Important update after British millionaire was tailed from airport and shot dead by robber

A gunman who shot dead a British millionaire outside his hotel has been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Venezuelan Angel Lozano Azuaje, aka Cachete, was found guilty of killing company director Matthew Gibbard in a botched robbery after a lengthy trial in Buenos Aires.

Angel Eduardo Lozano Azuajem was sentenced to life imprisonment

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Angel Eduardo Lozano Azuajem was sentenced to life imprisonmentCredit: PA
He was convicted of the murder of British businessman Matthew Gibbard (pictured).

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He was convicted of the murder of British businessman Matthew Gibbard (pictured).Photo credit: Solarpix

The migrant was also convicted of injuring the stepson of 50-year-old JP Morgan manager Stefan Zone as they prepared to check into their four-star hotel in the Argentine capital three years ago.

Mr Gibbard, 50, from Lowick, Northamptonshire, has been pronounced dead after being admitted to hospital from the £350-a-night Faena Art Hotel with his family, including his wife of almost 20 and his elderly mother.

They then planned to head on to Antarctica for a “one-off family vacation.”

A gang of armed robbers have been accused of following them in their taxi from Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza Airport, where they had just disembarked from a plane arriving from the UK.

They had reportedly “tagged” them in the arrivals hall before being ambushed in the brutal 2019 attack.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office confirmed the Buenos Aires court decision and said: “The man responsible for the murder of a British tourist in December 2019 outside the Faena Art Hotel in the Puerto Madero neighborhood has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

“The trial judges believed the killer to be a member of an illegal gang that specialized in robbing people who had entered the country through Ezeiza International Airport, who ‘tagged’ them and followed them to their destination.

“Six other people were found guilty of belonging to this gang and sentenced to prison terms ranging from four years to two years and six months.”

The prosecutor’s spokesman described how Mr Gibbard died after being shot in the back and his stepson sustained a gunshot wound to the left leg which resulted in an open fracture.

He reportedly spent several days in intensive care and it was six months before he could walk again

Prosecutors added: “Lozano Azuaje was sentenced to life imprisonment because the court found him responsible for aggravated armed robbery, for using a weapon in a populated urban area and as a member of a gang, and for the crimes of aggravated manslaughter and aggravated murder Attempted manslaughter”.

“MY WORLD IMPLODED”

Mr Gibbard’s devastated widow, Suzanne, fought back tears shortly after the trial as she spoke about the horror moment when “her world imploded” hours into her family holiday.

In her first public comments about the day of the crime and its impact on her and her loved ones, she said: “Twenty-seven months ago I got out of a cab with Matthew and in less than five minutes my world imploded.

“Our 18-month dream vacation to Antarctica with a stopover in Argentina ended before it even began.”

“The events of that day will never leave me. The incident is engraved in my brain and I see it vividly.

“The fallout from Matthew’s death had a far-reaching impact that completely and dramatically changed the rest of my life, as well as the lives of our children, our family and friends.

“You took Matthew’s hope away, his life, his dream. You took my life, my hopes, my dream of growing old with him.”

MURDERER CONDEMNED

A September 2020 inquest had ruled that the slain British businessman, who employed around 200 people at the time of his death, had been unlawfully killed after being struck by a single shot that went through his arm, penetrated his chest and through his lungs and passed his heart.

Lozano Azuaje was only 19 years old at the time of the murder.

He was reportedly detained on a long-distance bus more than 1,000 miles north of Buenos Aires after attempting to flee the country.

Footage showing the double shooting led detectives to identify the suspects after Argentine President Alberto Fernandez called the murder of the wealthy British tourist “cruel” and urged police to be “inflexible” in chasing the culprits to be.

The convicted killer insisted he was innocent on the first day of trial in March.

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He told the court he fled to Salta, near Argentina’s border with Bolivia, fearing he could be deported amid alleged immigration raids.

He will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Gibbard's wife Suzanne said at the moment her husband was killed'will never leave me'

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Gibbard’s wife Suzanne said at the moment her husband was killed ‘will never leave me’Photo credit: Solarpix
Their eldest son Stefan was shot in the leg in front of Mr Gibbard but overcame his injury

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Their eldest son Stefan was shot in the leg in front of Mr Gibbard but overcame his injuryPhoto credit: Solarpix
The two Britons were attacked in front of a five-star hotel

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The two Britons were attacked in front of a five-star hotel
Shocking footage later shown in court shows one of the men being shot dead in the street

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Shocking footage later shown in court shows one of the men being shot dead in the street

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