Monday, 29 December 2008

The Murder of Patrick Dunne

On 20 October 1993, PC Patrick Dunne was murdered in Clapham, south London.

As Patrick sought to calm a domestic disturbance, he heard the sound of gunfire from across the road. Nightclub doorman, Kwame Danso, was being executed. He was shot six times and died at the scene.

Patrick went to investigate and was also shot dead. Three black men were seen laughing and firing their guns into the air immediately afterwards.

Gary 'Tyson' Nelson, was arrested soon after this and, although one of the guns used in the murder of a black drug dealer who had been executed just prior to Patrick's killing was found buried in a cemetery 100 yards from where Nelson's mother lived, police didn't have enough evidence to charge him and he was freed.

In 1994, Nelson shot at police in Highbury, North London, as they attempted to apprehend him for shooting at the occupants of a van in a road rage attack.

He was jailed for eight years for this crime but, within ten days of starting his sentence, he was given another six months for attacking three prison officers at high security Belmarsh, in south-east London.

In 1999, he was released, after serving only four years.

The police believe that Nelson is a contract killer responsible for many gangland executions. A Scotland Yard source said:

"He has a reputation for extreme violence that makes him feared even by other ruthless and dangerous men."

On 30 January 2004, Nelson was jailed for life, having been caught in possession of an automatic pistol, silencer and ammunition.

Finally, in February 2005, Nelson was found guilty of Patrick Dunne's murder and received a further life sentence.

After the vedict, the jury was told that Nelson had convictions for firearms offences before he took the lives of Patrick Dunne and William Danso.

This is Patrick:

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