FOUR MEN suffered shotgun wounds – that’s what the police found when they arrived in Brady Street, Whitechapel, E1. It was 10.20pm on 15th July 2016 – and reports had come in of a shooting. There were no suspects to be seen.
It was a long and complicated police investigation, conducted by the Trident and Area Crime Command, using witness evidence and CCTV records. It ended on 29th May this year, when the three Defendants were convicted after a seven week trial at Snaresbook Crown Court of:
•one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life;
•two counts of wounding with intent;
•two counts of attempted grievous bodily harm.
The convicted men returned to the Court for sentencing at the end of June. The men, and their sentences, were:
•Shibbir Ahmed, 27, of Malcolm Road, Bethnal Green – 21 years’ imprisonment;
•Shamrat Hussain, 32, of Benledi Road, Canning Town – 17 years’ imprisonment;
•Forid Farhad, 22, of Rainhill Way, Bow – 15 years’ imprisonment.
During the trial His Honor Judge Del Fabro called the suspects “dangerous offenders” and commended Detective Sergeant Colin Hill and Detective Constable Matt Doohan for their thorough investigation and efforts in apprehending them.
Detective Sergeant Colin Hill, from the Trident and Area Command, said, “We are extremely pleased with the sentences given to these offenders. One of the victims sustained serious injuries on the right hand side of his body, covering his right upper leg, hip and stomach area and all around his right forearm and elbow.
“The Trident and Area Crime Command takes all reports of gun crime very, very seriously. Hopefully these sentences will increase confidence within the local community where this offence was committed. Three dangerous men have been taken off the streets. We would urge anyone who suspects someone of possessing a firearm to tell the police immediately, so that we can prevent offences such as this from happening.
“This case should send a clear message to anyone considering carrying or using a weapon that we will identify and bring to justice those intent on putting lives at risk. I’m incredibly proud of my team for their dedication in working to take these men off the street.”