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A gunman who Met detectives identified and extradited from St Lucia to face justice at the Old Bailey has been convicted of murder.
Chase Griffith, 22, of Ashfield Parade, N14 was found guilty of the murder of 28-year-old Sam Brown at the conclusion of the trial on Wednesday November 29.
Griffith had been extradited from Saint Lucia having fled there following the murder in Walthamstow last year.
He will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on a date to be determined.
Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen who led the investigation said: “This conviction brings an end to a long and painstaking investigation by officers from the Met assisted by colleagues at the National Crime Agency. I am very grateful for their assistance with the extradition of Griffith.
“Sam Brown was gunned down in the street by Chase Griffith in an act of perceived revenge following a stabbing that had taken place earlier that night.
“Griffith then fled the country to Saint Lucia, while Sam’s family grieved his brutal murder.
The court heard how Griffith and Sam attended a party in Cheney Row Park, Walthamstow on the night of Saturday July 23 2022. Around 150 people were present.
In the early hours of July 24 a man received a stab wound and was taken to hospital for treatment. In the aftermath, Griffith produced a firearm and, believing Mr Brown was in some way responsible, shot him in the street.
Mr Brown staggered into his car and managed to drive a short distance before losing consciousness – he was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.
Griffith fled the scene and travelled to the Southgate area. After arriving home he disposed of a distinctive tracksuit he was wearing in an attempt to cover his tracks.
On July 27, Griffith boarded a flight to Saint Lucia from Gatwick Airport. He had changed his appearance including cutting his distinctive hairstyle. He returned to the same airport on December 8 after being extradited.
DCI Allen added: “This was a challenging investigation. Although numerous people were at this gathering and many witnessed Griffith shooting Sam, people were reluctant to come forward and speak to police.
“However, through forensic CCTV analysis and meticulous investigative work using mobile phone data, we were able to conclusively prove Griffith was the person responsible for this murder. I am pleased that the hard work of the investigating team has paid off and a dangerous individual has been held to account for this callous murder.”