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Hitman Found Guilty of Murdering Gang Boss

Thursday 10th July 2014

A hitman from north London has been found guilty of murdering a gang boss and then shooting his getaway driver.

Old Bailey.jpgJamie Marsh-Smith, nicknamed Freddy after the Nightmare of Elm Street character, was hired to shoot Zafer Eren in Southgate in April last year.

The Old Bailey heard how he was contracted by the Hackney Turks to kill Eren, who belonged to rival gang the  Tottenham Turks, because he came from outside and was not likely to be suspected by police.

Zafer Eren was shot dead by a masked gunman as he went into his block of flats in Southgate.

Days later 23 year old Marsh-Smith tried to kill his accomplice and co-defendant in the case, Samuel Zerei who, as Edward Brown QC said, "knew the truth".

However Zerei, 21 and of Newington Green, survived and managed to text his brother Marsh-Smith's name and address.

Marsh-Smith, who is from Manor House, has been convicted of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

Zerei was also convicted of murder while Marsh-Smith's half-brother Wayne McNeish, 23, of Hampstead, north London, was convicted of perverting the course of justice by helping him flee London after the shootings.

The jury is still deliberating on charges against two others, who both deny attempted murder.