Double-murderer drug dealer awarded £600,000 in legal aid over five trials

A DOUBLE-murderer got more than £600,000 in legal aid over five trials.

Drug dealer Obina Ezeoke, 28, shot dead Bervil Kalikaka-Efoko, 21, and his aunt Annie Efoko, 53, at their home in 2016.

His first trial collapsed when a judge withdrew.

Two juries then failed to return a verdict and a fourth trial was aborted because of Covid.

He was convicted and sentenced to at least 40 years last month, running up £603,587 in legal aid.

The Old Bailey heard he was hunting somebody else when he killed the innocent victims in East Finchley, North London

A Legal Aid Agency spokesman said: “Without representation, criminals could argue their trial was unfair and convictions could be quashed.”

“Anyone facing a Crown Court trial is eligible for legal aid, subject to a strict means test.

“Depending on their means, applicants for criminal legal aid can be required to pay contributions up to the entire cost of the defence.

“Defendants do not receive a penny of legal aid payments are means-tested and sent directly to solicitors and barristers who represent them to ensure a fair trial."

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