ENGLAND - Three violent drug dealers who shot dead a young mum celebrating a birthday night out have been jailed for at least 37 years.
Sabrina Moss had been enjoying her 24th birthday with friends when she was caught up in a bloody gang turf war. Hassan Hussain, 29, Martell Warren, 24, and Yasin James, 20, were jailed for life after being found guilty of her murder and the attempted murder of her friend Sabrina Gachette, 25. The families of the victims cheered in court as the trial judge Stephen Kramer sentenced them in a packed court at the Old Bailey.
Miss Moss's parents Andrea and John Chalmers as well as Miss Gachette were in court to see the killers sent down. Some of the defendants swore and shouted after friends and family clapped and cheered at the sentences. However, Miss Moss's partner Aaron said in a witness impact statement that he could not bear to see those responsible for the killing.
He said, "My absence throughout this trial has little to do with lack of emotional attachment, more, the inability to face the people responsible. "Caring for our son every day as a single parent is a harsh reminder of the family values we held close to our hearts and were so proud to have maintained for many years. "The life we planned was to be very different from the one we have been forced to accept."
During the 10-week trial, jurors were told how Miss Moss, who had recently moved into a new flat in Neasden with her partner and their four-year-old son, had taken the day of August 23 last year off work to get ready for her birthday party, meeting friends at home. That evening they went to the Love and Liquor nightclub in Kilburn High Road, north west London, and throughout the night others joined their group. Meanwhile, Warren, Hussain and James planned the shooting carefully, carrying out surveillance on their targets before launching their attack an hour before dawn outside the Woody Grill.
The two young women were showered with bullets outside the fast food restaurant when hooded Hussain and James opened fire with a Mac 10 machine gun and a sawn-off shotgun in the early hours of the morning. Miss Moss was shot in the heart and died later in hospital. Miss Gachette was hit in the back by more than 50 gunshot pellets and was lucky to survive. They were not the intended targets of the shooting but were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, sheltering from the rain with a group of about 15 others including members of the South Kilburn Gang. The gunmen could not have failed to spot the young women in their party clothes amid the rest of the group dressed in casual streetwear, the court heard.
Regardless, Hussain discharged the Mac 10 "spray and pray" machine gun six times and James fired both barrels of the shotgun at near point blank range before fleeing in a car driven by Warren. The trigger for the violence came about half an hour before, when Warren was rushed by members of the rival South Kilburn Gang with whom they had a deep seated animosity.
The court heard that Warren, who acted as getaway driver, was a convicted drug dealer and member of the Kensal Green Boys or Bloods, known as the KGB. When he gave evidence in the trial, he implicated Hussain and James in the shooting but denied his own involvement, saying he was just there to do a drug deal. In turn, Hussain and James said Warren was a "dirty lying scumbag" who had only named them to protect the real killers.
Police said the Mac 10 machine gun which killed Miss Moss had been used before in the West Midlands and in London in 2009, 2012, and January last year at the Poolcrest Snooker Club in Kilburn High Road. Neither of the guns involved in the shooting of Miss Moss and Miss Gachette have ever been recovered. During his sentencing, the judge said the shooting was "indiscriminate but targeted." He said Hussain, who described the Mac 10 to a witness as his "baby", had an "unhealthy interest" in guns and shooting. He told them, "It is clear that what you did that night will have had a lasting medical and physical effect on Miss Gachette and the family of Miss Moss."
Miss Gachette said in her statement, "It has to be appreciated, that not only was I a victim, I was a witness to the murder of one of my closest friends. Someone I had known for 13 years, taken away in an instant. "Hearing Sabrina exclaim that she had been shot in her heart are the last words I ever heard her say. The last time I saw her, we were running for our lives into Woody Grill. These words and images will never leave me. "
The Mirror / September 12, 2014
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