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Footballer jailed for killing friend

Shenai Raif in London

Published 27/07/2010 | 05:00

A FORMER Millwall footballer was jailed for life yesterday for shooting a former friend, the judge telling him he would have to serve at least 25 years.

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Gavin Grant, a 26-year-old former Millwall striker, thought he had gotten away with murder after Leon Labastide (21) was gunned down outside his parents' home in 2004.

Grant, pictured, had been cleared in August 2007 of the gun murder of one Jahmall Moore.

But justice caught up with him when he was charged with Mr Labastide's murder after new witnesses came forward.

Gareth Downie (25) and Damian Williams (32) were also jailed for life and given minimum terms of 25 years -- Downie for murder and Williams for conspiracy to murder.

Grant, from Kenton, north London, Williams, of Southwark, south London, and Downie, of Markby Road, Birmingham, looked angry as they were sentenced.

The jury heard that trouble started with a burglary in which three women were terrorised and it was suspected that £20,000 (€23,000) in drug money was taken.

It was alleged that Mr Labastide was behind the burglary, and Williams arranged for Grant and Downie to shoot him.

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