Three men cleared of murdering Daniel Smith outside KFC in Paddington

12:30 11 July 2012

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Archant

Innocent electrician from Queen’s Park was shot dead in November 2010

Three men accused of shooting dead an innocent man from Queen’s Park in a botched revenge attack in Paddington were cleared of murder today (Wednesday).

Kervin Kavuala, 27, of Granville Road, Kilburn, was said to have shot Daniel Smith, 22, to avenge the death of his brother Tyno, who was killed three years earlier in Harlesden in a suspected rival gang attack.

But he claimed the shooting could not have been a revenge attack because he had always believed Tyno, a drug dealer who went by the street name Tank, had been killed by police.

Jurors at the Old Bailey cleared Kavuala, along with Zeleke Forde, 30, from Watford, and Shane Lewis, 32, Fairlight Avenue, Harlesden, of murder after just 55 minutes’ deliberation.

A fourth man, 25-year-old Jonathan Yeboah, was cleared of firearms charges.

Members of Mr Smith’s family burst into tears as the verdicts were announced and had to be escorted from the courtroom.

Mr Smith was shot as he went to collect food at a branch of KFC in Harrow Road, while returning from a first date in the early hours of November 22, 2010.

Prosecutors, who were unable to identify who had fired the fatal shot, alleged the electrician had been targeted because he bore a ‘striking resemblance’ to Stacey Theophane, a rival gang member believed to be responsible for the death of Tyno.

He was shot dead as he sat alone in his Audi A3 in Scrubs Lane, on March 4, 2007, in an attack believed to have been carried out by rivals from the Kensal Green-based Mozart Bloods, but to date no one has been charged.

The gang is locked in a bitter rivalry with the Family About Cash (FAC) street gang to which the four accused were said to have belonged.

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, February 27, 2015
The theft is all over in the blink of an eye (Picture: City of London Police)

A video of a lightning fast phone robbery by a thief riding a bike along a City street has been released by police who want to raise awareness of this growing crime.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A pensioner was rushed to hospital after she was shot last night through the window of her house.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Anytime Fitness in Pentonville Road [Photo from Google Streetview]

The sick sex pest also used the James Bond-Style gadget to spy on women in the showers in a King’s Cross gym.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Murdered: James Hunter

Five teenage boys have been convicted over the killing of James Hunter, 18, who was stabbed to death as he tried to protect his friend from a revenge attack in Sydenham last year.

Friday, February 27, 2015
The quiet lane [Photograph by David Peat]

Emergency services have rushed to a street in Walthamstow after a person was stabbed this afternoon.

Friday, February 27, 2015
Gokhan Durmus was stabbed in the neck in Chatham Place in Hackney in Saturday, February 7 (Picture: Met Police)

Mathais Auguste, 21, has been charged with murder after 22-year-old Gokhan Durmus was fatally stabbed in the neck in Hackney.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

It’s not quite “there’s an app for that”, but it’s not far off.

Read more

Kim’s famous family will carry on starring in their own series for what is said to be a record amount of money.

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...

Quirky London