Two Men Sentenced in Horsham Killing Case
Following a three week trial at Hove Crown Court, two men have been sentenced for the killing of father Anthony Williams at a flat in Horsham in September last year.
A jury found 18-year-old Nicholas Bridge (left) guilty of murder, and his accomplice, 20-year-old Daniel Onofeghare (pictured right) guilty of manslaughter at Brighton Crown Court on Friday 13th July. Bridge was given a life long sentence, with a minimum of 24 years served in prison. Onofeghare, who the judge believed was a risk to the general public, was sentenced to a 15-year custodial sentence with a five year extension on licence, of which he will be expected to serve two-thirds in prison.
The murder took place on Tuesday 19th September 2017, when the two killers forced their way into a flat where Anthony Williams, more commonly known as Tony, was socialising with friends. The pair were believed to have been motivated by an altercation that took place between Onofeghare and Tony a few days prior, and were supposedly seeking revenge. Despite emergency services best efforts, Tony was pronounced dead at the scene.
Following a 999 call from Tony’s friends, and reports of two men acting suspiciously elsewhere in Horsham, police were able to act quickly and locate and arrest the murderers at Littlehaven Railway Station. Both Bridge and Onofeghare were charged 4 days later.
During the trial the suspects attempted to deny their intent, and claimed that they had acted in self defence and that the murder weapon actually belonged to the victim. The prosecution were able to disprove this claim by using recordings of a prison phone conversation where Onofeghere discusses who owned the knife.
Anthony Williams have released a moving tribute, in which they describe Tony as being “kind, wise and caring […] He was a doting father of three beautiful boys, very family orientated and a loving partner. He was a friend to many and would often help people in need, including taking soup and blankets to the homeless. Even through his own struggles he would always put the needs of others before himself.”
Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater, who led the who led the investigation for the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team has also released a statement on the sentencing: “Although these convictions can never undo what Bridge and Onofeghare did, I hope it will bring some justice for Tony’s family and friends. This was a horrific planned and targeted attack by a teenager and a young man.”
At the end of the sentencing, Judge Jeremy Gold QC also expressed his condolences to Anthony Williams’ family.