Two Males Jailed After Shooting In Huddersfield

Friday 4 October 2019

Two males have been jailed for 24 years following a shooting in Huddersfield at the beginning of the year.

The incident happened on 21 February 2019, when police received two 999 calls from members of the public reporting a firearms discharge on Osborne Road in Birkby.

No-one was injured during the incident, but there was damage to the rear window of a Vauxhall Astra which was parked on the street, which was consistent with gun shots. A metal ball bearing was found within the car.

A bullet, beanie hat and mobile phone were recovered on a small patch of waste land at the top of Clement Street by police.

An investigation by detectives from West Yorkshire’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, which included CCTV appeals to the public, led to vital information which led to arrests being made.

Faisal Adalat, aged 24, of Westgate, in Wakefield, was arrested and later charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, he’s been jailed for 15 years.

A 17-year-old male from Leeds, was forensically linked to the incident and was arrested and subsequently also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, he’s been jailed for 9 years.

Faisal Adalat and the 17-year-old male stood trial at Leeds Crown Court and were found guilty by a jury.

Detective Inspector Anthony Scopelliti, of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, who led the investigation, said:

“This was a violent and planned attack by two individuals arming themselves with guns. They shot at their targets at close range in a targeted attack; it is very fortunate that no one was injured during this incident.

“An extensive investigation was carried out, including vital CCTV evidence which was recovered and identified Adalat, we were able to bring them to justice.

“We hope the significant sentences they have received will send a clear deterrent message to others about how seriously offences of this nature will be treated and the heavy penalties that people can expect.

“Guns and weapons have absolutely no place in the hands of criminals in our communities and we will continue to do everything we can to tackle firearms crime and protect people from the risks that violent offenders like these present.”

Detective Chief Inspector Fiona Gaffney from Kirklees CID said:

‘This sentence adds to the number of serious organised criminals that West Yorkshire Police have caught and brought to justice in recent months. ‘

‘Police officers are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the public and ensure these dangerous offenders are taken off the street.

 ‘I would like to thank the public for their continued support and would urge them to come forward with any information about criminal activity to Kirklees CID via 101. Information can also been given anonymously via the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.’

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