Revenge killing? Teen was at home’

A teenager accused of masterminding a revenge shooting told a court he was at home when the victim was murdered, writes Lorraine King. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reason, is said to have rounded up his friends Didi Parkes, 24, of Chich

A teenager accused of masterminding a revenge shooting told a court he was at home when the victim was murdered, writes Lorraine King.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reason, is said to have rounded up his friends Didi Parkes, 24, of Chichele Road, Cricklewood, and Chen Shire, 22, from Kentish Town, to kill 17-year-old Sharmaarke Hassan.

The Old Bailey heard how Mr Hassan was executed with a single bullet to the head on an estate in Camden, on May 24, last year.

Prosecutors claim the killing was carried out by the teenager who was a 15-year-old school boy at the time after he was attacked earlier that day.


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But the teenager said he had nothing to do with the shooting and had no idea who had attacked him.

He told the court: "I can't think of any reason I was attacked. I think they were just robbers.

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"I had numerous punches to the face. The last thing I remember was being kicked in the eye. That's when I assume I was knocked out."

He said he did not want to make a statement to the police because it was 'pointless.'

The boy said he went to a friend's house, in Camden Town, to get his injuries cleaned up and then spent some time in a Kentish Town chicken shop.

He then went home which was then nearby and tried to hide his injuries from his mother.

But he said his family saw his face and 'panicked' insisting that he go to hospital.

When he was arrested for murder a month later, he said: "It was quite scary."

He admitted making six pages of mobile phone calls on the fateful night, but he said he could not remember why he made them.

Parkes, Shire and the youth deny murder.

The trial continues.

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