Rhyming slang gunman given life in prison
A GUNMAN from Uxbridge has been jailed for life.
Bernard Pillay, of Campion Close, admitted shooting Atif Ali in the leg with a sawn-off shotgun in a contract ‘hit’ paid for by the victim’s love rival, a court heard.
Mr Ali suffered severe injuries as a result of the attack on May 20, 2013.
Pillay (pictured), 41, denied conspiracy to murder but was convicted by the jury at Luton Crown Court.
The court was told he already had convictions for causing grievous bodily harm to two police officers.
During the trial, he had caused mirth with his use of Cockney rhyming slang, such as ‘Scotch’ – to signify ‘Scotch egg’ which means leg – to describe where he would eventually shoot Mr Ali.
Judge Michael Kay QC told Pillay he had given evidence of playing the part of a ‘cardboard cutout East End thug.’ But he said what Pillay did was ‘the barbaric act of a heartless, immoral thug’.
Mark O’Neill, 41, of Lansbury Drive, Hayes, who drove Pillay to Luton, where the attack took place, was cleared of conspiracy to murder.
Shahzad Mahroof, 28, of Selbourne Road, Luton, who paid Pillay for the shooting, was jailed for life.
Mahroof must serve a minimum term of 15 years and Pillay a minimum of 17 years.
Photo courtesy of John O’Reilly//South Beds News Agency