Killers face life in prison for ‘mistaken identity’ murder of innocent man

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Two killers who gunned down an autistic man on his own doorstep in a case of mistaken identity are facing life behind bars today.

Chad Gordon – described as a popular and well-liked “gentle giant” – was shot in the face when he opened the door to his north London home.

The assassins, Mason Sani-Semedo, 19, and Cameron Robinson, 20, intended a revenge attack over the death of their friend five days earlier, but shot Mr Gordon by mistake after arriving on a stolen moped at the wrong address in Harringay, north London.

At the Old Bailey today, the killers were both found guilty of murder and possession of a gun with intent, and now face a life prison sentence.

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CPS London

Three others, former Britain’s Got Talent contestant Javarn Carter-Fraser, 23, and Clive Spencer, 24, both from Tottenham, as well as Talye Olabisi, 24, were all cleared of murder.

Prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC told jurors Mr Gordon was shy and quiet, and the “last person anyone would want to kill”.

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CPS London

“What makes his murder such a tragedy is that it would appear that the gunmen went to his address by mistake”, he said.

The shooting happened on May 18 last year, during the first coronavirus lockdown, at the home Mr Gordon shared with his grandmother and aunt.

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CPS London

When the victim opened the door, he was instantly fired upon and suffered “catastrophic” injuries, the court heard.

His aunt ran to confront the killers, who pointed the gun at her and told her to shut up as they escaped.

It is believed the real targets of the attack were Mr Gordon’s neighbours, who had been picked out for revenge by the killers after the fatal stabbing five days earlier of Jemal Ebrahim.

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CPS London

After the shooting, Sani-Semedo and Robinson went to Lee Valley Marshes to dispose of the helmets they had been wearing, before setting fire to the moped.

“This was a pre-planned execution of a man on his doorstep, but in a tragic error these killers went to the wrong house and murdered the wrong person”, said Susan Krikler, from the CPS.

“Chad Gordon was an innocent victim who had simply made the mistake of opening his front door. Mr Gordon was never involved in any criminality and was described as a gentle giant by those who knew him.”

Sani-Semedo, from Tottenham, and Robinson, from Dagenham, have been remanded in custody until sentencing on June 8.

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