28-year-old Saharded Hassan, 22-year-old Rajae Heslop, and 20-year-old Irwin Constable have been caged for a combined total of at least 84 years for their involvement in the fatal shooting of Leon Maxwell in Harrow in 2018.
London cops and emergency healthcare heroes from the London Ambulance Service rushed to reports of a shooting on 1 May 2018 near Queensbury Underground Station, finding a man suffering from gunshot wounds. Maxwell had tried to get into a block of flats to seek help but died at the scene from his grim injuries.
Crime busters from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command established that Maxwell had been shot while sitting in a car, by assailants who carried out a drive-by shooting from a stolen moped. Attempts to identify the culprits was hindered by the fact that they had been wearing crash helmets at the time of the shooting.
Cops tirelessly combed through more than a thousand hours of CCTV footage, hoovering up footage from a three mile radius to pin down the perps, but came up empty handed.
They eventually managed to pin down the thief who stole the moped and began tightening their net – linking Hassan to the shooting via DNA on a bullet casing, and identifying Heslop and Constable as the men on the moped after an extensive investigation that saw five arrests and the seizure of 131 mobile phones.
“The investigation team has worked tirelessly since 2018 to get to the truth about what happened on Essoldo Way in order to not only bring those involved before the courts, but to get some form of resolution for Leon’s family” said Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin.
“This case highlights that even when suspects make every attempt to hide their identities, through hard work and forensic opportunities, we will always endeavour to find them.
“Three men involved this murder have been given lengthy prison sentences, the professed gang leader Saharded Hassan received 32 years for his involvement.”
Hassan was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 32 years and another sentence of 20 years to be served concurrently. Heslop was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 28 years and another sentence of 18 years to be served concurrently. Constable was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 24 years and another sentence of 17 years to be served concurrently.
It’s just one of many horrific gang-related incident to come out of the capital in recent times, with this site also reporting on chilling stories of a twelve-man pack beatdown of an off-duty cop, a gang slaying on a London Tube train carried out with a so-called “Rambo knife”, a huge London gang riding to Nottingham to bust into a cannabis grow where they eventually stabbed the occupant, and the brutal stabbing to death of a randomly chosen man in front of a six-year-old girl just because young London gangsters were told to get “notches on your blade”.
“I would encourage anyone with information regarding gun crime to contact police” added Goodwin. “Together, we can take these dangerous weapons off of our streets and make London safer for everyone.”