Man jailed for shooting friend - Luton

08/02/2017

A man, who accidently shot a friend when he was playing with a loaded rifle, was jailed for 28 months today, Wednesday, 8 February 2017.

Nico Nabavi, aged 27, fired a bullet that went through the victim's body and ended up in the wall of a flat in Luton.

The victim, who had only gone to the flat in Marlow Avenue to smoke a cannabis joint, spent 6 weeks in a medically-induced coma while doctors operated on him, Luton Crown Court heard.

Nabavi of Connaught Road, Luton pleaded guilty to wounding and possessing a firearm without a certificate on the night of 26 November last year.

Nigel Ogborne, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said the victim had been out for a meal with his ex-girlfriend and her mother and then went on his own to a friend's flat in Marlow Avenue to smoke cannabis. Nabavi, who he knew as friend, was there and after half an hour he produced a double-barrelled rifle from under some cushions.

"Nabavi was playing with the gun and pointed it in the victim's direction. He was only about 3 metres away. The next thing there was a loud bang," said Mr Ogborne. The lead bullet hit an artery and vein in the victim's bowel before passing through his body and landing in a wall.

The prosecutor went on: "He said it felt like an electric shock and he fell to the floor. Nabavi grabbed him, took him out of the flat and dumped him on the street."

An ambulance was called by someone else in the flat and the victim initially told paramedics he had been stabbed. It was obvious, however, that he had been shot, said Mr Ogborne.

The victim was first taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital before being transferred to the specialist liver and pancreas unit at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge. He underwent operations to his small bowel and was eventually sent back to the Luton and Dunstable hospital before being released on Boxing Day. He needs life-long treatment for his injury.

In a victim person statement, the victim said: "He left me there to die."

Alex Britton, defending, said that a week before the shooting Nabavi had been paid £200 to look after the gun. Mr Britton said his client had disposed of the gun on rough ground near the railway line. After his arrest he took the police there, but it had disappeared.

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster told him: "You are very fortunate you are not here for manslaughter. To your good fortune he did survive although he was very seriously injured. You caused very serious life-changing injuries. You hid the weapon which has now been removed and is probably in the hands of someone who should not have it."

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