Ex public schoolboy facing life sentence for gang killing
Published 10/11/2011 | 08:33
A former pupil at one of Britain’s leading public schools is facing a life sentence after being convicted of carrying out a gangland execution of "breathtaking audacity".
Rupert Ross, who turned his back on his privileged upbringing to embrace the “gangster life”, disguised himself as a lawyer to gun down a rival outside Wandsworth prison.
The hitman of Fulham, west London, shot Darcy Austin-Bruce, 20, five times, as he visited a friend at the south London jail in May 2009. Ross, 30, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey.
Jurors heard how he had dressed smartly in a suit to blend in with lawyers paying legal visits to their clients, having been tipped off from inside the jail that Mr Austin-Bruce would be visiting an inmate.
After the shooting in front of visiting families, Ross was sped away on a moped by Leon St Aubin, 34. The shooting was said to have followed a falling out over a drugs deal.
Ross, who comes from a family of eminent lawyers and attended private Dulwich College, is due to be sentenced today along with St Aubin, a fireman, of Chelsea, who was also convicted of murder.
The court heard that police found a life story of Ross, which he had written while at a drug rehabilitation centre.
He wrote: “I still want the gangster life and end up dealing again. My dealing was making good money and I was living a fast life. Life was very hectic. Lots of wars over drugs and money, one or two shoot-outs.”
Crispin Aylett, QC, prosecuting, said it was a murder of "breathtaking audacity".
He added: "To anyone who noticed him, the smartly dressed man must have looked like a lawyer making a legal visit to a client in the prison.
"There was, however, something slightly unusual about the man, in that he was wearing a crash helmet he had not removed from his head.
"This was, in the most literal sense, an inside job. The killers had been tipped off by someone inside the prison."