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LIFE SENTENCES: Watford brothers found guilty of shooting man dead

 Published on: 9th April 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two Watford brothers who shot a man dead and their mother who drove them to the scene have been found guilty of murder.

Anthony Olive, 29 and John Bowie, 27, both from Watford were driven to Hoddeson by their mother Michaela Olive on December 4, 2021.

All three were found guilty of the murder of Esam Ayad yesterday (Thursday, April 8) following a three month trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

Michaela Olive waited in her car ready to act as the getaway driver whilst her sons entered the Hoddeson home and shot a 26-year-old man, Esam Ayad in the face.

The father of two was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries the following day. 

The court heard that earlier on the day of the shooting, Esam had been involved in an argument with Olive and Bowie’s younger teenage brother at the Harvey Centre in Harlow, Essex.

The older brothers set about finding Esam and tracked him down to his friend’s house. They went there armed and while Esam was looking out of an open upstairs window the fatal shot was fired.

Detective Superintendent Jerome Kent from the Major Crime Unit said: “This has been a complex and challenging investigation with my officers working painstakingly to piece together evidence including CCTV footage, phone records, ANPR information and witness statements to provide Esam’s partner and children with some answers and bring these offenders to justice. 

“We may never know exactly why Olive and Bowie decided to kill Esam that night but it is clear that there was an acrimonious history between them. We’ll also never know why Michaela Olive agreed to drive her sons to the murder scene. 

!I have no doubt that she knew they were armed with a shotgun when they got into her car. She not only failed to intervene to prevent the shooting from happening but played a key part. They are all now facing life sentences in prison.”

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