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LIFE SENTENCE: Watford brothers and their mother sentenced to life in prison for murder

 Published on: 26th April 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two brothers and their mother have today (Monday, April 26) been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Esam Ayad in Hoddesdon. 

Armed with a shotgun, Anthony Olive and John Bowie were driven to Ogard Road by their mother Michaela Olive on the night of Tuesday 4 December 2018.

Once there, Michaela waited in her car with the engine running in nearby Castle Road ready to be the getaway driver. 

Her sons went to the house where they knew 26-year-old father of two Esam was and shot him in the face by firing through an open upstairs window. He was rushed to hospital but died of his injuries the following day. 

Following a three-month trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Olive, aged 29, Bowie, aged 27, both from Watford, and their mother Michaela Olive, aged 49, of Broxbourne, were found guilty of murder on Thursday April 8. 

Today, at the same court, all three were handed life sentences. John Bowie must serve a minimum term of 32 years, Anthony Olive must remain behind bars for a minimum of 28 years and Michaela Olive must serve a minimum term of 22 years. 

During the earlier trial, the court heard that the brothers tracked Esam down after he had been involved in an argument with their younger teenager brother earlier that day.

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