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Robert Dominic Bernard found guilty at Old Bailey for killing Duane Tomlin
A gunman who fled the UK after shooting a 20-year-old has been found guilty of murder.
Robert Dominic Bernard, 30, of no fixed address, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of killing Duane Tomlin, in Dendridge Close, Enfield on July 5, 2007.
He was also found guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on November 18.
On July 5, 2007, Mr Tomlin was shot and killed in a car park at Dendridge Close, Enfield at around 12.20pm.
Earlier that evening he had been at a nearby house and was due to be picked up by a taxi.
After being collected and driving away Mr Tomlin asked the driver to return – police believe this is because he received a call or a text message.
While paying his fare Mr Tomlin saw small white van drive into the close - the van had been seen previously in the close as the taxi had returned.
The 20-year-old asked the taxi driver to drive away as he believed the occupants of the van were armed.
The taxi driver drove into a nearby car park and the van pulled up alongside the taxi and the occupants of the van fired shots into the taxi.
Mr Tomlin managed to get out of the taxi but was shot at close range.
A post mortem examination revealed that he had been shot seven times and that at least two firearms had been used in the offence.
The taxi driver was unhurt.
The van that had been used in the murder was found burnt out a short distance away in Lackmore Road.
A glove was found at the scene and this came back with an incomplete DNA profile for Bernard.
A mobile phone was also found a short distance from Mr Tomlin and the taxi.
This, along with calls made between Mr Tomlin and Bernard, linked Bernard to the shooting.
Finally an incomplete DNA profile of Bernard was found on a small piece of debris from a firearm that was recovered with the two firearms used in the murder.
Bernard had fled the UK to Thailand shortly after the murder.
In 2010, detectives stated in an appeal that they wanted to trace Bernard.
And in 2012 officers from Trident working with colleagues at the Royal Thai Police arrested Bernard and he was extradited to the UK.
He was arrested on December 20, 2012 and charged with murder when he was returned to the country.
The court heard that the likely motive for the shooting was a feud between Bernard and Mr Tomlin that may have stemmed from a falling out over a debt.
Detective Chief Inspector John Crossley, Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "Over six years ago the Tomlin family lost a much loved son and brother.
“Robert Bernard fled the country within hours of the murder and the family have not been able to have any justice since this time.
“I would like to thank the Royal Thai Police and the CPS for their assistance in this case. I hope that this verdict will help bring some closure to the Tomlin family."
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