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Gunmen jailed for shooting autistic man dead after getting wrong house

Chad Gordon, 27, was shot in the face after answering the door to the two gunmen (Picture: PA)

A pair of killers who shot dead an autistic ‘gentle giant’ on his own doorstep in a case of mistaken identity have each been jailed for at least 29 years.

Chad Gordon, 27, was shot in the face when he opened his door to Mason Sani-Semedo and Cameron Robinson on May 18 last year.

The gunmen had been looking to carry out a revenge attack after their friend, Jemal Ebrahim, was killed five days earlier.

Riding on a stolen moped, the pair entered a quiet cul-de-sac in Tottenham, north London, at around 8pm and went to Mr Gordon’s home by mistake.

Sani-Semedo, 19, and Robinson, 20, denied murder but were found guilty by a jury at the Old Bailey on May 25.

They were also convicted of possession of a gun with intent, while three other men men – Clive Spencer, 24, Talye Olabisi, 24, and Javarn Carter-Fraser, 23 -were cleared of the killing.

Today Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb jailed Sani-Semedo and Robinson for life with a minimum term of 29 years.

Describing Mr Gordon as an ‘ordinary, dignified, decent man’ who was ‘entirely innocent’, she added: ‘The hurt caused by his evil murder is immeasurable.’

Mason Sani-Semedo, 19, (left) from Tottenham, north London, and Cameron Robinson from Dagenham, east London, who have been convicted of the murder of Chad Gordon, 27.
Mason Sani-Semedo, 19, and Cameron Robinson, were each handed life sentences today (Picture: PA)
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Gunmen guilty of mistaken identity murder of autistic 'gentle giant'

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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Undated handout photo issued by Metropolitan Police of Chad Gordon, 27, who was shot in the head at close range after answering his door at his home in Wiltshire Gardens, Haringey, north London. Cameron Robinson and Mason Sani-Semedo have been found guilty of the mistaken identity murder. Issue date: Tuesday May 25, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story COURTS Haringey. Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Mr Gordon was described as a ‘gentle giant’ with no involvement in any criminality (Picture: PA)

Jurors previously heard how Mr Gordon’s family and friends rushed over after Mr Gordon was sent to the ground with a ‘crash’.

As his aunt confronted the killers she was told to ‘shut the f*** up’ and held at gunpoint in front of her child before driving away.

After the killing, Sani-Semedo, from Tottenham and Robinson, from Dagenham, east London, burned their clothes and the moped on a bonfire on the Walthamstow marshes.

During the trial, prosecutor Oliver Glasgow said: ‘Chad Gordon was the young man who lost his life in such a brutal fashion. However Chad Gordon was the last person anyone would want to kill.

‘He was shy, quiet and spent much of his time on his own but despite that he was a well-liked and polite young man and no one had an unkind word to say about him.

Murder victim Chad Gordon - On behalf of the community and estate Chad grew up on I?ve decided to put this together for him and his family. Chad was gunned down on his doorstep in case of mistaken identity 18/05/20 No parent should have to bury their child or go through this trauma. Chad was a very happy person even with his disability of autism everyone loved and respected him. He would play out on the estate with everyone either riding his bike or he always has his football with him. A very respectful individual he said hello to everybody.
Mr Gordon’s family and friends quickly rushed to his side but nothing could be done to save him
Undated handout video grab issued by the Crown Prosecution Service of Cameron Robinson with Mason Sani-Semedo on a moped moments before shooting Chad Gordon, the two gunmen have been found guilty of the mistaken identity murder. Issue date: Tuesday May 25, 2021. PA Photo. Chad Gordon, 27, was blasted in the face when he opened his door to a pair of assassins, who had travelled to his north London home on a stolen moped. The shooting, during the first coronavirus lockdown, was said to have been in revenge 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, jurors heard. See PA story COURTS Haringey. Photo credit should read: CPS/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The gunmen got away on a stolen moped, which they burned along with their clothes (Picture: PA)

He added: ‘These defendants were responsible for planning and executing the shooting or seeking revenge for the death of their friend but in the end achieving nothing more than adding to the capital’s murder statistics last year.’

Jurors were told Mr Gordon was diagnosed with autism and attended local Bruce Grove youth club for people with learning difficulties.

Mr Glasgow said: ‘He’s described by his aunt as a gentle giant, non-confrontational with no involvement in any criminality.

‘No one who knew Chad Gordon can understand why he was targeted in such a violent and shocking way and most believe a mistake must have been made by his killers.’

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