A man has been jailed for 20 years for accidentally shooting his friend with a submachine gun and dumping his body by a road in West London.
Chiragh Chiragh, 39, shot Mohamed Muhyidin, 28, in the early hours of Halloween in 2021 as he sat in the front seat of a car parked outside a flat in High Street, Harlington.
His body was driven and dumped by the side of the road in Sipson Lane where it was discovered by a taxi driver.
Isleworth Crown Court heard how events unfolded in a parking area outside some flats in Harlington High Street.
One of the flats was used as a base for a number of people to take and deal drugs.
In the early hours of the morning Chiragh left the flat with a submachine gun and joined Mohamed in a car.As Chiragh got out the vehicle, the firearm went off, shooting Mohamed who was sitting directly in front of him.
The silencer fell to the floor and the submachine gun was fired again while Chiragh was holding it.
A short time later, Chiragh drove the car to Sipson Lane and Mohamed’s body was dumped by the roadside.
Detective Inspector Lucy Carberry from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Chiragh may not have intended to harm Mohamed Muhiyidin, but it is clear that he, and his associates, were intent on harming someone that day. “Chiragh was armed with a lethal weapon and Shakeel with an imitation firearm prior to Mohamed’s death, which was seen on CCTV. “Post shooting, they then colluded and conspired in an attempt to cover up what had happened to Mohamed. “All played their part in this tragic story and all have quite rightly been made to face the consequences of their actions.“
Chiragh Chiragh of Paulhan Road in Harrow was found guilty of manslaughter and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and perverting the course of justice. He received a 25-year sentence, including 20 years in custody with an extended five years on licence. Two thirds of his sentence must be served before parole is considered. Mohammed Shakeel, 29, of Cape Close in Barking was found guilty of perverting the course of justice. He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He was sentenced to a total of five years and four months’ imprisonment. A 17-year-old boy, who pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing was sentenced to a youth rehabilitation order for two years.