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Christopher Foster death: Four cleared in mistaken identity trial

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Image caption Christopher Foster died in hospital shortly after he was stabbed in the back

Four people have been cleared of charges connected to the murder of a man attacked in a case of mistaken identity.

Christopher Foster, 34, was stabbed in Borough, south London, last November.

Two men were cleared of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and a man and a woman were cleared of perverting the course of justice.

Aytach Lisani, 33, had previously admitted murder at the Old Bailey and will be sentenced at a later date.

Ricky Huggins, 29, of south east London, and Mohmmed Aalamani, 28, of east London were cleared of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm while Michael Gore, 55, and Joanna Stevens, 33, of south east London, were cleared of perverting the course of justice.

The court heard Lisani murdered Mr Foster in a revenge attack, mistakenly thinking he had attacked his cousin.

Mr Foster, a father of one, was with a friend drinking outside Saint Christopher's Inn when he was stabbed in the back. He died later in hospital.

His mother Jean said: "Chris was a good son, devoted dad and loyal friend.

"The most precious person in his young daughter Christina's life has been taken from her and left a void in ours that will never be filled.

"I am left with the daily questions of why and how did daddy die and I still don't know how to explain this senseless murder."

Rocky Djelal, 34, Billy Dove, 30 and Ali Lisani, 38, of south-east London, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause GBH mid-way though the trial, after murder charges against them were dropped.

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