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Matthew Clement murderer Taurean Davis jailed for life

Matthew Clement
Image caption Matthew Clement was shot twice at his front gate

A gunman who shot a rival dead after ambushing him in the street has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

Matthew Clement, 23, was hit twice at his front gate in Brockley, south London, in May 2010.

Taurean Davis, 27, of Nunhead, south London, was convicted of his murder at the Old Bailey in October.

Image caption Taurean Davis was convicted of murdering Mr Clement in October

Sentencing him to life on Wednesday, Judge Richard Hawkins told him: "It was a cowardly murder. He was lured out on to the street and shot without mercy."

The judge added: "You took part in an execution."

The motive for the murder is not known but the defence suggested it could have been a falling-out over a girlfriend.

Det Insp Jim Gerty, of the Metropolitan Police's Trident Gang Command, said after the trial: "We may never know what the motive for Matthew's murder was but what we do know is that it would appear he was lured to a meeting of some sort and executed.

"We are pleased with the jury's verdict and satisfied that this dangerous criminal will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison."

Matthew Taylor, 24, of New Addington, Croydon, and Perry Walters, 25, of Stratford, were cleared of the killing at earlier hearings.

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