Adisa guilty of possessing firearm with intent to endanger life
A man from Cedarne Road in Fulham has been sent to jail for a gun offence after shots were fired at two men in Shepherd's Bush.
On Thursday November 1, Fulham resident Kola Adisa, 21
sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court to 11 years imprisonment for possession
of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
On 3.30pm on April 16 last year, several members of the public witnessed shots
being fired from a white vehicle at two black men who were walking along
St Elmo Road in W12.
A white Audi R8 was identified in south London which was at the time being
kept by a prestige car rental company who have a tracking device fitted to
all of their vehicles.
An associate of Adisa had rented the car on the day
in question and the data from the tracking device positioned the vehicle
travelling from Adisa's home address to the venue of the shooting.
The location of the shooting was within yards of the home address of a man
Adisa was known to have been in dispute with at the time.
Police say they attended the scene and recovered several casings from the street.
There was no evidence that anybody had been injured, and neither of the two men
who were described as being shot at were identified or came forward.
Although no firearm was recovered, firearm experts examined the ballistic
material recovered from the scene and identified that the weapon used was a
Mac10 machine pistol.
On Monday October 22, the court heard Adisa admit being present in the
vehicle but said that he was the passenger, that he got squirted in the eyes
with a noxious substance and that he had no involvement in the shooting, nor
any prior knowledge that it was going to be carried out.
He said that the driver must have fired the gun but because of the substance
in his eyes he could not see what happened and it was only later that he
learnt that the shots had been fired from the car.
DCI Mick Foote, from the Trident Gang Crime Command, said: "This was a
terrifying incident for local residents to witness in their street. We are
grateful for their prompt response in contacting the police immediately
after hearing the sounds of gunshots which assisted us in arresting Kola
Adisa for this offence.
"Forensic evidence showed that a Mac 10 automatic machine pistol had been
used in this targeted shooting in this residential street.
Luckily no one was injured. Adisa showed total disregard to the possible
harm he could have caused.
"This was a complicated and thorough investigation conducted by my
investigation team. The assistance from the public in reporting the matter
and giving evidence at court was of great support to the case.
"This investigation clearly demonstrates that the police, their partners and
the public can tackle gun and gang crime together.
" If you have any information on gun and gang crime please do not hesitate in
contacting the police."
November 9, 2012