LONDON – A former producer of the rap group So Solid Crew has been awarded a life sentence for murdering a love rival. Carl Morgan, 24 shot dead Colin Scarlett after the two got into a wrangle over Morgan’s former girlfriend Elisha McFarlane, who also happens to be the mother of his two children.
Morgan had been troubling McFarlane over her new relationship with Scarlett. Furious with the turn of events Colin Scarlett and two of his cronies looked up Morgan and beat him in front of his sister and his Elisha McFarlane. Morgan felt humiliated and in revenge shot Scarlett near Wandsworth, south London.
“You have taken a young life. You have used firearms in a situation, which is all too familiar, with the inevitable results that many lives have been ruined. Gun use is the scourge of our streets and causes misery and distress. The message must be that it will not be tolerated,” Judge Brian Barker told Morgan at the time of sentencing.
Dwayne Vincent, the bandâ€™s lead singer has also been charged with murder, but the jury failed to reach a verdict and consequently he faces retrial next month.
In his defense Morgan said that he did not seek Scarlett to exact revenge, but only wanted to know what they were fighting about, “I wanted to ask him what was this morning about because I didn’t have any problem with him at all. My only concern is the kids,” he told the jury adding that a third unknown gunman had shot Scarlett.
Richard Horwell, prosecuting alleged that Morgan had turned the streets of London violent ones resembling the wild west days, “It was a scene more reminiscent of the Wild West,” said Mr. Horwell.