London Man Jailed For Life After Fatal Shooting

4th September 2015

At Inner London Crown Court on Thursday, 3 September, Richard Conroy, 39 (04.08.76), from Islington was jailed for life for the murder of Leeann Foley in November 2014.

In relation to the murder Conroy will serve a minimum of 24 years and six months before he is considered for release.

He was also sentenced to five years for possession of a firearm and six months' imprisonment for possession of an offensive weapon. The sentences are to run concurrently.

On Saturday, 1 November 2014, Leeann Foley, 32, was shot dead by Conroy in her flat at Loraine Road, N7.

Shortly after the shooting, officers on patrol were approached by Conroy who told them he had shot his partner and showed them a shotgun.

Police attended the Loraine Road address and found Miss Foley suffering from serious injuries. First aid was administered by officers until the arrival of London Ambulance Service and London's Air Ambulance, but despite the efforts to save her, Miss Foley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Conroy used a shotgun, which was in his possession, to shoot Miss Foley twice. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as shotgun wounds to the neck and chest.

Conroy was charged with murder on 2 November 2014.

In March this year, Richard Conroy, 39 of Loraine Road, Islington, N7, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of an offensive weapon, but pleaded not guilty to murder.

On Friday, 17 July, he changed his plea to guilty in respect of the murder but disputed the facts of the case.

A hearing took place to resolve the disputed facts of the case at Inner London Crown Court.

After evidence was heard, it was ruled that both shots fired by Richard Conroy were fired with murderous intent.

The sentence handed down concludes an investigation spanning more than a year by the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC).

Detective Inspector Julie Willats of the HMCC said: "I hope that today's sentence brings Leeann's family and loved ones them some measure of comfort and closure."

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