‘Pensioner provided safe house for killer’

AN EASTBOURNE pensioner provided a safe house for her killer grandson after he shot dead a rival in a south London drugs war, the Old Bailey heard this week.

Grandmother Doreen Mitchell, 68, was allegedly ‘more than prepared’ to harbour 21-year-old Bobby Winser at her home in Brassey Parade following the brutal murder of Daniel Herbert.

Mitchell and her son Darren, 42, then lied to police in an attempt to prevent him from being caught, it is claimed.

Winser and his friend Michael Campbell, 24, are alleged to have taken revenge on Mr Herbert, 27, after Winser’s lucrative cannabis harvest was repeatedly targeted by thieves.

Mr Herbert, a club promoter, was savagely beaten and shot in the head in Clements Road, Rotherhithe, in the early hours of August 17 2009.

Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee QC told the jury Campbell and Winser were among four men who cornered and killed the victim around 2am. They fled to Eastbourne in Campbell’s car, where Winser’s uncle Darren Mitchell lived with his grandmother Doreen.

They were caught after unwittingly confiding in a registered police informant who happened to be a friend of the family .

On the night of August 16 Winser’s flat had been targeted for the third time. On a previous occasion a group of men, including Mr Herbert, had attempted to steal £50,000 in cash from the address.

Mr Herbert had spent the evening with friends, members of the opposing group, in a house nearby and in the early hours of the following morning he left to catch a night bus back to his home in Orpington, Kent.

The prosecution said “Daniel Herbert was cornered, viciously beaten, kicked in the head and then as he lay utterly defenceless shot in the head.”

Within minutes the two men headedfor Eastbourne and the Mitchells’s address in Brassey Avenue. “They were effectively to provide a safe house for Bobby Winser - more than prepared to harbour a person or persons involved in a murder,” said the prosecutor.

He told the court the ‘significant and unusual feature’ of the case was the involvement of a police informant who was invited by Mitchell to speak to Winser.

Mr Jafferjee said, “He was unexpectedly face to face with revelations of murder. He immediately contacted his police handler. “

Winser, of Panmere Road, Sydenham, and Eldridge Court, Bermondsey; and Campbell, of Jago Walk, Camberwell both southeast, London; deny murder. Doreen and Darren Mitchell both deny assisting an offender. The trial continues.