A MOTHER was murdered by a 15-year-old hitman from Willesden on the orders of her estranged partner after she threatened to take custody of their son, the Old Bailey has heard.

Gulistan Subasi, 26, was shot dead on her mother's doorstep in a contract killing taken out by 28 year-old Serdar Ozbek, it is claimed.

The attack took place in Hackney, east London, on March 22 last year.

The teenager is now 16 but cannot be named for legal reasons.

In the dock are Leigh Bryan, 25, Izak Billy, 21, Serdar Ozbek and Paul Nicoloau, both 28, Zeon Jackman, 22, and two 16 year-old boys.

Jackman, of Craven Park Road, South Tottenham, north London; Bryan, of Birkbeck Road, Hornsey; Billy, of Pember Road, Kensal Green; Ozbek, of Westbeech Road, Wood Green; Nicoloau, of Risley Avenue, Tottenham, and two 16 year-old boys from Willesden and South Tottenham, all deny murder.

Billy also denies making a threat to kill to another man on April 7 last year. The trial continues.