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Luton man sentenced to 27-and-a-half-years for attempted murder

14 Jan 2020

A man from Luton, deemed ‘dangerous’ by a judge, has been sentenced to 27-and-a-half-years after he shot a man in the chest.

Justice McCann, 22, of Ravenhill Way, was jailed today (Tuesday) at Luton Crown Court for 22-and-a-half-years, with an extended five years on licence. His Honour Judge Mark Bishop told McCann he will not be eligible for parole until 2035.

In October, McCann pleaded guilty to five charges: attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

On 10 August, just before midnight, police received reports that a gun had been fired at a vehicle in Albert Road, Luton. The incident was captured on CCTV and showed McCann running after a car and firing a gun. He was seen wearing khaki tracksuit bottoms and a khaki tracksuit top, with a black bag across his shoulder.

 

 

Around 15 minutes after the first incident was reported, police received a call reporting that a man had been shot in the chest outside shops in New Town Street, just around the corner from Albert Street. The man was taken to hospital, where he received further treatment and sustained injuries which will affect him for the rest of his life.

McCann also threw a glass bottle at a man sitting in a car in New Town Street, ordering him to hand over his keys and get out of the car. However, by that point police were on the scene, in response to reports of violence in the street, and McCann left the scene. The police officer and police dog who had been deployed to the area searched a nearby alleyway, and found a black firearm. CCTV that was later recovered showed a figure going down the alleyway and bending down in the area where the gun was found.

 

The use of so-called fast track forensics was absolutely integral to McCann being identified as a suspect. McCann’s DNA was recovered from the weapon after it was forensically examined, while fingerprints found on the car where the driver was threatened were matched to McCann’s left palm

A fourth person also gave a statement to police saying that on the same night she had been walking with a friend on Seymour Street, when a man pointed a gun at them both. Her description of the offender led police to believe it was also McCann.

After two officers identified McCann as the person in the CCTV footage from both shootings, on 12 August police executed a warrant at a property in Luton linked to McCann. They recovered digital scales and a number of bags of green herbal matter from the bottom of the oven and a kitchen cupboard.

On 14 August McCann was arrested at another property in Luton. A search of the property revealed a quantity of cannabis, a revolver and 11 rounds of ammunition. Officers also recovered khaki tracksuit bottoms, a matching hoodie and a black ‘man bag’ – all matching the outfit McCann was seen wearing in the CCTV of the incidents.

 

 

Detective Chief Inspector Aaron Kiff from the Bedfordshire Police Boson team; the force’s dedicated unit which tackles gun criminality, and the team that led the investigation, said: “I am pleased that this dangerous and violent individual is now behind bars. I hope the sentence received by McCann shows others that there are consequences for anyone who uses a weapon to either harm or threaten another person.

“The victim of the shooting thankfully survived his injuries, but the incident had a huge impact on him. I hope that now he is able to begin rebuilding his life knowing that his attacker is behind bars, and that the other people who McCann threatened feel safe again.

“Both of these forensic matches were delivered quickly through a specialist fast track system that Bedfordshire Police has paid for through a Home Office grant to tackle serious youth violence

“The use of firearms on our streets won’t be tolerated, and our Boson team is dedicated to tackling this kind of crime. We run regular proactive patrols across the county to target those involved in this type of criminality, and those will continue to run for the foreseeable future with support from other teams like firearms, roads policing and our response officers.”

On sentencing Judge Bishop praised the Boson investigation team and told McCann: “Because of your repeated criminality and previous convictions I believe you are dangerous, which is why you have got such a lengthy sentence.” He also ordered that £600 confiscated by police to be paid directly to the victim as compensation for the life changing injuries he sustained. Judge Bishop added: “It was by chance and by the skill of the doctors you didn’t kill the victim in this case.”  

Anyone with information to help tackle this type of criminality, is asked to contact Bedfordshire Police on 101, or report online at www.bedfordshire.police.uk/report. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

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