FREE MAN: C Biz
LONDON RAPPER C Biz has been cleared of gunning down a young man on the streets of North London after a murder trial at the Old Bailey collapsed.
David Osadebay, 30, also known as grime star C Biz, was accused of arranging for 27-year-old Oliver Tetlow to be mowed down with a Skorpion submachine gun in a drive-by shooting in Harlesden shortly after 10pm on 9 March last year.
The MC was alleged to have recruited co-defendant Mohamed Siamino, 20, to carry out the "revenge" killing after becoming enraged when his jewellery was stolen by members of a local gang known as the Church Road Soldiers.
Tetlow was said by the prosecution to be the innocent victim of that revenge – executed on Church Road after being mistaken for a member of the gang.
But the four-week murder trial into the shooting collapsed on Tuesday January 10 after lawyers for the two defendants successfully argued there was insufficient evidence against the pair.
The defence said cross-examinations of witnesses during the trial had uncovered major holes in evidence, including that the alleged killers' mobile phones, vehicles and social media accounts had been misidentified by the prosecution.
Osadebay and Siamino, who had changed out of their prison clothes for their acquittal, were discharged and left the dock moments after the verdicts of not guilty were returned.
The pair's acquittal means questions will now be asked of how the police intend to continue the investigation into Tetlow's killing, for which a conviction has still not been brought.
The trial, which caused a sensation among fans of London's underground grime scene, had begun with four defendants in the dock – Osadebay, Siamino, another rapper named Romarne Young, 22, of Stafford Road, South Kilburn, and Jahmico Trott, 29, from Hulme, Manchester.
Since the collapse of the case, Romarne Young recorded two tracks, where he opens up about avoided lengthy sentence behind bars.
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