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Two teenagers found guilty of murdering South Norwood rapper Umar Tufail

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TWO teenagers are facing life sentences after being found guilty of murdering an aspiring rapper in a drive-by shooting in South Norwood. Umar Tufail, 25, was shot in the head as he sat in a car outside his home in Wharncliffe Road, South Norwood, on July 15 last year. Sanchez Thomas and Kyrone Daley, 19, were both accused of carrying out the "deliberate execution" but gave conflicting accounts of the killing. Both were convicted of murder following a month-long trial at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday). Members of Mr Tufail's family wept as the verdicts were announced, while there were loud shrieks from the public gallery. Daley sat quivering in the dock before telling family members "don't worry" as he stormed down to the cells. He had maintained throughout the trial that Thomas, his life-long friend, shot Umar in revenge for being stabbed by the aspiring rapper's younger brother Amir. Thomas claimed a third person in the car – a member of Croydon's Don't Say Nothing (DSN) gang known as Pauser – was the shooter. The court had been told that Thomas, known as Limitz, had "history" with Amir Tufail, 18, who went by the street name Renz and was a member of Croydon gang Block Cartel. Their feud began when Amir allegedly threatened Thomas, a member of rival gang Squeeze Section, with a knife in Regina Road, South Norwood, in October 2011 and then stabbed him in the arm in Tooting Bec in March 2012. The court heard how Thomas pulled alongside Umar, who was sitting in a car outside his home, at around 4.30pm. According to Daley, he repeatedly accused Umar of being 'Renz' and, even after realising he was wrong, pulled out a handgun and shot him in the head. He rejected Thomas' claim that there was anyone else in the car. "There was only two people in that car at that time," he told the Old Bailey. "I didn't have anything to do with it. I didn't even know there was a gun." Extensive CCTV footage shows the grey Vauxhall Corsa travelling to the scene of the shooting and then back to Unity Close, West Norwood, where Daley and Thomas both live. Thomas claimed he picked up a third person – Pauser – on the way to Wharncliffe Road and that he stopped the car to talk through his differences with Amir. "Pauser shot him," he insisted. "It was a terrible incident. I was incredibly shocked. I was just trying to make peace." He added: "Someone else killed him and I got the blame." Asked why Daley would implicate him for something he had not done, Thomas said: "I don't know. He was my friend. We saw each other every day." At no point during the CCTV footage is a third person seen in the car. Police tracked down Pauser but found from his phone records that he was in Maidstone, Kent, at the time. After Thomas was presented with this "cast iron" alibi, he claimed to have been talking about a different member of DSN, also called Pauser. The court had heard that Amir immediately believed he was the gunman's intended target. Minutes after the shooting, the 18-year-old told a police officer the bullet had been meant for him, adding: "I have a lot of enemies." On the afternoon of the killing, Amir and his friend Stephen Crawford, 18, were playing computer games in an upstairs bedroom when they heard a gunshot. Crawford went to the window and drew the curtain in time to see a grey car drive away. As they ran downstairs, Amir picked up, and then dropped, a knife before shouting: "Umar has been shot". They rushed outside and found Umar slumped over the wheel of his family's red Vauxhall Corsa with a gunshot wound to the side of the head. Umar, who worked at Croydon Tesco Dotcom and performed music under the name Humuh, was taken to King's College Hospital but died the following day. After returning to Unity Close, Daley and Thomas took a minicab to a friend's house in Fulham. The car was seized the following day and gunshot residue was later found on Thomas' top.

Two teenagers found guilty of murdering South Norwood rapper Umar Tufail


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