Marcel Addai murder trial: Alleged killer denies involvement, saying he had toothache
PUBLISHED: 19:39 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 20:18 30 March 2016
A "former" gang member and rapper accused of murdering teenager Marcel Addai said he played no part in the attack because he had toothache.
Rikell Rogers, 22, of Goldney Road, Maida Vale, is one of seven men on trial at the Old Bailey for the fatal stabbing of the 18-year-old in St John’s Estate, Pitfield Street, Hoxton on September 4 last year.
Mr Addai, who lived nearby in Wenlock House, Evelyn Walk, was allegedly chased and stabbed 12 times.
He was a member of the Hoxton Boys gang, who prosecutors say had a fierce rivalry with the Fellows Court gang, of which six of the defendants were members.
They are Sodiq Adebayo, 23, of De Vere Gardens, Ilford; Akeem Gbadamosi, 22, of Detmold Road, Clapton; Eugene Ocran, 19, of Fermain Court West, De Beauvoir Road, Haggerston; David Oladimeji, 21, of Axon Place, Ilford; Sheku Jalloh, 23, of Crondall Court, St John’s Estate; and Rogers.
The other defendant, Momar Faye, 18, of no fixed address, had “beef” with the Hoxton Boys after being stabbed twice by its members, Rogers told jurors today.
The court heard how all the men met at Oladimeji’s Ilford home before travelling in a BMW, Vauxhall Astra and Mercedes to Hackney, where they parked up in Cherbury Street.
In his defence statement, Rogers – who said he left the Fellows Court Gang in 2012 – claimed he was reclined in the passenger seat of the Mercedes and never got out.
He said he was “not completely with it” because he was suffering from toothache.
But during cross examination he added that he had been drinking a miniature bottle of rum and Adebayo, the driver, had alerted him to a disturbance.
“I just saw the aftermath,” he told prosecutor Mark Heywood. “I saw someone run past the car in a grey tracksuit and something on their head but I didn’t get a close up of their face.”
Mr Heywood accused him of lying in his statement – submitted days before the trial started – in order to back up the claims he didn’t take part in the killing. He questioned why he didn’t include everything he saw.
Rogers told him: “I was told [by lawyers] not to say anything. I didn’t really want to say what I saw and have it get disclosed.
“I would have got attacked in prison by Momar [Faye] and his friends. Momar would have been the most angry because that’s exactly what he was wearing.”
But Mr Heywood hit out: “You were out of the car, had a knife and used it.”
Earlier, jurors were shown videos of Rogers rapping under the name Dubsy. One Fellows Court video from April last year “dissed” the Hoxton Boys gang with lyrics including “if I’m on the Gully tell your son he better get inside” and “F*** Gullyside”. The lyrics also referenced the Hackney Gazette.
Rogers was threatened himself in a retaliatory track which was also played to the court. But he said the videos were an agreement by both gangs to “get more hits” on YouTube.
The trial continues.