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Four jailed for shooting in Leyton

Kamal Lorren Parrish (left) and Michael Lawrence (Credit: MPS)

Four people have been jailed for more than 60 years in connection with a shooting in Leyton. 

Two groups of gunmen fired at each other during a private function in a rented hall in Rigg Approach at around 5am on Saturday, 28 October 2017.

More than 300 people were attending the event and two innocent bystanders were caught in the cross-fire. 

A woman, aged in her 20s, was shot in the chest while a man, aged in his 40s, was hit in the leg. They were both rushed to hospital and fully recovered. 

At least 34 rounds from six firearms were discharged during the shooting.

Footage of the shooting (Credit: MPS)

Detectives launched an investigation into the incident and managed to piece together a detailed sequence of events which led to the arrest and conviction of five men and one woman. 

They established the catalyst for the shooting was an ongoing dispute between Kamal Lorren Parrish, 30, of Enfield, and Jacob Joseph Maitland, 34, of Tottenham. 

High quality CCTV from the industrial estate where the events unfolded showed Maitland and Parrish shooting at each other with a Makarov self-loading pistol and a Sig Sauer firearm respectively. 

Parrish was supported by Michael Lawrence, 24, of Tipton, and Haramein Jelani Mohammed, 35, of Hackney, who were also seen firing an Uzi sub machine pistol. 

Sinan Ozger, 33, of Tottenham, was filmed using a Tokarev self-loading pistol to help Maitland while Shearine Maria Thompson, 42, of Tottenham was their getaway driver. 

Ozger (left) and Thompson (Credit: MPS)

Officers used CCTV, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and phone data analysis to identify all six defendants. 

Five of the suspects were arrested in May 2018 while Thompson was already in prison for another matter. 

Clothing seized from their addresses appeared to be identical to that worn by the offenders on the night of the shooting. Officers have also seized three of the firearms used in the shooting. 

All six of the defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

Thompson was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment while Ozger has been jailed for 21 years following a four week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 5 November.

Lawrence was previously sentenced to 15 years and six months’ imprisonment following another trial in September. Parrish was also jailed for 16 years. 

Maitland and Mohammed are due to be sentenced on Thursday, 24 February 2022. 

Maitland and Mohammed (Credit: MPS)

Detective Inspector Matthew Webb, Senior Investigating Officer for the investigation, said: “The CCTV from this offence, plays like a scene from a movie – unfortunately though, this was a real-life event that took place on our streets in London and it was by sheer luck that no further significant injuries were caused.

“The effect the criminal use of firearms has in our communities is not lost on us and I hope the sentences imposed send a strong message to those involved in firearms criminality. Your actions are reprehensible and we will seek to bring you to justice.

“This investigation has taken place over a number of years and demonstrates the commitment the Met has to holding those involved in the commission of violent offending to account. I would like to thank my investigation team, Crown Prosecution Team and Prosecuting Counsel for their support during the course of this complex investigation and for making London safer.

“The Met is committed to reducing violent crime. However, we also rely on our communities to help us and I would urge anyone with information about someone who may be carrying a weapon to contact police immediately whether in person or anonymously.”

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