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Monday, May 23, 2011

Santre Sanchez Gayle, Britain's 'youngest hitman', 15, is convicted of murder... just like his brother AND cousin - 23rd May 2011

A teenager believed to be Britain's youngest hitman is facing a life sentence today for shooting dead a young mother in a contract killing.

Santre Sanchez Gayle was just 15 when he was paid £200 to murder 26-year-old Gulistan Subasi.

It had been alleged Miss Subasi had been killed on the order of her ex-partner Serdar Ozbek in a dispute over custody of their nine-year-old son, although Mr Ozbek was cleared of murder.

As Gayle was convicted of murder today it emerged that he is related to two other young murderers – his half-brother Donnel Carty and cousin Lloywen Carty.

Donnel was jailed for life in November 2006 for the murder of City lawyer Tom ap Rhys Pryce as he made his way home from Kensal Green Tube station.

Lloywen was given a life sentence the following month over the shooting of Lee Subaran, 27, after the Notting Hill carnival in 2004.

An order granting Gayle anonymity due to his age was lifted today.

The young hitman was recruited to carry out the execution because he had no apparent connections with the Turkish community.

Gayle, known by the street name Riot, was a petty criminal whose more typical interests included girls, football, playing on his X-Box and using Facebook.

On the night of the murder in March last year he was driven to the flat in Hackney, East London where Miss Subasi was staying, and knocked on the front door.

CCTV showed the teenager, with a hoodie pulled over his head, resting a sawn-off shotgun on a front gate and pulling the trigger after the door was answered.

The murder took place at the home of the victim's mother, Dondu Subasi, who found her daughter lying with a tennis ball-sized hole in her chest. Read More