Three men found guilty of conspiracy to murder - Lower Earley

12/04/2012

Three men have today, Thursday, 12 April 2012 been convicted of conspiracy to murder following a shooting incident in Lower Earley last year.

Imran Khan, aged 34, from Wickham Road, Lower Earley; Jaspal Kajla, aged 36, from Hepworth Road, Coventry; and Amjed Mahmood, aged 31, from May Street, Coventry, were all found guilty by a jury at Reading Crown Court.

They have been sentenced to life in prison and will each serve a minimum of ten and a half years.

The convictions follow an incident in The Delph, Lower Earley, on 27 September last year. The victim, Quadir Hussain, was shot three times on his driveway.

He asked Thames Valley Police to release the following statement:

"I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has supported me and my family through this horrific event, in particular Detective Constable Phil Mullins and Detective Constable Chris Pullen who have supported us tremendously through a difficult time. They have dealt with my family and me with great care and consideration. The support provided by these officers will not be forgotten.

"My family and I would also like to thank the legal team, Detective Sergeant Ali Driver for putting this case together, Mr John Price for representing the Crown Prosecution Service and all the Thames Valley Police team who have put a great deal of effort and time into this case."

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Quadir Hussain was shot on his doorstep when he returned home after work, in a carefully planned, deliberate attempt to take his life.  The attempt to take Mr Hussain's life failed and now the attempts by Mr Khan, Mr Kajla, and Mr Mahmood to avoid detection for this horrific crime have also failed.  Thames Valley Police conducted an extensive and meticulous investigation, which led them from the car used in the attack to these defendants.

"As a result of this careful and thorough investigation, we were able to prove to the jury that Imran Khan had hired Amjed Mahmood and Jaspal Kajla to come to Reading for the sole purpose of shooting Quadir Hussain.  It has been accepted by the jury that the reason for this attack was a dispute over a piece of land thousands of miles away in Pakistan.

"The success of this investigation and prosecution demonstrates that even the most carefully planned crimes will be uncovered and the offenders brought to justice.  We now hope that Mr Hussain, who has shown great courage throughout this process, continues his recovery."

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Tolmie, who led the investigation said: "This was an isolated and targeted incident. It was a determined and concerted effort by an organised crime gang to kill Mr Hussain.

"He was shot at on three occasions and it is only due to luck that no bullet struck any vital organ or blood vessel. This incident could just have easily been a murder investigation.

"The investigation was challenging and complex and we would like to thank those who attended court and provided the necessary evidence to convict these three people.

"We hope that today's verdict provides some closure for Mr Hussain and his family and will allow them to get on with their lives."