Rhyming slang gun­man given life in prison

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Court Re­porter ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

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

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