Two men convicted over mistaken identity murder
Two men have been convicted of murder after an innocent man was shot dead on his doorstep in a case of mistaken identity.
Twenty-seven-year-old Chad Gordon, who had autism, was shot in the head when he opened his front door in a cul-de-sac in Harringay just before 8.30pm on 18 May last year. It is believed his killers had intended to attack a person living next door.
The shooting was witnessed by Mr Gordon’s aunt who was walking back home with her six-year-old child. When she shouted out, the gunman pointed the gun at her and told her to “shut the f**k up”.
Today, (Tuesday, 25 May 2021) Mason Sani-Semedo, 19, and Cameron Robinson, 20, were both convicted of murder and possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following a trial at the Old Bailey.
Sani-Semedo and Robinson had spent the day together in north London, arriving at Mr Gordon’s address with their faces obscured by helmets, on a stolen moped. After the attack they fled on the moped and made their way to Lee Valley Marshes where they threw their helmets into the water and set fire to the moped in order to destroy any forensic evidence.
Although police and paramedics arrived soon after the shooting, Mr Gordon could not be saved.
Susan Krikler, from the CPS, said: “This was a pre-planned execution of a man on his doorstep, but in a tragic error these killers went to the wrong house and murdered the wrong person. Chad Gordon was an innocent victim who had simply made the mistake of opening his front door. Mr Gordon was never involved in any criminality and was described as a 'gentle giant' by those who knew him.
“The prosecution case included CCTV footage, witness testimony and phone evidence. These killers have shown no remorse during these proceedings and the murder weapon has never been found.
“Gun violence has devastated a family and stolen yet another life in the capital. Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Chad Gordon at this time.”
Notes to editors
- Susan Krikler is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the pan-London Homicide unit in CPS London North.
- Mason Sani-Semedo (DOB: 5/09/2001) is from Tottenham
- Cameron Robinson (DOB: 9/08/2000) is from Dagenham
- Three other men were acquitted of murder.