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Man given life for murder with a minimum term of 30 years.

November 27, 2012, 1:04 am

A man has been jailed for life today, Monday 26 November, after being
found guilty of the murder of Jonathan Barnes, 21.

Daniel Tesfay, 26 (9.11.85) was convicted at the Old Bailey and given a
life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years.

Police were called at approx. 20.55hrs on Tuesday 23 August to reports
of shots fired at an address in Morland Road, Croydon.

On arrival officers found Jonathan Barnes who had suffered a gunshot
wound to the head.

Jonathan was taken to hospital where he remained until he died on 25

During the trial the court heard that on the night of the shooting
Daniel Tesfay and Jonathan Barnes went to Morland Road for a
pre-arranged appointment to view and potentially purchase Rolex watches.

After inspecting the watches they left the property briefly but returned
a short while later and agreed a price with the sellers.

Daniel Tesfay produced a gun and threatened the sellers. With the
watches in their possession Jonathan and Tesfay attempted to leave the

A scuffle ensued and Tesfay fired the gun he had been holding twice. The
first bullet hit the staircase and the second hit Jonathan.

Tesfay fled the scene before the arrival of the emergency service but
was arrested a week later by officers who saw him leaving a hotel in the
Earls Court area of London.

On 2 September Tesfay was charged with the murder of Jonathan Barnes and
possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He was found guilty of both charges and given 10 years for the firearms
offence. This will run concurrently with the life sentence.

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