Defendant cleared of gangland execution in Old Bailey retrial

15.05.12 | |

Nathaniel Valton, defended by Piers Marquis (and James Scobie QC), has been cleared of murder at his retrial at the Central Criminal Court.

Valton was said by the Prosecution to have been the gunman in the murder of Michael Ofori, who was shot at point blank range as he sat in his car in a residential street in South London. The Crown maintained that Ofori was mistakenly targeted in a planned execution that went horribly wrong. The murder was said to have been the culmination of a series of drug and gang related tit for tat shootings.

Valton was unanimously acquitted after ten hours of deliberations following a total of ten weeks of evidence. Three of his four co-defendants were convicted and sentenced to minimum terms of 26 and 28 years.

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