Putney Man Charged

With the Murder of Boxing Champion

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Twenty two year old Kanyanta Mulenga of Tildesley Road Putney has been charged with the murder of James Oyebola (pictured right) outside Chateau 6 a Fulham night club on 23 July 2007. Mr Mulenga was arrested on 31st of July in Putney. A second youth, 19 year old Rene McKoy was also charged with the murder.

Mr. Oyebola, who was from the Paddington area, had been working with the security team at the Chateau 6 club when he was shot in the head and leg. He was taken to Charing Cross hospital but a few days later his life support machine was turned off.

There appears to have been some sort of altercation between three men and security following a disagreement over smoking in the covered courtyard at the rear of the premises. Police believe that James attempted to intervene and assist security when he was shot.

James was known as 'Big Bad' because of his 6ft 9" frame but his friends described him as a gentle giant. Born in Nigeria he represented England in the 1986 Commonwealth Games where he lost to Lennox Lewis. He won 18 of his 23 professional fights before retiring in 1996.

September 28, 2007