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‘Big Al’ accused is cleared of killing

Court told how former MTV star Alcivradis 'Big Al' Mavredis was punched outside a pub near the Elthorne Estate last year

20 March, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Alcivradis Mavredis

A JURY has found a man not guilty of manslaughter following the death of Alcivradis Mavredis, a mechanic who featured in MTV’s Pimp My Ride UK in the 2000s.

Leon Tayler, 27, from Upper Holloway, walked free after the verdict at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday last week.

A trial had heard that Mr Tayler got into an argument with Mr Mavredis – known to his friends as “Big Al” – outside the Royal Oak pub near the Elthorne Estate last July. Mr Tayler punched Mr Mavredis in the head but pleaded not guilty on the grounds of self-defence.

The jury cleared the defendant of manslaughter by a majority 10-2 decision.

Mr Mavredis’s sister, Cleopatra Mavredis, had wanted to attend the trial but she lives in northern Italy which is now on a coronavirus lockdown and she was unable to leave the region.

A police officer later emailed the verdict to her.

She told the Tribune: “I’m really in shock. It makes me feel sick. It’s not what I expected at all. I am going between sad and angry about all of this.”

The court had heard that Mr Mavredis, who has Greek heritage but grew up in America after being born in the UK, possessed guns and was known to take drugs.

Cleopatra said: “Of course, I will always miss my brother.

“He was not a bad guy. He didn’t harm anybody. So what if he had guns at home – he’s American, everyone has guns in America.”

She added: “I can’t believe all this has happened during this virus crisis. You could not fathom anything like this ever happening.”

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