Man cleared of murdering London footballer

Richard Harrison-Allen
Image caption Richard Harrison-Allen claimed he was the victim of mistaken identity

A man has been cleared of murdering of a young footballer who was shot in the back on a north London housing estate.

Etem Celebi, 17, a semi-professional footballer who played for Leyton FC, was killed in Stoke Newington in 2007.

Last year Richard Harrison-Allen, 20, of Hackney, east London, was convicted of the murder and jailed for life.

Following a successful appeal he was cleared during a retrial at the Old Bailey where jurors were told he was the victim of mistaken identity.

Etem was with a group of friends when two gunmen opened fire on the Smalley Close estate.

Mr Harrison-Allen, said to be a member of a neighbouring Stamford Hill gang, was convicted of murder following a retrial in February 2009 and jailed for life with a minimum term of 26 years.

He was granted an appeal in January after new evidence emerged, which the prosecution was previously unaware of.

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