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Court told of murder threat

PUBLISHED: 14:18 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

Scene of the killing: Ike's barber shop in Harlesden

Scene of the killing: Ike's barber shop in Harlesden

by Alex Wellman An alleged killer threatened to commit more murders if word got out he was involved, a court heard. Femi Forde, 24, of Harlesden Gardens, Harlesden, threatened getaway driver-turned witness Aaron Bernard during a shopping

by Alex Wellman

An alleged killer threatened to commit more murders if word got out he was involved, a court heard.

Femi Forde, 24, of Harlesden Gardens, Harlesden, threatened getaway driver-turned witness Aaron Bernard during a shopping trip, the Old Bailey was told on June 10.

Mr Forde is accused of gunning down Wayne Freckleton, 25, of Church End Estate, in Ike's barbers in Acton Lane, Harlesden, on April 25, 2008.

Mr Bernard, who admits driving Forde and co-accused Richard Osborne, 28 of Jeffries House, Brett Crescent, Stonebridge, from the scene, claims he had no idea the duo were going to commit murder.

Jurors heard on Wednesday that around a month after the killing Mr Forde called Mr Bernard for a lift to the Queensway Shopping Centre in Bayswater.

Mr Bernard said: "He then said, which I took as a subliminal threat to me, 'If I hear that anybody is talking to the police I am going to get them'."

Forde, Osborne, Antoine Richards, 18, of Hayes, Middlesex, and Marcus Siyum, 19, of Burns Road, Harlesden, all deny murder.

A fifth man, Jamal Smith, 27, from Colchester, Essex, denies two counts of assisting an offender.

Trial continues.

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