Gunmen who shot three innocent people at a children’s play park in Hackney have been jailed for a total of 57 years. Sheikh Dibba, 21, and Fahim Rahman, 34, were on a mission to kill rival gang members on October 11, 2020, when they opened fire on a group of people in Homerton High Street. However, the men they presumed were members of a rival gang were in fact innocent members of the public socialising in the park. A total of 13 shots were fired at the victims, who are aged 60, 32 and 24.
The attack took place at around 10.50pm. After Dibba and Rahman sped away in their stolen car, emergency services rushed to the scene and took the men to hospital with one of the men in a life-threatening condition. Fortunately he survived, but all three men suffered life-changing injuries.
An investigation was launched which saw officers studying hours of CCTV. This eventually led them to link Dibba and Rahman to the offence. Dibba was arrested on November 27 and charged with three counts of attempted murder and firearms offences. Rahman had previously been arrested on November 25 and released on bail. He was later charged on January 11, 2021 .
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The pair were found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm following a three-week trial at the Old Bailey and yesterday (May 4) Dibba was sentenced to 35 years in prison while Rahman was jailed for 27 years.
Detective chief inspector Rob Allen, in charge of the investigation, said: “This was a terrifying incident in which three completely innocent people were left with serious injuries. It is pure luck that nobody was killed. Had it happened any earlier that evening, the likelihood is there would’ve been lots of children in the park – that doesn’t bear thinking about.
“I am pleased with the outcome and I hope the sentences imposed send a strong message to those involved in firearms criminality. Your actions are reprehensible and we will seek to bring you to justice. This investigation demonstrates the commitment the Met has to holding violent offenders to account and making the streets of London safer.
“I would like to thank my investigation team for all their hard work during the course of this complex investigation. I would also like to thank the victims for their co-operation and the strength they have shown through what has been a horrific ordeal for each of them. I hope this outcome brings them some comfort.
“The Met is committed to reducing violent crime. However, we also rely on our communities to help us and I would urge anyone with information about someone who may be carrying a weapon to contact police immediately.”
Detective chief superintendent Marcus Barnett, responsible for local policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, added: “Understandably, this shocking incident will have caused great concern within the local community – and rightly so. Fortunately, firearms discharges are extremely rare, and I would like to assure residents that tackling violence remains the Met’s top priority.
“If you have any concerns, or have any information about someone who could be carrying a weapon, do come and speak to us whether in person or anonymously. We will continue to work closely with our Specialist Crime colleagues on tackling violent crime and will do everything we can to assist them in bringing such dangerous offenders to justice.”
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