A Nigerian, Obinna Ezeoke, has been found guilty of murdering a woman, 53, and her nephew, 21, in their home in East Finchley, North London, United Kingdom.
The murders took place in the early hours of September 15, 2016, after a footage of him being attacked by rivals in a Snapchat footage was circulated. He was said to have been originally on a revenge mission against Ryan Efey, 22, who was among his rivals.
Ezeoke, 28, however shot Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo, a psychology student who was asleep in the flat, and his aunt, Annie Ekofo, who had been passing a night at the flat.
Ekofo, who came to the UK with her husband from the Congo in 1991, lived with her family at the flat.
Said to be a drug dealer, Ezeoke was convicted of double murder on Wednesday-09/09 /2020 after an unprecedented five trials over four years at the Old Bailey.
His first trial in 2017 collapsed after the then trial judge suffered a bad back mid-way through, two subsequent juries failed to reach verdicts in 2018 and 2019, despite a majority direction. The fourth trial was abandoned due to the coronavirus lockdown just as the jury was deliberating in March.
The prosecution had called for a fifth trial as soon as possible, despite opposition from the defence.
A defendant is only tried twice if a jury fails to arrive at a conclusion.
The Mirror reports that Ezeoke claimed he was at Grahame Park estate in north London with four friends at the time murders took place. He also reportedly claimed the residue from the Smith and Wesson .44 found in the car he drove after the crime came from a different shooting when the car was used by someone else.
Justice Cutts remanded the double killer in custody and will sentence him on October 1.