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Leeds drug dealer sentenced to life for murder of Jason Llanwarne

|News, Violent crime

Mohammed Fike Butt (32) was sentenced to life with a minimum tariff of 28 years today (23 April) for the murder of 34-year-old Jason Llanwarne, and two offences of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent. He had pleaded guilty to these offences on the fifth day of his trial.

On 14 September 2020, Jason Llanwarne, who was accompanied by two friends, became involved in a dispute with Butt over drugs in North Lane, Headingley. An altercation erupted, and Butt punched Jason Llanwarne to the ground and set upon him viciously.

Butt then got into his car and drove at the victim’s two friends, striking one of them on the leg. He turned the car round and drove again at the group. Jason Llanwarne was thrown high into the air. The defendant then drove a third time at the group, driving over Jason Llanwarne’s inert body and again striking the leg of his friend.

Butt then fled the scene in his severely damaged vehicle, before abandoning it and buying himself some chips at a local takeaway.

Jason Llanwarne was pronounced dead in hospital. He had suffered catastrophic head injuries as well as multiple bone fractures.

Arfaq Nabi from the CPS said: "This was a brutal and shockingly callous act. In a calculated act of violence, and using his vehicle as a weapon, Butt deliberately targeted all three men and, far from showing remorse or summoning help, Butt instead fled the scene and bought himself food at a local takeaway.

"He is now serving a life sentence. Our thoughts remain with Jason’s family and friends, as well as the two other victims of this truly appalling crime."

Notes to editors

  • Mohammed Fike Butt, D.o.B: 20/11/88
  • Arfaq Nabi is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.

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