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Shot Marcus Innocent 'stumbled into Woolwich Boys drug feud'
A DRUGS feud between two rival gangs may have led to the fatal shooting of “innocent” Marcus Innocent in Woolwich last year, a court heard.
The 35-year-old, of Kingsman Street, was shot in the stomach with a shotgun in Lord Warwick Street on November 19 at around 6.20pm.
Mr Innocent – a student at a Woolwich college and known locally as ‘the CD man’ for selling pirate CDs – “stumbled” upon the “angry mob” out for revenge on their rivals, an Old Bailey jury heard today (Sept 26).
The nine defendants all deny the charge of murder as well as two other counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
The court heard how the accused – from the Kidbrooke area – might be involved with cultivating and selling drugs and were seeking their rivals the ‘Woolwich Boys’ on the day of the shooting.
The smashing of defendant Jack Brennan’s car prompted around 20 men – armed with a loaded shotgun – to drive from Kidbrooke to Woolwich on November 19 where they were looking for a man called Curtis Cowan, the jury was told.
Prosecuting, Crispin Aylett said: “I am going to suggest this had something to do with drugs.
“Cowan ‘rolls’ with a group known as the Woolwich Boys.
"Evidence that a number of the defendants involved in the cultivation or supply of cannabis or other drugs.
“This gives rise to the inference that the root cause of the problems between some of those in the defendants’ group and those in the Woolwich Boys relates to the sale of drugs and that ill feeling has shown itself in the ramming of each others cars and the vandalising of each others cars.”
The nine defendants – each wedged between two prison officers - packed out the dock in a case so large that three more are yet to be tried at a later date.
Mr Aylett said: “If ever there was a case for warning the jury not to be intimidated by the size of the task ahead of them, it might be this one.”
He went on to show how police tracked their movements from Kidbrooke to Woolwich using evidence from calls made on mobiles – many of which were dumped after the shooting.
The accused are: Daniel Burgess, aged 33, of Lansdowne Lane, Charlton; Perry Lee Sutton, aged 25, of Green Street Green Road, Dartford, who has also been charged with possession of a pump-action shotgun and possession of ammunition without a certificate.
Richard Brennan, aged 29, of Elmdene Road, Plumstead, and his brothers Jack Brennan, 21, and Patrick Brennan, 23, of Appleton Road, Kidbrooke.
Raffael Scialo, aged 24, of Eastbrook Road, Charlton; 20-year-old John Kiddle, of Merifield Road, Kidbrooke; Keli-Ray Birch, aged 20, of Maple Tree Place, Corelli Road, Shooters Hill; and Jordan John-McKenna, aged 20, of Glenluce Road, Blackheath.
The trial continues.