Following an eight-week trial and a day of deliberations, the jury acquitted Rogers of all charges.
The case concerned a dispute between two drug dealers, Besnik Berisha and Shkelqim Paja, and the murder of Arber Fesko and Paja.
On 19 December 2019, Berisha drove his van into a road in Barnet where Paja and Arber Fesko were waiting for him. Berisha had four people with him, Kiziku Tuwizana and three 18-year-olds including Rogers in the back.
Fesko was then stabbed 14 times and Paja 28 times. Fesko’s body was bundled into the boot of Paja’s vehicle and driven away by Tuwizana, while Paja’s body was bundled into the van and driven away by Berisha and the three 18-year-olds.
Tuwizana was forced to stop his car in order to seek medical help for a serious wound, which led to police discovering Fesko’s body in the boot. The occupants of the van dumped Paja’s body beside a country lane, where a jogger found it the next day.
However, Rogers’ DNA was recovered from a cable tie binding Paja’s wrists and his baseball cap stained with Paja’s blood was found close to the body.
The Crown’s case was that Berisha, Tuwizana and Rogers had planned and committed the murders together acting as a team.
Berisha and Tuwizana blamed Rogers and the other two 18-year-olds. The case advanced on behalf of Rogers was that Berisha and Tuwizana alone had committed the murders.
The case involved a careful analysis and reconstruction of events using the circumstantial evidence, including eyewitnesses, DNA, pathology, CCTV/ANPR cameras, and mobile phone usage/movement.
Following the trial, the jury unanimously convicted Tuwizana and Berisha of both murders.
Bajwa was instructed by Sinead Zaman of Powell Spencer Solicitors.