02/02/2010

'Drug Dealer' Convicted Of Attempted Murder

A man has been convicted of attempted murder at The Old Bailey over an "insignificant" drug debt.

Desmond Meade, 25, of Crondall Court, St John's Estate, be sentenced for attempting to kill his 44-year-old victim, and for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, on 26 February.

A second man, Russell James Stanley, 26, of Masterman Road E6 was acquitted of a charge of attempted murder.

Detective Sergeant Chris Jones, who led the investigation, said the crime appears to have been motivated by an insignificant drugs debt of £150 owed to Meade by the victim.

"Meade, who was a well placed drug dealer in Hackney, demonstrated total disregard for the victim's life and safety of other members of the public, including children who were playing nearby," said DS Jones.

An investigation was launched after police were called at 10.45pm on Tuesday 4 August to the junction of Cropley Street and Napier Grove, N1 to reports of a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Officers found a man aged 44, and a woman aged 39, close to a Vauxhall Corsa that had been in collision with a wall.

The man was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken by ambulance to a London hospital where he was treated. He has since made a good recovery.

The woman received hospital treatment for minor injuries and was later discharged.

The shooting took place following an alleged dispute over a drugs debt involving both parties.

The victim was involved in a brief altercation when Desmond Meade approached him. Meade produced a firearm and shot the man once in the chest. As the victim lay injured he ran from the scene.

Meade and Stanley were arrested and charged on 14 August 2009 in connection with the incident.

(PR/GK)

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