The son of a Ghanian diplomat, London-born Michael Menson most likely rose to fame as a member of Double Trouble, a collective of artists, DJ’s, producers featuring Mike Morrison, Leigh Guest, Damon Rochefort and Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown, whose buggest successes include ‘Street Tuff’ and the aforementioned along with aka The Rebel MC. A Hip-House anthem released back in 1989, made famous for borrowing the introductory bassline of Michael Jackson‘s ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’, as featured in our 10 essential Hip-House tracks.
Diagnosed with psychiatric problems, Michael became the victim of a street robbery and racist attack on Jan. 28, 1997 in Edmonton, North London in which he got his anorak set alight by tormentors determined to burn him alive, throwing fuel at him, and setting his back on fire. He would succomb to his terrible injuries 16 days later in hospital.
Originally treated as a murder, the case got finally reopened in November 1998 after a meeting with his family and the Home Secretary, and the appointment of a new team of investigators who eventually charged and arrested 3 suspects 51 days later.
In December 1999, one man (Mario Pereira) was found guilty of murder and another (Charalambous Constantinou) of manslaughter at the Old Bailey in London. Meanwhile the third man (Ozgay Cevat), who had fled to the Turkish-run Republic Northern Cyprus where he thought he would avoid the reach of justice, got arrested and jailed for 14 years by the local authorities for the manslaughter of Michael Menson, after sustained high-level discussions and unheard of co-operation between the two countries…