22-year-old convicted of attempted murder with a shotgun
Sami Ashalaly, 22, has been convicted today (1 March) following a trial for the attempted murder of Garry Thompson on 29th June 2018.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years and 126 days to serve.
A jury at Warwick Crown Court heard how Leaei Tallis Farndon, 27, who was the victim’s girlfriend, had informed Ashalaly of the victim’s exact location despite knowing his intention to harm him.
Tallis-Farndon was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm. She was also convicted today of perverting the course of justice for deleting telephone evidence of the contact. She was sentenced to 6 years’ imprisonment in total for these two offences.
Ashalaly had planned to kill the victim over a drug feud as he believed the victim had owed him a debt. He approached the victim and shot him in the chest at close range using a sawn off shotgun. He had also threatened a prosecution witness with the shotgun on an earlier occasion and was convicted of two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
David Rouse, from the CPS, said: “This was a ruthless attack which was intended to send a message to anyone else who might think of not paying their drug debts.
“The CPS was able to present phone evidence to demonstrate contact between Ashalaly and Farndon around the attack.
“Ashalaly denied the charges with the alibi that he was with his girlfriend during the incident. However, the CPS was able to prove his presence and as a result a guilty verdict was delivered.”
Notes to editors
- David Rouse is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the CPS West Midlands.
- Sami Ashalaly (05/06/1996) was convicted of attempted murder and two counts of possessing a firearm with intent. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 16 years and 126 days.
- Leaei Tallis Farndon (08/01/1992) was convicted of inflicting GBH and perverting the course of justice and sentenced to a total of 6 years’ imprisonment.