Gunmen jailed for shooting dead 'gentle giant' in London after getting wrong address

8 June 2021, 14:48 | Updated: 14 June 2021, 13:07

By Patrick Grafton-Green

Two "evil" gunmen who shot dead a "gentle giant" on his doorstep in a case of mistaken identity have been jailed for at least 29 years.

Chad Gordon, 27, who had autism, was blasted in the face when he opened his door to the assassins during the first coronavirus lockdown last year.

The pair had travelled to his north London home on a stolen moped intent on revenge.

The shooting was said to have been in retribution for the death of the killers' friend Jemal Ebrahim, who had been stabbed five days before.

However, Mason Sani-Semedo and Cameron Robinson went to the wrong address and shot Mr Gordon instead.

Chad Gordon was blasted in the face when he opened his door in May last year
Chad Gordon was blasted in the face when he opened his door in May last year. Picture: PA

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Sani-Semedo, 19, from Tottenham, north London, and Robinson, 20, of Dagenham, were found guilty of murder and possession of a gun with intent.

On Tuesday, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb jailed the pair for life with a minimum term of 29 years.

She said Mr Gordon was an "ordinary, dignified, decent man" who was "entirely innocent".

The judge said: "The hurt caused by his evil murder is immeasurable."

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told the court both defendants played an equal part in the killing which contributed to "the senseless cycle of death and destruction on the streets of London".

"It was a considered, high-stakes attempt at a swift, polished assassination," she told the defendants.

Mason Sani-Semedo has been jailed for at least 29 years
Mason Sani-Semedo has been jailed for at least 29 years. Picture: PA
Cameron Robinson also received a 29-year sentence for the killing
Cameron Robinson also received a 29-year sentence for the killing. Picture: PA

The judge acknowledged moving victim impact statements from the victim's parents.

On learning of her son's killing, Mr Gordon's mother Ann Marie Wilson, said: "My world shattered, my heart broke into tiny pieces and cannot be mended.

"Chad was my world, my everything, but most of all my first born and he was no more. Our lives have been ruined."

Mr Gordon's father Narson Gordon added: "Anyone who knew or met Chad would instantly recognise 'a gentle giant' with humility to match. The hurt and anguish caused by his evil murder is immeasurable."

The court previously heard the gunmen, armed with a 9mm handgun, had gone to Wiltshire Gardens in Haringey, north London, where Mr Gordon lived with his grandmother and aunt.

They knocked on the front door and fired instantly when it was opened by Mr Gordon on May 18 last year.

A bullet struck him in the face, causing "catastrophic" injuries, the court heard.

Robinson with Sani-Semedo on a moped moments before shooting Chad Gordon
Robinson with Sani-Semedo on a moped moments before shooting Chad Gordon. Picture: PA

Mr Gordon's family and friends were alerted to the gunfire and the crash as he collapsed on the ground, jurors heard.

The victim's aunt shouted at the killers as they ran back to the moped.

Without breaking stride, they pointed the gun at her and told her to shut up before escaping, the court heard.

The woman then threw herself to the ground to cover a young child, jurors heard.

Mr Glasgow said it was a "carefully planned" attack, apart from one essential aspect - the address.

The actual targets may have been people connected with Mr Gordon's neighbours, he said.

Afterwards, the moped and clothes were burned on a bonfire on the Walthamstow marshes.