Punjab-origin man in UK jailed for life for killing student
Punjab-origin man in the UK was on Tuesday jailed for life along with his British accomplice for killing a 22-yearold man who was shot at “point blank range” while travelling in a car as part of a drug-dealing feud last year. Juskiran Sidhu, 28, and Philip Babatunde Fashakin, 26, must serve at least 30 years in jail before being considered for parole, the Old Bailey court in London ruled. Judge Nigel Lickley said Hashim Abdalla Ali was “ambushed” and shot at “point blank range” in a “ruthless and brutal act” as part of a drug-dealing feud.
The duo, who went to the cinema after committing the crime, had been found guilty of the murder of Ali during a trial at the court last week.
“Fashakin and Sidhu carried out a brutal attack which led to a young man losing his life at the side of the road,” said Detective Chief Inspector Garry Moncrieff, who led the investigation for the Metropolitan Police. “We hope these lengthy sentences bring some kind of closure for Mr Ali’s family,” he said.
The court heard that on 11 October 2018, Ali was passenger in a black Mercedes driven by his friend. The car had just pulled up on Central Avenue in London when Fashakin and Sidhu approached and discharged a firearm towards the passenger side of the vehicle, striking Ali. PTI