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Jemi Akin-Olugbade Secures Acquittal of Gangland Attempted Murder
Following a six-week trial, a jury acquitted Jemi’s client of attempted murder and ancillary charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The allegations concerned a gang-motivated daylight shooting in which the target was crashed into while riding a moped on a busy main road and then shot. The crash, the shooting and the aftermath were all captured on CCTV.
The prosecution’s case was that Jemi’s client directed the three-man team. The accusation was that Jemi’s client and two others travelled in a stolen Range Rover on false plates, wearing balaclavas and gloves and armed with a loaded shotgun for the explicit purpose of murdering a gang rival.
Although Jemi’s client accepted association with the two other men and admitted his knowledge of the shotgun, as well as his presence in the vehicle and his flight from the scene, Jemi’s client’s innocence of involvement in the plan and possession of the weapon was established successfully. Consequently, Jemi’s client was found not guilty of all charges.
The co-defendant at trial was convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. The third man was never identified and remains at large.