Friday, 5 June 2009


Now, they can't do the usual and blame single mums (the usual suspects) for this one!

French student murders: Dano Sonnex profile
Dano Sonnex, convicted of the murder of two French students, is part of a feared crime family whose father, brother and sister have served 17 prison sentences.

By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor
Published: 12:02PM BST 04 Jun 2009

With a long history of violence and drug-addiction, Dano, the middle-son, was happy to keep up the tradition.

Crispin Aylett, QC, told the Old Bailey Sonnex was “simply a man who is prone to using extreme forms of violence both indiscriminately and gratuitously”.

He was jailed for eight years in 2003, aged just 17, for a string of offences including an attack on rival Ersan Topcu, then 16, who was stabbed three times in the back and chest in a trivial row over a car in May 2002.

Sonnex immediately went on the run for six months and then armed himself with a blank-firing 8mm replica Barretta handgun to go on a robbery spree.

With the help of a 16-year-old friend he held a gun to a 23-year-old Fleur Staal’s head as she and three male friends went out for the night in Surrey Quays.

The two men took bags, cash and valuables before running off, with Sonnex shouting: "This is how we ------- do it."

Later that night the pair stormed in to the Welcome Inn take-away in Bermondsey and demanded money from the till.

Sonnex, wearing a hood, jumped on to the counter and fired the imitation gun twice at shopworker Chan Lugia.

He fired a third time when Mrs Lugia’s son Ngiep ran from the back of the shop to confront the intruder.

When Mr Lugia realised the gun was firing blanks he gave chase and managed to grab hold of Sonnex and throw him against a nearby shopfront.

The takeaway worker was pistol whipped before his brother ran to help him.

Sonnex continued to struggle and pulled out a lock knife and threatened the two men before police arrived.

On February 7 2003 he was jailed for a total of eight years for the offences.

He was released on licence on February 8 last year and within two days he stage a terrifyingly similar attack to the French student murders in a row over drugs.

He tricked his way in to a flat in Bermondsey and took a pregnant woman captive before ordering she call her partner to the flat.

When he arrived he found his girlfriend bound at the wrists and ankles and being held at knifepoint.

The man was also bound and had a pillow case placed over his head before Sonnex made threats using a saw and a hammer and demanded money.

A complaint was later made to the police, but charges were not proceeded with and Sonnex, who was on licence, was not recalled to custody.

He was caught in April last year after being arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods, although he was later to be granted bail.

Sonnex claimed his family’s hatred for the police stemmed from a raid on their home when he was a child.

Sonnex’s father Bernard Sonnex has 26 convictions recorded against him for 47 crimes, including gun and drugs offences and he has served, six prison sentences.

Dano's brother Bernie, 36, was only released from prison a few days before the end of his brother’s trial. He has 21 convictions for 34 offences and has served ten prison sentences.

Louise Sonnex, his 35 year-old sister, was jailed for five years on March 30 this year for causing grievous bodily harm after she repeatedly hit another woman with a golf club.


Zoompad said...

"Crispin Aylett, QC, told the Old Bailey Sonnex was “simply a man who is prone to using extreme forms of violence both indiscriminately and gratuitously”."

Bollox! There is more to this case than they are letting on, and I really do smell a rat here.

People don't just suddenly turn into psychotic monsters.

Good job the French are suing, because it will mean the whole story will come out about this case.

Anonymous said...

My heart and thoughts go out to the family and friends of the two victims - I can't imagine what the must be going through. Another shocking case of police blunders and apathy.

Perhaps the police where afraid of sonnex and his family?

Anonymous said...

I know ersan topcu really well and his no angle himself. ersan has now been deported out of England due to his criminal activities.