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Drug dealer jailed for shooting rival dead

PUBLISHED: 16:34 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 August 2010

A MAJOR drug dealer who shot a rival dead over a £24,000 debt and fled to Holland was jailed for a minimum of 30 years last Friday.  John Seton, 24, blasted 29-year-old Jon Bartlett in the face with a 12-bore shotgun at a meeting near Chislehurst Common.

A MAJOR drug dealer who shot a rival dead over a £24,000 debt and fled to Holland was jailed for a minimum of 30 years last Friday.

John Seton, 24, blasted 29-year-old Jon Bartlett in the face with a 12-bore shotgun at a meeting near Chislehurst Common.

He started a new life in Arnhem using a false name and passport but was arrested for drugs offences six months later.

Seton was convicted and jailed before his true identity was discovered.

Mr Bartlett ran a 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.

Sentencing, Judge Anthony Morris told him: "As you said in your evidence in March 2006 you and Mr Bartlett were both drug dealers on a substantial scale.

"Mr Bartlett supplied drugs to you and according to documents recovered from his home you owned him £24,000 for such drugs. I am satisfied that Mr Bartlett was pressurising you for payment in March 2006 and you were either unwilling or unable to pay him."

Seton's friend Lee Osborne, 25, a music producer accused of handing Seton a new phone and driving him to a safe house for the night, was cleared of involvement.

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