Two men found guilty and jailed for teenager's murder - Milton Keynes

27/03/2017

Two men appeared at Luton Crown Court today, Monday, 27 March 2017, and were convicted of the murder of a teenager in Milton Keynes last September, and sentenced to life and to serve a minimum of 30 years’ imprisonment each.

Mohammed Noor, aged 33, of Radworthy, Furzton, and Albert Prempeh, aged 35, of no fixed abode, were convicted and sentenced today following a 3-week trial.

At around 5am on Tuesday, 13 September 2016, Noor and Prempeh approached a property in Osprey Close, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes. There were three young men, including 19-year-old Suhaib Mohammed, inside at the time. Noor, who was holding a gun, put his arm through the open ground floor window, and pulled the trigger a number of times. It initially failed to discharge, but then fired and Mr Mohammed was shot in the chest. He was taken, by ambulance, to Milton Keynes General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 7am.

Prempeh waited outside the property, while the shooting took place, and he and Noor then fled the scene together. Noor handed himself into the police later that day, while Prempeh was arrested on 17 September 2016.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "Although Noor pulled the trigger, Prempeh also played a significant role in this planned attack, which led to the death of Mr Mohammed. They both acted jointly, together, and are clearly extremely ruthless, calculated and violent individuals.

"Noor initially claimed that the day before the shooting, he saw two men he believed had attempted to rob him a few weeks earlier and followed them to the address in Osprey Close, but left. He then drank some alcohol, recovered a gun he had seen hidden in bushes and returned to the address, alone, to scare the men in reprisal for the attempted robbery. He later claimed that Prempeh provided him with the gun and that they went to the property to scare the occupants into surrendering the proceeds of a robbery of a bookmakers, which they believed the occupants had committed the day before. He said that the shooting was an accident, but accepted he shot and killed Mr Mohammed, so pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but not guilty to murder. Prempeh claimed that Noor was his drug supplier and he owed him money and he only went with him to Osprey Close, because Noor had threatened him with the gun, he was in fear of him and acted under duress. Both have today been found guilty of murder despite their denials.

"This case represents a tragedy for Mr Mohammed's family and friends, who have been devastated by his death. The witnesses were utterly unprepared for what took place, one of them tried desperately to save Mr Mohammed's life, and all of them have given evidence in very difficult circumstances. I would like to pay tribute to Mr Mohammed's family and friends, and the witnesses, for their support of the investigation and prosecution.

"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. The consequences of this incident highlight the significant danger weapons, drugs, alcohol and violence have on lives. The CPS takes all allegations of violence and gun crime extremely seriously and will continue to vigorously prosecute all such offenders. We know that nothing will bring Mr Mohammed back to his family and friends, but we hope that today's convictions and sentences bring them at least a small sense that justice has been done.  Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Mike Lynch, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: "Justice has been done, and Noor and Prempeh have been convicted of this crime.

"The motive behind this killing is unclear, but it appears that Mr Mohammed was not the intended victim. Noor and Prempeh's reckless and callous actions have caused a young man to lose his life.

"I would like to commend the family of Mr Mohammed for their bravery following this incident, as well as the community in and around Osprey Close, who provided help and support to officers throughout the investigation.

"Noor and Prempeh will now be spending a significant period of time in prison for this crime, and while I know that this will never bring back Suhaib to his family, I hope that it helps as they continue to come to terms with his death."