Hit­man shot wrong man

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AN in­no­cent man was killed in a ‘road­side ex­e­cu­tion’ as he sat with his ex-wife in his car, a court heard.

The hit­man blasted the wrong man as part of a ‘spate of tit-for-tat shoot­ings’ be­tween ri­val gangs, the Old Bai­ley heard.

Michael Ofori, 35, had been sat chat­ting just after mid­night last sum­mer when al­leged gun­man Nathaniel Val­ton, 21, mis­took him for the in­tended tar­get.

It is claimed Val­ton was ly­ing in wait near Cat­ford, south Lon­don as the ri­val tar­get was ‘lured’ to the res­i­den­tial street by other gang mem­bers on the pre­text of a drug deal.

Val­ton walked up to Ofori’s car and shot him by mis­take be­fore be­ing driven off.

Val­ton and four oth­ers all deny mur­der. The trial, ex­pected to last six weeks, con­tin­ues.

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