Sep 24 2012 By Hannah Bewley
powell smith shooting
A HARLSEDEN man has been found guilty of attempted murder for a revenge attack on a man who killed two people outside a nightclub.
Film footage of the shooting was captured on CCTV and used in evidence (See video at bottom of the story).
Kevin Powell, 37, of Larix Court, Harlesden, was found guilty at the Old Bailey on Tuesday September 11 of the attempted murder of Michael Smith and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
He was sentenced to 34 years and 10 years respectively to be served concurrently and was jailed on Friday 21 September.
Michael Smith, 28, of Beaconsfield Road, Newham, was found guilty at the Old Bailey in August of the double murders of Patrick Ford and Eugene Brown outside the Sugar Lounge nightclub in Katherine Road, East London in 2010.
Mr Smith was sentenced to life for both murders, to be served concurrently and with a minimum of 34 years and was also sentenced to another 10 years concurrently for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
A third man, Nana Oppong, of West Road, Stratford, was sentenced alongside Smith and Powell, to two years for perverting the course of justice.
Oppong had previously been tried and re-tried on the charges of the murder of Patrick Ford and Eugene Brown and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. In both trials the jury were unable to reach verdicts and following the re-trial this year the judge directed he be found not guilty on the three counts following there being no request for a further re-trial.
On Saturday May 29 2010 police were called at 6am to reports of a shooting of two men in Katherine Road.
Patrick Ford, 36, of Tottenham was pronounced dead at the scene and Eugene Brown, 27, of Woodgrange Road, East London, was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he later died on 7 July.
Later that day Michael Smith arrived at an east London hospital with gun shot wounds.
The court heard how Nana Oppong had arrived at the Sugar Lounge nightclub to celebrate his 30th birthday.
During the night Eugene Brown fired four shots from a hand gun into the ceiling of the nightclub and this was caught on CCTV at the venue and Mr Oppong was seen discussing the incident with Michael Smith.
Outside Mr Smith shot Mr Brown in the head and fired two more rounds and one hit Patrick Ford in the chest.
After this Kevin Powell, a friend of Patrick Ford's, chased them and fired his gun between nine and 14 times at Smith.
Mr Smith had been hit in the back, leg, chest and face but managed to flee and jumped through the window of a vehicle being controlled by Oppong.
Oppong and a friend abandoned Smith at the entrance of the A&E department before speeding away in car that was later recovered by police at a valet car wash business in Bow.
Doctors battled to save Smith and following extensive surgery he survived and was subsequently charged with his part in the shootings.
Detective Sergeant Paul Considine, the investigating officer from Trident, said: "This was a complex case made all the more difficult by individuals misleading police and deliberately jeopardising the investigation. I would like to personally extend my thanks to the witnesses who did come forward to help us because without the assistance of the community we could not bring these kinds of criminals to justice."
Following the sentencings detectives from Trident are re-iterating appeals to identify a man caught on CCTV taking the firearm belonging to Eugene Brown and leaving the scene.
Anyone who can help is asked to call Trident on 020 8733 4211 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.