Inquest hears suspected gangster was shot dead at mansion 'in row over nickname'

A suspected gangster who was shot dead at a businessman's mansion in England had been locked in a bitter row with someone who used the same nickname as him, his inquest has heard.

Stephen "Aki" Akinyemi died after being shot in the temple during a fight with Arran Coghlan at the businessman's home in Alderley Edge on February 9 2010, a fresh inquest into his death at London's Royal Courts of Justice heard.

David Mason QC, representing Mr Coghlan, said that Mr Akinyemi was there that day because he was "upset that another man was using the same nickname".

Mr Coghlan was acting as a peacemaker and wanted to help to talk over the row, which involved another man called Philip Atkinson, according to Mr Mason.

The lawyer described the row as "constant", adding: "They both had Porsches with the number plate 'Aki'."

Arran Coghlan.

He told Mr Akinyemi's brother John, who was giving evidence at the inquest: "You would have known that your brother would have been very upset at having a plate with the same letters 'AKI'."

Mr Akinyemi said that he did not think his brother would have been "bothered with that" and said the only reason he wanted to see Mr Coghlan was simply because "he was his friend".

Mr Coghlan told an inquest in October 2011 that Mr Akinyemi pulled a gun on him and that it went off during a struggle which saw him get stabbed several times.

Cheshire coroner Nicholas Rheinberg recorded an open verdict, saying he had "difficulty" accepting Mr Coghlan's version of events.


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