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Drug dealer sent down for murdering man over £24k debt

PUBLISHED: 15:51 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:25 12 August 2010

A MAJOR drug dealer who tried to escape justice after shooting a rival dead over a £24,000 debt faces a life sentence.  John Seton, 24, blasted 29 year-old Jon Bartlett (pictured) in the face with a 12-bore shotgun at a meeting in a quiet back road in Chi

A MAJOR drug dealer who tried to escape justice after shooting a rival dead over a £24,000 debt faces a life sentence.

John Seton, 24, blasted 29 year-old Jon Bartlett (pictured) in the face with a 12-bore shotgun at a meeting in a quiet back road in Chislehurst.

He then fled to Holland and started a new life as a drug trafficker using a false name and passport.

Seton was arrested in Arnhem six months later, convicted and jailed before his true identity was discovered.

He was finally returned to the UK on a European arrest warrant and charged with the murder on May 11, 2007.

Seton told the Old Bailey he had dealt in drugs with Mr Bartlett but denied the victim owed him any money.

Jurors convicted him of murder by a majority of ten to two last Friday but on Tuesday cleared a verdict on a charge of assisting an offender against his friend Lee Osborne, 25.

The music producer and DJ, 25, was said to have given Seton a new phone and driven him to a flat in Egham after the murder.

It was then alleged Osborne moved Seton to another flat in Bromley before the killer fled to the country to start a new life under a false name in Holland.

Seton was spotted on CCTV driving a Transit-style van, hired by Osborne, at a petrol station in Egham hours after the shooting on March 31, 2006.

But Osborne has always maintained he knew nothing about the murder before or after it took place and he had hired the van to move house.

Osborne grinned before being hugged and patted on the head by Seton, who was sat alongside him in the dock. He was then discharged by Judge Anthony Morris QC.

The Old Bailey heard Mr Bartlett ran his own garage, JB Crash Repairs in Erith, but was involved in the sale and purchase of batches of cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis.

Among the paperwork was a reference to Mr Bartlett owing Seton £24,000.

In the days before the shooting on March 31, 2006, there was frequent phone contact between the two men which resulted in a meeting just after 7.30pm near Chislehurst Common.

Police searched the victim's home in Portland Road, Mottingham, and discovered records of 10 kilos of amphetamine costing £1,300 each, 2,000 ecstasy tablets at £290,000 and ounces of cocaine costing £850 each.

Seton, of no fixed address, but previously of Yalding, Kent, and formerly of Chislehurst has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on September 12. Osborne, who used addresses in Chancery Court, Vicarage Road, Egham, Surrey; Sparks Close, The Exchange, Bromley; and Duddington Court, Mottingham, denied assisting an offender.

ktneditorial@archant.co.uk

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