Kirklees Crime Gang Sentenced To More Than 114 Years For Double Shooting
Friday April 23, 2021
A gang who used a tracking device to bug men they tried to murder have been jailed after detectives used the equipment to hunt them down instead.
The detective leading the investigation said those who become involved in organised crime should be prepared to pay the penalty, following the conclusion of Operation Filtergate at Leeds Crown Court.
Nine men were sentenced to in excess of a combined 114 years in jail at the court on Friday April 23 for their roles in an incident in Liversedge in 2019 in which two men were shot in a car while in supermarket car park.
The men had placed a tracker on the victim’s car which detectives were able to examine using innovative digital media investigation techniques, in order to identify members and unravel the conspiracy.
Six men were sentenced after being found guilty by jury of Conspiracy to Murder following a trial earlier this year.
Umar Ali Ditta (34) from Batley was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years
Aadil Malik (25) from Batley who was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 18 years
Azeem Hussain (34) from Dewsbury was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years.
Jamal Malik (25) from Dewsbury was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 12 years
Kane Corie Wilby (20) from Batley who was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 12 years
Yaseen Ahmed (26) of Heckmondwike, who was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 12 years.
The following men were sentenced after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Possess a Firearm With Intent To Endanger Life at a second hearing.
Khamier Masood (32) from Dewsbury was sentenced to life with a minimum term of eight years, two months.
Mohammed Hamza Hussain (25) from Dewsbury was sentenced to life with a minimum term of eight years, two months.
Adeel Hussain (32) from Dewsbury who was sentenced to life with a minimum term of eight years, two months.
The incident itself took place during the evening of November 4, 2019 and resulted in two men, then aged 27 and 22, receiving gun-shot wounds after being shot at while they were in a car.
The shooting sparked a major police investigation by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team and the force’s Firearms Prevent Team who identified gang members and pieced together their movements after locating the tracker.
As a result of enquires it was determined the shooting of the two men had been co-ordinated by Umar Ditta who had taken care to try and put distance between himself and the crime.
He had arranged for the tracker to be accessed by phone from Aadil Malik from within prison where he was already serving a sentence for other firearms offences.
Detective Superintendent Mark Swift of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who led the investigation, said: “We welcome the sentences given at court today following a significant criminal investigation involving HMET, Programme Precision and Kirklees Police into the shooting of two men outside a busy community supermarket.
“This was a shocking act of lawlessness and it is only by pure good fortune these men’s actions did not result in a double murder.
“We have always made clear that the force will utilise every available resource when seeking to bringing firearms offenders to justice, and this complex case benefitted from excellent teamwork across West Yorkshire Police.
“It was indeed a sophisticated and determined attempt to execute two men using tracking technology. There is a level of irony in the fact that a tracker they used to target the victims proved highly valuable in helping us track them down as the architects of the crime.
“This case again demonstrates that those who think it is somehow acceptable to use weapons on our streets will be brought to justice.”
He added: “Programme Precision, was established by the force to investigate and support investigations into serious organised crimes such as this offence.
“Those involved in such organised criminal gangs should be under no doubt that police forces possess significant specialist investigative capabilities and will use them to break up their activities and keep our communities safe.”