A mother described yesterday hearing her son shot dead after he refused to convert to Islam.
Ruth Marriott told an inquest into her son’s death that she heard gunshots on the day Adrian was shot five times in the head a few weeks before his 21st birthday.
Mr Marriott, an accountancy student and gang member, was killed in a park near his home in Brixton, south London, in June 2004.
Three members of a rival gang, known as the Muslim Boys, were cleared in September last year of conspiracy to murder Mr Marriott after the prosecution offered no evidence at the Old Bailey.
His mother told the inquest at Southwark Coroners’ Court yesterday: “We heard the shooting. We heard gun fire….
“Adrian was told on the Sunday prior to his death that he would be killed if he did not become a Muslim by the Wednesday, which was the day he died.”
Asked by the coroner, John Sampson, whether her son had taken the threat seriously, Mrs Marriott said: “I do not think he did.”