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Gunman jailed for attempted murder of 12-year-old in drive-by shooting

|News, Violent crime

A Sheffield gang member who seriously injured a 12-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting has today been jailed (7 October 2020) for attempted murder.

Stephen Dunford, 25, was sentenced to three concurrent life sentences with a minimum period to serve of 19 years' imprisonment at Sheffield Crown Court.

The boy and a group of friends were on their way to a fun-park near to the Meadowhall shopping centre in January 2020. A white car drove past containing five men wearing hoods and balaclavas.

The windows were then lowered and the victim recognised Stephen Dunford sitting in the front passenger seat holding a shotgun. There was another passenger in the back seat holding a long-barrelled shotgun. Multiple shots were fired at the group.

Dunford was heard to say, “We got one”.

The 12-year-old was hit in the leg, but he managed to make his way home and an ambulance was called. Doctors have since been unable to remove the bullet lodged in his thigh. A bullet passed through the clothing of a second child in the group.

The boy had known Dunford for some time. He was also able to accurately identify Dunford from his eyes, eyebrows, and voice, and later correctly picked him out at an identification parade.

Julian Briggs, of the CPS, said: “Although the child was very likely not the intended target, Dunford’s clear intention that day was to kill a nearby individual, and he has now been jailed for attempted murder.

“It is only by great good fortune that his actions did not result in the death of a 12-year-old boy.  And it is thanks to the boy’s evidence, despite the traumatic nature of the incident, that this highly dangerous individual has a long jail sentence.

“Our thoughts remain with the boy and his family, as he continues to recover from his injury."

In addition, fellow gang member Brandon Bailey was sentenced to 10.5 years' imprisonment for firearm and proceeds of crime offences.

Notes to editors

  • Julian Briggs is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Stephen Dunford (DOB: 27/10/94) - convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to three concurrent life sentences with a minimum period to serve of 19 years at Sheffield Crown Court
  • Brandon Bailey (DOB: 1/3/94) - convicted of illegal possesion of a firearm and proceeds of crime offences and sentenced to 10.5 years' imprisonment at Sheffield Crown Court.

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