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Hornsey gangster jailed for life

PUBLISHED: 15:21 12 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:16 07 September 2010

Charlotte Newton A HORNSEY gangster who shot a man dead in a road rage attack six months after being released early from prison has been given a life sentence. Junior Cameron, 27, gunned down 35-year-old Gary Guthrie after they were involved in a minor tr

Charlotte Newton

A HORNSEY gangster who shot a man dead in a road rage attack six months after being released early from prison has been given a life sentence.

Junior Cameron, 27, gunned down 35-year-old Gary Guthrie after they were involved in a minor traffic accident in Streatham, south London.

Cameron had just completed a four-year sentence for perverting the course of justice in connection with the abduction and murder of a Turkish drug dealer.

He was driving home from a nightclub with friends when one of their cars clipped a vehicle containing Mr Guthrie and his friend Rowan Williams, 33.

Cameron shot Mr Guthrie in the chest and he died later in hospital. His friend Rowan Williams, 33, was shot in the back by Cameron's friend, Darrell Albert, 28.

Mr Williams recovered after emergency surgery to remove the bullet from his neck.

Both victims had been to an event at the Starlight Rooms in Streatham that night.

The Old Bailey heard how Cameron, Albert and their friends arrived at the nightclub at 4am but there appeared to be no trouble between the two groups.

Prosecutor Rebecca Poulet QC said: "To date the prosecution has not been able to establish a definite motive for these crimes."

Cameron was convicted of murder and Albert of attempted murder by an Old Bailey jury last Friday.

Mr Justice Owen jailed both men for life and ordered that Cameron serve at least 26 years before being considered for parole. Albert will serve at least 13 years.

They were also sentenced to a minimum of six years for possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Cameron was also jailed for another six years concurrently after two pistols and a Mac 10 submachine gun, together with hollow point ammunition, were found behind a bath panel at his Hornsey home.

Mr Justice Owen told them: "Gun crime is increasingly prevalent on the streets of our inner cities. Those who go about armed with firearms and use them to murder or attempted murder must be under no illusion as to the sentences they will face if convicted of offences involving the use of these firearms."

In 2005, Cameron was convicted of perverting the course of justice after setting fire to the car of Oguzhin Ozdemir, 26, who was murdered on July 14 2001.

The sentence was reduced to four years on appeal and he was released about six months before the murder of Mr Guthrie on October 22 2007.

Cameron,who has been in constant trouble with the law from the age of 13, told the court both his parents had been addicted to drugs and he was taken into care at the age of seven after his grandmother died.

Following the verdicts, Detective Inspector Stephen Horsley said: "The man who survived can remember nothing that was said or done that evening to have warranted any confrontation with anyone else present at the party. He says his friend Gary Guthrie was just there enjoying himself.

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