Two men accused of murdering a former British heavyweight boxing champion in a row over smoking were dramatically cleared today (Thursday).
Rene McKoy, 20, and Dean Francis, 24, were accused of killing father-of-two James Oyebola in a west London club.
They had been on trial at the Old Bailey for two weeks with Kanyanta Mulenga, 23, and Cyle Carth, 18, who face the same murder charge.
But McKoy and Francis were formally cleared after prosecutors offered no further evidence against them.
The case will now proceed against Malenga, but Carth will face a separate trial on a date to be fixed.
Nigerian-born Mr Oyebola, 46, of Mulgrave Road, Dollis Hill, was shot in the back of the neck on July 23 last year after a row over smoking in the Chateau 6 bar, in Fulham.
He died four days later in hospital, just three weeks after a nationwide smoking ban in enclosed public places was brought in to force.