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Guilty: Luton man who shot dead 20-year-old rival in Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 14:59 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:12 10 February 2016

This custody pic of De Silva was issued by police when he featured on its 'most wanted' list

This custody pic of De Silva was issued by police when he featured on its 'most wanted' list

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A man has been found guilty of the murder of a 20-year-old who was gunned down in a street in Sudbury.

Murder victim: Romario GreenMurder victim: Romario Green

Denny De Silva, 23, shot dead rival Romario Green in Harrow Road, before trying to escape justice by fleeing to the Costa del Sol.

Mr Green was hit with at least 99 pellets in the chest and throat and bled to death after staggering into a nearby alleyway on July 1 last year.

De Silva and his pals left their burnt-out Ford Focus in Luton, where he lived, before travelling to Calais via Folkestone and going into hiding in Malaga.

He was arrested on August 9 as a result of a European Arrest Warrant and extradited back to the UK where he went on trial at the Old Bailey last week.

Today he was found guilty of murder and faces a life sentence.

Jurors were the Ford Focus Green and his accomplices were in was found burnt out in Luton on July 5.

The same day police discovered a bag containing four shotgun cartridges at an address linked to a 21 year-old suspect registered on the insurance certificate for the vehicle.

The cartridges were linked to pellets found embedded in the victim’s chest.

A week later police recovered a sawn-off shotgun on a roof outside a flat used by the girlfriend of De Silva’s brother in Westbourne Park.

A 21-year-old suspect, believed to have been the driver at the time of the shooting, has not yet been traced, while the third man in the car remains unidentified.

De Silva denied murder, possession of a prohibited firearm, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The judge discharged the jury from returning counts to the other counts.

Da Silva will be sentenced later today.

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