Ealing gunman Daniel Bidace Anthony jailed for 42 years

Daniel Bidace Anthony Daniel Bidace Anthony tried to kill Amy Ashitey because she recognised him

A "merciless" killer who shot a man dead and tried to murder his victim's double amputee partner as she lay in bed has been jailed for four decades.

Daniel Bidace Anthony, 30, shot Dothan Gordon in the back of the head at his home in Ealing, west London, last June.

A judge at the Old Bailey sentenced Bidace Anthony, of Earls Court, to life with a minimum term of 42 years.

Excluding whole-life tariffs, it is one of the longest minimum terms imposed in England and Wales.

The tariff is two years longer than the one handed down to Soham child killer Ian Huntley.

'Horrifying brutality'

The court heard how after shooting Mr Gordon at the victim's home, Bidace Anthony fired twice at Amy Ashitey. One round pierced her lung and remains in her body, while the other missed.

Miss Ashitey, who had been a wheelchair user after falling from a building in a failed suicide attempt, was shot because she recognised the gunman.

Other recommended minimum tariffs

  • Miran Thakrar - 42 years
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  • Stuart Hazell - 38 years
  • Harry Roberts - 30 years

The jury was told Mr Gordon, who had tried to act as middleman in a £100,000 drugs deal, was shot in the back of the head in an execution-style killing.

Bidace Antony had spent two hours with Mr Gordon before carrying out the killing, the court heard.

A baby was in the flat at the time.

Judge Timothy Pontius said it was difficult to imagine a murder committed with such "cold-blooded and totally merciless deliberation".

Dothan Gordon Amy Ashitey said she had hoped to marry Dothan Gordon

He said: "You took Dothan Gordon from the room where he and Amy Ashitey had quietly been watching television, into the living room where you made him kneel on the floor, forehead against a stool, and then executed him with a single shot to the back of the head.

"In light of the horrifying brutality of these crimes I am wholly unable to regard you other than as someone to whom deliberate violence comes readily."

In a statement read to the court after the verdict, Miss Ashitey said the bullet in her body was a "constant reminder" of what happened.

She said of Mr Gordon: "He was such a huge part of my life."

Miss Ashitey had hoped to be able to walk again in time to marry Mr Gordon, in a ceremony planned for August of last year.

Bidace Anthony had denied the charges he faced, but was found guilty of murder and attempted murder on Tuesday.

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