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Ben Bloom , Reporter
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Old Bailey heard Daniel Smith was shot in a case of mistaken identity in revenge for the murder Tyno Kavuala in Harlesden
Three men accused of gunning down an innocent electrician were attempting to avenge the gangland murder of a man from South Kilburn, a court heard.
Daniel Smith, 22, from Queen’s Park, was on his way home from a date on May 21, 2010, when he stopped off at KFC in Harrow Road, Paddington, just after midnight and was shot as he returned to his car.
His killers, allegedly members of the South Kilburn gang, had gone to the restaurant to shoot a man linked with the murder of a fellow member Tyno Kavuala in 2007, the Old Bailey heard.
But their target had left KFC moments before and Mr Smith, who was not known to police and had no links to any gangs, was shot in a tragic case of mistaken identity.
The jury heard Kervin Kavuala, 27, of Granville Road, South Kilburn, was hoping to get revenge for the death of his brother who was shot dead in Scrubs Lane, Harlesden.
Kavuala is said to have rushed to the takeaway after a tip off from his fellow defendants Shane Lewis, 32, of Fairlight Avenue, Harlesden, and Zeleke Forde, 30, from Watford, that one of the men responsible for Tyno’s murder was there.
Prosecution counsel Richard Whittam QC said: “What had been and should have remained a pleasant evening for Daniel Smith and those who knew him ended in tragedy.”
Mr Whittam told the court that Mr Smith bore a “striking resemblance” to the target - Mozart gang member Stacey Theophane - and was wearing a similar light-coloured top.
“His life was taken all too easily,” he said. “He was shot barely a quarter of an hour after a phone call was made from the area of the KFC and the man for whom he was mistaken had entered the shop.
“In that short time, a loaded firearm was obtained and taken to outside the KFC where it was used to kill him.”
A music video filmed just hours before the murder showed Kavuala pointing to a tattoo of his dead brother on his arm while another South Kilburn gang member raps: “This all started when my brother died…and it won’t end till I see another homicide.”
Prosecutors are unable to say who fired the gun that killed Mr Smith but Kavuala’s fingerprint was found on the victim’s car.
Call records show contact was made between Lewis, who was in the vicinity of the KFC, Forde and Kavuala – who was then shown on CCTV to point in the direction of Harrow Road.
The court heard a fourth defendant, Jonathan Yeboah, 25, from Brent, was then phoned by Kavuala before he allegedly attempted to find a gun.
“The analysis of the movement of a vehicle towards KFC, and the use of mobile phones after the shooting supports the assertion that Kervin Kavuala did go in a vehicle to the vicinity of the KFC,” said Mr Whittam.
Kavuala, Forde, and Lewis, all deny murder.
The trial continues.
Yeboah, of no fixed address, denies charges of encouraging or assisting in murder, and encouraging or assisting in the possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
The trial continues.