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Trio guilty of West End bouncer Bogdan Paduret's gun murder

Bogdan Paduret
Image caption Mr Paduret died because the group felt they had "not been shown respect", the court heard

Three men have been found guilty of murdering a bouncer after he refused a group of revellers entry to a club.

Bogdan Paduret was shot twice in the head as he returned home from a shift at the Mayfair Club near Piccadilly on 27 November 2010.

John Otugade, 19, Christopher N'Jie, also 19, and Errol Jeffrey, 29, have been found guilty of his murder, at the Old Bailey.

Troy Shaw, 20, from Poplar, east London, was cleared of murder.

It was alleged in court that Mr Shaw was a "spotter", charged with keeping tabs on the victim.

About three weeks before his death, Mr Paduret's refusal to allow a group of approximately 10 people trying to enter the club sparked a fight.

"Tony Paduret had simply been doing his job," prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told the court.

"Nonetheless, Jeffrey and his friends must have felt that they had not been shown the respect to which they considered themselves entitled."

Romanian Mr Paduret, known as Tony, was gunned outside his house in Temple Fortune, north London.

He died in front of his friend Constantin Cimpan, who had given him a lift home from work.

'Dirty work'

Otugade had pulled the trigger, the court heard, before he fled on a motorbike ridden by N'Jie.

Mr Aylett said Otugade had "almost certainly never met" the victim, but was doing Jeffrey's "dirty work".

He added. "Otugade was looking to make a name for himself - to acquire a degree of underworld celebrity."

Jurors are still deliberating over murder charges against a fifth man, Danny Dixon, 29, from Hounslow, west London.

The guilty men are expected to be sentenced on Friday or Monday.

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