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Two Plead Guilty to Perverting the Course of Justice

Two men who admitted giving false evidence at court in a case where a man opened fire at a Police Community Support Officer have been sentenced.

Zeckiyilmaz Ibrahim, 35 of Chigwell Road, E18 and Scott Nelson, 27, of Wharton Road, E15 pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after lying during a case where three men – including Nelson – were being tried in connection for opening fire at the PCSO.

Nelson had been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of possession of a firearm and of assisting an offender in relation to the original offence.

The incident happened on 5 April 2014 at the Downs Estate in Hackney. The PCSO was not injured.

In an attempt to fool the jury Nelson and Ibrahim tried to concoct an alibi that they had been together shortly before the shooting.

During the trial, part of the evidence against Nelson was that the gun used was found in a loft area at Eastdown House E8, close to the scene of the shooting.

Nelson had fibres on his shoes that matched the loft insulation.

But Ibrahim gave evidence that he and Nelson had been at his home address shortly before the shooting and Nelson had been in their loft.

As a result, the court heard, this explained the fibres on Nelson’s shoes.

This factor in the case was only brought to the attention of the police in the week before trial.

An urgent analysis of the fibres from Ibrahim’s address showed that these fibres were the same as those on Nelson’s shoes and in the loft at Eastdown House.

However, the jury were not convinced by the story given in court by the pair and Nelson was convicted anyway.

Both men were then subsequently arrested for perverting the course of justice.

Following analysis of CCTV, communication evidence and movements of vehicles, detectives discovered Nelson had actually taken insulation from Eastdown House and transferred it to Ibrahim’s loft.

They both pleaded guilty to doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice at the Old Bailey and were sentenced on 29 June.

Nelson was jailed for 30 months to run consecutive to the 12 years he was sentenced to originally. Ibrahim received 18 months imprisonment.

In the original case, Mubarak Shaibu, 25, of Amhurst Road, E8 was jailed in September last year for a total of 27 years after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of ammunition with intent at an earlier hearing.

Nelson was found guilty of possession of a firearm and of assisting an offender on 17 September following a trial at the Old Bailey. He was jailed for 12 years.

Source: Metropolitan Police Service

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