Grime artist, Peter Okpohare, 22, was jailed yesterday for three years, for giving a false alibi. He had lied to help cover up the killing of a pregnant teenager by fellow artist, Kingsley Ogundele.
Ogundele had in turn been recruited by rising Bow rapper, Brandon Jolie, to kill his pregnant girlfriend in 2008.
Known in the music industry as “Maniac,” Jolie was jailed in 2009 for 14 years after admitting responsibility for the murder.
The rapper feared his music career would be destroyed if the baby was born, so he lured his 15-year-old girlfriend, who was six months pregnant, to Regent’s Canal in Islington, where Ogundele was waiting for her.
Ogundele attacked the girl with a metal pole as well as punching and kicking her. He then tried to drown her.
She was saved by a passer-by, Andrew Hall, and later gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
At the Old Bailey trial in December 2009, Ogundele, whose rapper name was “Snoopy Montana” , denied involvement and was given a false alibi by Peter Okpohare. Ogundele was jailed for 18 years but police continued to investigate the false alibi.
Prosecuting at the time, Vivek D’Cruz said: “Both Kingsley Ogundele and Brandon Jolie perceived the victim as nothing more than an irritating, inconvenient problem, a problem that simply had to be eliminated.”
This week the Old Bailey heard that Okpohare, known as ‘Germz’ on the music scene, falsified diary entries and lied that he was in a recording studio with Ogundele at the time of the attack in Islington in November 2008.
Judge Paul Worsley said: “You provided a false alibi and you gave evidence before the jury. It was a carefully thought-out alibi. You produced diary entries to show that Mr. Ogundele had been present with you at a recording studio and that some tracks contained his voice which had been recorded at that time.”
Okpohare, known as “Germz”, was given a sentence of three years and eight months in August 2010 after being caught with drugs with intent to supply. He will now serve another three years after he admitted giving false testimony.