Man convicted of the murder of Carlton Ned who was shot trying to defend his family


Christopher Thomas was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Carlton Ned in Thornton Heath on 1 July 2011. He was sentenced to a total of 35 years.

Thomas Halpin, CPS London Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: "Carlton Ned was brutally murdered in his own home while trying to defend his family.

"In the early hours of 1 July 2011 Christopher Thomas, along with at least one other unknown male, forced their way into the home that Mr Ned shared with his wife, Donna Michael, and stepson, Karl Wilson. 

"Mr Wilson was their intended target and he managed to run up the stairs to his mother and stepfather's bedroom where all three tried to barricade themselves in.

"This proved to be impossible, Thomas and the others managed to force the door open and shoot into the room, injuring Ms Michael. At this point Mr Ned ran after the attackers in an attempt to chase them out of his house and defend his family. His heroic efforts were met with further gun shots and Mr Ned was fatally injured.

"Thomas was arrested three weeks later after he was seen to discard a gun while being pursued by police. This gun was linked to the murder of Carlton Ned.

"CPS London is committed to working with its partners in the police to tackle the menace of gun crime.

"Our thoughts are with Mr Ned's family at this time."