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Teenager guilty of killing dancer Daniel Famakinwa

Daniel Famakinwa
Image caption Daniel Famakinwa was shot dead while waiting at a bus stop, the court heard

A teenager has been found guilty of shooting dead a professional dancer as he left a club in south London.

Daniel Famakinwa, 20, was shot near a snooker hall in South Norwood on 6 August as he waited for a night bus.

Ezekiel Charles-Sterling, 19, of Upper Norwood, south London, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

Four other teenagers were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter on Thursday.

Romelle Bogle, 18, of Brixton, Joshua Chieke, 18, of Stockwell, Christopher Perry, 18, of Streatham, and Adrian Rhodes, 19, of Stockwell, all south London, were cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter.

Charles-Sterling was also convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and possession of a prohibited firearm.

The attackers were carrying the loaded weapon as "their idea of a good night out", the court heard.

Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee QC said: "This is a teenage gang on the prowl in London with a loaded firearm and their idea of a good night out is the inevitability of confrontation - either seeking it or at least anticipating it - secure in the knowledge of their shared secret, namely that they will triumph in any confrontation because they have a gun."

Charles-Sterling was "egged on" by the other four men, with Rhodes aiming a flying kick at Mr Famakinwa as he and his friends were hemmed in against a shop front.

Mr Jafferjee added: "Barely 20 minutes after Daniel and his friends had emerged from the club...doing nothing more than just larking about amongst themselves and causing no offence to anyone at all, Daniel lay fatally bleeding, having been shot."

Around a month later, Rhodes fired the same 9mm pistol near a nightclub in Charterhouse Street in the City of London.

He was convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of a prohibited firearm.

The men will be sentenced on 11 July.

Demmar Dawkins, 18, of West Norwood, was was cleared of murder at an earlier stage of the trial.

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