Two men cleared of Oliver Tetlow murder in Harlesden
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Two men accused of shooting of an innocent bystander in Harlesden in a case of mistaken identity in a row between rival rappers have been cleared of murder.
Oliver Tetlow, 27, was killed in a hail of bullets in Church Road as a gunman opened fire with a machine gun just after 10pm on March 9 this year.
Prosecutors at the Old Bailey claimed CBiz, real name David Osadebay, 30, arranged the shooting to exact revenge on the Church Road Soldiers gang after a video mocking him was uploaded to YouTube.
Jahmico Trott, 29, and Romane Young, 22, were said to have been recruited by Osadebay to carry out the attack on Mr Tetlow, who was mistaken for another man who appeared in the video.
But Judge Gerald Gordon today directed the jury to acquit the pair after a witness, Marcus Smith, provided an alibi to their whereabouts on the night of the murder.
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Prosecutor Tom Kark QC said: “In light of the evidence given, the direction has been made to offer no evidence against Mr Trott and Mr Young.
“That direction has been the result of the most anxious consideration.”
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Following their acquittal, the judge sent jurors home after telling them: 2It obviously changes the shape of the case quite considerably and that is going to need some further consideration and preparation.”
Osadebay is still charged with murder along with Mohamed Siamino, 20.
Young, from London and Trott from Manchester, were acquitted of murder and discharged.
Siamino, from Acton, and Osadebay, of Crest Road, Neasden, both deny murder.
The trial continues.