Jealous father ‘ordered’ hit on Woodford Green milkshake parlour owner over Facebook humiliation

15:20 04 December 2012

James Bryant survived being shot at close range in November 2011.

James Bryant survived being shot at close range in November 2011.


A jealous father ordered the owner of the Cakes and Shakes milkshake parlour in Woodford Green dead for humiliating him on Facebook, a court heard today.

Romain Arthur, 23, of Hazel Way, Chingford, allegedly targeted the former owner of the business James Bryant for daring to carry Arthur’s two-year-old son in public.

Arthur and Temidire Owolabi, 22, of Chafford Hundred, Essex, have both denied conspiracy to murder at the Old Bailey.

Owolabi was convicted in May of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in relating to the shooting at the parlour on November 14 last year.

Mr Bryant suffered injuries to his lung, bowel, kidney and liver and spent the next two-and-a-half months in hospital following the daytime shooting.

The court has heard that Arthur recruited Owolabi to blow out the window of the café.

But Bryant responded to the intimidation by posting on his Facebook page, “You’re popping but no one’s dropping so you ain’t shooting right”, it is claimed.

Jurors heard that CCTV footage shows Owolabi entering the shop on November 14, shooting the victim twice and then running off towards a waiting getaway car.

“He completed his mission with remarkable speed and efficiency,” said prosecutor Richard Horwell QC.

The court heard the dispute began after Mr Bryant was seen with Arthur’s ex-partner Sade Lasisi and his two year-old son RJ at the Westfield shopping centre on November 12 last year.

The prosecution claims mobile phone records show Arthur and Owolabi were both involved in the plot against Mr Bryant.

At an earlier trial, Owolabi was cleared of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life in relation to the shooting on November 12 and Arthur was cleared of two counts of perverting the course of justice.

The trial continues.

Latest News Stories

Royal Courts of Justice

Judges have thrown out an appeal after a driver was found to be largely at fault for crashing into a pregnant woman who was left brain damaged.

Shoppers at Asda during Black Friday last year. Photo: David Parry/PA

Shopaholics will be setting out for Ilford town centre in their droves as Black Friday has finally arrived.

Yesterday, 16:01
Campaigners and Cllr Tom McLaren, fourth from left, at the gates in Woodford Green, protesting at the new CCTV system. Photo: Ken Mears

Controversial traffic gates in Woodford Green will remain open with CCTV being installed to prevent drivers using the roads as a rat run.

Yesterday, 14:22
Redbridge Music Service's symphony orchestra performing at the 50th anniversary concert at Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford, last week. Picture: Kois Miah

The council was peppered with questions on its proposal to transfer Redbridge Music Service and Redbridge Drama Centre to its leisure arm Vision, at full council.

Most read news


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!


You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Digital Edition

Read the Ilford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder