Neasden man refused bail alongside sports agent with Jay-Z and Ashley Cole connection

Kevin Richards, Christopher Nathaniel and seven other men are charged with murdering teenager in Canning Town

A Neasden man charged with the murder of a teenager has had his application for bail refused.

Kevin Richards, of North Circular Road, is claimed to have taken part in a revenge attack where 18-year-old Danny O’Shea was stabbed to death in Canning Town, east London.

The Old Bailey heard claims that the 32-year-old was one of nine men who knifed Mr O’Shea in the neck outside his mother’s front door on December 2 last year.

Christopher Nathaniel, 40, one of the accused, is claimed to have paid �1,500 to fund a revenge attack on a group of youths who robbed his business partner Paul Boadi, 34, of a Blackberry mobile phone.

Mr O’Shea is not believed to have been involved in the robbery.

Nathaniel, who founded the NVA Entertainment group in 2005 and ran the business from his flat in Canary Wharf, brokered a deal last year allowing Chelsea star Ashley Cole to open a branch of US rapper Jay-Z’s 40/40 restaurant and bar chain.

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He was also a director of Man United star Rio Ferdinand’s Live The Dream foundation, has worked with anti-knife crime campaigns and has had ‘high-level’ meetings former PMs Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Richards, Nathaniel, Boadi, from Poplar, east London, Paul Johnson, 33, from Greenford, O’Neil Wareham, 29, Andrew Johnson, 35, Ferron Perue, 24, Nugent Rowe, 29, all from Harrow, and David Hylton, 47, from central London, were charged with murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm last week and are currently in custody.

All nine were refused bail and remanded in custody to appear before the Old Bailey on September 25.