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Men cleared of murder conspiracy
Six men accused of plotting a drive-by shooting and a double murder in a nightclub have been acquitted.

Asha Jama and Donna Small were badly injured when the car they were in was hit by a hail of bullets in Bristol.

The shootings, in 2004, came less than an hour after Rufus Edwards and Mark Warmington were murdered at a Jamaican social club in Croydon, south London.

A jury at Bristol Crown Court will continue considering verdicts on three other defendants on Wednesday.

Michael Lindo, 25, of Clapham, south London, was acquitted of murdering Mr Warmington, a nightclub bouncer, plotting to kill Mr Edwards, and conspiring to commit murders in Bristol and Croydon.

Chance meeting

Derrick Mason, 34, from Brixton, south London, and Michael Nettleford, 30, from Croydon, south London, were cleared of plotting to kill Mr Edwards.

Cleveland Fenderson, 27, of Bristol, Winston Minott, 25, of St Werburghs, Bristol and Darren Valentine, 20, of Camberwell, London, were acquitted of involvement in conspiring to commit murder in Bristol.

The jury is still considering verdicts in the cases of Marcus Anderson, 28, of Thornton Heath, south London, Darren Little, 30, from Mottingham, south-east London, and Craig Hughes, 30, of Peckham, south London.

The trio are all charged with conspiring to kill Curtis Brooks. Mr Anderson and Mr Little are also charged with conspiring to commit both attacks.

All three men deny the charges against them.

Permanently disabled

Former schoolfriends Donna Small, 25, and Asha Jama, 22, had met by chance in a nightclub hours before the drive-by shooting in Bristol.

The pair had accepted a lift from Curtis Brooks, thought by police to have been the intended target of the attack.

Mr Brooks and another male passenger were uninjured in the shooting, but Donna was left permanently disabled and Asha was blinded in her left eye when she was hit by flying glass.

The Bristol incident came just hours after Rufus Edwards, 34, and his friend Michael Edwards were gunned down in front of hundreds of clubbers on the dancefloor of the Spotlight nightclub in south London.

Michael Edwards survived the attack after undergoing a liver transplant, but Rufus Edwards and the club's doorman Mark Warmington, 39, were both killed.

The jury are due to resume their deliberations on Wednesday.

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