A father from Thornton Heath was shot to death at a Brixton McDonald’s for ‘disrespecting’ his alleged killer on 17 April, a court heard today.

Devon Scarlett, 34 died following a queue jumping row with 27-year-old Horace Campbell, during which Campbell  ordered his friend, Douglas-O’Callaghan, to bring him a gun. Mr Scarlett was shot twice in the thigh and abdomen after the argument spilled out into the street.

The court were told by Zoe Johnson prosecuting, how Mr Scarlett became involved in “someone else’s argument” in a queue at McDonald’s at about 06:30, by telling a group of men to ‘behave’. Johnson went on to say

One member of this group said to another that he would go and get his “thing”, meaning his gun.  

The two men then squared up to each other and began to argue before being ejected by security guards out of two different exits. Mr Scarlett then ran to the front of the fast food restaurant and the two men agreed to have a show-down in a nearby side street where Douglas-O’Callaghan, then aged 17, allegedly pulled up in a car and handed the firearm to Campbell.

Mr Scarlett was hit twice and pronounced dead at King’s College Hospital the same day. Campbell, and Douglas-O’Callaghan, both deny murder.

The trial continues.