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Man found guilty of conspiracy to murder after City of London Police investigation

David John Harris, 68, of West Sussex, has been convicted of three counts of conspiracy to murder following a trial at the Old Bailey, which concluded on Thursday.


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Detective Chief Inspector Edelle Michaels of the City of London Police said:

“This was a serious and complex case which required the expertise of the City of London Police Major Crime Team.”

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“The jury has decided he was guilty of this offence, which involved significant planning and persistence in his part, and demonstrates what a ruthless man he was.

“The facts of the case have shown him to be a calculating, manipulative person, who was intent on causing serious harm to his victim by approaching not one but three different supposed ‘hitmen’.

“This has been a hugely difficult time for the victim, who has been significantly affected.

“Things could have been far worse if Harris has succeeded with his plan, and there was an element of good fortune that one of the men Harris approached informed the police, prompting our swift response to ensure the safety of Harris’ intended victim."

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Notes to editors

The victim of this case does not wish to be contacted by the media, and will not be taking part in any media interviews. All enquiries should be directed to the City of London Police press office on 0207 601 2220.

Please see below links to audio and video footage shown in court in relation to this case.

 Audio recording of Harris talking to a “hitman” (#1)    
CCTV footage of Harris meeting a “hitman” (#2) in a pub in October and November 2016 (no audio)    

Image of  David Harris