£30,000 reward to catch Hackney gang bosses who ordered Tottenham Boys murders
15:00 14 July 2014
Police are offering a reward of up to £30,000 for information leading to the conviction of the gang boss or members who ordered Tottenham gang lieutenant Zafer Eren’s execution.
"This has had a devastating impact on our life; our baby was only 26 days old when Zafer was killed on my doorstep. Marsh-Smith and Zerei have shown no remorse for their actions."
The substantial sum was announced today as hitmen Jamie Marsh-Smith and Samuel Zerei were each jailed for life for murdering Mr Eren outside his Southgate home in April 2013.
His was one of five murders and numerous other shootings put down to the gang-related family feud between the Tottenham Boys, also known as the Tottenham Turks, and the Bombacilar, otherwise known as the Hackney Turks.
The Tottenham-based Eren family and Hackney-based Armagan family have been locked in a bloody feud since 2009 with various tit-for-tat attacks on each other’s associates, often using hitmen to distance themselves from the crimes.
But those who ordered Mr Eren’s murder have yet to be found. Det Ch Insp Noel McHugh, the senior investigating officer in the Zafer Eren murder case, said: “The conduct of Jamie Marsh-Smith and Samuel Zerei reads like something from a film. They accepted a contract to kill; they had no known dispute with their victim.
“Marsh-Smith and Zerei were professional and dangerous criminals. Marsh-Smith even tried to execute his getaway driver Samuel Zerei when he failed to dispose of the getaway car used in the murder of Zafer Eren.
“This investigation has been brought about through truly outstanding and painstaking detective work, piecing together a complex evidential jigsaw.
“Our investigation continues into Zafer Eren’s murder as we seek to find those responsible for ordering the killing. The convictions today demonstrate that the police will not go away. For the people who hold information about Zafer Eren’s murder, make that call today to our incident room.”
In a brief statement issued via the police after the sentences, Zafer Eren’s wife, who was not named, said: “This has had a devastating impact on our life; our baby was only 26 days old when Zafer was killed on my doorstep. Marsh-Smith and Zerei have shown no remorse for their actions.”
Further details of the events surrounding the feud, and the police investigation, were revealed today.
Marsh-Smith was a gun for hire, not a member of either gang but employed by the Hackney Turks to carry out hits on members of the Eren family, who lead the Tottenham Turks.
On December 30, 2012, Marsh-Smith lay in wait for Zafer Eren’s cousin Inan Eren as he returned home in Forest Road, Enfield. Marsh-Smith approached him from the middle of the road and fired. The first shot missed, hitting a window and showering his wife with glass. He continued firing as he walked to within arm’s reach of Eren, hitting him in the arm, leg and stomach.
Marsh-Smith escaped in a car and Eren managed to make it to a shop on nearby Hertford Road, where his wife found him and called an ambulance. He survived.
The car used by Marsh-Smith was found abandoned and on fire not far from where he lived, and items recovered from it indicated he had used it.
On April 18, 2013, Marsh-Smith lay in wait with Samuel Zerei near Fontaine Court, off Southgate High Street, for Zafer Eren to return home. Wearing a “V For Vendetta”-style Guy Fawkes face mask, Marsh-Smith walked across the road, firing seven shots at Eren, hitting him three times in the back.
Marsh-Smith fled in the back of a red Peugeot 308 driven by Zerei. Despite the efforts of ambulance and air ambulance staff, Eren was pronounced dead at the scene.
Marsh-Smith believed Zerei was a liability; the Peugeot getaway car was found the next day not far from Zerei’s home, and Marsh-Smith feared he would “blabber”.
Four days after Eren’s death, Marsh-Smith arranged to meet Zerei in Tottenham’s Markfield Park at night and shot him twice. But Zerei escaped and survived, and Marsh-Smith’s suspicions proved correct. Zerei told police from his hospital bed about the contract killing, and was arrested.
In subsequent interviews Zerei was either silent or referred to a prepared statement saying he didn’t remember what he said at hospital. He was subsequently charged with murder.
Marsh-Smith, now wanted for the murder of Zafer Eren and attempted murder of Inan Eren and Zerei, fled London with the help of Wayne McNeish, his half-brother, who was also arrested and charged despite giving no-comment interviews. Following public appeals, Marsh-Smith was eventually traced and arrested in Milton Keynes on September 30, 2013.
+ Anyone with information on the Zafer Eren murder is urged to call the incident room on 020 8785 8099 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.