Our client was charged with Murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, in connection with an incident which took place on the 26th August 2020. Around 1230 hours in broad daylight and in a public location, two groups of individuals, each group armed with a firearm, opened fire on each other. 10 shots were fired, two of which struck the victim from point-blank range whilst he was seated in the driver seat of his car.
The victim died from his injuries. Whilst CCTV showed our client was not the shooter, it showed our client run alongside the driver’s door of the vehicle to the front, before looking in the windscreen, pointing, and running back to the driver’s door where the victim was, whilst his co-defendant followed behind with the gun in his outstretched right arm. Our client was seen opening the driver’s door and leaning into the car on at least 3 occasions, punching the victim numerous times, then stepping back as the co-defendant fired inside the car. It was the Crown’s case that our client engaged in a joint enterprise by way of aiding, abetting and supplying the firearm to his younger associate.
On the 22nd June 2021, our client was convicted of a lesser offence and acquitted of Murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.