Two men, including a 25-year-old Sikh, have been convicted of killing the father of four children in a drive-by shooting in Britain last year, police said.
Gurdeep Sandhu of Blowers Green Road and Hassan Tasleem of Richmond Road in Dudley shot taxi company manager Mohammed Haroon Zeb, 39, in the head shortly after 12:30 a.m. on 31 January 2021.
West Midlands Police said in a statement that Harun had just pulled over outside his home and sadly died in hospital from his injuries later that day.
Sandhu and Tasleem were convicted of murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and perverting the course of justice after a three-month trial in Loughborough Crown Court.
a third man, Shamraz Ali from Tanfield Road; Dudley was also convicted of perverting the course of justice.
All three are in custody and will be sentenced at a later date, the statement said.
Murder was part of an ongoing feud.
The murder was part of an ongoing family feud dating back to 2018.
Haroon was not believed to have been actively involved in the feud, but was a follower of what was going on.
The reason he was specifically targeted is not yet known, the police statement said.
Police said the fatal shot came from a deadly revolver and was one of several shots fired by a Volkswagen Golf passenger.
The weapon has not yet been recovered. West Midlands Police said: “Our detectives conducted an extensive investigation in pursuit of justice and our evidence is that the gun was in Taslim’s hand while Sandhu was driving the car and involved in the conspiracy.”
According to police, the vehicle had false license plates and was off the radar until later retrieved from Telford.
Police said they “scourged thousands of hours of CCTV, forensics used, social media and phone records to link Tasleem and Sandhu to the premeditated murders.”
After the court ruling, the victim’s family said, “We struggled to accept Harun’s death as a family for nearly two years.
“It was a carefully planned murder and the children lost their father forever. Nothing can take away the pain,” said Detective Jim Monroe, who led the investigation into the murder.
“We can only hope that these convictions will get some dangerous men off the streets and that ongoing police work will put an end to such violence. Thank you to the Dudley community for supporting us during this investigation.”
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