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

Monday, April 27, 2015
Salah Mohammed was illegally touting for business near this carwash on Great Eastern Street when he picked up the victim [Image from Google StreetView]

A minicab driver has been jailed after picking up a woman in Shoreditch and taking to his friend’s house in Walthamstow, where she was raped.

Monday, April 27, 2015
Police want to know who these two men are [Photographs from Metropolitan Police]

Police are looking for two witnesses to a vicious assault that took place in Camden Lock and left the victim needing hospital treatment.

Monday, April 27, 2015

A 34-year-old has been charged with murder after a man was stabbed to death in Leyton over the weekend.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Police want to talk to this woman about the incident

Police have released an image of a woman they want to speak to after a Muslim woman wearing a head scarf was racially abused on a Piccadilly line train.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Peter Mussett sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl on the DLR

A 32-year-old man carried out an ‘incredibly frightening’ sexual assault on a 12-year-old girl travelling alone on the DLR.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Police have released a CCTV image of a cyclist believed to have knocked a woman to the ground.

CCTV images of a cyclist accused of forcefully knocking a woman over in Bermondsey before speeding off have been released by police.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Two phones. Same phone case. Genius.

To celebrate the launch of the first luxury dual phone case, PearPeel, we are giving away two of the black leather Rocha cases, perfect for holding two iPhone 6 handsets.

Read more
Stickers claiming voting was against Islamic teachings have been put up around Manor Park

Stickers placed on lamp posts warning Muslims not to vote in the upcoming election have been condemned for copying ‘evil’ Islamic State teachings.