As­so­ciate of man shot on M62 is jailed over firearm

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

AN AS­SO­CIATE of a man shot dead by an armed of­fi­cer dur­ing a po­lice stop on the M62 has been con­victed of con­spir­acy to pos­sess firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

Yassar Yakub, 28, was the front seat pas­sen­ger in one of two cars trav­el­ling in con­voy when four un­marked po­lice ve­hi­cles sur­rounded them at junc­tion 24 of the motorway in Hud­der­s­field.

He was shot at 6.05pm on Jan­uary 2 last year af­ter an un­der­cover po­lice op­er­a­tion in which of­fi­cers from West York­shire were de­ployed to ob­serve in­di­vid­u­als in­clud­ing Mr Yakub, a jury at Leeds Crown Court heard.

Mohsin Amin, 32, who was driv­ing the car, was con­victed yesterday by a jury of con­spir­acy to pos­sess firearms with in­tent to en­dan­ger life. Two other de­fen­dants, Rex­hino Ara­paj, 28, and David But­lin, 39, were found not guilty of the same charge fol­low­ing the two-week trial, but But­lin was con­victed of possession of an of­fen­sive weapon – a push-knife.

Mr Ara­paj nod­ded to the jury as he was re­leased from the dock, drag­ging a suit­case be­hind him.

Mohsin was re­manded into cus­tody and But­lin was bailed un­til both are sen­tenced on Wed­nes­day. Possession of a firearm with in­tent to en­dan­ger life car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of life im­pris­on­ment.

Mr Jus­tice Turner warned But­lin that grant­ing bail was “no in­di­ca­tion” of his likely sen­tence.

The court heard how the of­fi­cer who fired the fa­tal round saw Mr Yakub hold­ing a weapon, and felt he was an im­mi­nent dan­ger.

Po­lice found a fully loaded and op­er­a­tional Rus­sian Baikal pis­tol un­der the pas­sen­ger seat of the Audi in which Mr Yakub was trav­el­ling. Of­fi­cers also found a si­lencer and a bag of plas­tic am­mu­ni­tion in the glove com­part­ment.

They later dis­cov­ered a string of What­sApp mes­sages be­tween Mohsin and an uniden­ti­fied man in the days be­fore the in­ci­dent.

Mohsin, of Broomer Street, Dews­bury; Ara­paj, of Thorn­lea Road, Hud­der­s­field, and But­lin, of Hud­der­s­field Road, Holm­firth, had de­nied the of­fences.

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