Man Jailed For Life After Fatal Shooting

11th February 2005

A man who fled abroad after a fatal shooting has been sentenced today at the Old Bailey.

Denny Michael De Silva, 23 (18.02.92) of Westbourne Park Road, W11, was found guilty and sentenced on Wednesday, 10 February, to life to serve a minimum of 27 years' imprisonment, for the murder of 20-year-old Romario Green, who was killed by a shotgun fired from a moving car.

The court heard how on 1 July 2015, at about 22:00hrs the victim met with friends in Fishers Way in Wembley. They encountered Denny De Silva with two other men and an argument took place.

Later, at around 00:10hrs on 2 July 2015, Romario and his group had moved to Harrow Road when De Silva, who was travelling in a Ford Focus, drove slowly past the group towards a roundabout at the junction with Watford Road.

Romario and his friends chased after the car and one of them threw a bottle at it. The vehicle drove back at speed and Romario ran into the road towards it. At this point a single shot was fired from the vehicle hitting Romario in his upper chest and throat. The vehicle made off from the scene.

Police and the London Ambulance Service were called to the scene, but despite the efforts of the emergency services, Romario was pronounced dead at the scene at 00:42hrs.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a single gunshot wound.

The Ford Focus was later recovered by police burnt out in a park in Luton, Bedfordshire. De Silva and another suspect fled the country before they were linked to the incident by police and European arrest warrants were obtained.

On 10 August 2015, De Silva was stopped in a vehicle in Malaga, Spain and arrested. He was subsequently extradited to the UK on 21 August 2015. On the same day, he was charged with murder, possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life and the possession of a firearm, namely a shotgun.

Detective Inspector Julie Willats, from the Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "I would like to pay tribute to Romario's family who have been at court everyday and encouraged the local community to assist us with our investigation. Enquiries are ongoing in relation to locating an outstanding suspect.

"A young man lost his life and incidents such as this underline the need for the people to call-time on those illegally possessing weapons and contact the police or Crimestoppers. The information you hold may just save someone's life.

"I hope that today's sentence offers some comfort to Romario's family and friends."

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