Three men jailed for shooting - Luton

30/05/2014

Three men appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Friday, 30 May 2014, and were sentenced in connection with shootings, which occurred in Luton during April and May 2013.

Khadeem Newell, aged 22, of Jasmine Road, Luton, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, and possession of a Section 5 firearm with intent to endanger life.  The charges resulted from a shooting that happened in Fountains Road on 05 May 2013. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 11 years.

Rene Lawrence, aged 24, of Littlefield Road, Luton, was found guilty of conspiracy to murder in connection with the shooting in Fountains Road and also two further shootings, which occurred in St Michael's Road on 24 April 2013, and Tudor Road on 30 April 2013. He was sentenced to life imprisonment and is to serve a minimum of 11 years.

Zeeshan Khan, aged 23, of Connaught Road, Luton, was found guilty of assisting an offender by helping Newell to escape from the scene on 05 May 2013. He was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder. He was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

A fourth man, Mohammed Parvez Khan, aged 29, of St Ethelbert Avenue, Luton, was found not guilty of conspiracy to murder, and assisting an offender.

During the trial the jury heard that Newell had been hired as a hit man to target two men over a debt dispute. At about 9pm on 05 May 2013, the two men, and two others, were travelling together along Fountains Road in a black BMW when a motorcyclist discharged a gun at the rear side window.  The bullet passed straight through the car exiting the other side.

The car driver followed the motorcyclist as he fled the scene, clipping it and causing it to crash in to a taxi in Culverhouse Road.  Another shot was fired as the motorcyclist fell off the motorcycle and ran from the scene, leaving the bike, his helmet and one training shoe behind. When forensic examinations were completed it was found the helmet and shoe contained Newell's DNA and fingerprints. After Scenes of Crime Officers recovered the bullets it was also found that they matched the bullets used in the Tudor Road incident a few days before (30 April 2013).

The jury also heard how Lawrence had played a key role in organising the incidents including the shooting in St. Michael's Road on 24 April 2013, and the shooting of one of the victims in Tudor Road as he left work on 30 April 2013, which left the man with serious leg injuries.

At the end of the trial Judge Michael Kay QC said: "The full story about this shooting has not been disclosed in this court room. The shooting related to drug wars between rival gangs."

Operation Boson, Bedfordshire's crackdown on firearms related crime, continues to pursue those who commit firearms related offences within Bedfordshire. The team have so far executed 109 warrants, arrested 136 people and recovered 19 firearms.