Pun­jab-ori­gin man in UK jailed for life for killing stu­dent

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Region -

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

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