[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Rap producer jailed for shooting
Carl Morgan
Carl Morgan must serve at least 30 years
A former producer of the rap group So Solid Crew has been jailed for at least 30 years for murdering a love rival.

Earlier this month a jury found Carl Morgan, 24, of Battersea, south London, guilty of shooting Colin Scarlett in Tooting, south London, last year.

They failed to reach a verdict on the same charge faced by rapper Megaman, real name Dwayne Vincent, who will face a retrial next March.

The judge said the life sentence showed gun crime would not be tolerated.

"The message must be all one way - that it will not be tolerated.
You expected eye witnesses would be cowed into silence and that ploy very nearly succeeded
Judge Brian Barker

Passing sentence, the Common Serjeant of London, Judge Brian Barker, told Morgan: "Gun use is the scourge of our streets and causes misery and distress.

"You expected eye witnesses would be cowed into silence and that ploy very nearly succeeded."

Mr Scarlett was described as the partner of Morgan's ex-girlfriend.

He had beaten up the killer earlier that day and the court was told Morgan had gone after Mr Scarlett with a gun to get revenge.

Mr Scarlett's partner is the mother of two of Morgan's children.

It was alleged that Mr Vincent, of Barons Court, west London, encouraged his friend to pull the trigger, which he denied.

Morgan appeared in the band's video for the track 21 Seconds.

So Solid rapper Harvey in court
30 May 05 |  Beds/Bucks/Herts

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific