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Two men who committed a drug related murder were sentenced to a total of 65 years in prison

Date: (4 May 2012)    |    

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In a drug related revenge attack two men who were found guilty of killing a man on November 13 last year have been sentenced for a long term in prison.
The jury heard that the two who had employed Mr Leroy Burnett to supply drugs found that he was using drugs for himself and murdered him as he was in debt to them.
Colliston Edwards, 38, was ordered to serve a minimum of 32 years and Andre Johnson, 24, a minimum of 33 years, over the death of 43-year-old Burnett of South London.
After the murder they recruited, Max Walters, 20, to set fire to the property, on the Westbury Estate in Wandsworth, in order to destroy any evidence. He was found guilty of arson with intent and assisting an offender and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
The force of the blast destroyed much of the property and blew the lounge wall across the road.
Inside the address the lifeless body of the occupant, Mr Burnett was found. He had been shot in the head with a shotgun.
Mr Burnett was murdered shortly after he was last seen on Friday, 12 November, at about 20:00hrs, walking his brown Staffordshire terrier dog in Wandsworth Road, SW8.
In addition, Johnson was also convicted and sentenced to 11 years for arson and eight years for perverting the course of justice. Edwards was convicted and sentenced to 12 years for arson and nine years for perverting the course of justice and Walters was also sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for perverting the course of justice all these terms were to run concurrently.
Detective Inspector Nigel Tolson, Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said Leroy Burnett was executed in his own home by men who thought they could cover up their crime by setting fire to his property.
But the detectives were able to gather the evidence required to bring charges and bring them to court for the jury to find them guilty of murder he added