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Upper Clapton Betfred death: Daughter of Bobby Awofeso hits out as police drop murder investigation

PUBLISHED: 11:15 21 February 2019 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 February 2019

Colleen Marlow and her late father Bobby Awofeso.

Colleen Marlow and her late father Bobby Awofeso.

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A man who beat up a 53-year-old in an Upper Clapton Road betting shop and left him to die will face no charges, the Gazette can reveal.

Bobby Awofeso’s heartbroken daughter Colleen Marlow has spoken of her anger at the lack of justice for her father, who died in Betfred on April 4 last year – a dark day for Hackney that also saw the murder of Israel Ogunsola, 18, just over a mile away in Morning Lane.

Bobby, who lived in nearby Lea View House and was also known as Babatunde Adepetun, was left unconscious after an argument turned violent.

But despite interviewing the man they believe fought him, and who left the scene while Bobby was unconscious, police did not arrest or charge anyone, and have now closed the case.

A report by police ahead of Bobby’s inquest next month states CCTV from the bookie’s was “corrupted”. Colleen reckons that’s the reason no charges can be brought.

“The person who did this has got away with it because of lack of evidence,” she told the Gazette this week. “The fight started at the front of the shop but his body was at the back. I believe he was trying to get away from whatever situation it was.”

The report states: “The CCTV footage has been examined by technicians and the footage is not recoverable.

“There is no footage from any external cameras showing the incident.”

Colleen believes Betfred has a lot to answer for, but the betting company did not respond to questions about the “corrupted” camera.

A spokesperson told the Gazette: “As a company we fully co-operated with the police and their investigation, but we have not been told why they have closed their case.

“Our thoughts, however, are still with the family of Bobby Awofeso after this tragic incident.”

The police report also states that Bobby suffered “multiple cardiac arrests” and despite CPR he was pronounced dead at 5.15pm – about 50 minutes after an ambulance was called.

Colleen, who says she was told by police her father had a “bad heart anyway”, says he never drank, did drugs or smoked in his life.

As she attempts to rebuild her life, she is now raising money for a headstone at the Manchester cemetery where he is buried.

City of London Police led the murder investigation into Bobby’s death because the Met’s resources were stretched due to the number of violent deaths at the time.

But a spokesperson for the Met confirmed the case had been closed.

They said: “A report will be passed to the coroner following the death of a man in Upper Clapton Road.

“Police were called at 4.27pm on April 4 to a bookmakers after reports of a man found unconscious. Officers attended with the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

“Despite the efforts of medical staff, 53-year-old Babatunde Adepetun Akintayo Awofeso, also known as Bobby was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Mr Awofeso was involved in an altercation with another man prior to being taken ill.

“This man was subsequently interviewed by homicide detectives from City of London Police and has now been released with no further action.

“Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to this matter and the investigation has been closed.”

Bobby’s inquest will take place at Poplar Coroner’s Court on March 22.