Old Bailey jury clears three charged with murder of Camden teen Sharmaarke Hassan
THE two men and a schoolboy accused of the murder of Camden teenager Sharmaarke Hassan were cleared by an Old Bailey jury today. Sharmaarke, 17, was shot with a single bullet to the back of the head in Gilbeys Yard, Camden Town, he died in hospital on Ma
THE two men and a schoolboy accused of the murder of Camden teenager Sharmaarke Hassan were cleared by an Old Bailey jury today.
Sharmaarke, 17, was shot with a single bullet to the back of the head in Gilbeys Yard, Camden Town, he died in hospital on May 28, 2008, four days after being shot.
It is thought he was killed by mistake instead of a member of a notorious local gang known as The Money Squad, or TMS.
The schoolboy suspect, then aged 15, was said to have ordered the 'hit' after being beaten up and robbed by the TMS in a supermarket car park.
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It was claimed Didi Parkes, 24, was the gunman while Chen Shire, 22, acted as the lookout.
But there was no forensic or identification evidence to link any of the three to the shooting and the case relied almost entirely on CCTV and mobile phone use.
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All three were cleared of murder by the jury after less than two days' deliberation.
Sharmaarke's relatives ran from the court sobbing and wailing at the verdict and one woman shouted: 'Where's the justice?'
Judge Martin Stephens QC ordered the defendants to be discharged from court.
Parkes, of Chichele Road, Cricklewood, Shire, of Carrol Close, Kentish Town, and the youth, then 15 but now 17, from Barnet, north London, denied murder and were cleared by the jury.