Killer convicted of double shooting murder
A gunman who shot dead a mother-of-nine and her nephew in an apparent revenge attack has been found guilty of two counts of murder.
Obina Ezeoke, 28, carried out the killings after sneaking into the family’s flat in Elmhurst Crescent in East Finchley, during the early hours of 15 September 2016.
Following a trial at the Old Bailey, which concluded today Ezeoke was found guilty of two counts of murder.
He went to the bedroom where Bervil Kalikala-Ekofo, 21, was sleeping and fatally shot him in the back of the head using a vintage revolver.
His aunt Annie Besala Ekofo, 53, woke to the sound of the gunshot and came out of her room. Ezeoke shot her in the chest and then fled.
Members of the family woke to the sound of the gunshots and, on seeing Annie, desperately tried to treat her wounds and called the emergency services.
The double killing is believed to have been part of a vendetta, with Ezeoke’s original target being another member of the family.
CCTV evidence was able to identify the car used in the killings. Gunshot residue was found inside this car, which was dumped on an estate nearby. CCTV footage showed Ezeoke on the same estate in the days prior to the attack and again a few hours after the murders. Police were also able to link the car to Ezeoke through parking tickets. His hair and clothing contained gunshot residue.
Sally-Anne Russell, from the CPS, said: “This was an execution of two family members within the space of about a minute. Obina Ezeoke’s actions have devastated a family.
“He went to the flat to carry out a revenge attack because of an ongoing feud between himself and another in the household. When he couldn’t find the person he was looking for, he murdered a young man and a mother-of-nine instead. Both victims were entirely innocent.
“Nobody saw exactly how these events unfolded but the prosecution case included evidence of Ezeoke’s control of the car, CCTV footage of the car travelling to and from the scene, as well as a gun case discovered under Ezeoke’s bed, gunshot residue evidence and proof of the ongoing feud between Ezeoke and other members of the family involved.
“Although Ezeoke denied any involvement in the killings, the jury accepted the prosecution case and convicted Ezeoke of both murders. I hope the family and friends of both Annie Besala Ekofo and Bervil Kalikala-Ekofo can be satisfied that justice has now been served.”
Ezeoke will be sentenced on 1 October.
Notes to editors
- Obina Ezeoke (DOB: 29.05.1992) is from Cambridge Heath in the London borough of Tower Hamlets
- Sally-Anne Russell is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the homicide unit at CPS London North.