Charles Butler contract killing caught on CCTV

A wheelclamper s contract killing was caught on his own CCTV system after his wife and stepdaughter arranged the hit for �5,000, the Old Bailey heard today (Thurs). Charles Butler, 50, had installed new cameras on the day he was gunned down outside his

A wheelclamper's contract killing was caught on his own CCTV system after his wife and stepdaughter arranged the 'hit' for �5,000, the Old Bailey heard today (Thurs).

Charles Butler, 50, had installed new cameras on the day he was gunned down outside his home in Green Lane, Dagenham, the Old Bailey heard.

Father-of-two Mr Butler was revived at the scene but spent nine months in a coma until he died after the shooting in Dagenham, on June 23, 2005.

It is claimed Douglas Johnson, 29, was the gunman while accomplice David Austin, 42, drove him to and from the murder scene in a red Mazda.


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The court heard they had been hired by Mr Butler's wife Yvonne and his stepdaughter Marcia amid allegations that Mr Butler was a paedophile.

Mr Butler had been a small-time crook and had a number of enemies.

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But Mr Mark Dennis QC told the court: "In the end it would appear the source for setting up the murder may well lie closer to his own home."

He said Mrs Butler wanted a divorce.

The court heard Mr Butler tried to hide from the gunman behind parked cars before running into the road.

He stumbled and the gunman shot him in the neck.

Austin and Johnson, both of New Addington, Surrey, deny murder.

Johnson also denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The trial continues.

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