Two Men Found Guilty Of Murdering Teenager

19th November 2015

Two men have been convicted of the murder of an 18-year-old who died in a shooting last year. The pair were convicted at the Old Bailey today, Thursday, 19 November.

Ben Purdy, 18 (08.02.96) of Orb Street, SE17, was shot in Mossington Gardens, SE16 on 23 November 2014.

Andrew Bayne, 37 (14.12.77) of Trundleys Terrace, SE8 was found guilty of murder and of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence.

Michael Bagnall, 22 (22.01.93) of Hospital Way, SE13 was also found guilty of murder and guilty of affray.

Three other men were convicted of offences in connection with the murder. They are:

Harry McAleer, 18 (24.09.97) of Elcot Avenue, SE15 was found guilty of conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm; Reece Bayne, 19 (7.12.95) of Concorde Way, SE16 was found guilty of conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm; and Anthony Bayne, 34, (31.01.81) of Alpine Road, SE16 was found guilty of affray.

The court heard how Ben was shot in the face shortly before 14:00hrs on 23 November 2014 in Mossington Gardens, SE16. He was pronounced dead at King's College Hospital the following day.

On the day of the murder, Ben and two of his friends had gone to Bagnall's home in Alpine Road to sort out some ongoing problems between Bagnall and his former girlfriend.

At the time of the murder, Bagnall's former girlfriend was in a relationship with Ben.

Ben and his friends were chased away from the address by Bagnall and another man who came out of the property armed with a sword.

The group ran to Mossington Gardens to escape the armed men. Shortly after their arrival, a blue Ford Focus pulled up driven by Andrew Bayne and carrying Bagnall as a passenger.

Bayne, armed with a handgun, fired a shot from the car that ended Ben Purdy's life. One of Ben's friends, aged 19 at the time of the incident, had a handgun placed in his mouth. He was also struck on the head with a baseball bat. The injury required hospital treatment but was not life-threatening.

Ben's other friend, aged 24, was able to escape the attack without injury.

At the scene, officers recovered a baseball bat, a shell casing from a bullet and a bike chain with a padlock attached in the area where Ben was shot.

Bayne and Bagnall were remanded in custody for sentencing on Friday, 20 November at the Old Bailey.

Sentencing for the remaining offences will be scheduled for a later date to be advised.

Lee-Anne Bagnall, 20 (2.11.95) of Hospital Way, SE13 was found not guilty of affray.

A 70-year-old man [F] was arrested on Thursday, 22 January on suspicion of murder. He remains on police bail at this time.

A 22-year-old man [C] was arrested on suspicion of murder on 9 December 2014. He was released with no further action in January 2015.

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