Tuesday, 23 December 2008

So Solid Crew: Trouble with the Law

On 6 November 2004, Colin Scarlett was shot in Tooting, London and died shortly afterwards.

Dwayne Vincent and Carl Morgan were later charged with Colin's murder. Dwayne Vincent is better known as 'MC Megaman,' a well known rapper and So Solid Crew member.

This was not the first time that So Solid Crew had been in trouble with the law. In Novembe, 2003, Jason Phillips, aka G-Man, was arrested and jailed for four years after a loaded firearm was found in his possession at the scene of a suspected drug deal. Shane Neil, another group member, was involved in the same incident. However, he was cleared of drugs and weapons charges.

Later, former Crew member, Marvin Dawkins, aka Romeo, appeared in court to deny three charges in connection with assisting a vicious knife attack in the West End area of London. He appeared alongside three other men at Southwark Crown Court.

In October 2005, Carl Morgan was jailed for 30 years for the murder of Colin Scarlett.

The jury failed to reach a verdict in respect of Dwayne Vincent. Judge Brian Barker, told Morgan:

"Gun use is the scourge of our streets and causes misery and distress... You expected eye witnesses would be cowed into silence and that ploy very nearly succeeded."
So Solid Crew's biggest hit came in 2001 with '21 Seconds,' they have won a Brit Award and two awards at the Music Of Black Origins Awards.

MC Megaman and Romeo were the founder members of the So Solid Crew.

In November 2005, Romeo and Thomas Engola were found not guilty of the murder of Colin Scarlett after the jury failed to reach a verdict. This was the second time a jury had not been able to agree and the prosecution said it would not be seeking a further trial.

'MC Megaman' and 'Romeo' are pictured below:

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