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Man sentenced to 21 years

December 4, 2012, 11:03 am

A 23-year-old who shot a man following an argument over borrowing money has been sentenced to a total of 21 years at the Old Bailey.

On Friday 30 November, Izaiah Smith (03.06.1989) of Jenner Road, Hackney, N16, was sentenced to 14 years for section 18 assault and seven years for possession of a firearm with the intent to endanger life, the sentences are to run concurrently.

Smith was found guilty at the Old Bailey on 23 October.

On Thursday, 26 April 2012 at approximately 21:30hrs, the male victim and his girlfriend drove to meet Smith in Jenner Road to sell him some clothes prior to his going on holiday to Jamaica.

When they arrived Smith came out of his home and got into the back seat of the car. He sat in the centre of the rear seat leaning forward to speak with the victim’s girlfriend. The victim was sat in the front passenger seat.

The defendant began by asking to borrow £500 but the victim’s girlfriend refused confirming that she did not have the money to lend him. Smith then began to ask in a more aggressive manner, so the victim decided to intervene by telling him that his girlfriend would not be lending him any money.

Smith then called the victim an offensive name and shot him once, with the bullet penetrating the area under his right armpit. Smith then ran off.

The victim was driven to Homerton Hospital by his girlfriend, where he was later transferred to the Royal London Hospital as his injuries were deemed life-threatening. The victim has now recovered physically from his injuries but is still traumatised by the incident.

On 27 April 2012, search warrants were executed at both Smith’s home address and his mother’s address. The defendant was not at either of them.

The investigation team was able to trace the suspect to a different address and were able to confirm he was in the area at the time of the shooting. Smith was interviewed where he made no comment to all questions. He was subsequently arrested and charged.

Detective Constable Simon Ager, Trident Gang Crime Command North East Team, said: “This significant sentence sends out a clear message about the grave consequences of carrying and using a weapon. This was a complex investigation and has successfully led to the imprisonment of a dangerous offender.

“Trident Gang Crime Command continues to focus on the prevention of shootings and to investigate and catch offenders. The number of shootings taking place in London has significantly reduced, with 28% fewer incidents than last year.

Gary Bruce, from Trident Gang Crime Command, said: “The conviction of Izaiah Smith is the culmination of a great deal of hard work by DS Wayne Jolley and DC Ager, Trident North-East Team and the Crown Prosecution Service. Trident Gang Crime Command continues to work alongside boroughs and partner agencies to disrupt such gang-related criminality and convict those who perpetrate it.”

 
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