Jury out on trial of Kensal Green schoolboy ‘hitman’
Teenager accused of gunning down young mum for �200
The jury is out on the trial of a schoolboy hitman who is accused of gunning down a Turkish mother for �200.
The Old Bailey heard claims that Gulistan Subasi, 26, was shot dead by the 15-year-old boy from Kensal Green, on March 22 last year.
Jurors were told that her estranged husband Serdar Ozbek took out a contract on her life after they became embroiled in a bitter custody over their nine-year-old son.
The accused boy, who is now 16, is said to have been recruited to carry out the killing by Izak Billy, 21, of Pember Road, Kensal Rise, because he is black and could not be linked to Ozbek or the Turkish community.
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All three are accused of Ms Subasi’s murder alongside Leigh Bryan, from Hornsey, who is claimed to have given the teenager a safe house, and Paul Nicoloau, from Tottenham.
Jurors heard Ms Subasi was shot dead after she answered her mother’s door in Hackney, east London.
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The mother-of-one lived in Turkey but was in England to celebrate her son’s birthday.
Witness 19-year-old Ryan Hatunga told the court that the boy confessed to him after he noticed he was wearing new clothes.
He said: “He (the accused hitman) said it was a female in the shooting, that she was a foreign woman, Turkish.
“He told me that he was supposed to earn �2,000 but he only received �200.
The teenager, who admitted being a cannabis dealer, refuted Mr Hatunga’s claims saying he had fabricated it in revenge for being beaten up.
He denied carrying out them murder, saying: “That’s a lie. I can make �200 a day staying in my house.
“I have never handled a shotgun or a firearm in my life.”
Jurors were shown CCTV footage of the hitman trying the gate to the yard, then entering and pulling a sawn off shotgun from his rucksack.
Mrs Subasi opens the door at her mother’s home in Hackney, and he fires.
All five in the dock deny murder.