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Hoxton music producer jailed for fake murder trial alibi

PUBLISHED: 16:44 28 February 2011

The Old Bailey

The Old Bailey

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A MUSIC producer who gave a false alibi for a rapper on trial for trying to murder a pregnant 15-year-old girl has been jailed for three years.

Peter Okpohare, 22, of Bletsoe Walk, off Eagle Wharf Road, Hoxton, testified at the Old Bailey that he was in a recording studio with 19-year-old Kingsley Ogundele at the time of the attack on the Regent’s Canal, Islington.

Okpohare, who was known in the industry as “Germz”, also doctored the dates on a number of grime tracks featuring his friend in a bid to get him acquitted.

Ogundele had been recruited to kill the girlfriend of a fellow up-and-coming star of the grime scene, Brandon Jolie, 19.

Jolie, who made an album with chart-topping star Tinchy Stryder, feared that the victim was trying to ruin his career by having the baby.

On November 21, 2008, the 15-year-old girl was lured to a dark spot on the canal close to the Packington Estate by a series of phone calls.

Ogundele then battered the girl over the head with a metal pole, punched and kicked her and pushed her into the water.

She only survived because a brave passer-by interrupted the attack as Ogundele held her head under the water.

Jolie, who was known on the music scene as “Maniac”, was jailed for 14 years after admitting conspiracy to murder.

Ogundele, known as “Snoopy Montana”, denied being responsible for the attack and called Okpohare as a witness at his trial at the Old Bailey in October 2009.

He was convicted and jailed for 18 years but the police continued to investigate the false alibi.

Investigations later revealed that the entry in the diary relating to the studio recording session postdated later entries.

Prosecutor Vivek D’Cruz said: “It supports the view that Okpohare played a significant, willing, proactive part in constructing and then supporting by putting forwards what was a sophisticated false alibi determined to achieve a miscarriage of justice.”

Okpohare was jailed for three years and eight months in August last year after being caught with Class A drugs with intent to supply.

He had been due to be released in December but will now serve another three years on top of that after admitting perjury.

Judge Paul Worsley QC told Okpohare: “You provided a false alibi and you gave evidence before the jury.

“It was a carefully thought-out alibi. You produced diary entries to show that Mr Ogundele had been present with you at a recording studio and that some tracks contained his voice which had been recorded at that time.

“What you had done is altered the dates of the records so that evidence was given before the jury that he was present at a studio on the other side of London.

“It was only as a result of persistent police investigation that they were able to show that the material you were able to produce was false. This is a serious case of perjury.”

Okpohare pleaded guilty to perjury.


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