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Jailed: Bounds Green gang member who blasted rival with shotgun in Edmonton car park

PUBLISHED: 13:22 22 May 2014

Natnael Tesfay was convicted of murder

Natnael Tesfay was convicted of murder

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A Bounds Green gang member was jailed for a minumum of 27 years today for blasting a rival dead with a shotgun in an Edmonton car park.

Shotgun victim Mohammed HusseinShotgun victim Mohammed Hussein

Natneal Tesfay, 21, of Park Road, was convicted of murdering 19-year-old Mohammed Hussein as a feud escalated between the gangs they each belonged to, Kingston Crown Court heard.

Mohammed, who belonged to a gang in Enfield, was shot after going to buy a kebab in Bounces Road, Edmonton, on the night of April 1 last year.

Earlier on Tesfay and other members of the rival Edmonton gang were in the area when they spotted a dark Vauxhall Corsa and gave chase, apparently thinking rival gang members were inside and on their turf.

Tesfay left, returning a few minutes later with a large carrier bag containing a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.

Around 10 minutes after that, at 9.35pm, Mohammed arrived at the car park of Walbrook House, a tower block in the same area, in a dark BMW with other associates, got out and walked to the kebab shop in Bounces Road.

His associates, who also had a gun with them, waited inside the car. Tesfay and his associates followed Mohammed - and were spotted by one of the occupants of the BMW, who armed himself with the gun and jumped out.

What happened next was a scene described by the prosecution as “like something out of the old western movies”.

Tesfay was captured on CCTV calmly putting down his bag, taking out the shotgun and firing at Mohammed, who was unarmed. He then chased after him and fired a second time - the fatal shot.

Mohammed’s armed associate ran across and pointed his gun at Tesfay’s group but, for whatever reason, it did not fire and he got back into the BMW, which sped off. Tesfay and his group fled on foot.

Mohammed had been hit in the chest and collapsed in an alleyway between Bounces Road and the car park. He was found by a male passer-by who called an ambulance. A passing nurse also tried to help, but Mohammed died at the scene.

Police later recovered a bag containing eight shotgun cartridges hidden under a bush near the scene, and another bag containing a sawn-off shotgun and 10 cartridges was found by a street cleaner a week later behind houses in nearby Richmond Crescent.

Tesfay was arrested two days after the shooting, and later charged. He was sentenced to life for murder with a minimum term of 27 years. He was also jailed for 10 years concurently for possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life

Simeon Birde, 20, of Zambezi Drive, Edmonton, Christopher Aluma, 19, of Foxglove Close, Edmonton, and a 16-year-old boy from Edmonton too young to be named were acquitted of murder during the first trial in October 2013.

The Met Police’s investigating officer Det Ch Insp John Sandlin said: “This case is a terrifying example of how gangs ruin lives.

“Rivalry between two groups led to the death of Mohammed, gunned down in the street. Tesfay was prepared for violence that night and when he went to collect a shotgun there could be no doubt he was ready to use it as he saw fit.”

Police are still keen to trace the occupants of the BMW - any witnesses or anyone who can help is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3865, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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