Gangster killed in cold blood over drug debts

PUBLISHED: 18:07 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:06 12 August 2010

A TRAINEE driving instructor has been jailed for life after killing a gangster at point-blank range in a café in the middle of the day. Gary

A TRAINEE driving instructor has been jailed for life after killing a 'gangster' at point-blank range in a café in the middle of the day.

Gary Oxley, 48, admitted murdering Joseph Oliffe, from Bromley, by shooting him twice in the back of the head whilst drinking coffee with friend Perry Hunt in the DA Sandwich Café in Court Road, Mottingham, at 3.45pm on March 4 this year.

The murderer then calmly dialled 999, and told an operator: "I have just shot someone. I fear for my life and my family."

He told them he put the gun on the floor and did not want the police to shoot him.

Oxley claimed the 'gangsters' had threatened the lives of his wife and parents.

The killer, of Hornbeam Avenue, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, told the Old Bailey that he owed the victim and his associates £6,000 in drugs money but they "refused to play by the rules".

Initially, he refused to tell police the reason for the killing but finally cracked in his fifth interview.

He claimed the pair had threatened his wife and family.

Defence barrister, Courtenay Griffiths QC said Oxley had been visited at his flat by Hunt and Oliffe who told him "this ain't going away".

In January this year Oxley attended Plumstead police station to report he was being threatened, but then refused to answer any follow up calls or attend pre-arranged appointments.

Locking him up for life on Monday, Judge Peter Thornton said: "This was a deliberate, calculated and planned act.

"You killed in cold blood. Whatever the background to this case, whatever the past of the deceased you have taken a life, deprived a family of a loved one and deprived a mother of her only child."

The judge said it was accepted Oxley was being blackmailed over a drugs debt.

He said: "The aggravating features of this case are the cold and calculated killing, shooting your victim in the head from behind, clearly intending to kill him.

"Secondly however bad the background of the case you abandoned the help of the police, took the law into your own hands and killed with a firearm which you acquired and took to the scene.

"There was clearly substantial premeditation in your actions."

Oxley also admitted a charge of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and a charge of attempted murder, which he denied, was ordered to lie on file.

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