wealthy businessman dubbed the Teflon Don after he was cleared of two horrific gangland murders is free after a third charge of murder was sensationally dropped yesterday.
Arran Coghlan, 40, was arrested in February this year after Stephen 'Aki' Akinyemi, 36, was found lying dead in a pool of blood in the bathroom of Coghlan's luxurious £2million Cheshire mansion.
Coghlan dialled 999 to say he had been attacked in his home.
The father-of-one was himself suffering from serious knife wounds and had to be rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.
He told detectives he had been stabbed in an unprovoked attack by Mr Akinyemi after the pair had met up for talks.
Police launched an investigation into the incident and just days later they charged Coghlan with murder.
But yesterday the CPS dropped the murder charge against him after sources said they could not prove Coghlan did not act in self defence.
Last night a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: 'The decision to charge Mr Coghlan was made on the evidence available at the time and it was expected that further evidence would be available.
'This further evidence, including forensic evidence, has now been received and reviewed by the CPS, which has a duty to keep cases under continuous review to ensure charges are still appropriate.
'In this case, having reviewed evidence not available at the time of charge, the CPS has decided there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction against Mr Coghlan and has today offered no evidence against him on the charge of murder.'
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: 'The criminal investigation conducted by Cheshire Police into the circumstances leading to Mr Akinyemi’s death was conducted thoroughly, impartially, and professionally.'
Cochlan, who spent five months in prison on remand, was released from prison last night.
It is the third time Cochlan has faced charges of murder after the deaths of gangland rivals in Greater Manchester.