Life in prison for man who shot Croydon stepfather in his own home

Carlton Ned, 41, was murdered in his home in Croydon in 2011. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Carlton Ned, 41, was murdered in his home in Croydon in 2011. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Archant

A man who shot and killed a stepfather in his own home in south London has been sentenced to a minimum of 35 years in prison after being found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey.

Christopher Thomas, 22, fromTulse Hill, will serve a minimum of 35 years for the murder. Picture: Metropolitan PoliceChristopher Thomas, 22, fromTulse Hill, will serve a minimum of 35 years for the murder. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Carlton Ned, 41 was murdered at his house on Langdale Road, Thornton Heath, Croydon in 2011 in an attempt to protect his family from at least two masked men carrying guns.

Despite the efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene, and a post-mortem gave the cause of death as a single gunshot wound to the chest.

Christopher Thomas, 22, of Morrison House, Tulse Hill, was given a life sentence yesterday, to serve a minimum of 35 years, after a four week trial.

Officers were called at 2.45am to reports of a shooting on Friday, July 2011, at an address in Thornton Heath.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service said shortly before then, Mr Ned’s 21 year-old-stepson had returned home in the early hours of the morning.

He said: “As he entered the house at least two armed men, with their faces covered, followed him and forced their way in to the house, breaking the front door as they did so.

“Mr Ned’s stepson ran to the bedroom of his mother and stepfather and shouted to his mother to lock the door. As Mr Ned and his wife jumped out of bed, one of the suspects kicked in the bedroom door.”

Whilst the 41-year-old and his wife tried to hold the door closed, his stepson hid in the corner of the room.

The spokesman said: “During this time, the victims saw a gun protruding through a gap between the door and the frame.

“The gun was fired and Mr Ned’s wife was shot in the chest. She shouted ‘please don’t kill me’ and the suspect turned away from the door.”

Carlton Ned then opened his bedroom door and chased the gunman out of the house, but after hearing further gunshots his wife found him lying at the bottom of the stairs.

He had been fatally shot in the chest.

His wife was treated for a minor gunshot wound at hospital.

The police spokesman said three weeks later local officers were on duty in Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, and noticed the defendant, Christopher Thomas, then aged 20, acting suspiciously.

Alerted by his behaviour, the officers approached him, but he ran off and was seen to discard something.

He was pursued and eventually arrested, and after a search of the area police discovered a gun wrapped inside two socks, accompanied by two bullets.

The spokesman said: “The gun was sent for forensic examination and tests confirmed that this was the gun that was used in the murder of Carlton Ned and which had also injured his wife.

“The two rounds of ammunition were of exactly the same types as those discharged during the attack at Langdale Road.”

The jury at the Old Bailey heard how the defendant and Mr Ned’s stepson were known to each other, as their girlfriends were best friends.

The spokesman said it is believed Thomas had grown jealous of his friendship with his girlfriend after they had split up.

As well as being convicted of murder the 22-year-old was also found guilty of the attempted murder of Mr Ned’s stepson, and one count of wounding with intent in relation to shooting Mr Ned’s wife, as well as a number of firearms offences.

Detective Inspector Garry Moncrieff, from the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: “This was a complex and lengthy investigation and it is clear that Carlton Ned was not the intended victim and instead Christopher Thomas had intended to kill Mr Ned’s stepson.

“Mr Ned died protecting his family and I hope today’s verdict can bring them some sense of justice for the loss of their loved one.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, August 28, 2015
She was playing with her family in Hanworth Park when she was hit by the pellet that could have killed her (Photo: Google StreetView)

The little girl was running from her mother to her grandfather in Hanworth Park when they heard a loud noise like an air rifle shot.

Police say she could have been killed.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Police are investigating a rape in Park Road on Sunday

A crime scene has been set up after a woman reported being raped in Muswell Hill in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Friday, August 28, 2015
Dodgy disguise: The men robbed the pawnbrokers dressed all in black

Two men who dressed in burkas to rob a pawnbrokers in Brixton’s famous Atlantic Road have been jailed for 20 years.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
If you recognise this man, please call  police on 101 and give them reference number 174543 (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Shocking CCTV footage has been released of a pub brawl which left a man needing stitches after he was glassed on the head.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Robert Andrews spent 30 years with the Met (Picture: Edward Smith)

A former Met police officer who arranged to meet a man claiming to be only 14-year-old on the gay social media app Grindr was caught out by a vigilante group calling itself The Paedophile Squad.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The house at the end of Huddleston Close

A man has been charged with the murder of his 79-year-old father at his home in Bethnal Green and the attempted murder of two children, including a toddler.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more
Free weekly shop? Yes please!

Win £200 to spend at Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets. Asda prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here.

Read more