Court hears white teen mistakenly killed in revenge for robbery carried out by black men

Danny O'Shea was stabbed to death

Danny O'Shea was stabbed to death - Credit: Archant

Kevin Richards from Neasden, is jointly accused with nine men of the murder of Danny O’Shea in Canning Town

A white teenager was mistakenly killed in a revenge attack for a robbery carried out by a gang of black men, a court heard today.

Kevin Richards, 32, of North Circular Road, Neasden, is jointly accused of the murder of Danny O’Shea, alongside nine other men.

The Old Bailey heard the 18-year-old was stabbed to death when top sports agent Christopher Nathaniel, 40, planned the attack after his business partner Paul Boadi, 24, was robbed.

Boadi was held up by three hooded thieves and his mobile phone was taken after they were joined by four others.

A week later a gang killed innocent Mr O’Shea in Canning Town, east London, on December 2, 2011.

Eye witness Terri-Ann Gibson told jurors she saw Boadi being robbed in Canning Town.

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She said: “They were quite aggressive. He was trying to get away, shouting at them to leave him alone.

“They were all black, aged in their late teens or early 20s.

“As far as I am concerned, they got what they wanted and ran off.

“The victim was upset, still shaky and sounded like he was crying.

“He turned round and said ‘This won’t be the end of it”. He sounded really angry.”

Speaking of the attack which claimed Mr O’Shea’s life, Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, said: “The plan was to teach a lesson.

“They had weapons between them including baseball bats and at least one knife.

“As far as can be known, none of them knew the young man who died.

“It seems he simply crossed their paths, possibly because he ran with others.”

Richards, Nathaniel and Boadi, both of Docklands, east London; David Hylton, 47, from Holborn; brothers Andrew, 35, and Paul Johnson, 33, and O’Neil Wareham, 30, all from Harrow,; Ferron Perue, 24, from Birmingham; Nugent Rowe, 29, from Pinner, , and Scott Marius, 44, from Clinton Villas, west London, all deny murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

The trial continues.