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Landmark Conviction of Assassin who shot dead a mother and nephew whilst sleeping convicted following a fifth trial

9 September 2020

Mark Heywood QC represented the Crown in an unprecedented five trials over four years at the Old Bailey . A jury today convicted Obina Ezeoke of the murders of Annie Ekofo, 53, and psychology student Bervil Ekofo, 21, in East Finchley, north London, on September 15 2016. The first trial in 2017 collapsed after the then trial judge suffered a bad back mid-way through. Two subsequent juries failed to reach verdicts in 2018 and 2019. The fourth trial was abandoned due to the coronavirus lockdown just as the jury was deliberating in March.