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Two convicted for Abdul Xasan murder

|News, Violent crime

Two defendants associated with a gang have been convicted of the murder of a 19-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Hillfields area of Coventry.

A 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth were found guilty on Thursday 26 November 2020 of the murder of Abdul Wahid Xasan following a six week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

On 13 March 2020, the two defendants, wearing balaclavas, drove a stolen car on false number plates and shot and killed Mr Abdul Wahid Xasan who was walking along Harnall Lane in Coventry at around 2.40pm. Mr Xasan attempted to flee but was chased down by the car and shot again, and he managed to run a short distance further before collapsing in the street.

Wendy Bounds of the CPS said: "This is a tragic case in which a young man's life was cut short needlessly. The defendants carried out this callous attack near a school in broad daylight, confident that they would escape detection having concealed their identities and by shooting from a stolen car on false number plates. The prosecution used CCTV taken from a large number of sites to locate and track the stolen car, piecing together technical evidence from several sources to build a strong case, including tracking the defendants' movements to the scene to prove their involvement in the murder. I hope today's conviction will bring some comfort to Mr Xasan's family, and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

Notes to editors

  • Wendy Bounds is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

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