Three men given life sentences over murder of Sainsbury's worker

10/05/2017

Three men who took part in an ambush which saw a Sainsbury's worker murdered have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Tobi Animashaun, 25, was ambushed by a group of up to six men armed with machetes, knives and bats, as he left work at a Sainsbury’s Distribution Centre in Charlton at about 7.50pm on 11 September 2016.

He tried to use his backpack as a shield but was pursued into an alley and stabbed a number of times. He died of his injuries the next day.

Three men were found guilty of his murder today [10 May] after a trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Jeremiah Johnson, 23, [11/09/1993], Antoin Gray, 22, [17/06/1994] and Codie Goodensimms, 22, [08/08/1994] were each sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 17 years to serve.

London CPS reviewing lawyer Navnit Dosanjh said: "These three men lay in wait for Tobi Animashaun, among a group armed with weapons and with the clear intent of murdering him or causing him very serious injury.

"The prosecution case involved eyewitness accounts, CCTV, telephone call records, DNA and fingerprint evidence, and proved beyond reasonable doubt these men took part in the attack.

"Part of a chain from Johnson’s neck was found at the scene with his DNA on it, Gray was identified among the armed group by an eye-witness. Goodensimms was identified as travelling to the murder scene with the other two men.

"This would have been an extremely disturbing attack for members of the public, some of whom were threatened with weapons when they tried to go to Mr Animashaun’s aid.

"Three dangerous men will now spend a significant time behind bars. We hope these convictions bring some sense of comfort to Mr Animashaun’s family."