A DRUG dealer who brutally murdered a father-of-two and shot his disabled fiancee must serve at least 42 years in prison.
Daniel Bidace, 30, forced 32-year-old former gangster Dothan Gordon to kneel in his own living room before executing him.
He then went upstairs to shoot Mr Gordon’s partner, Amy Ashitey, a wheelchair-bound paraplegic, but was thwarted when his gun jammed.
Ms Ashitey, 28, survived a bullet wound to the shoulder and was able to tell police she recognised the shooter as a man called ‘Indian’.
The couple, who had two daughters aged two and six at the time of his death, were due to get married in Ireland two months later.
Bidace, who has previous convictions for drug offences, claimed he was out walking his dog Zeus at the time.
He said he only went on the run because of Mr Gordon’s connections with the notorious ‘Mus Love Crew’ gang from Kensal Green.
Jailing him for life at The Old Bailey this week, Judge Timothy Pontius said he must serve a minimum term of 42 years.
He said the killing had been a ‘cold-blooded, deliberate execution’ that demanded a minimum term far higher than the 30-year starting point for gun killings.
Bidace was also handed sentences of 36 years for attempted murder and 15 years for the firearms charge, to run concurrently with the life sentence.
Ms Ashitey sat in the well of the court and sat open-mouthed as Bidace was handed his jail terms.
She shouted ‘Sonny’, Mr Gordon’s nickname, as the killer was led to the cells and there was applause from the public gallery.
The Old Bailey heard Mr Gordon, a music promoter, had been involved in trying to set up a £100,000 drug deal in the days before his death.
On June 20 last year, he took his daughters to school and returned home to his partner at their flat in Glenpark Court, West Ealing.
At around midday the gunman, carrying a rucksack, arrived at the flat and was introduced to her by Mr Gordon.
Ms Ashitey, who had both legs amputated in 2010 after trying to kill herself by jumping from a tall building, said she thought she recognised him but Bidace put his head down and denied it.
At 2.40pm she was in the upstairs bedroom when she heard a loud bang.
Soon afterwards, the door to her bedroom slowly opened and there in the doorway was Bidace.
He aimed the gun at her and fired. She was hit in the arm of her left shoulder as he pointed the gun again and continued to pull the trigger. Bidace managed to fire one more shot before his gun jammed.
Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said Bidace was trying to murder Ms Ashitey because he realised she had recognised him and would be able to identify him as the killer.
Bidace, of Finborough Road, West Brompton, denied murder, attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
His cousin Antoine Joseph, 31, Hayes, was acquitted of assisting an offender.
In a statement read out in court, Ms Ashitey said: ‘This event has changed my life so dramatically, not just myself but our children and everyone close to us.
"Sonny was my main carer. He stuck by me during my 11 month stay in hospital. I was dependent on Sonny for so much. He was such a huge part of my life.
"My children have not only lost their father, they have lost everything they knew to be safe and secure."