Danny O’Shea trial: ‘None of the accused knew the victim’, court told

13:40 08 February 2013

Danny O

Danny O'Shea, 18, died in Gill Ave yards from his house.

Archant

A top sports agent lied to police after being questioned about the murder of Danny O’Shea, a court heard today.

Christopher Nathaniel was questioned after the 18-year-old was stabbed through the neck during what has been described as a revenge attack over a stolen BlackBerry phone.

Prosecutors say he was attacked by ten men in Custom House, in December 2011.

Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, told the Old Bailey that Nathaniel “chose to lie” to police.

He added: “It was nothing less than a pack of lies.”

And when he was interviewed again, “he was not frank then either”.

When he was charged with murder, Nathaniel had replied: “Not guilty” and “outrageous”, said counsel.

Christopher Nathaniel, 40, his business partner Paul Boadi, 34, and eight other men are accused of killing Mr O’Shea.

Mr Heywood said the defendants travelled to the area to “exact revenge” after Boadi’s mobile phone was stolen a week earlier.

“The plan was to teach a lesson,” Mr Heywood said.

“They were serious. They had weapons between them including baseball bats and at least one knife.”

Mr Heywood added: “As far as can be known, none of them knew the young man who died.

“That young man had very little to do with why they were there.

“It seems he simply crossed their paths, possibly because he ran with others.”

All of the accused deny murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

The defendants are Nathaniel and Boadi, both of Docklands,, David Hylton, 47, from Holborn, Andrew Johnson, 35, Paul Johnson, 33, and O’Neil Wareham, 30, all from Harrow, Ferron Perue, 24, from Birmingham; Kevin Richards, 32, from Harlesden, Nugent Rowe, 29, from Pinner, and Scott Marius, 44, from Clinton Villas.

The trial was adjourned to Monday.

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, March 6, 2015
The man was seen with a knife on the Central Line before moving onto the Jubilee Line (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The Jubilee line was brought to a standstill today after passengers reported seeing a man carrying a knife.

Friday, March 6, 2015
The attack took place on a 134 bus in Muswell Hill around 11pm on Thursday, February 12 (Picture: Met Police)

A passenger on a bus in north London was subjected to a horrific unprovoked attack after a man assaulted him from behind.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Teen victim Alan Cartwright

Two people arrested on suspicion of the murder of teenager Alan Cartwright who was stabbed to death while riding a bike in Islington have been released on bail.

Friday, March 6, 2015
Three men chased the victim in Pymmes Park, Edmonton (Pic: Google)

A 26-year-old man is in hospital after a vicious stabbing in Pymmes Park, Edmonton.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Police tracing a woman who went missing from a mental health unit in Sidcup say Jade Watt has been found ‘safe and well’.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Do you recognise these young men? [Photograph from British Transport Police]

Police are looking for two young men after a teenager was punched so hard in a fight at Watford Hight Street Station that his jaw fractured in two places.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Describing Kiki Muddar as a “manipulative, wicked woman” Judge Christopher Moss QC jailed her for 18 years.

Read more

We’re hoping there weren’t any broken bones…

Read more

The Brit-winning singer could be headed for the big screen.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Describing Kiki Muddar as a “manipulative, wicked woman” Judge Christopher Moss QC jailed her for 18 years.

The boy’s mother doesn’t regret sending her child to school dressed as a character from an erotic novel.

No more traffic wardens “hiding in doorways”…

Quirky London