Cases of interest at the Old Bailey on Thursday

Court 8 at 10am trial of Leeban Farah and five others accused of conspiracy to murder following a “gun battle” outside a funeral party in London NW. The victim, Billy McCullagh, 27, who was shot dead, had travelled with his friends in a stolen Land Rover to target rival gang members in July 2020, but the “tables quickly turned” and the surprise attack failed, the court heard.

Court 12 at 10.30am Plea and trial preparation in the case of Nigerian senator’s wife Beatrice Ekweremadu and her husband Ike Ekweremadu accused of plotting to traffic a homeless man into the UK to harvest a kidney for her daughter. The pair allegedly trafficked the 21-year-old to London from the streets of Lagos in Nigeria in order to harvest his organ.

Court 14 at 10am Plea and trial preparation in the case of Bulent Bakir and another accused of the murder of 30-year-old Olsi Kuka. The victim was stabbed to death in a flat in Barnet, north London

Court 13 Not sitting trial of Romain Lapierre and others, including a youth who was 15 at the time of the offence, accused of murder. The victim, 16-year-old Camron Smith, was stabbed to death in Croydon, South London

Court 14 Not sitting trial of Tyreece Riggon and others, accused of the murder of Lavaun Witter,22, was stabbed to death in Croydon, south London.

Court 16 at 10am In chambers trial of Daryl Bethel and others accused of the murder of a 15 year old schoolboy. Ian Habimana was stabbed in the heart in Woolwich last July as he made his way home from school in what was described as a “revenge attack”