Moshin Amin sentenced to 18 years for firearms offence
Moshin Amin (D.o.B. 15/03/86) has today (12 December) been sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to 18 years for conspiracy to possess firearms and ammunition with intent to endanger life. Additionally, David Butlin (D.o.B. 2/7/79) was found guilty of having an offensive weapon (a push dagger) and sentenced to eighteen months.
On the 2nd January 2017, following surveillance, undercover police officers stopped two vehicles travelling in convoy, at Junction 24 of the M62 in West Yorkshire. The first vehicle was an Audi driven by Moshin Amin with a man named Yasser Yaqub in the passenger seat. The second was a Scirocco driven by David Butlin.
The police carried out a forced stop of both vehicles as they exited the motorway.
Yasser Yaqub was observed to produce a gun and was shot dead by a firearms officer from West Yorkshire Police. This incident is the subject of an independent investigation by the IOPC.
The police recovered a loaded handgun from the footwell and a silencer and further ammunition from the glovebox of the vehicle being driven by Amin. David Butlin had a knife secreted down his shorts.
Both men denied the offences but were convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown Court on 7 December.
Gerry Wareham from the CPS said: “The jury found that Moshin Amin was a party to an agreement with Yasser Yaqub to possess the gun, silencer and ammunition for the purpose of endangering the lives of others. We were able to provide evidence to show that the background to this was an ongoing drug feud.
“Moshin Amin also had with him mobile telephones equipped with ‘stealth SIMS’ so as to hide the identities of those using them and the calls made. David Butlin also accepted he had used a phone equipped with a stealth SIM.
“Today Moshin Amin will begin serving a lengthy prison sentence as a result of his involvement in organised criminality.”
Notes to editors
- Gerry Wareham is Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside.