt to them.

Another man, Max Walters, 20, was drafted in after the murder to set fire to the property, on the Westbury Estate in Wandsworth, in order to destroy any evidence. He was found guilty of arson with intent and assisting an offender and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

The force of the blast destroyed much of the property and blew the lounge wall across the road.

Inside the address the lifeless body of the occupant, Mr Burnett was found. He had been shot in the head with a shotgun.

KILLED: Leroy Burnett

Mr Burnett was last seen on Friday, 12 November, at about 20:00hrs, walking his brown Staffordshire terrier dog in Wandsworth Road, SW8. It is thought he was murdered shortly afterwards.

In addition, Johnson was also convicted and sentenced to 11 years for arson and eight years for perverting the course of justice. Edwards was convicted and sentenced to 12 years for arson and nine years for perverting the course of justice and Walters was also sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for perverting the course of justice. All these terms are to run concurrently.

Detective Inspector Nigel Tolson, Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “Leroy Burnett was executed in his own home by men who thought they could cover up their crime by setting fire to his property. Unfortunately for them detectives were able to gather the evidence required to bring charges and bring them to court for the jury to find them guilty of murder.”

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