THE killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence used his murder conviction to rob a cashpoint customer of £20, a court heard this week.
Learco Chindamo, 30, allegedly frightened his victim into handing over the cash just four months after his release from prison.
He was one of three men who surrounded David Sexton, 20, at Sainsbury’s cashpoint in Camden, North London, last November.
Oliver Glasgow, prosecuting, told Blackfriars crown court: “As he put his card into the machine he noticed three men. One of them, Chindamo, asked him if he knew who he was. He had no idea but Chindamo pointed out he had been responsible for the murder of Philip Lawrence.
“He demanded compensation from Mr Sexton for disrespecting him.”
Mr Lawrence, a 48-year-old father of four, was stabbed to death in December, 1995, as he tried to protect a pupil outside St George’s School in Maida Vale, West London.
Chindamo, who is half Filipino, served nearly 15 years behind bars. He allegedly committed the robbery after an asylum tribunal refused to deport him home to Italy.
Mr Glasgow said Chindamo was joined by Gregory Jananto, 32, and Saeed Akhtar, 32, in carrying out the robbery. He added: “Chindamo, who appeared to regard his murder conviction as a badge of honour, had tried to use this conviction as a means of frightening Mr Sexton.”
The court heard how Chindamo said to Mr Sexton: “Do you remember the headteacher in Maida Vale?” Mr Glasgow said: “This was quite plainly a reference to his previous conviction.
“It was when he heard those words that Mr Sexton realised who he was. The only reason for disclosing such a fact to a total stranger must have been to frighten him.”
The court also heard that Jananto had a previous conviction for intimidating a witness at the murder trial.
Mr Glasgow said that as Jananto brandished a bottle at Mr Sexton, Chindamo warned: “This is my guy. He stabbed up my witness from last time.”
Giving evidence from behind a screen, Mr Sexton said of Chindamo: “I think he was a bit hurt because I didn’t know who he was.”
Mr Sexton said he handed over his money because he thought he was about to be bottled by one of the men.
Chindamo, of Catford, South London, Jananto, of Shepherds Bush, West London, and Akhtar, of Camden, North London, deny robbery. The case continues.
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