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‘Freddy Kreuger hitman’ convicted of murdering Turkish gang boss then trying to kill accomplice

PUBLISHED: 16:46 10 July 2014 | UPDATED: 13:41 14 July 2014

Hitman Jamie Marsh-Smith, convicted of murdering Zafer Eren. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Hitman Jamie Marsh-Smith, convicted of murdering Zafer Eren. Picture: Metropolitan Police

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A hitman named after Freddy Kreuger, the deranged character in the Nightmare on Elm Street horror films, has today been convicted of shooting dead a Turkish gang boss then trying to bump off the getaway driver from the hit.

Zafer Eren was shot dead outside his Southgate home. Picture: Metropolitan Police ServiceZafer Eren was shot dead outside his Southgate home. Picture: Metropolitan Police Service

The two shootings formed part of a “bloody and lethal” feud between the criminal gangs, which started in 2009 and include arson attacks, shootings and five murders.

Jamie Marsh-Smith, 22, shot 34-year-old Tottenham Boys member Zafer Eren in the back on his Southgate doorstep on April 18, 2013, during a deadly feud between Turkish gangs the Tottenham Turks, also known as the Tottenham Boys, and the Hackney Turks, or Bombacilar.

He then tried to take out his 21-year-old accomplice Samuel Zerei, the getaway driver, fearing he would “blabber” about it, by shooting him in Tottenham’s Markfield Park.

The contract killer, who had already shot Mr Eren’s cousin, 34-year-old Inan Eren, months earlier, showed no emotion in the Old Bailey dock as he was convicted of murder and two charges of attempted murder.

Zerei, of Hathersage Court, Newington Green, Islington, was found guilty of murder, and Marsh-Smith’s half brother, Wayne McNeish, 32, was convicted of perverting the course of justice after helping him flee the country to avoid arrest.

The jury of six men and six woman deliberated for 36 hours before returning the verdicts by majority of 10 to 2.

They continue to deliberate on two other defendants, Christopher Annan, 23, and Tyrone Wright, 19, who deny the attempted murder of Inan Eren alongside Marsh-Smith, of Ennerdale House in the Woodberry Down Estate, Green Lanes, Hackney.

Judge John Bevan QC adjourned sentence until all the verdicts have been returned.

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