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DO YOU REMEMBER?: Defendant shot during murder trial in Ruislip

 Published on: 13th May 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

This month, NORTHWOOD&RUISLIPnews is taking a look back to the 1990s and a dramatic shooting in Ruislip.

In May 1994, a murder trial was brought to a halt after a defendant accused of hiring a contract killer was shot.

Deith Bridges was one of three who were accused of arranging the death of 38-year-old roofing contractor Graeme Woodhatch.

On May 12, Deith Bridges was leaving the Clay Pigeon pub in Ruislip when a car drew alongside him and shot him in the chest and leg.

Bridges underwent surgery at Hillingdon Hospital to remove a bullet that was said to be lodged near his heart.

Bridges recovered from the incident and the trial resumed a few days later. He was later sentenced to life imprisonment with fellow conspirator Paul Tubbs. Te Rangimaria Ngarimu, a New Zealand woman who was found to have shot Woodhatch four times in the face, was also sentenced.

If you have any historic photos of Northwood or Ruislip, send them to and they could feature in the next edition.

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