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Saturday, 8 November 2014
Muslim gunman jailed for shooting White woman.
A gunman who fired two shots at a house in Bradford leaving a young mother seriously hurt has been jailed for 15 years.
The victim, Ashleigh McPherson, 22, suffered two gunshot wounds to her stomach and had to undergo surgery to have three pellets removed from her breast, stomach wall and forearm.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Hasan Khan was already on bail for growing cannabis when he became angry and armed himself with a shotgun after being humiliated in a violent exchange with his victim’s brother Luke Orker earlier on May 16.
Mr Justice Edis said Khan had suffered a "substantial beating in public” in front of his home and had then decided to go to Mr Orker’s family home in Longfield Drive, East Bowling. Once there he fired two shots, one into the kitchen and the second through the clear glass in the front door. Ashleigh was hit as she was coming in through the back door, was struck; fortunately, she had given her child to her mother to hold.
After the incident, Khan was driven to Blackpool in a car rented by Ann-Marie Pulford, whom he was seeing, and was arrested the following day. Also recovered from the car were 83 wraps of cocaine and 60 wraps of heroin. Khan, 24, of Newlands Avenue, Fagley, Bradford was cleared by a jury of attempting to murder Miss McPherson but convicted of wounding her with intent. He admitted possessing a firearm with intent, producing cannabis and possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.
Pulford, 25, from Blackpool, who was convicted of assisting an offender, had sentence adjourned until January for reports.
Mohammed Nawaz, representing Khan, said he realised he was facing a long sentence in total. It was his case he had gone to the house to fire only warning shots.