A robber from Deptford who killed a young father for his Rolex was jailed for at least 35 years on Monday.
Twenty-four-year-old David Egan, from Ashmead Road, was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court on Monday, December 7, after being found guilty of murder, possession of an offensive weapon and a firearm, and robbery.
Danny Pearce was 28 when he died in Greenwich on July 15, 2017. He was attacked while walking with his partner and two friends in King William Walk after enjoying a night out at a jazz club.
Two men accosted him shortly after midnight demanding he hand over his watch. After refusing, he was chased and repeatedly stabbed in the street in front of his horrified loved ones.
Danny was pronounced dead at the scene. Although a post-mortem recorded his cause of death as multiple stab wounds, police also found gunshot grazing and evidence of at least four shots fired in his direction as he attempted to flee.
Egan was arrested and charged on 9 May 2017. He has also been found guilty of two further robberies in July that year.
Danny’s watch has never been recovered. Detectives would like to speak with anyone who has been offered a silver Rolex, worth around £5,000.
Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway said: “This was a truly horrific attack on an innocent man who had the rest of his life ahead of him.
“The level of violence shown towards him was shocking.
“Danny’s family will have to spend the rest of their lives without him and while I know today’s sentence won’t bring him back, I hope it does give them some closure.”
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