Freddy Krueger hitman jailed for life over Tottenham Boys’ Turkish gang war murder

13:47 14 July 2014

Jailed: Jamie Marsh-Smith

Jailed: Jamie Marsh-Smith


A hitman named after the Nightmare On Elm Street killer was jailed for at least 38 years today as an Old Bailey judge condemned two Turkish families behind London’s bloodiest gang feud.

Jailed: Samuel ZereiJailed: Samuel Zerei

Jamie Marsh-Smith, known on the street as ‘Freddy’ after Freddy Krueger, donned a mask from the ‘V For Vendetta’ film before gunning down 34-year-old crime boss Zafer Eren, a high-ranking member of the Tottenham Boys gang, outside his Southgate home on April 18, 2013.

Fearing his own getaway driver, Samuel Zerei, would “blabber” about it, Marsh-Smith shot him four days later in Tottenham’s Markfield Park, but he survived.

Marsh-Smith had already carried out a bungled hit on Mr Eren’s cousin, 34-year-old Inan Eren, months earlier.

Jailed: Wayne McNeishJailed: Wayne McNeish

The conflict between the Tottenham-based Eren family and Hackney’s Armagan family, who ran a gang known as the Bombacilar or Hackney Turks, has claimed five lives since 2009.

Judge John Bevan QC condemned the family feud as a “medieval turf war over drug distribution” as he sentenced Marsh-Smith, 23, and Zerei, 21, to life with minimum terms of 38 and 28 years respectively.

He said: “It is high time the two families and their factions realise their unscrupulous and lawless behaviour will have consequences beyond the normal level of punishment.”

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

He also told Marsh-Smith: “The immoral and unscrupulous attitide of you deciding to do away with your fellow murderer because you were afraid he might talk demonstrates a shocking lack of humanity.

“You are a cold, unfeeling and highly dangerous young man prepared to kill for a very modest fee.”

Marsh-Smith’s half-brother Wayne McNeish, 32, of West End Lane, West Hampstead, was jailed for four-and-a-half years on Friday for perverting the course of justice by helping Marsh-Smith flee the country after the shootings.

Christopher Annan, 23, and Tyrone Wright, 19, face a retrial for the attempted murder of Inan Eren after the jury failed to reach verdicts.

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