Defendants plead not guilty over Cakes and Shakes shooting

A 21-year-old accused of the attempted murder of the former owner of a Woodford Green ice cream parlour pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Temidire Owolabi, of Grays, Essex, is accused of attacking James Bryant, 24, with a shotgun at the Cakes and Shakes store in High Road, Woodford Green, in broad daylight on November 14.

Mr Owolabi pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and to two charges of possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life.

His co-defendant, Romaine Arthur, 23, of Hazel Way, Chingford, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to murder and perverting the course of justice.

The trial at the Old Bailey will begin on May 8.

Mr Bryant was fighting for his life following the attack but left hospital in January.

The parlour re-opened under new management in February.

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