Schoolboy ‘hitman’ tells court he has never held a gun

Teenager denies gunning down mother-of-one on orders

A TEENAGER accused of shooting dead a young mother claimed he had never held a gun in his life.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of murdering 26-year-old Gulistan Subasi at her mother’s home in Hackney on March 22 last year.

The Old Bailey heard claims that the boy, who was 15 at the time, was paid �200 through a network of people leading to Serdar Ozbek, the victim’s estranged husband.

Giving evidence today (Monday), the youth admitted dealt drugs but he had nothing to do with the murder.

He claimed that witness Ryan Hatunga claimed he had confessed the murder to him in revenge for being beaten up.

He said: “That’s a lie. I can make �200 a day staying in my house.

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“I have never handled a shotgun or a firearm in my life.”

Jurors have heard that the youth was taken on a ‘reconnaissance’ of the scene the previous day.

His mobile phone showed he was in the Hackney area despite his claims on arrest that he had ‘never been to Hackney in my life.’

He said: “It wasn’t a lie, it was a misunderstanding. I didn’t know where I was at the time.

“They only have (Ryan Hatunga’s) statement and cell showing me in the general area.

“They have got CCTV at the scene but you can’t see anyone’s face.

“The evidence they have on me is circumstantial, nothing forensic.

“I am saying they ain’t got anything on me that can prove I did it.”

The youth, Izak Billy, of Pember Road, Kensal Green, Ozbek, Leigh Bryan and Paul Nicoloau all deny murder.

Billy also denies making a threat to kill Ryan Hatunga on April 7 last year.

Two other males have been cleared of murder.

The trial continues.

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