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Man convicted 13 years after Brockley engineer's Brixton murder
A 33-YEAR-OLD has been convicted of murdering Brockley man Denis Cowan - 13 years after he was gunned down in Brixton.
Dialo Hall, of no fixed abode, was convicted of murder and possession of a firearm with intent at the Old Bailey today (October 9).
Mr Cowan, a 27-year-old engineer, drove to Coldharbour Lane on October 2 2000, where he parked next to a Ford Focus containing two men.
After Mr Cowan became embroiled in an argument with the driver, Hall, who was sitting in the passenger seat, pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot him.
As the victim lay helpless on the ground he was blasted three more times in the head.
Subsequent police investigations revealed Hall as a possible suspect and, in 2002, he was traced to a remand centre in Jamaica where he was using the name David Millan. Fingerprint records confirmed his identity and extradition proceedings began.
Having served his sentence, last year he was served with an extradition warrant and escorted to Gatwick Airport, after which he was arrested and charged.
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Watling, of the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "It has taken 13 years to secure the conviction of this violent man, a man who shot Mr Cowan in the head while he was lying on the ground.
"It is a perfect example to illustrate that no matter how much time has passed, or how far a suspect is willing to flee, the Met remains committed to finding those responsible for violent crime. It should send a stark warning to those people who have little regard for others, that you will be caught."
Hall will be sentenced at the Old Bailey tomorrow (October 10).
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