A GROUP of eight men who started serious violence and disorder in Leeds city centre on New Year’s Day have been sentenced to a combined total of 46-and-a-half-years in prison.
The eight men from Manchester started a large-scale fight during which one man suffered serious head injuries, before moving onto Wade Lane.
Once on Wade Lane further disorder occurred before Javan Service, aged 18, of South Grove, Longsight, fired a gun six times towards a group of people.
Sheffield Crown Court, Recorder Alan Goldsack QC sentenced Service to 12 years’ imprisonment for Violent Disorder, Grievous Bodily Harm, Possession of a Firearm with Intent to Cause Fear and Violence, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.
Seven other men were also sentenced for their part in the disorder. They are:
Mohammed Mohibur Uddin, 20, of Stapleford Close, Sale was sentenced to eight years for violent disorder, possession of a prohibited weapon, attempting to pervert the course of justice and grievous bodily harm.
Mohammed Rahel Choudhury, 22, of Handcock Close, Manchester was sentenced to two-and-a-half-years for violent disorder and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Mohammed Rahim Choudhury, 19, also of Hancock Close, Manchester received four years and eight months for violent disorder and GBH.
Curtis Mattis, 19 of Edbrook Walk, Longsight received four years and eight months for violent disorder and GBH.
Mohammed Ali Muzzafar, 21 of East Grove, Manchester was sentenced to four years and eight months for violent disorder and GBH.
Jarrell Wright, 18 of Victory Parade received seven years for violent disorder and GBH.
Luqmaan Mahmood, 19, of Slade Lane, Manchester was sentenced to three years for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and violence.
Detective Inspector Jaz Khan of City and Holbeck CID said: ‘’This was a complex investigation and today’s result is the culmination of much hard work and dedication by officers from City and Holbeck CID and all the investigation team received a commendation from the judge.
"Throughout the investigation we worked closely with our colleagues at Greater Manchester Police, and I would like to thank them for their assistance.
"Facial Mapping and DNA evidence were used during the investigation, but CCTV footage played the most pivotal part.
"Much credit is given to the operator who became aware of the volatile situation that was about to develop and had the presence of mind to capture the footage which was vital both to the investigation and the evidence which secured the convictions of these men.
"I am pleased with the sentences handed by the Court, as they reflect the serious nature of this incident.’’
Chief Superintendent Mark Milsom, Divisional Commander for City and Holbeck, said: "The events of New Year’s Day morning stand out from the bigger picture which is that Leeds city centre has far less incidents of gun crime when compared to other major cities in this country.
"Following this incident we have run a number of special operations during the bank holiday weekends in the city, including the August Bank Holiday which is the busiest weekend of the year in Leeds, and we have not seen any repetition of this kind of incident.
"But it is also crucial to stress that our officers will work as hard as possible to arrest, charge and convict anyone who uses a firearm in our city, and this case clearly demonstrates that."
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